Recently I tested the new Odyssey O-Works Red 7S putter. Callaway sent me the club to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
Week of August 15, 2017
I tested the 7s on the putting green and then 3 rounds on 3 different courses. Weather conditions were great but each course was different in terms of green speed and challenge.
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the putter felt in my hands with a standard grip, and how it appeared behind ball. I really liked the red color. Also, when hit a ball pure, the putter makes a faint ping like a tuning fork which I really liked. With feel, I really liked how it felt I was actually striking the ball, even though I play with a soft ball (supersoft). Often with putts, it feels more like a push than a strike.
Putter Performance (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|EASE OF ALIGNMENT compared to my current putter||8/10|
|QUALITY OF ROLL compared to my current putter||10/10|
|ACCURACY compared to current putter||10/10|
|SPEED CONTROL compared to current putter||10/10|
The 7s performed great. I've been using a TM Spyder the last year and a half, and this putter actually performed better for me. I had a better feel for the stroke, the ball stayed on line better leaving the putter, and my distance control was much better. On really fast greens, I tend to blow the ball by the hole at least a couple times a round and that was minimized. In addition, I had great success sinking putts overall in the 6-15 foot range more consistently.
Comments on Microhinge Technology:
I was really glad I got to try this insert and I think it is key to a consistent roll and distance control, as well as keeping the ball on line. When I practiced putting uphill from just off the green, I really noticed the topspin created to help the ball continue rolling to the hole.
Most everything was positive. Look, feel, weight, swing mechanics, ball roll and distance control were all as good if not better than my Spyder. Love the red color!
Very minor but the shape with 2 prongs going backward rather than a mallet head was a new look for me. Also concerned that the head cover will drop off as the magnet holding it together didn't seem very strong.
Summary of My Experience with the Putter
I loved using the Red 7s and admit to almost being ready to buy it and switch. Thank you Callaway for the new technology and the opportunity to try it. I'd need to work a bit more with it for use on faster greens but my experience tells me it would likely end up better than my current putter.
Very informative review. Been looking at them seriously thinking of switching. Made it a lot tougher. Now I think I am switching
@calbucks4Thanks for the review. I am really looking to possibly purchase this particular putter. I tried the original in the Golf store and I really liked the feel but putting on those fake greens just don't show it's true capability. I appreciate your opinion!
"My distance control was much better. On really fast greens, I tend to blow the ball by the hole at least a couple times a round and that was minimized. In addition, I had great success sinking putts overall in the 6-15 foot range more consistently."
This has been my experience with my new O-Works #1 putter...It just make distance control so much more consistant Ive really been shocked. I see a #7 in my future because it is my favorite head shape but this #1 will be my gamer for the forseeable future.
Nice job Callaway...What a year 2017 has been for you. I dont think its any conincidence that since I purchased the Epic Driver 4 months ago and the O-Works last month my HC has been dropping like a rock.
Hey calbucks4, recently purchased my O-Works #7 in red, love the way it feels and rolls out nice, i've had it for about 2 week now and enjoy using it, had some nice putts recently long and short, as for the cover i replaced it with a cheapo one, i have a tendancy to loose them when playing 8 bucks is better than 30 bucks : ) !
@calbucks4 From your comments, sounds like your index will go down if you change out your TM for the Odyssey. IMHO. At your current index, putting represents just under 40% of your total strokes. 2 or 3 less putts per round will put you in great index territory. LOL.