An excellent option for the many blade lovers out there. Superb feel and sound off the soft DFX insert and offers a really nice visual when over the ball. Does feel a little head-heavy in the hands but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Looks brilliant, with excellent feel off the face. A perfect option for blade lovers looking to save a few pounds.
Feels a little head-heavy and we would've preferred a thicker stock grip.
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We assess the performance on offer in this Odyssey DFX 1 Pistol Putter review
Odyssey DFX 1 Pistol Putter Review
Putters don’t come much more classic-looking than a blade. For all that brands are able to cram more performance into larger-headed models, many golfers still prefer this old-school look and feel.
Upon first inspection, we were immediately taken by the aesthetics on offer. The matte all-black finish provides a great visual, which is a performance attribute some still take for granted. If you don’t like the look of what you’re staring down at, you can bet you’ll suffer on the greens.
There is also an alignment aid that is an essential for many - if not most - golfers out there. It is a little short in that it only covers the topline of the blade, but it's clear enough that it shouldn't be lacking compared to other options.
During testing, we did notice there were a couple of things that weren’t to our liking. For example, the plumber-neck hosel, while a classic favoured by many, isn’t our favourite shape. And the thin pistol grip that comes as standard is in contrast to the chunkier one we’re used to. As a result, we found it took some time to adjust.
The all-important feel off the face can’t be faulted, however. As mentioned in the Odyssey DFX 2-Ball OS review, the insert is even softer than the renowned White Hot version and we really felt this at work.
Once we got the hang of how hard to hit putts of varying lengths, we enjoyed the feedback given on impact and the roll we were able to produce consistently. The noise created is almost dull-sounding, which is also quite nice and adds to the feel aspect.
Unlike the 2-Ball, which is the same weight, this gives the impression that more of the weight resides in the putter head, skewing the balance slightly from what would be our preference. For many, though, we expect this will be a plus point.
In our case, it made it feel a little less stable than other models we’ve tested. Overall, though, it is a superb putter that will undoubtedly be a hit with many golfers for whom it sets up perfectly.
In particular, the look of the premium black finish and feel off the face are stunning, something we’ve come to expect from Odyssey. So, if you’re in the market for a new blade, you’d be foolish not to consider the DFX 1 Pistol.
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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