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Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so.
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Several years ago, I toured the Mizuno factory and R&D department in Atlanta, GA.  What fascinated me the most was how they tried to strive for the exact pitch (or sound) the club made at impact.  It was explained that when people were asked to describe the feel, they usually describe what they are hearing rather than what they are feeling.  So this article by  Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix makes perfect sense to me.  Check it out!
Can sound make a big difference in a putter?  Odyssey thinks so!

6 New Models

The company’s new RSX line of putters is inspired by a Japanese model from 2008.

Odyssey Brings Science to Sound in New Line

It’s easy, especially when you’re talking about the often more-art-than-science business of putter design, to believe sound is something ephemeral and, for lack of a better word, non-engineerable. It’s something you might arrive at, but not something that can be orchestrated.

The team at Odyssey seriously put that belief to rest by taking a decidedly scientific approach to achieve the right sound, with its latest series of milled putters.  The new Milled Collection RSX. According to Odyssey’s chief designer, Austie Rollinson, the sound his team sought, they took from a successful putter model originally introduced by Odyssey in Japan from 2008, the Tour Authentic Prototype #1.

 Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so

Tour Authentic Prototype #1

 The challenge was to capture the slightly higher pitched sound of that solid-faced, single-piece milled design in a two-piece milled insert putter. The original was milled from a single billet of 303 stainless steel, and the new RSX is milled from 1025 carbon steel with a 17-4 stainless-steel face insert.

“We went to our computer modelers to do some finite element analysis and actually took that old model and saw how it vibrates, what parts of that putter moved, what sort of frequencies did it generate,” Rollinson says. “Then we created a new design with an insert to try to make the same sound.”

Source: Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Odyssey Golf

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