All the Gear: Odyssey go red with new O-Works putters

Golf Equipment

What is it with red putters these days? Equipment editor James Savage rounds up all the latest gear news...

Red putters eh? They seem to be all the rage these days so it’s no surprise to see the Odyssey O-Works Red putters being launched.

Another brand have had some success on tour and in the pro shops with a particular model in the same colour so maybe Odyssey are trying to get their piece of the action?

It does make sense. Odyssey have a number of classic headshapes and it would be a shame for them to lose business by not offering them in a certain colour.

Odyssey say tour players had specifically requested a red model but wanted the new O-Works microhinge insert which we have seen in their latest models.

“The head colour has been generating a lot of interest on Tour this season, and a number of our players asked to test prototypes combining our microhinge insert technology with a red finish,” said head of R&D Dr Alan Hocknell.

We know that if the best players like something and putt well with it, real golfers are definitely going to like it, too.”

More information on the putters, which have an SRP of £179 or £199, can be found on the Odyssey website.

Is it time for winter golf gear already?

Well, I was at Royal Birkdale last week and it didn’t feel like summer for much of the time.

Thankfully I had the new FootJoy DryJoys Tour LTS jacket – which forms part of their new autumn wear range –  to keep the wind and rain off.

You may have seen me on the telly?

FJ DryJoys Tour LTS

Yes, I know that’s Ken Brown – who looks like he could do with some new FJ gear – I’m the one “trying” to get out of the shot. *Just wire the money into my account please FootJoy*

Anyway, the new jacket has heaps more stretch and is a heck of a lot lighter than the previous DryJoys Tour XP jacket while being a bit more substantial than the DryJoys Select. There are also rain trousers to match.

There are also a load of new polos and pullovers as part of the new range which can be purchased direct from the FootJoy website.

No, it’s still summer

If you fancy a comfortable pair of spikeless golf shoes to see you thorough the rest of the season, look no further than the new Ecco Casual Hybrids.

These offer the ultimate blend of on-course comfort and off-course style.

For me, a pair of spikeless golf shoes are about convenience. I want to wear them all day which includes the drive to and from the course. The Casual Hybrids certainly fit that bill.

But don’t be fooled into thinking they aren’t loaded with technology. The premium leather upper has been Hydromax treated to repel water and the shoes benefit from the Ecco Freedom Fit which mixes a snug heel setting with a roomier forefoot area.

The outsole has molded traction bars made from durable TPU which provides hundreds of traction angles for more grip.

More information about the Ecco Casual  Hybrids, which have an SRP of £110, can be found on the Ecco website.

PXG driving irons? Yes please…

It was certainly a theme of the 146th Open Championship. It was like being transported back to the early 1990s with all the driving irons on show from the likes of Spieth, McIlroy and Mickelson.

You may have also noticed that Charl Schwartzel was wielding some new weapons – the PXG 0311X driving irons.

These are not your average driving irons. They are forged from soft steel with an ultra-thin face backed with a thermoplastic elastomer. This basically means that they will fly off the face but still have a lovely sound and feel.

Well, that’s what they should do. Now if only PXG would send us some to try out for ourselves…

To find a fitter near you visit the PXG website.

Rory and Jason have fun day in London

You may have noticed that Rory McIlroy and Jason Day were down in London this week. It looked like they were having a great time.

It wasn’t a Team Nike bonding session though, they were helping to promote the new AeroReact shirt.

The shirt, which Rory wore at The Open, reacts to heat and moisture then has fibres which open for breathabilty.

AeroReact shirts can be purchased from nike.com. 

Big Max Terrain trolley

The Big Max Terrain electric trolley is designed to give golfers more control on even the toughest tracks.

It features a powerful 230w whisper quiet motor with differential and automatic downhill braking to keep speed constant.

More information on the Terrain, which has an SRP of £799, can be found on the Big Max website.

 

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