Odyssey O-Works #1 Putter Review

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The Odyssey O-Works putter line introduces a new Microhinge insert for better performance and feel.

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Introduction

Odyssey has been the insert putter expert for years and has seen a great deal of success around the world.  Rather than sit back and ride the acclaimed White Hot insert, Odyssey has created different types of inserts to accommodate a range of preferences.  I believe Odyssey has produced their best insert yet in the Microhinge face found in the O-Works #1 putter.

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Looks

From address, the Odyssey O-Works putter will look familiar with its Black/White/Black Versa color scheme.  To help with alignment Odyssey has added red sight lines that form a “T” on the topline and flange.  There is a lot of assistance to make sure you have your putter on target.

Flip the putter over and you’ll find red weights and cool laser-etched graphics.  Odyssey enthusiasts will feel some slight nostalgia for the old Protype iX putters.

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Sound & Feel

It goes without saying that the insert in a putter is going to greatly influence the sound and feel.  Many anti-inserters always complain that there is not enough response and the sound is too puffy.  I believe Odyssey tried to appease these people with the Metal-X inserts which I found to be too clicky and lacked a certain “sweetness.”  The O-Works insert has found the sweet spot I’m looking for.  The new Microhinge insert is soft but has a touch more response and “tock” at impact than softer inserts.  Aside from the insert in the White Damascus iX, the Microhinge is my favorite Odyssey insert to date.

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Performance

There are different theories about how a ball is supposed to come off the putter face.  Most companies are striving to get the ball rolling end-over-end as fast as possible.  Odyssey‘s Microhinge face has little hinges on it that help the ball roll with immediate topspin.

oworks_2_rollMy experience was that the ball started its roll almost immediately with the O-Works.  I paid close attention looking for any really noticeable skid, but this was difficult to achieve.  The only way I seemed to be able to create any skid was with a totally ridiculous putting stroke.  A decently squared stroke resulted in a pure roll.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for more feel in your insert or are just due for a refresh, the Odyssey O-Works putter is worth a look.  Soft feel with precise response and a pure roll should please any golfer out there.  Odyssey’s Microhinge insert creates a middle ground for insert enthusiasts and milled-face players looking for change.  For a company that has already set the insert bar, Odyssey continues to work to raise it more.

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Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. By day, Bill is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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7 Comments

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  2. Great review Bill. I’m curious, since your last Odyssey putter blade review was so glowing (the Odyssey RSX 001), how do you compare these two? I know one should be softer (O-works), and the versa alignment is very different. But since the O-works black came out, it seems more of a fair comparison. Just wondering what your opinions are on the two and which you prefer?

    • That’s a tough ask, you’re asking me a preference of two totally different things, so I still wouldn’t call it a fair comparison. The RSX is single-piece milled putter, the O-Works is a soft insert.

      Nevermind colors and alignment aids. In this discussion, you have to figure out which feel you prefer more.

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  5. Hello Bill,
    How would you compare this new insert to the Milled Collection #2 insert? Would really appreciate your insight.
    Thanks,
    SS

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