Breaking: Michael Block brutally explains why he uses a 2001 Odyssey 2-ball putter covered in lead tape

Breaking: Michael Block brutally explains why he uses a 2001 Odyssey 2-ball putter covered in lead tape

Written by GolfWRXGolfWRX.com

PGA Professional Michael Block made equipment headlines last week at the 2024 PGA Championship when he switched out of his longtime irons into a new set of mysterious TaylorMade “Proto” irons.

The switch was especially significant for Block because it meant that he finally changed out of irons that he was playing for over a decade.

Still squarely in his bag, however, is an even older club that came out in 2001. Block still uses an original Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter, which first hit the retail market 23 years ago.

Michael Block still uses an original Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter, which first hit the retail market 23 years ago. (Courtesy GolfWRX)

Block’s Odyssey White Hot 2-ball is unique for two main reasons:

  1. It has a sharpie-drawn line on the crown for an added alignment feature.
  2. It’s covered in lead tape, both on the sole of the club and in the putter’s channel between the crown and the sole.

On Tuesday at the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge, PGATOUR.com caught up with Block to talk equipment, where he revealed why he uses so much lead tape on his classic putter.

“The lead tape on the putter, I’ve done this with all my putters,” Block said. “I really feel like most putters when they come out of a store, they’re very, very light. I like to have good tempo in my putting stroke, and I feel when I can really feel the weight in the head my tempo…has a lot more flow to it. I don’t rush my backstroke. When I do that, I tend to putt a little better. It’s all because of feel, and slowing down my tempo with the putter.”

Adding lead tape to his putter helps achieve a heavier overall weight, and a heavier swing weight, too.

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