From the archives: A review of the Odyssey Versa Jailbird putter used to win The Open
19 Jun 2023
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com
see also: Equipment Reviews
Alignment is, no doubt, the buzz word
surrounding golf club design this year.
From the Ping i25
racing stripes to Cleveland's new
TaylorMade's crown-alignment efforts --- and
everything else in between --- helping golfers
start their swing with the right alignment is at
the forefront of all equipment-makers' to-do
Odyssey's new Versa Jailbird putter is even
more proof of that.
The Versa Jailbird features a contrasting black
and white pattern --- seen on the old prison
uniforms. The contrast between black and
white, as well as the spacing between the two
black portions of the putter's crown, take
alignment a step further than some of the
other alignment-based putter models currently
Odyssey is calling it high-contrast alignment
thanks to the new Double Versa Technology.
The alignment highlights the proper face angle
at address, through the stroke and at impact.
The rear contrasting stripes serve as an
additional --- and, perhaps enhanced ---
alignment aid as its distance from the face will
alert the eye if you're even the slightest bit off
of square at address.
Odyssey also used the highly-responsive White
Hot face insert in the new Jailbird. The insert's
success has been proven on tour and in the
market and Odyssey believes it will only
improve the functionality and success of the
Unveiled earlier this week, the Jailbird will be
available Jan. 17 and retail at $169.