Odyssey Tank Putter Review: Don't wait...
22 May 2013
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

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I've been faced with the same crisis that 10% or more of our amateurgolf.com members who putt anchored have in the last six months. Even before the new rule was carved in stone, I haven't wanted to practice with a long putter. (You didn't think they would change their minds did you?)

And my lack of practice has showed in my putts per round, which have crept up into the low 30's and some days higher.

Since I don't plan on winning the U.S. Amateur any time soon, I decided it's best for me to go "cold turkey" and that's exactly what I've done, first starting with an old favorite and then experimenting with little tweaks here and there. I thought the fat grip would be the answer, but have you tried regripping a putter with one? It changes the feel of the club, even if you use one of the light weight options.

I'll leave it to the experts who design and build putters to come to market with new ideas, because they've seen this coming for a while too. Odyssey has several choices that should be looked into, including a putter designed for Arm Lock (think Matt Kuchar) and the new Odyssey Tank.

Odyssey started with a head style (The #7) preferred by many Tour players and better amateurs, made it heavier (400g), and added a heavier shaft while placing a counter-balance weight at the butt end of the club. All of this increases moment of inertia (MOI) over conventionally designed putters. (Watch the video above to learn about the benefits.)

You'll want to try both the short (34" or 36") and the long (38" or 40") models to determine what fits your stroke. Belly players will likely gravitate towards the long model that has a an extended grip and is approximately 30% heavier than a standard putter. You won't stick it in your belly, just grip down on it until it feels comfortable, like one of our members who excels at top-level senior events, who told me:

"With the belly putter I was more stable on the short putts but I lost my feel on long ones. The Tank is so stable that I'm putting as well as I ever have. At least six of my friends have tried mine and purchased their own."

Either model has great feel, thanks to an improved white hot insert and tour-preferred balance point.

The bottom line? If you're putting with a long or belly putter it's not just anchoring that you're going to change if you go cold turkey, like me, to a short putter. The weight and length differences are huge adjustments. Reduce those, and you might find yourself thanking the USGA for the change as you hole more long putts and get your first one close more often.

Even if you don't use an anchored style now, you should try rolling the Odyssey Tank.

Visit Worldwide Golf Shops, home of the 90 day playability guarantee, to view current pricing and availability on the Odyssey Tank putter. Their service, prices, and ship times are the best in the business!

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