Odyssey Tank Versa #7

Golfmagic joins 10 testers at Horsley Lodge Golf Club in Derby to test some of the best new mallets in the game

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Wed, 14 May 2014
Odyssey Tank Versa #7

Brand: Odyssey
Putter: Tank Versa #7
Design: Mallet
RRP: £130
Loft: 3-degree Lie: 70-degree
Head Weight: 400g
Available lengths:
34, 36, 38, 40"

Summary: Odyssey Tank range has been extended and the inclusion of the heel-toe weighted Tank Versa #7 mallet is about to make the world's best selling putter even more popular. Tank technology uses Counterbalance Weight Stability which gives you a heavier than standard head with a heavier shaft to keep your hands quieter through your putting stroke. That is the minor benefit of extra weight, the main reason the Tank has proved so popular has been because the extra weight provides an extremely high MOI for more stability through the impact zone for a more consistent pendulum stroke. Testing the 36" version, for example, the total club MOI is 34% higher than a standard putter and a 19% increase in total club weight. Tank Versa #7 also features Tour-proven High Contrast Alignment.

Looks: Narrowly trumps its Tank brother thanks to the High Contrast Alignment aid, of which eight testers described as the best alignment in the test. This black and white Tour-proven technology aid highlights the proper face angle from address to impact and improves concentration. The three black dots in the middle are placed in the middle of the ball and the black lines aid with a straight back and through stroke. Testers also liked the cut out in the flange, acting like a 2-Ball design. Very efficient and looks the real deal. 4.4 (out of 5)

Feel: Incredibly scores exactly the same as the Tank 2-Ball. Again, smooth stroke, lovely 'pop' sensation off the face from the White Hot insert and stable stroke thanks to the greater total club MOI. Two testers said they couldn't get a consistent feel but the remainder said they could. 7.9 (out of 10)

Performance: Falls just 0.1 shy of the Tank 2-Ball but again, one of the strongest performers in the test. The greater MOI on offer here provided all testers with more stability through impact and helped engage more of pendulum stroke, preventing those wrists from breaking down. Lots of putts were being holed from close range. 7.8 (out of 10)

Verdict: One of the strongest mallets out there, as you'd expect from a new Odyssey putter. Head weight felt just right and almost impossible to pull or push a putt from close range. Very hard to fault and terrific value for money at £130. 20.1 (out of 25)

Results: 114 putts holed (out of 180)

TesterNameHandicap  3-feet6-feet15-feet
2Charlie 14431
8Damian 17543

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