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The Odyssey White Hot RX putters have been unveiled, which combine a dual layer insert, a new face pattern and coating to provide a soft feel and better roll on the greens
The Odyssey White Hot insert has been around for 15 years and is one of the most successful putter technologies of all time. But Odyssey feel like they have improved upon it further with the launch of the White Hot RX series.
The goal was to create a face that felt softer than the Fusion RX insert and improve the roll of the ball. Odyssey's Metal X pattern has done this job in other models but with the current material used on White Hot, implementing these oval patterns wasn't possible.
So new for White Hot RX is a dual layer injected molded insert that has a softer core. This new core material is made of elastomer to offer the feel, ball speed and sound properties and is combined with a new cover material to create the ultimate in speed and feel.
In developing the new cover, Odyssey tested 17 different materials in looking for the right sound and ball speed and well as ensuring the cover was firm enough (harder than a ball’s cover) so that the ovals would create the necessary friction that led to a better roll.
In the past, Odyssey have added texture to the insert to help improve the sound and the look. But when Odyssey moulded the Metal X pattern into the face insert, they couldn’t add texture to the cover as the edges would be rough. So instead, they used a paint coating that increased friction slightly more than if it wasn't there.
Internal testing showed increased top spin over White Hot and lower launch angle, so the ball gets in contact with the ground earlier, reducing the skid phase and improving roll.
The White Hot RX putters come in seven head shapes: #1, #2, #7, #9, Rossie, V-Line Fang and 2-ball. The #2 model is a squared off version of the #1. The #7 has a deeper face based on feedback from consumers. The #9 also has deeper face, there's the ever popular 2-ball and new model called V-Line Fang. This came about from feedback from Japan wanting a mid-sized mallet, so Odyssey took the V-Line model and gave it a #7 treatment.
The Odyssey White Hot RX putters go on sale from February 26th. Prices range from £129 to £189 for the larger Tank versions. Golfers can choose from the standard rubber or SuperStroke grip options.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSi3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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