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Published on September 28th, 2011 | by Greg


Odyssey White Ice Dart: Guess What It Is!

If we had three guess­es- maybe even ten- we wouldn’t be able to fig­ure out what to­day’s nifty item was. Guess­es in the of­fice ranged from a new Or­b­itz gum fla­vor to an ex­ot­ic Gatorade, a weird cock­tail or a swim­suit. No one sus­pect­ed the re­al an­swer, but when we put it in their hands, all agreed that it made sense.

Enough rid­dles! First off, the Odyssey White Ice Dart Put­ter is in­cred­i­bly bad-ass. We’re not sure that ex­ple­tives fit well in the golf world, but with that name and the fu­tur­is­tic look and feel of this club, they must be try­ing to reach be­yond the tra­di­tion­al au­di­ence. Some of us here have had es­sen­tial­ly no ex­pe­ri­ence on the golf course, ex­cept for mi­ni golf. So it was a per­fect chance to get on the green and see how am­a­teurs (and one more ex­pe­ri­enced play­er) could han­dle it.

Golf has un­der­gone some of the same changes as ten­nis- new ma­te­ri­als and a mod­ern em­pha­sis on tech­nol­o­gy have changed the shape and style of the game. You might not im­me­di­ate­ly see the dif­fer­ence when watch­ing ei­ther one on tele­vi­sion, but a close up look at this put­ter makes it quite clear. Most like­ly, you’ve nev­er seen any­thing like this. And it even has a cool acronym: D.A.R.T. is short for Di­rec­tion And Re­align­ment Tech­nol­o­gy. We’ve men­tioned how it looks a few times, but it turns out that they in­cor­po­rat­ed a bunch of vi­sion re­search in­to the con­struc­tion. You al­most can’t help but im­prove your putting; the de­sign forces you to align your club in a straight fash­ion and al­so to bal­ance the swing for max­i­mum con­tact and con­trol.

Putting seems sim­ple, so we were a bit skep­ti­cal. But ev­ery­thing from the tex­tured face to the eas­i­ly ad­justable weight­ing sys­tem and even a shaft that bends and curves in a way that feels nat­u­ral when you’re hold­ing it. We should note: we aren’t pro­fes­sion­als, and none of us are go­ing to be mak­ing the Tour even with the White Ice Dart in our hands. But if we had to choose one put­ter, it’d be this one. We put this to the test- where else?- at the lo­cal minia­ture golf course. But in­stead of play­ing the ba­sic 18, we did two rounds, and al­so switched the put­ter amongst ev­ery play­er in the group, ro­tat­ing it so that ev­ery­one got a chance to play. Ev­ery per­son re­port­ed greater con­sis­ten­cy and ac­cu­ra­cy when us­ing the put­ter, and our scores im­proved by at least a stroke (and in one case as many as four) per hole. Golfers, take note- you’ll be im­me­di­ate­ly asked about this piece of gear when you take it out of the classy case. You might feel weird if you’re com­ing from a blade or non-weight­ed put­ter, but the speed con­trol you gain is worth the tem­po­rary dis­ori­en­ta­tion. At $179 and avail­able in sev­er­al sizes as well as left/right-hand styles, the Odyssey White Ice Dart de­serves a spot in your golf bag.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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