December 13 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Odyssey's Mystery Milled putter is no longer the best kept secret in golf. Hidden behind a headcover covered in yellow, red and black question marks — the putter sole also featured multi-colored question marks — Odyssey attempted to keep its latest creation a mystery as players put the putter in play on the PGA TOUR.
For the most part, the putter flew under the radar until Chris Kirk — along with two other worldwide winners — captured his second PGA TOUR title at The McGladrey Classic using a Mystery Milled No. 1. The 28-year-old will likely go down as the first and only player to win on TOUR with Mystery Milled, because starting next season, the putter will have an official name: Metal-X Milled.
Milled from a block of 1020 carbon steel, the new Metal-X Milled putter line will come in six different styles, including the traditional heel-toe No. 1 blade, modified No. 7 mallet, Rossie and heel-shafted No. 9 flanged blade that's currently being used by Phil Mickelson.
Similar to last year's Metal-X line, the Metal-X Milled putter features Metal-X Roll Technology on the face. The difference between last year's model and the soon-to-be-released Metal-X Milled is how the Metal-X Roll Technology was applied to the face.
Instead of adding it to the face via a multi-material insert, the oval dimples were etched directly into the face to increase friction between the ball and face for a better roll and softer sound at impact.
Each putter in the line comes with an adjustable weight kit that allows golfers to change the headweight between 340g, 350g or 360g, thanks to two weight ports in the sole of the putter head. A crossbar, visible from the back, was also added to the cavity and stiffens the face without adding additional weight to stabilize sound and feel.
Odyssey's Metal-X Milled putter line will be available Jan. 17 for $300 (No. 1, No. 6, No. 9HT and 330 Mallet) and $350 (No. 7 and Rossie).
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