Martin Hopley

The Odyssey Toulon Design putter range is Callaway's high end milled offering that is going to take the battle to Scotty Cameron at the premium end of the bag.

Odyssey Toulon Design Putter

As I found out when I spoke to founder Sean Toulon earlier this year, the aim is to use the best materials and processes to create a putter that looks, sound and feels great.

Sean Toulon, Callaway

There are a range of seven heads currently available in the USA and you can customise and order them via the Toulon Design website. Two specific models have made it across the pond to the UK for 2017, with the rest scheduled for some time in 2018 so this review will focus on these putters.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter Review

The Toulon Design San Diego putter is your classic Anser style shape that like virtually all the other shapes is milled from a solid block of soft 303 stainless steel.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

The only exception to this is the removable sole plate that allows Odyssey to vary the weight of the head according to the length of the shaft or to counterbalance it with the grip.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

The is a choice of lightweight Aluminium soleplates, or a stainless steel version which is around 13g heavier or a tungsten weight that is another 20g.

The San Diego putter I tried was the 35 inch model with the standard steel plate and the weight and balance of the putter was everything you would expect from a premium all metal putter.

The face features the same Deep Diamond Mill groove pattern that all the Toulon Design putters have and apparently takes 40 minutes to mill. Like similar groove designs, the majority of the benefit is in the sound and feel of the putter, which usually amounts to the same thing.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

More grooves create less contact points with the ball and therefore the putter feels and sounds softer as a result of the diagonal grooves.

Odyssey claim that the horizontal grooves in the middle of the 'diamonds' are there to improve the roll, which is difficult to confirm and would seem quite a lot for a little groove to do.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

However whatever the combination, it works as the roll from this style of face is very good, provided you have all the other basics right.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

Like the rest of the range the San Diego comes with a Toulon Design badged SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour grip that is a nice size and has the option to screw 25g or 50g counterbalance weights into the butt of the grip if you want to, but these are an optional extra.

Odyssey Toulon Design Superstroke Grip

The shaft lengths go from 33 to 38 inches in all the heads so the custom fitting options for head, shaft and grip weight mean that you can really tailor your wand to weave your magic.

Odyssey Toulon Design San Diego Putter

The San Diego and the other all metal heads really offer a high end putter that delivers both in looks, sound and feel so you will get your money's worth if you want to stretch to this style of putter.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter Review

If however you want something more hi-tech, then the Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis putter could be the one for you, but you will have to pay an extra £50 on the already pretty steep price of the other models.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

The X-wing style head features 17 pieces starting with an soft 6061 aluminium face that weighs 65g and has the same Deep Diamond Mill pattern on it.

Behind that is the black carbon fibre crown with wings shaped to look like the winds on an Indy race car's nosecone.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

The 303 Stainless Steel sole has all the weight in it at 180g plus two 25g milled tungsten weights in the wingtips that can be swapped with 35g or 45g versions if required.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

All this gives the Indianapolis a high MOI of over 5400 and the low centre of gravity is 1.5 inches behind the face to resist twisting and get the ball rolling correctly.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

I quite like the styling of the Indianapolis as you can just focus on the long white alignment line making a 'T' with the silver top line of the face at address and let the rear of the black head blend away if you want.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

You will have to remember hold it in position though as the rear balance weight does mean that the head wants to fall open and back if you just rest it at address, so getting your hand position correct is going to be more important than usual so you don't add extra loft to the face at impact.

Odyssey Toulon Design Indianapolis Putter

The sound is a little more hollow than the all-steel heads that make up the rest of the Toulon Design range, but I quite liked it and the overall feel was very solid. If a high MOI face balanced putter is what you are after then the Indianapolis is a good looking and well thought out design.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Odyssey Toulon Design Putter - Product Details

UK Launch15 September 2017
UK Launch RRP£399
USA Launch17 May 2017
USA Launch RRP$399.99
European Launch15 September 2017
European Launch RRP€469
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts
Right Handed Lofts
Club Lengths33-38 inches inches
GripToulon Design SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour
Putter ShapesBlade, Mallet
ModelsAustin, Columbus, Indianapolis, Long Island, Madison, Memphis, San Diego
Putter InsertNo
Putter Face GroovesYes
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

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