All good putters know that sound is a vital component to a successful stroke. The auditory feedback from the blade at impact is key to developing both feel and distance control.
This knowledge is at the heart of Odyssey's new limited edition Milled Collection RSX putters that have been developed around its Sound Chamber technology platform.
The search for harmonic perfection actually began in the Far East as the RSX is an offshoot of the Japanese SX line that engineers designed to meet a local demand for a putter with a firmer feel and a sound that echoed that of the Prototype #1 and Prototype #2 putters that had been successful in 2007 and 2008.
Those putters had a very thin face and a distinct sound that engineers analysed with computer modelling to see how the putters moved and measured the frequencies generated. They found they could replicate this in the all milled putters by a hollow Sound Chamber located behind the 17-4 stainless steel insert striking surface.
This changes how the putter bends and vibrates at impact to generate the specific frequency and amplitude that is dialled in to produce a solid 'tink' which gives instant auditory, and therefore feel, feedback to the player.
As well as the Japanese SX line with its plain milled stainless steel face, the Sound Chamber has also been used in the Highway 101 putters and Odyssey view this as a technology platform that they will use in multiple lines.
It was therefore the obvious choice for the limited edition Milled Collection RSX putters which take the concept a step further by including Odyssey's Metal-X pattern on the face for a better roll. The patented oval pattern is chemically etched into the insert and works with a crossbar that stabilises feel and roll across the whole putting surface.
The heads of the Milled Collection RSX putters are milled from 1025 carbon steel and are available in three shapes. The best selling Odyssey #7 leads the way and is joined by the progressive V-Line Fang mallet as well as the #001, a new take on the classic Odyssey #1 anser style head.
With only 100 of each model available for sale in Europe, these putters are true collectors items and this appeal can be seen in the contemporary look of the black powder coat shaft that reduces glare and the genuine cabretta leather black grip that is finished with a red baseball stitch down the back.