March 19, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Odyssey Golf's Tank Cruiser #7 (Odyssey Golf)
Odyssey's new counterbalanced Tank Cruiser putter line will have a lighter head weight, grip and more adjustability thanks to feedback from the PGA TOUR.
When Odyssey launched the Tank line last season -- a model that was used by, among others, Ernie Els and Sang-Moon Bae -- one comment kept coming up about the counterbalanced model.
"Tank did really well in Europe because of the types of greens and stroke type over there, but it didn't take off in the U.S.," said Odyssey Golf's principal designer Austie Rollinson. "What we heard from Johnny [Thompson] (Odyssey's Tour Rep) was that some of the players thought it was too heavy, so what we did for them was bring out lighter components -- like a lighter ski-pole type shaft and grip."
The lighter components and TOUR feedback led to Odyssey's latest high MOI, counterbalanced Tank Cruiser line that made its debut this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Consisting of four models -- #1 Wide blade, #7 mallet, 330 mallet and V-Line mallet -- each putter has a head weight of 375 grams (25 grams less than Tank) and 15-inch SuperStroke grip that weighs 67 grams.
"For us, Tank Cruiser kind of gave us that other lighter weight option. It's still not as light as a conventional putter, so it still has a heavier butt end and head to get the inertia in the whole putter up."
In an effort to give players the ability to fine-tune the putter, Odyssey added two adjustable weight ports to the sole of the putter head. The putter comes standard with two 15-gram weights, as well as two 10-gram and 15-gram weights that can lower the head weight to 365 grams and raise it to as high as 385 grams, just 15 grams short of Tank's 400-gram head weight.
Adding another level of adjustability, Odyssey worked with SuperStroke to design a 15-inch grip that has an adjustable weight plug in the butt end of the grip that allows golfers to add 5 grams, 15 grams or 30 grams to the grip, depending on stroke and weight preferences.
All four Tank Cruiser models come in two lengths (35 and 38 inches) with Odyssey's White Hot insert that's engineered for consistent sound and feel. The putter line will be available April 11 and retails for $250.
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