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What makes Odyssey’s new Metal-X
insert putters different from other flat stick
lines is the employment of a lightweight
aluminum face in front of a urethane
backer layer. The idea behind that is to give
golfers what company engineers describe
as “the crisp feedback” of a metal striking
surface while retaining the softer feel for optimal touch that urethane is known to provide.
The aluminum insert also allows Odyssey to
deepen the Center of Gravity (CG) by removing
weight from the putter face.
In addition, the Metal-X putters utilize a
unique face pattern with oval depressions that
are made to create a mechanical lock with the
ball’s dimples at impact. That lock is intended
to help the club deliver a lower launch with
topspin and reduce skidding, so that the golf
ball rolls straight and true.
“The texture on the face does two things,”
says Austie Rollinson, principal designer for
Odyssey putters. “It reduces surface contact
and increases edge contact between the face
and the ball. Reducing the surface contact
during impact helps to create a solid, yet soft
sound at impact. That sound equates to feel, so
it is a great feeling insert.”
As for the oval design, Rollinson says he
did that to create lots of edges to increase the
friction between the face and the ball for a
smoother, more consistent roll.