Cost: $349.99. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Hand­i­cap 9.4)

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Jimmy Emanuel puts the new Odyssey O Works put­ter to the test, and he might not be send­ing it back …

MODEL PLAYED: #1 with Su­perStroke Slim 2.0 grip FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: As soon as I put the O-Works put­ter be­hind the ball on the prac­tice green I no­ticed the align­ment im­prove­ments. Hav­ing used the Versa se­ries pre­vi­ously I was fa­mil­iar with the con­trast­ing black and white colour scheme, but the ad­di­tion of the red Big-T align­ment was a no­tice­able im­prove­ment. The red line run­ning along the top line frames the golf ball per­fectly and the sight­line helps to con­fi­dently align the put­ter face to the tar­get.

The Mi­cro-hinge in­sert also in­stantly stood out to me, with the tex­ture and look of the small hinges very in­trigu­ing. Over­all, the O-Works #1 looks like a clas­sic shaped put­ter full of tech­nol­ogy. HOW IT PER­FORMED: When us­ing an Odyssey put­ter it is easy to be blasé about the soft feel of the in­sert, and the O-Works cer­tainly lives up to the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion in the feel de­part­ment.

While per­haps not as soft as some pre­vi­ous in­serts, the new Mi­cro-hinge in­sert sur­prised me most with its re­spon­sive­ness. A slight dif­fer­ence in feel de­pend­ing on where you hit the ball on the face made it very easy to know where to lay the blame for a missed putt.

The Mi­cro-hinge in­sert isn’t sim­ply about feel, promis­ing im­prove­ment in for­ward spin, which pro­duces an im­proved, quicker roll via the mi­cro­hinges that cover the face. The new in­sert cer­tainly seemed to de­liver on what it promised.

Putting is one of the stronger parts of my game and I typ­i­cally have no prob­lem rolling the ball well. Know­ing this I didn’t an­tic­i­pate a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in the roll of the ball when com­pared to my cur­rent gamer, which also fea­tures roll tech­nol­ogy. I was, how­ever, pleas­antly sur­prised.

To the naked eye, the ball seemed to start rolling sooner and putts looked al­most as if they hugged the ground with the O-Works. It took me some time to get used to the ef­fect this im­proved roll had on my speed and the distance putts rolled out.

Test­ing the put­ter on a va­ri­ety of green sur­faces in var­ied con­di­tions the re­sults were sim­i­lar, but the most im­pres­sive re­sults came on smooth, fast greens, with distance con­trol and lag putting the stand­out. My speed was very con­sis­tent, even if the putt was not hit from the ex­act cen­tre of the put­ter and per­haps due to the im­proved roll the ball seemed to stay on my cho­sen line.

Odyssey is con­fi­dent the Mi­cro-hinge tech­nol­ogy can help all play­ers with im­proved roll of their putts and from my test­ing I would have to agree.

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