It was the first thing I asked when first hearing what 5K meant. It was Sean Toulon who laid that bit on me last Fall. “It’s a blade though” I said, “I know” said Toulon with a smile. What I was to learn after simply spun my head around.
Introducing the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K series of putters
The OG Tri-Hot was hands down my favorite putter performance-wise of all time. Introduced in the fall of 2000, the idea was to offer a premium, multi-material putter that created a new look at stability while maintaining the optics and precision shapes that put Odyssey on the map. I gamed one from 2001until 2013…that’s unheard of for a gear head like me. I had the #3, and if memory serves, it was the first piece of Tour Issue gear I ever got. It was at the then Bob Hope Classic, and a family friend brought me on the Callaway truck to check it out. The rep said, “you can’t leave without a club,” so he whipped up a putter, and off I went. I still can’t remember who the rep was, but THANKS!!
The Tech leap Odyssey has taken from the OG to the 5K compares the Zack Morris mobile phone to the iPhone 13. The point is we have evolved…a ton.
What does 5K mean?
5K represents the number used to measure the Moment of Inertia, AKA forgiveness. Any strike that is not center punch will greatly affect where and how the ball will fly or, in this case, roll. Like your driver or any other club in the bag, it’s essential the clubhead maintains its stability through impact, regardless of how fast it’s moving.
“Using massive amounts of tungsten, we’ve developed an inertia level exceeding 5000 IZZ for incredible forgiveness that’s unmatched in the blade category, all while moving the CG closer to the face.” -OdysseyGolf.com
This is where it gets head scratchy for me. For example, I understand how all of this is done in a mallet-like 2B10 or OG 7. Those putters have a larger footprint, the CG is pulled back, and it essentially gives the putter a resistance to twisting that blades don’t offer. Until now.
Imagine having a set of Apex MB’s that were as/or more forgiving than the Apex DCB. That’s what we are talking about here.
A 5K MOI number puts the Tri-Hot 5K #1 (for example) at a higher forgiveness metric than 2B10 and more or less every mallet Odyssey/Toulon makes.
According to Sean Toulon,
“5K refers to a measure of the club’s inertia.
Simply, The higher the number the more forgiving the putter.
In this case, our putters have inertia exceeding 5,000. Most blades are at least 20 percent less than that. It’s a big reason why our performance is so much better.”
The Nitty Gritty:
I’ll leave all the tech talk aside here and just focus on what I have seen and experienced thus far.
The Tri-Hot 5K will make just about any golfer happy because it’s simply a cool thing to look at. Still, from a performance standpoint, it seems to work for the blade loyalists who want the mallet’s stability but have a hard time getting used to its optics. Take Talor Gooch, for example, who has gone from a blade to a mallet for that exact reason; as you’ll see in the video below, Joe Toulon explains why blade loyalists will sometimes have trouble transitioning into a mallet.
I saw Talor’s Tri-Hot test happen firsthand at RSM last fall. He was hitting putts out of the toe and heel (on purpose) to see what kind of speed/dispersion data shook out. What we saw was actually fascinating; center toe and center heel strikes were extremely close in performance to what he saw with the center strikes from his previous blade gamer and out-performed his OG 7S mallet across the board.
As we know now, the switch helped…he won his first PGA Tour event that week.
Check out this Video with Odyssey Tour Rep Joe Toulon!
I would encourage everyone to give this one a spin at your local pro shop or PGA Tour Super Store/Golf Galaxy etc. There is, without a doubt, something special here. I have seen more players instantly intrigued with the Tri-Hot 5K than any other putter we have offered. I’m in the midst of getting mine dialed in to recreate the magic of years back. The Tri-Hot 5K is simply a piece of technology that I have never seen. Yes, a few have tried the idea, but nobody has taken it this far with this level of optics and performance.
It’s literally built differently and I suspect the 5K will land in a ton of bags on Tour this year. Every testing session I have witnessed Gooch, Grace, and Min Woo resulted in a quick switch. Especially if they get on Quintec with Joe. The numbers don’t lie. Better is just better.
Any more info or questions go to OdysseyGolf.com