Odessey putters belong in the Callaway family of golf clubs. That alone tells you that they offer some of the finest craftsmanship and highest levels of performance available on the market. That’s because Callaway has a long history of outdoing its competition with innovative designs and novel clubs, such as the world-famous Big Bertha.
The legend of Callaway golf is not one of those hundred year old tales that start in Scotland. Instead, the story begins when Ely Callaway sold his former business, a vineyard, in 1981. At first Callaway leaned toward retirement, and like most men of his age, he took to golf to pass the time. One day, he was shopping in a golf shop in California when he spotted a pitching wedge that reminded him of the clubs of yesteryear.
To his amazement, however, instead of being just a fragile hickory-shafted club, these Hickory Stick clubs were reinforced with steel. Their core was filled with the metal, which endowed the clubs with power and steadfastness. Callaway was so smitten by these clubs that he actually didn’t just buy a set. He bought half of the company. (This would explain why later Callaway would invest in quality clubs like Odessey putters.)
The new company was called Callaway Hickory Stick USA. The firm spared no expense in attracting the finest talent in gaming design, research and development, and manufacturing. It quickly developed a name for itself as a producer of high-end golf clubs. The success inspired Callaway to buy out the rest of the company.
The investment paid off enormously in the 1990s. It was all thanks to a little lady called Big Bertha. Actually, she was no lady if you were a golf ball, and she wasn’t so small when compared to other drivers of the day. In fact, Big Bertha was the first stainless steel driver with a bigger head and more forgiving sweet spot.
Thanks to this club almost alone, Callaway became one of, if not the, top golf companies in the world. This puts Odessey putters in good company.