Odyssey Versa Putter
How does it look behind the ball?
The Odyssey Versa putter range is all about looks. Available in two different
complementary color-schemes (either white-black or black-white), the whole idea
is that these opposing colors make alignment much easier.
There is some science behind this assertion - bold opposing colours set parallel
or perpendicular to the face of the putter have been proven to help you aim the
putter more accurately, which needless to say is a key to good putting!
on Odyssey Versa putters...
The styles available in the Odyssey Versa putter range are not revolutionary -
they're the "old favorites"
that Odyssey has so successfully marketed for years (the iconic
in particular), but they are so good that you wouldn't want anything else. Year
on year they're among the most-preferred putters on the PGA Tour - often they're number
Does the color-scheme work? It was hard to tell in the brief time that I had
testing the range, but I played with buddy of mine who's a scratch handicap and
he swears that the black-white combination has made a huge difference. It
certainly seemed to work when we played, too - he shot 67 gross and took my money!
How does it feel?
Odyssey invented the
putter, so it's no surprise that they're still the market leaders. The
Odyssey Versa hasn't let this reputation drop and all the models we've tested
offer the same soft but responsive feel which you would want.
The feel you get from "new" White Hot insert in the Versa range is for my money
indistinguishable from original
Hot insert that Odyssey first produced in the 1990s. Since that has always
been one of the best feels on the market - perhaps THE best - it doesn't bother me
in the slightest, that Odyssey hasn't tinkered here.
How does it roll the ball?
The roll of the ball of every Odyssey Versa putter I tested was very
good. Not only does it come off slowly from the soft face, making the putters
excellent for all types of green speeds, what really impressed me was the way
the putter heads set up to the ball.
Somehow - don't ask me how this happens - the sole of each of the putters in the
Versa range encourages the right set up conditions for the face every time. You
can see this from the slither of face insert which is visible when you set up.
It's always 100% square - I've never noticed this before in any other of the
many hundreds of putters I've tested. It's unique to Odyssey designs.
This feature means that you're always going to set up with the right amount of
loft on the putter for the ideal strike and resulting roll, and that's exactly
what I experienced during the test. It's as pure as they come!
Another market-leading product from Odyssey. Great feel and roll and the same
great designs that golfers all over the world have loved for decades.
couldn't have wanted for a better marketing exhibition of their new putters than
when Phil Mickelson putted his competitors off the course at the 2013 British
Open Championship using a Versa.
Whether the black and white color-scheme is a gimmick or not, you will have to
decide for yourself. As mentioned above, I have heard good things from longer
users, but even if you simply like the look and it doesn't actually help you
align better, the remaining features of the putter combine everything that has
made Odyssey putters great since 1991, so you're in for a great deal either way.
Others to consider:
Odyssey 2 Ball
The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel
One of the most revolutionary designs in putting. Love it or hate the look, the results are good
Odyssey White Hot 5
Larger than average blade with original White Hot insert... beautiful to look at and great feel.
Odyssey White Ice 5
Classic face balanced D shape with silky soft Ice White insert!
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
Perhaps Odyssey's best effort yet to eclipse the Scotty Cameron and Ping Ansers.
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
Sharp edged star ship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
Not sure if an Odyssey Versa Putter is for you? Click here for our article on choosing a putter to fit your stroke.
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