Odyssey's 2-Ball is as reliable as ever when it comes to performance. The overall balance is so good, as is the feel off the face with the soft insert.
Exceptional feel and overall balance, making it easy to produce a consistent stroke and roll. Very easy to align thanks to the high-contrast design.
Slightly high-pitched sound off the face, which was a surprise given the soft feel. Long putts often came up short initially.
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We put the Odyssey DFX 2-Ball OS to the test over several weeks and rounds to assess the performance on offer
Odyssey DFX 2-Ball OS Putter Review
Odyssey’s 2-Ball putter is a staple of the company’s range, having proved immensely popular with golfers for the best part of two decades. The latest version is the eye-catching all-black DFX which, despite appearances, actually features the softest insert ever for maximum feel.
The first thing we noticed was the colour scheme which, we have to admit, looks incredible. And that translates to a confidence-inspiring visual when you’re standing over the ball. Although without a classic alignment aid, the two balls worked as well as ever at getting us set up square to where we were aiming.
Having used the classic White-Hot model in the past - it was 13 years ago so it’s not exactly fresh in the memory - we were quickly reminded of the reasons why it held pride of place in our bag for so long.
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In particular, the balance is excellent. The weight feels very evenly distributed throughout the whole club which is something we really like. It all comes down to personal preference of course but this performance element meant it felt easy to control the face and length of stroke, producing really consistent results.
One thing we did notice is that we were coming up a little short with putts from distance when we initially put it to the test - this is undoubtedly due to the soft-face insert which we did expect to be firmer. It took us a while to get used to this, which might be worth bearing in mind if you’re more familiar and/or prefer something with a harder feel.
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The sound produced was also on the surprising side in that it was a tad high-pitched. That’s not to say it was off-putting in any way, just unexpected.
One aspect that perhaps worked against the putter was the double-bend hosel. With more of a straight-back-and-through stroke, this attribute wasn’t overly well-suited to our motion.
But for all that certain elements of the Odyssey 2-Ball DFX may not have matched our unique delivery, the feel off the face is exceptional. So much so that it might still find its way into the bag to replace the trusty blade that has been unmoved for the best part of 10 years.
The balance and feel just make it so easy to stroke and produce a good roll. And an added bonus is the chunky grip that comes as standard for those, like us, who like to take the wrists out of the stroke as much as possible.
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More testing is definitely required and a lengthening of the shaft could even be on the cards, but make no mistake, with more putters than ever on the market, Odyssey’s latest iteration of the 2-Ball remains hard to beat, especially given the modest price tag.
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 M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1