June 21, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Oval dimples chemically etched into the face of the putter help to increase friction between the ball and face, promoting a better roll of the ball. (PGA TOUR)
BETHESDA, Md. — Odyssey Golf's early putters in the '90s featured an insert made from a lightweight, resilient material called Stronomic that offered a soft feel. It wasn't until 2007 that the company unveiled its first fully milled, non-insert Prototype putter that had a thin face and very distinct sound.
Over the last decade, the Prototype has retained a cult following in Asia and was the impetus behind Odyssey's new Milled Collection RSX line that was introduced earlier this year on TOUR at the Northern Trust Open.
"We worked really closely with our Japan sales, product development and tour team on this product," said Austin Rollinson, Odyssey's principal designer. "They really wanted a replacement to our all milled product — something that didn't have a soft insert but had a firmer feel to it."
To give the Milled Collection RSX, which is milled from 1025 carbon steel, a similar sound, Odyssey designers looked at how the initial Prototype putter vibrated, moved and what kind of frequencies it generated, before creating an insert with the same sound.
Replicating the sound was made possible with the help of a hollow sound chamber pocket that's set behind a 17-4 stainless steel insert.
"What that sound chamber does is change how the putter will bend and vibrate when impacted with the ball," Rollinson said. "It tunes the stiffness of the whole structure. When it hits the ball, it vibrates at a certain frequency and amplitude. We then dialed in all the putters to have as high a volume and peak frequency."
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The 17-4 insert has oval dimples that are chemically etched into the face to increase friction between the ball and face, promoting a better roll and softer sound at impact. A stabilizing bar was also added to the head that helps reinforce sound and feel across the face.
Odyssey's Milled Collection RSX will be available in three head shapes — #7, a progressive V-Line Fang mallet and the #001, which is Odyssey's new take on the classic #1 shape that came about through feedback from TOUR players.
Rounding out the putter is a black powder coat shaft that reduces glare, and a Cabretta leather midsize master grip with red baseball stitch down the back.
The Milled Collection RSX line launches July 15 and retails for $380 per putter.