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Odyssey BackstrykeOdyssey Backstryke

This weird looking beast is an Odyssey Backstryke - the first model of what Odyssey has claimed to be a revolution in putter design. It was launched to incredible fanfare in 2010 and had several tour players including Padraig Harrington singing its praises very soon after.

How does it look behind the ball?

Well as you can see it's not exactly conventional. When you first put it behind the ball it really does challenge your concept of what a putter ought to look like.

on an Odyssey Backstryke putter...

Once you've got over the shock, though, you notice one major positive of having the shaft attach at the back of the head. You get to see the whole of the putter face unobscured by a clumpy hosel and that combined with the two ball design gives you a terrific sense of confidence that you've lined the putter up well.

Odyssey Golf Logo It'd be true to say that although I was sceptical to begin with, within the first few minutes of using it, I decided I rather liked the look of the Odyssey Backstryke.

The only question mark still in my head was whether my hands were behind the ball (which almost all putting gurus are agreed is bad news) because the point where the shaft meets the head is so far behind the putter face you feel like your hands must be way back too.

If you check, you'll find that if the sole of the putter is flat to the ground, the grip is level to, if not slightly ahead of the face, so it seems impossible that your hands would be behind the ball, but the doubts still remained in my mind.

How does it feel?

Odyssey BackstrykeAbsolutely the first thing you notice when you start striking balls with this putter is the sound it makes. It's not at all what you'd expect. Instead of the dull thud of the original Odyssey 2 Ball, the Backstryke produces a high pitched pinging sound (a little reminiscent of an early Ping Anser)

It also seemed to be extremely light. You need to give it a good bash to get the ball up to the hole. I tested it on medium-to-fast greens and certainly nothing came close to scaring me in terms of the speed at which the ball came off the putter face. It's probably a great putter for lightening fast greens and not so good for slower nappy surfaces.

How does it roll the ball?

Odyssey BackstrykeApart from the fact that it didn't seem to give the ball as much speed as you'd imagine, the roll off the face was good - not quite as good I felt as other non-Backstryke Odyssey models, but good nonetheless.

I was particularly impressed with the way that my short putts rolled, the ball seemed to dive into the cup extremely willingly.

The much-hyped Odyssey Backstryke looks to have a really way-out design, but actually looks pretty good when it's behind the ball! It's dead easy to align because you have a clear view of the whole of the leading edge and have the trademark Odyssey 2 Ball design.

The high-pitching ping you get when you strike your putts makes it sounds a little bit weak and might not to be everyone's taste.

Not a heavy hitting putter and therefore excellent on extremely fast greens.

Others to consider:

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Odyssey 2 Ball Odyssey 2 Ball The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel

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Odyssey White Hot 5 Odyssey White H 5 Larger than average blade with original White Hot insert... beautiful to look at and great feel.

Odyssey White Ice 5 Odyssey White Ice 5 Classic face balanced D shape with silky soft Ice White insert!

Odyssey 2 Ball Blade Odyssey 2 Ball Blade Padraig Harrington used this combination of blade and 2 ball design to win majors, but what's it like?

Odyssey Black iX 1 Odyssey Black iX 1 Perhaps Odyssey's best effort yet to eclipse the Scotty Cameron and Ping Ansers.

Odyssey PT 82 Odyssey PT 82 Brought out to cash in on Phil Mickelson's move to Callaway and Odyssey in 2009. A limited edition putter, which is lovely to look at and has the best-feeling insert on the market

Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid Sharp edged star ship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!

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