The Odyssey White Ice Mini-T Putter Reviews

The Odyssey White Ice Mini-T Putter

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Odyssey Mini-T Putter Review

May 26, 2010 (Updated May 31, 2010)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Balance, Accuracy, Distance Control, Feel, Audible Cues

Cons:A Tad Pricey

The Bottom Line:

This putter is one of the finest offerings to come out this year. Like it?--Hell--I own it!


This has got to be the most forgiving putter I have ever used. On top of that, the new softer golf balls coming out this year, (in order to help with the new wedge face grooves rules for competition) , feel really good coming off of the new firmer insert Odyssey has come out with for the entire White Hot Series. There is a rumour out there that the new "Deep Blue Putter" by Rife is even more forgiving, but I have not had a chance to try one yet. Let's just say that less than an hour before writing this review, I had just re-affirmed my love for this Mini-T Putter ( for the millionth time) after a round of short game practice. My wedge shots were rather mediocre, and therefor, the average distance per putt was 20+ feet. I was knocking them into the cup over 60% of the time. For me, that is unmatched, and a personal best. Here's why you need to give this putter a serious look if you are in the market for a new putter, and sport a "Pendulum Stroke."

BALANCE-- 5 Stars

No question about it. Straight back and straight through is so easy with this thing it will make your head spin. That is because I have yet to stroke a better balanced putter--period.  I had to switch back to the pendulum stroke after a very brief rekindling of the arc stroke, and an eventual hybrid adaptation between the two techniques. Sadly, the timing of the arc stroke is a very delicate issue that can vary from green to green, and from grass type to grass type. On Bermuda, you must take very careful note of the grain as well.

As there are more moving parts to such a stroke, there are more timing issues involved,  and to top it all off --my age continues to creep ever upward. "The Dreaded Yips" came back to haunt me. "Alas, Scotty Cameron Putter, I knew it well."  Back to pendulum strokes and mallet putters for me. They may lack the finesse of blade putters and delicately executed arc strokes, but a well balanced mallet and the ease of a piston-like back and forth movement take a lot of variables out of the equation. How balanced is this putter? Let me repeat--over 60% of the 20+ foot lag putts dropped. The 12 out of 18 actually adds up to 66%. Of the six others, 2 rimmed out, 3 were within 3 feet, and only one was a total--"Gotta hit the ball Alice" miscue, where I left the ball over 4+ feet short.

DISTANCE CONTROL---5 Stars

There is more than just balance when it comes to distance control, though distance control is absolutely unobtainable without it. In addition, the feel of the insert, be it polymer, metal, polymerized metal, or even just straight ahead milling of the face itself, is of major importance. Especially with today's tour level balls, where softer feel and clinginess are often confused with less "POP" off the face, and are therefor often misinterpreted as offering less distance. The putter must be able to communicate both the feel of the ball itself, and the rebound at impact, while maintaining a balanced position throughout the entire stroke.

This putter makes distance control an absolute piece of cake. The firmer insert is not only tuned mechanically for distance, but audibly as well. I'd venture to say that tuning forks, and frequency tuning were actually used when designing this one. There is a subtle yet distinct "PING" when nailing the sweetspot. This acts as the perfect audible cue, and the firmer insert, when combined with today's softer balls, makes for pretty easy recalibration of the stroke when switching between Bermuda and Bent Grass greens.

FORGIVENESS--5 Stars

There are darned few putters that offer this type of forgiveness. There are even fewer that offer this level of forgiveness as well as this level of balance, in addition to this level of feel, and distance control. Since overcoming "The Yips" for the 3rd, and hopefully, final time, I have been practicing the pendulum stroke religiously. Re-acquiring the feel for this stroke can lead to some pretty inconsistent connection with the putter's sweet spot. This putter has made me look like I knew what I was doing on more than one occasion when I completely missed dead-center of the face. 10 footers are a snap, and everything within 6 feet is pretty close to a gimmee.

OVERALL--5 Stars

I really don't want to sound like one of those folks who goes out and buys a new club, and then runs to the nearest golf review site in order to type some re-affirmation for themselves, their egoes, and their wallets. That's why I've waited for a long time before typing this one. I traded several clubs in for this one, after having tried and re-tried it on the practice green over a period of several months. Since that time I have now been playing with this club for a couple of months. After several rounds, and numerous practice sessions, I can honestly say that this is the easiest, most well balanced, accurate, and best feeling putter I have ever used. This putter will remain in my bag for quite some time.

I'd like to thank my CL Abraham for getting me the product link that made this review possible.


Recommend this product? Yes


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