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The Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putter puts an AI-designed face into a fully milled putter. Firmer feel. Gorgeous looks. Wide array of head shapes and performance characteristics. Face technology offers an advantage over traditional putters.
The Odyssey Ai-ONE putter [review HERE] was the most-hyped release of this fall, and it delivered. Even in traditional head shapes, the Ai-ONE face technology helped the ball get closer to hole whether it was struck perfectly or off-center.
In this review, I’ll examine that putter’s counterpart, the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putter. With a fully milled body and different face material, can it deliver similarly impressive forgiveness? Let’s find out.
The Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putters show off a variety of head shapes, from traditional to modern. I tested the Two CH, a classic Anser 2 style blade. There’s also the One, an Anser, which has a top line sight line, a nice bit of variety that we don’t often see from the major OEMs. Both models have classic proportions and will be a hit with those that prefer traditional styles.
I also tested the Seven CH. This is a great version of Odyssey’s most successful original design with fangs that frame the ball precisely and a short flange. I also like the interplay of the top line sight line with the white lines on the inside of the fangs. It acts as a triple alignment line without looking boxy and prescriptive.
The most beautiful element of the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putters is the face. Mill marks run from heel to toe but are accentuated on the golden titanium face insert. The small swirling Odyssey logo on the heel is the perfect cherry on top.
Comparing the look of the Ai-ONE Milled to the standard Ai-ONE putter, the first thing that stands out to me is the finish. Both putters have a navy blue PVD finish, but the blue comes through more clearly on the Milled version.
The other obvious difference is in the cavity. Where the Ai-ONE has the “Ai Window” that shows the back of the face insert, the Ai-ONE Milled has a traditional cavity. Both look great, it’s just a question of whether or not you want something out of the ordinary.
Finally, the Milled version uses a lot of gold paintfill which looks stunning on the blue finish. As much as I like the blue/navy/white of the standard model, I think the Milled looks even better. The gold even makes a gentle appearance in the head cover and grip.
Sound & Feel
Comparing the two versions of the Ai-ONE, the Milled offers a predictably firmer feel. Where the standard Ai-ONE has a face insert that combines White Hot Urethane with an aluminum backer, the Ai-ONE Milled has a milled titanium face. This makes it slightly louder and firmer, and the feel is more solid.
Zooming out, the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled falls in the middle of the feel spectrum for a milled putter. It generates a quiet “tock” on impact. Interestingly, I did not find much feedback in either model that I tested. If you pay careful attention, there’s a clarity to the sound of a pure strike that is absent on mishits, but otherwise all decent strikes are identical.
Though the face material is different, the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled features the same type of face technology as its brother. The shape of the insert was developed with AI to create more consistent ball speed, helping mishit putts finish closer to the hole. Per Odyssey, the Ai-ONE Milled gets putts 10% closer to the hole compared to the Scotty Cameron Super Select Newport 2.
I tested the Ai-ONE Milled Two and Seven against both the standard Ai-ONE putters and a traditional milled blade and mallet. As usual, results were measured with my Foresight GCQuad [review HERE]. I found that the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putters offered a measurable advantage over the traditional putters but were not as forgiving as the standard Ai-ONE putters.
Some readers may be wondering, “Why does the Milled line exist if it’s not as forgiving?” I would point out that OEMs have always offered a range of clubs. Some putters push the limits of technology while others are more traditional. The Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putters offer a middle path where golfers can benefit from the latest tech without giving up the look and feel they prefer.
The Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putter family includes eight models that cover all the bases in terms of both looks and performance. There are two blades – One and Two (seen here) – both with plumbers necks or, as Odyssey calls them, CH or “Crank Hosel.” The Three and Six are traditional mid-mallets with a slant neck and double bend shaft, respectively. Odyssey’s iconic Seven (seen here) is offered in crank hosel and double bend. Finally, players who want a large, modern mallet can choose between the Eight and the Eleven. The Eight has a rounded shape and a slant neck; the Eleven has an angular look and a double bend shaft.
Looking over the specs of the different Ai-ONE Milled models reveals that the neck is not the only determinant of toe hang. The starkest example is the two putters I reviewed, the Two CH and the Seven CH. Despite both being plumbers necks, the Two has a 45 degree toe hang, the Seven just 22 degrees. The Eleven DB, Six DB, and Seven DB are face balanced, ideal for straight-back-straight-through strokes. Odyssey’s One CH has the most toe hang – 48 degrees – and the Three and Eight also have mid toe hang at 44 and 36 degrees, respectively.
Finally, as with the standard Ai-ONE putters, the Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putters have removable weights. These weights are shaped differently than those on the standard Ai-ONE, so they are not interchangeable. Weights will be available in 5, 10, 15, and 20 grams, allowing players to add 20 grams or subtract 10 grams from the stock head weight. The stock head weight for the blades is 355 grams; it is 360 grams for the mallets. One additional note: the weights on the Ai-ONE can be changed with the same wrench that you use to adjust your driver. The weights on the Ai-ONE Milled cannot.
The Odyssey Ai-ONE Milled putter is an impressive piece of equipment and a great complement to the standard Ai-ONE putter. If you prefer a more traditional look or a firmer feel, the Milled version will be the one for you. Regardless of which line you choose, you’ll be able to find a head and hosel combination that is a fit for your stroke.