Tommy Fleetwood has been the picture of consistency since the Italian Open in September. Outside of a more-than-respectable T12 at the BMW PGA Championship, Fleetwood hasn’t finished worse than T7 in his last four starts. And with big money still up for grabs on the European Tour, there’s still time to cash a big check before the holidays.
It just so happens Fleetwood’s run of good form coincides with two notable gear changes, starting with a switch to TaylorMade’s TP5x Pix golf ball during the CJ Cup. Earlier this week in Dubai, Fleetwood added another piece of new gear to the bag in the form of an intriguing Odyssey prototype putter.
Fleetwood was photographed during a practice round rolling putts with an Anser-style Odyssey blade, but when he stepped on the first tee for the opening round on Thursday, the putter had been replaced by a White Hot OG 2-Ball Blade.
The name on the sole of the putter is a bit misleading because the putter is anything but your standard 2-Ball.
Instead of two white discs on the crown of the putter, Fleetwood’s only features a single disc with a black line running down the middle to assist with alignment. Fleetwood has yet to comment on the putter, but it’s safe to assume the 30-year-old wanted to try a scaled-down version of Odyssey’s popular mallet with a more subdued alignment aid.
Removing the second white disc from the head likely means Odyssey had to work some magic to get the overall head weight up, but it’s a problem worth solving for an elite tour pro.
It should be noted that Odyssey has dabbled with 1-Ball designs in past. The Stroke Lab R-Ball and Daniel Berger’s custom red 2-Ball mallet both sported a single white disc on the crown, but significant material was never removed to create the 1-Ball look — making Fleetwood’s wand a total one-off.
Fleetwood sits T5 after three rounds in Dubai. If the putter continues to perform, expect to see more of the custom 1-Ball in the future.
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