Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter Review

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The Odyssey Stroke Lab putters put the focus on an innovative new shaft.  Plenty of head styles and nearly every one is built to fit different types of strokes.

Introduction

Innovation in putters almost always centers on the head.  New putter heads are touted as more forgiving, easier to aim, or able to create a better roll.

With their Stroke Lab putters, Odyssey is putting the focus somewhere new: the shaft.  With a mixture of graphite and steel, they’ve moved weight in an effort to improve your tempo on the green.

Looks

In each of the ten head shapes, the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters feature a combination of silver, white, and matte black.  Most of them, like the Seven shown above, have a silver face and top line with a black flange and white alignment features.  To my eye, this makes all the mallets appear much smaller than they are.

Though the Stroke Lab shaft is unusual looking, it doesn’t factor into the appearance at address.  The bottom portion of the shaft is steel, and that extends far enough up that you won’t see anything unorthodox when you stand over the ball.

The ten head shapes include Odyssey favorites as well as some new offerings.  For the traditionalist, there’s the One (Anser), Three (Anser w/flow neck), Double Wide (wide body Anser), and heel-shafted Nine.  Odyssey fans will recognize the Seven (shown here), 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, and V-Line.  The newer offerings include the R Ball (a combination of line and a single ball alignment aids) and Tuttle.

Sound & Feel

The White Hot insert used in the Stroke Lab putters is a classic, and for good reason.  It marries soft and solid in a way that no other insert can quite copy.  Impact sounds very quiet, a dull “thud.”  However, the feel in the hands is solid and connected, not mushy or dead like many inserts that aspire to be soft.

In a large mallet like the Seven, there is very little feedback on strike quality.  Impact sounds the same across most of the face, and only extreme toe or heel shots create any twisting.

Performance

The Stroke Lab shaft uses a combination of graphite and steel to reduce weight.  It weighs just 75 grams, which is 40 grams less than your typical steel shaft.  Odyssey put that weight back in the head (10 grams) and the grip (30 grams).  This includes the use of a 40 gram counter weight in the grip.

In essence, the Stroke Lab shaft allows Odyssey to create a counter balanced putter without driving the total weight of the putter sky high.  As someone who has been experimenting with putter weighting lately, I was really intrigued by this.  I benefit from having more weight in my hands, but I don’t like the putter to weigh a ton.

Though the mallet is a stark departure from my gamer, the Stroke Lab putter felt comfortable in my hands right away.  The weight and balance made it feel like a more natural extension of my body.  This translated to solid distance control, which is often my biggest challenge on the green.

Odyssey also continues to impress with their focus on fitting.  Seven of the ten head styles come with two different neck options.  That means that whether your stroke needs a face balanced putter or one with some toe hang, you have a wide variety of options to choose from.

Finally, the Stroke Lab putters come with two stock grip options.  The oversized model, seen above, is nearly round and has no taper.  Players can also opt for a more traditional pistol-style grip.

Conclusion

If you’re struggling with your putting, the unique weighting and balance of the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters is worth checking out.  What’s really impressive to me is that Odyssey is making this innovation available to everyone with a wide array of head shapes and fitting options.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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6 Comments

  1. I bought the Stroke Lab Seven on the first day it was out.
    Really didn’t like it, but my wife, who “borrowed” my old Odyssey O-Works 7S encouraged me to work with it.
    I’m glad I did. Took about 2 weeks and it’s in my bag for good.
    I have the pistol grip and am now experimenting with a left-hand low for shorter putts. Finished today’s round birdie- birdie, both par 5’s.
    So far so good with the experimentation.

  2. Well if the last comment was true then I have a few weeks to get used to it because I feel compared to the old O works hinge face this one is dead and punky. I left every single putt short for the last two rounds. The look is exactly the same which make the feel that much harder to deal with. While the old hinge face is a real hinge face this new one is not in my opinion even close to that. I have looked at it with a magnifying glass and how this is hinge face is beyond me. the hinges as they are called are just on the front of a plastic face???????????

  3. Stoke lab nine feels heavy…both overall weight…..and head weight…..does anyone know the total weight…..head and overall. ..
    I do have the pistol grip…..
    I actually took both weights out of the sole for a few putts….actually felt good…

  4. Steve Gottschalk

    Purchased the “Type Nine” in 36 1/2 shaft. First impression, counter weighting gave a new feel to putting the ball. The softer face did, initially, have me leaving putts short. Looking down during alignment I noticed a slight illusion. The way the black marks are laid out on white face gave the illusion of slight bowing of face. This is great because your focus is forced to center of putter face. Coming back to the soft face. Yes, initially putts were left short but loved the “feel” of the putter. What has now occurred is my hitting putts with a more firm stroke. Results have been great. Confidence has gone up on putts of any length. Head does feel a tad heavy but I like a heavy putter. All my putters have Golf Pride Sensor grips. Stock grip on the Type Nine feels similar and for immediate future will remain on putter. In closing, feel, focus, and confidence have made this Odyssey a great fit in my bag.

  5. What is the difference between the Odyssey Stroke Lab and the Odyssey EXO Stroke lab putters?

    • Matt Saternus

      Gary,

      The EXO putters have a high MOI construction. Stroke Lab putters all have the new graphite and steel shaft. EXO Stroke Lab putters have both.

      Best,

      Matt

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