The proposed rule change for anchoring putters has been talked about for years, so it certainly didn’t come as a shock when golf’s governing bodies finally took action. What took considerably less time was the reaction by one popular putter manufacturer to produce a new line of putters to help bridge the gap between anchored and non-anchored putting.
Odyssey Golf, which is owned by Carlsbad-based Callaway, recently announced their new line of Metal-X Arm Lock Putters, which are built to help golfers who are used to the stabilizing feel of an anchored putter. According to the manufacturer, the new Odyssey putters will conform to the USGA’s anticipated ruling and offer a unique method of stabilizing the putter through a natural-feeling extension of the golfer’s arm.
“We have been working toward solutions for the proposed ban on the anchoring technique for some time now, and working with our Tour players, have identified an alternative and Tour-proven putting method,” said Chris Koske, Global Director, Odyssey Golf. “We’re now moving quickly to deliver the Arm Lock products that promote a stable and consistent putting stroke for both Professionals and amateur golfers.”
The Odyssey Metal-X Arm Lock Putter will be available initially in two models, the Metal-X #7 and the Metal-X DART. Both products will allow golfers to extend the shaft and grip up their lead forearm for consistent performance and control through the stroke.
“At Odyssey we were adamant about offering alternative solutions to golfers who might change their current technique based on the recent anchoring proposal,” said Austie Rollinson, Principal Designer, Odyssey Golf. “We have more Tour players around the world playing and winning with Odyssey putters than any other company; we worked closely with many of them to dial in the new Arm Lock Putters to ensure they perform at the highest level.”
The Odyssey Golf Arm Lock Putter will be available at retail in January 2013 for a new product introduction retail price of $189.99 in the United States.