I seem to have found my spot in the reviewing world with putter reviews. I find it quite fun to take new putter technology out to the putting greens and test them out for our Bunkers Paradise fans. In the last year I have tested numerous putters all with their own unique technology, style, colors and performance levels. There is a lot that goes into a putter that many people don’t realize. Putters are not just a slab of metal at the end of a stick and no one knows that better than Odyssey Golf.
In 1997, Callaway Golf purchased Odyssey Golf and has been a powerhouse ever since. Callaway/Odyssey sent us over their newest putter, the Versa #1 Black Putter for testing. Before jumping into our review, let’s see what Callaway/Odyssey has to say about the technology behind the New Versa putters.
1° Off-Line Is the Difference Between In and Out.
Versa putters accentuate the face angle at address, and highlight the face angle throughout the stroke.
Accentuates Face Angle at Address
Our new visionary high contrast alignment technology highlights the proper face angle from address to impact, allowing you to align the putter throughout your stroke.
Highlights Face Angle throughout Stroke
The black and white contrast lets your eyes key in on the linear designs and highlights the face angle all the way through impact.
Improved Feel and Performance
New and improved White Hot insert provides more consistent sound, feel and performance across the face.
Options for All Players
The Versa line is offered in a variety of Tour proven head shapes with alignment aides for any type of player.
Our Promise For Versa Putters
An Odyssey Putter is a promise made. Sure, we design each of our putters to help you slay more demons and sink more putts. But we also design them to withstand any kind of punishment you can dish out and we back them up with an Odyssey assurance of quality. We rarely see a putter returned, but if you find a defect within a two-year period, we’ll repair it or replace it. No questions asked. And that’s a promise kept.
The first thing you are going to notice when you pull the Odyssey Versa putter out of the head cover is that there are no alignment lines, dots or any other marking for you to line your ball up with. But never fear, Odyssey Golf has come up with something that many golfers might find works better for them. Odyssey decided to use the entire head of the putter as an alignment tool. With the black and white contrasting colors on the club, you can easily tell if your putter is squared up or not. As far as aesthetics are concerned, it’s a very nice looking club with a deep dark black and clean lines.
I first took the putter to the putting green for some practice before taking it out on the course. The first thing I noticed on my very first putt was how clean the roll was off the face. The club face wasn’t too hard and wasn’t too soft. I have also touched in the past on my appreciation for properly weighted puttters. I’m not a big fan of light putters for the fact that it’s much harder to create an even pendulum type of stroke. With too heavy a putter, you can’t feel what is happening. There is a medium there that I find to be very pleasing and I think Odyssey Golf hit the nail on the head with the Versa.
Let’s first talk about the alignment of the Odyssey Versa #1 putter. First I wanted to talk about my preferences so you can see where I’m coming from. I am not a “two ball” putter fan, nor am I a dots fan, but what I prefer is one simple line to get me set up. I prefer a longer line on the putter rather than a short stubby line. I like to use that line to follow my putting line all the way to the hole. It seems to work visually for me while on the course. To be perfectly honest it took me a bit to get used to having no alignment on top of the putter. When I gave in and started focussing on the alignment technology that Odyssey meant for this putter, I started to get my putts on a pretty consistent line. I found that putts within 10 feet I could align just fine as I could see the hole out of the corner of my eye and kinda use the hole as part of the alignment process. Once I started getting farther away from the hole, I found it a bit more difficult to get set up. Long putts are all about speed and your line and I was finding it difficult to imagine my line all the way from the hole to my ball.
I will tell you this though, the white hot inserts are fantastic! I am a huge fan after hitting this putter. Once of the best feeling putters I have hit in a long time. When testing putters, I like to hit some off the toe and the heel to see what will happen and the white hot insert really does make a difference as far as distance control and consistency.
The Odyssey Golf Versa Putter is one of the best putters on the market in my eyes as far as feel goes. With a great feel, weighting and the white hot insert you won’t find a better feeling putter out there. If you can make the change from the old style of alignment tools to the new contract version, then I would say this is the putter for you. I would recommend you go to your local golf shop and try it out before making the purchase. Golf is such a visual game, that if you can’t get used to the alignment of the Versa, then you will do nothing but get frustrated. Overall the Odyssey Versa #1 Putter is at the top of the list as far as I’m concerned. Once I got used to the new alignment, the feel of this putter was enough to put a smile on my face.
For more information check out the Odyssey Golf Website HERE.