Full Specs On the Odyssey Toe Up Putter
Remember when we showed you the Odyssey Toe Up putter back in January? It was an unexpected announcement from Odyssey, and there was little more than a short video describing its balance, and we offered as much analysis as we could from the minimal info.
Now we have the full information on the Odyssey Toe Up putters and what styles will be available, but first, let’s talk about what the Odyssey Toe Up is and why it’s different.
Odyssey Toe Up Putter: What’s In a Name?
Really, the name is pretty self-explanatory. When balanced, the Odyssey Toe Up putter sits toe up. That means as much of the weight as possible is moved toward the shaft of the putter, something that we mentioned in the initial post as traditionally known as torque balanced.
But why would you want a putter that sticks its toe straight up in the air? Because the Odyssey Toe Up putter is a type of face balancing in that the face remains square throughout the stroke. The angle of the face is dependent entirely on the stroke put on it — if you take it back square, it’s going to want to return square. Callaway/Odyssey calls this Stroke Balanced
“We’ve used Stroke Balanced technology to reduce torque during the stroke for minimal twisting, so when you roll it, it’s going to be much easier to get the face back to square. We do it by strategically placing more weight towards the face to balance the putter, and the CG is aligned with the center of the face.”
It’s similar in its performance concept to the Rife Sorrento we just reviewed. Both that and the Odyssey Toe Up keep the face square to the putting stroke. By contrast, the Bettinardi BB8 we reviewed has about a 1/4 hang toe down, and the toe hang of the Bettinardi makes it want to open and close more through the stroke.
Similar to every other club in your bag, this doesn’t mean the Odyssey Toe Up is the end-all be-all. It won’t fit everyone’s stroke, so it’s very importatnt to test this putter first, and that’s what makes it so important.
Callaway says that it balances like no other putter in the market . . . that’s not true. Edel currently makes putters that point straight up on your finger, but they call them torque balanced as noted above. But you’re going to have a hard time finding an Edel anywhere to test; you won’t even find them at a fitting specialty store like Club Champion, an ideal place to try new tech. The Odyssey Toe Up putter will be widely available, bringing new options to the putt-struggling masses. That’s a big deal.
Odyssey Toe Up Specs
- Available 4/15
- Price: $199.99
- Head Shapes: #1, #9
- Face: fly cut Metal-X
- Hang: really? Toe up!
- Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 w/ Counter Core
The difference between the Number 1 and the Number 9 is entirely aesthetic as they both have the same balance, and they both have the black PVD finish and similar alignment aids.