March 17, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Odyssey's Milled Collection will debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Courtesy of Odyssey)
Ian Poulter made equipment headlines at the end of last year when he made the jump from Cobra-Puma to Titleist. The two-time PGA TOUR winner overhauled his entire bag, adding new Titleist woods, irons and wedges.
The only club that wasn't under the Titleist product umbrella was Poulter's putter — an Odyssey Milled Collection #2 he put in play at the WGC-HSBC Champions event.
Up until this month, Poulter's putter — he's since switched to a Scotty Cameron — was only available in Japan, making it nearly impossible for the U.S. consumer to get their hands on the new Milled Collection line that debuted last September.
While it's not uncommon for a product to debut abroad and never make its way to the U.S. — Henrik Stenson's Callaway Legacy Black irons are a perfect example — some eventually arrive Stateside.
Odyssey's Milled Collection falls into the latter category, after the company announced the new putter line would be making its PGA TOUR debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
"Milled Collection has performed well both in the marketplace and on Tour in Japan, and we’re very excited to introduce it this week on the U.S. Tours," said Chris Koske, Odyssey's global product director.
Similar to Odyssey's Works putter line, the Milled Collection has the company's Fusion RX insert — a blend of the popular White Hot and Metal-X designs.
The goal behind Fusion RX was to create a softer feeling insert to compliment the firmer Metal-X Milled that debuted just last year. Odyssey designers blended two of the company's most popular inserts by taking the current White Hot insert and adding a thin .406mm stainless steel mesh to the face.
The addition of stainless steel mesh, which has oval dimples that are similar to those found on the Metal-X insert, gives the putter a faster roll than the standard White Hot insert.
Odyssey also made some changes to the head styles, adding a more squared face and flatter topline. The putter, which is CNC milled with detailed hand-finishing, comes in four models (#2, #5, #6M, #9) with three sets of adjustable sole weights that bring the headweight to 340, 350 or 360 grams.
The Milled Collection line will be available April 17 and retails for $350.
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