How Odyssey Tour reps helped Wyndham Clark find a winning putter

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Clark's first week with an Odyssey Ai-One Jailbird Cruiser putter ended in victory.

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A putter search can take you down roads that seemed unimaginable when things were clicking — like testing nine different wands. Yes, Wyndham Clark needed a spark in the worst way with a club that completely changed his career last season when he won the Wells Fargo Championship and U.S. Open in the span of 42 days.

Clark was riding high after his triumph at Los Angeles Country Club with a replica of Rickie Fowler’s Odyssey Versa Jailbird. But all good things eventually come to an end. When the putts stopped falling, Clark began the search for something new in the weeks leading up to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

With a new putting coach Mike Kanski in the fold, Clark identified a slight left-aim tendency that led the reigning U.S. Open champion to question if a putter change was necessary.

Once Callaway Tour rep Joe Toulon and Odyssey Tour rep Cody Hale received the green light, they began the process of building several different options for Clark to test, including a few Ai-One Jailbird Cruiser options with no alignment lines. (Odyssey labels the longer length, heavier head and counterbalanced builds as “Cruisers.”)

“[We] talked through some of the issues he was having and what we thought could help from a putter perspective,” Toulon told GOLF.com. “He had a putting lesson on Sunday and started experimenting with left-hand low.”

The grip change required the reps to cut down the putter to 35.75 inches — his previous putter length was 39 inches — to get Clark’s shoulder more level and square at address. The head was also bent 1 degree flat to make the head appear more open/square when he stood over putts.

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“That paired with a couple of setup changes seemed to help shift his aim and tighten the gap between aim and start line,” Hale noted.

But back to the alignment aid change for a moment.

Look back at Clark’s previous Jailbird and you’ll notice three small dots on the topline for directional purposes. Lines and dots are commonly used to help golfers focus on their target, but if you rely on them too much, things can go sideways. Years ago, Jason Day switched from a TaylorMade Spider with a line to a clean crown after he found himself relying too much on the line at setup.

Similar to Day’s situation, removing the dots kept Clark from fixating on visuals and made the head look slightly more open/square at address. Problem solved. It’s a small change, to be sure, but one that can make a world of difference, particularly for elite pros.

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Clark opted for a clean topline with no alignment aid. Getty Images

Along with the head changes, Clark found Odyssey’s Ai insert to be particularly good on mishits. Based on the nearly 200 feet worth of putts he dropped on Saturday at Pebble Beach, it’s safe to say the changes have already made an immediate impact on Clark’s putting — and his bank account.

“A lot of big changes,” Clark said, “but when you’re in a spot where I was mentally in putting, you kind of needed a change, just something totally different so you couldn’t complain or have those same feels that I had in previous tournaments. 

“So yeah, a lot changed, but I think not having the line on the putter’s been the biggest thing for me.”

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Jonathan Wall

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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.