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Preview: Odyssey Black Series Tour Putters

Odyssey Golf is starting the new year with a bang, following up on the recent release of its White Ice putters with its new Black Series Tour Designs putters, which will be released on January 15.

Following are the lowdowns on both putter lines, in the words of Odyssey Golf:

Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs putters ($269): Black Series Tour Designs putters are available in several core Odyssey models, including the #2 (pictured here), #4, #6 and #9. Black Series Tour Designs were crafted through extensive work between the Odyssey design team and Tour players like Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. With a new black look, the precision-crafted milled putters in Odyssey’s Black Series Tour Designs are designed to offer elite performance at the highest levels of the game. Each putter is milled of 1025 carbon steel for the soft feel demanded by the best players in the world. A urethane dampening layer is subtly placed between the putter head and the tungsten flange, which enhances the feel off the face. Black Series Tour Designs putters feature Advanced Roll Technology (A.R.T.) for precise response and the truest roll possible. A.R.T. is achieved through multi-material construction using tungsten weighting, which creates a quicker, more favorable roll by moving the center of gravity back and lower in the putterhead.

Odyssey White Ice putters (starting at $129): White Ice putters are available in core models like the Odyssey #1, #9 and Rossie, as well as more progressive shapes such as the #7 and the Sabertooth model The White Ice line features the brand’s best-feeling multi-layer insert to date and a rich dark nickel finish. Recent changes made by golf’s ruling bodies concerning grooves in irons and wedges are leading to a greater number of softer golf balls that provide more spin and control around the green. Odyssey engineers, who have always developed inserts in tandem with shifts in golf ball technology, armed themselves with this knowledge and worked with Tour pros to develop the new White Ice line. The result is a new insert that features an inner core that is 19% firmer and 92% stiffer than previous models. These changes produced enhancements in feel, sound, responsiveness and resiliency, which add up to consistent distance control and ultimate feel on the green.

Stay tuned to PutterZone.com this week as we continue our previews of 2010 putters that will be featured at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

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  1. Seems like this is stacking up as a good year for new putters. I really want to test the #6 and #9 in the Tour Designs line.

    I played with the White Ice #9 a little last night at Golfsmith. I'd rank it a solid 3rd betweeen it, the Black Series i, and the White Hot Tour. I'd say it feels better to me than the XG version.

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