July 17 2013
Ian Poulter tweeted a photo of the putter he selected after a thorough search. (Ian Poulter)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Ian Poulter's search for a new putter for The Open Championship came to an end on Tuesday evening after the two-time PGA TOUR winner tweeted out a photo of his new flatstick with the caption: "My putter is selected for the week. It is an Odyssey White Damascus. Rolling it very nice. Testing over for now."
Poulter took to social media last week to begin his search and asked equipment manufacturers to send prospective putters to his "IJP office."
"I am sacking my putter, I will use a new putter at the Open," Poulter tweeted last Tuesday. "Putter manufacturers please send me some to try to my IJP office please.
"I'm not blaming the putter, I'm saying I want to use a new one. Every time I change I've had big success with a new look. Just some times you just need to look down on something new. And it's time. I holed 2 birdie putts today. 1 was 12" and the other 4". It's my Ryder Cup putter and I think it needs a rest in my trophy cabinet. Time for a change. Need a good visual for the Open."
Plenty of putter companies tried to get Poulter's attention ahead of the third major of the year, including Yes! Golf who sent the Englishman four models with the Union Jack flag in the putter face. But in the end, Poulter decided to stick with an Odyssey putter.
According to Odyssey Golf, the White Damascus putter Poulter plans to use was recently introduced to media and retailers in Japan. The putter insert is made with Damascus steel, the same steel that's been used to make samurai swords for hundreds of years.
Tungsten was also added to the flange to get the center of gravity deep and low to increase "gear effect," which subsequently increases roll.
Poulter had been using an Odyssey XG No. 7 but shelved the putter following a T-25 finish at the French Open two weeks ago. He only has two top-10 starts this season on the PGA TOUR and currently ranks 45th in strokes gained-putting and 80th in total putting.