Do-It-Yourself Custom Putter Series: Milled Collection RSX #7

Nate Adelman

Editor’s Note: This is Part II of Nate’s DIY Custom Putter Series. I highly advise you to check out Part I (Milled Collection #001) before you go through this section as it introduces the series and is pretty awesome. This is also the first putter we’re holding a blind auction for. That’s right, you can own this very putter (and after admiring all the craftsmanship and detail that went into it, you might be inclined). Look for that at the bottom of this post. Now to the important stuff…

Important disclaimer: Almost everything I am going to outline below has the potential to ruin your putter (or worse, you) if done improperly. Please exercise caution when using any power tools, harsh chemicals, open flames, and toxic fumes. I recommend practicing on old clubs before irreversibly changing your gamer or your brand new Milled Collection RSX. Furthermore, Callaway will not be held responsible for any personal, physical, or material harm incurred or putters damaged while attempting any putter customizations. Keep in mind that any of these modifications other than re-gripping will void your warranty and Callaway will not replace or repair any subsequent damaged products. With that, be safe, have fun, and go make something unique!

Tour Trusted #7

The #7 is our most popular shape on Tour because of how stable it is and how stress-free it is to line it up. One of the most popular versions of the #7 is the Tank and Tank Cruiser #7. Since the Milled Collection RSX does not have a Tank option, I thought I could get creative and make one myself, all while giving it a unique look and feel as well.

Torched finish
(Difficulty Level: Intermediate)

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Adding a 1,000-degree heat to just about anything will cause some sort of change (it’s science), but when you torch the black PVD finish on the Milled Collection RSX putters, you’ll find the change to be aesthetically pleasing. The finish turns from black to a midnight blue/purple that shimmers in the light. This is something that is pretty easy to do as well. Using a butane torch, apply the flame to the putter in the areas that you want to modify. The longer you torch it, the darker the effect will be. After just a few minutes under the torch, submerge the hot putter head into water (room temperature) to cool it off. This rapid heat change from cold to hot to cold again is what creates the discoloration. A few notes of caution:

  • Be sure not to hold the putter head with your bare hands because it will become extremely hot.
  • Do not apply the torch to the hosel, because this can melt the epoxy and cause the shaft and the head to detach.
  • Keep the flame away from the insert, because the torch can melt the bonding of the insert and the face.

Re-shafting
(Difficulty Level: Intermediate)

For the most part, shafts on a putter are purely cosmetic. For this putter, I wanted to insert a really unique, brushed steel stepless shaft. To do this, I first had to remove the existing stock black shaft by heating the tip with the torch and very carefully pulling off the head. (Note: you do not need to torch it very long for the bonding to melt). Using acetone, I cleaned up the residue from the leftover epoxy on the hosel. To install the new shaft, we pinched in the tip to help with the bonding. Using shafting epoxy, we glued the new shaft onto the hosel.

Epoxy & Tungsten Filled Sole
(Difficulty Level: Expert Only)

On this putter we wanted to counterbalance it with a Tank Cruiser grip. Doing this adds weight to the grip-end above the hands, so in order to make it not feel too head-light, we had to add weight back to the head. On the Milled Collection RSX #7, there are some empty cavities in the sole of this putter. This is a great place to add some external head weight. To do this efficiently, we decided to fill those cavities with epoxy mixed with tungsten powder.

This creates a really heavy goo that will fit perfectly in the cavities and stay there forever. After creating the mixture, we used it to fill in the sole of the putter. After it hardened, we sanded down the sole to make it smooth again. Now that the sole is done, we can paint fill it to make it look beautiful again (for paint fill instructions, refer to part I).

Acknowledgements:

I want to extend a big shout out to Dennis, Anthony, Wayne, Leo, Eddie, Filo, Espy, and Ramon (all from our Pro Tour team) who helped me out in the shop with all of the modifications that I wanted to make. Many of you are familiar with Anthony’s amazing work (just look at the guy’s Instagram page), but fewer of you are familiar with Dennis and his team. Dennis is the finest putter crasftsman that I have ever met. If a golfer can dream it, Dennis can build it even better than imagined…and always with a smile. He’s a magician in the shop and with his small team of wizards they are truly the unsung heroes behind every Odyssey win on Tour (and there’s a lot of those).

Blind Auction

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  • Daniel Hromin
    Reply

    The imagination shown is extremely mind blowing. The putter looks so clean and precise,the feel would have to be out of this world. If this putter would ever be possible to be produced again,I would be willing to purchase one and have it sent to Australia.

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      Thank you Daniel! Hopefully I have inspired you at least a little bit to try some tinkering of your own! If you have any ideas for a really unique putter that you are not able to do on your own, start a thread on the Community (callawaygolf.com/community), and maybe I can see if I can incorporate it into a future design.

  • Jeremy Hickam
    Reply

    Nate, that is another masterpiece man. Excellent work and vision for putting these together. I’m just gonna sit back, stare, and drool for a while now.

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      Thank you Jeremy! Make sure you are using an Odyssey golf towel to clean up all the drool!

  • Joe Ferber
    Reply

    Where can a shaft like the one used to replace the original be found??

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      I used a KBS C-Taper and bent it to be a single bend shaft. I also had to tip-trim it a bit to get the taper-tip shaft to fit properly on the neck.

  • Stephen
    Reply

    How do I order this putter?

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      On this page at the end of the post is the details, instructions, and the form to participate in the blind auction for this putter. Good Luck!

  • Joe Ferber
    Reply

    Nate,

    Would any Odyssey 7 be able to accept a single bend shaft such as the one that come stock in this head or the 777 or 7 California HWY?? (And still remain face balanced) Or can some only accept the double bend shaft? If not, why?

    Thank you!

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      The angle of the peg at the top of the head is specifically designed for either a single or double bend shaft. You can put a single bend shaft in a head designed for a double bend (and vice versa) but you would need to bend the peg so that the angles are aligned properly. This can be very tricky, so I do not advise you to try this unless you really know what you are doing.

  • Shane O'Halloran
    Reply

    As usual, Odyssey have made another gem. I have the original Pro 7 which is serving me well (5 yrs to be exact). However, I’m living in Ireland and I can’t get another version of the same Putter to save my life. I would be so grateful I I got the opportunity to get this putter. If I am not lucky enough to win it, how can I go about ordering one?? Would love a response.

    Kindest regards, Shane

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      You should be able to order the Milled Collection RSX #7 in Ireland. Unfortunately this particular putter is one-of-a-kind and has already been shipped to the winner.

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