PLAY­ING WITH … ODYSSEY TOULON IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS PUTTER

If you’re in the mar­ket for a new putter, you should se­ri­ously con­sider one of the lat­est re­leases from Toulon De­sign by Odyssey.

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MODEL PLAYED: In­di­anapo­lis with a Su­perStroke grip. FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: Dif­fer­ent. The ‘Indy’s’ X shaped de­sign is not the style of putter head I would typ­i­cally opt for. But when put be­hind the ball, and after a lit­tle time on the putting green, I got used to the look and came around. With the com­bi­na­tion of the head shape, large line and con­trast­ing look be­tween the satin face and black rear of the putter be­ing ex­tremely easy to align. HOW IT PER­FORMED: Once I felt com­fort­able with the look of the putter, there was an­other per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tic I strug­gled with. The feel off the putter face was firmer than my pref­er­ence. Odyssey is known pri­mar­ily for soft in­sert put­ters and the fact that the Indy had a slightly harder feel sur­prised me. Feel is a very per­sonal thing of course and what I found firm oth­ers might think is per­fect.

In terms of rolling putts, the Toulon was very im­pres­sive. The roll of the ball was con­sis­tent and seemed to get started quickly. In fact my speed with the Indy was as good as it has been in some time, a re­sult that is gen­er­ally a good in­di­ca­tor of a good roll off the face.

The align­ment ben­e­fits of the head de­sign came into their own the more time I spent with the putter and I could only lay blame on my missed putts be­ing mis­read. Sim­i­larly the ease to line up the face and the line on the putter with the line on the ball made short putts as close to a sure thing as they can be.

The deep milled face pat­tern adds to the In­di­anapo­lis’ align­ment, clearly show­ing where the cen­tre of the putter face is.

Over­all, I loved the way the In­di­anapo­lis per­formed on the greens but con­tin­ued to strug­gle a lit­tle with the feel of the putter, which might be slightly dif­fer­ent to the rest of the Toulon range thanks to the va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als used to make the high-MOI head. With some more time and a softer ball model I could eas­ily over­look the feel if the putts kept go­ing in.

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