Most women know that when it comes to putters, there are not always going to be specific club options that are made just for you. This is not a bad thing. Putting is the great equalizer. Technically a forty handicap woman golfer can have a putting stroke just as good as a scratch male golfer.
The Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter is a relatively new release, and although it is not explicitly designed for women, we want to let you know which option you should purchase and why it could be a great putter for you.
For all the years that manufacturers have been messing with golf shafts, their weight, their kick point, their torque etc. not much had been done to the shafts of putters. That is until Odyssey realized that they could capitalize on this market. They developed a unique shaft in the Stroke Lab putters that is partially graphite and partially steel.
The idea behind this unique shaft is to save some overall weight to the club to reincorporate it back into the clubhead. The more weight the putter has, the more stable it is at impact. It’s not a difficult concept, but if you read a lot about it, it will make your head hurt!
When the head of the golf club has some extra weight in it, you also need to put some excess weight in the grip of the putter. This will work to balance the putter and make your putting stroke more consistent.
The Stroke Lab putters, all 10 models, range from a traditional blade to something that looks like it could potentially be in a star wars film (you know which ones I’m talking about). Regardless of the look you like to see when you are addressing the golf ball, Stroke Lab will have an option for you.
Without ordering this club custom, you are going to be left with a 33, 34, and 35-inch length option. Most golfers are playing with a putter that is too long for them. Don’t buy a 35-inch putter just because you think that is stock. Most tour players are using something that is 33 or 34 inches to make sure that they can get their eyes in the proper location at setup.
The Face Insert
Some putters are milled entirely out of one piece of steel, and others will have a face insert. Odyssey is very well known for their face inserts. They can add quite a bit of feel and control to a putter with these high performing inserts. The insert on the Stroke Lab putter is a white micro hinge that is designed to create better topspin and more true roll.
The Bad News
The Stroke Lab putters from Odyssey are revolutionary in every way. You will very likely not putt with something that feels better than a Stroke Lab, and you have so many choices when it comes to clubhead style. The problem is the cost. These putters are one of the more expensive options on the market, and the price is quite easily justified by the advanced technology.
Luckily, we have an alternative that may give you the feel and performance of an Odyssey putter but at a much lower price.
Alternative At a Lower Price Tag: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0
The Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 is going to be less than half the price of a new Stroke Lab, but it still has some great benefits. This is a traditional blade-type putter design, so if you did want the large mallet, you would have to look elsewhere.
The White Hot Pro 2.0 is also available in the 33, 34, and 35-inch lengths. It has a White Hot insert that is not quite the same as the Stroke Lab micro hinge insert, but it still has excellent feel and responsiveness on the green.
An Odyssey putter is one that stays in your bag for a long time. People tend to change drivers and irons quite frequently, but with a putter, it’s a club you are going to want to hold on to for quite some time. Getting comfortable and confident with a putter takes time, although we have to say it takes a little less time when you have an Odyssey in your hand.
The Odyssey Stroke Lab putters are made for the golf purists. If you can tell that you hit a putter slightly off-center or that your roll was off, the Stroke Lab is for you. If you miss a putt four feet left one time and four feet right the next, you very likely won’t feel the differences between something like the White Hot Pro 2.0 and the Stroke Lab putter. Save yourself the money and buy the lower-priced technology that still gives you value.