Expert Review: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K #1 CH PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
All photos courtesy of the Robert Franks
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
The Odyssey Tri Hot 5K #1 CH Putter is geared towards any golfer who prefers the look of a blade. It is easily one of the most stable blade putters I have ever used, so higher handicap golfers should not be put off by the perceived lack of forgiveness.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Odyssey Tri Hot 5K One
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumbers Neck
- Shaft Length: 35.25in
- Grip Type: Evnroll Gravity Grip
- Shaft: LAGP P Series 135
- Finish: Black and Gray
- Average Score: Mid 70s
- Handicap: +1
- Experience: 15 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Flowing with slight arc
- Golf Ball Used: 2022 Titleist ProV1
- Height: 6’2”
- When I bought the putter: February 2022
- Days tested: 9 months
- Where I’ve used it: Home practice mat and on-course
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Every condition
- Green Speed: 9–11
- Grass Type: Bent grass
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted to add more “feel” back into my putting stroke by going to a smaller, blade-style putter. I also wanted a plumbers neck with .370 hosel so I could test my LAGP 135 putter shaft. Prior to using this Odyssey putter, I spent the last two years using a Sik Pro C Armlock.
Why I chose this club
I liked the idea of the weight-forward technology in this putter. It’s not new to the industry, but newer to Odyssey. I wanted a blade, but I wouldn’t consider myself a great putter, so I thought the extra forgiveness could certainly help. I loved the two-tone finish with black and matte gray.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The Odyssey White Hot insert might be the most famous face insert of all time and it’s certainly my favorite. Truly nothing beats it. The feel off the face is hard to describe sometimes. It’s certainly soft, but it’s also a very “dense” feel that I really prefer. The sound the insert makes is lower pitch and muted, which certainly suits my preferences.
- Forgiveness: Fantastic forgiveness for a blade putter. I am very pleasantly surprised how consistent strikes feel and how similar distances are on center and off-center strikes.
- Length: 35.25 inches. My preferred length for putters. This putter comes stock in 33, 34 and 35 inches, but can also be custom ordered to longer or shorter lengths.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The two-tone finish with black and matte gray is very sharp.
- Grip Feel: Evnroll Gravity grip is my current favorite putter grip. I putt cross-handed and it seems to just fit perfectly.
- Customization: The length, loft, and lie can all be customized on this club.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: This putter is a little heavy for my liking at 35.25 inches. I can take the weights out of the bottom, but I don’t want to mess with something that is working well for most of the golf season. Heavy isn’t necessarily a bad thing for most golfers, as it helps smooth out the stroke. For me, it just means it takes longer to get distance control dialed in.
- Alignment: I typically do not love alignment lines. I prefer a putter with a dot or no line at all. I would love to see Odyssey allow customizations of this sort.
Best putt with this putter
The best putt I made with this putter was during our Men’s Scratch Invitational in July. I was short of a par 5 green in two and hit a mediocre chip to around 18 feet. It was an uphill, pretty big right to left breaking putt (around three feet or so) to a pin that was right on the crest of the slope. The putt went in nearly sideways at three o’clock with just absolutely perfect “die-it-in” speed.
Value for the money vs. other options
This is certainly an expensive putter. However, for someone like me who prefers the look of blade, but wants the forgiveness of a bigger putter, it’s worth the cost. I didn’t test the Stroke Lab shaft, but I know it’s very well thought of, so there’s also some additional technology there. I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing this putter again. Compared to similar options such as Scotty Cameron, Taylormade, or Bettinardi blades, I think the Odyssey Tri Hot 5k One would be my choice over most all other brands. This is all subjective, of course, but I love the feel of the insert and that would be the deciding factor for me, personally. There is also more of a “technology” story with the high MOI and forward weighting of the putter that one doens’t get in most blade putters.
The Odyssey Tri Hot 5K #1 Putter is just a fantastic offering from Odyssey. I think it’s their best blade option they have ever released. I’m so glad Odyssey is starting to bring back the white-hot insert because it is truly iconic and feels so good. I anticipate the 5K technology to be something Odyssey keeps around for multiple years because it really does seem to work. Combine this putter head with the grip of one’s choice and they may gain confidence on the greens.