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Is L.A.B. Golf the next big thing in putters?

Some of you are bad putters.

Don’t get mad. You might as well face the fact that some of you are just not good on the greens. Facing that ugly reality may be the first step to becoming a better putter.

Don’t feel bad about the flatstick faltering frequently. Even the pros struggle with putting. Look at Justin Thomas for example.He was impressive tee to green at the Masters but putted himself out of the weekend.

Ben Hogan famously described full-swing golf and putting as two separate games. He hated putting. Yes, the person with the most emulated full swing on the planet struggled on the greens.

If those guys struggled with putting, how can we mere mortals stand a chance?

Buy a New Putter, Obviously

L.A.B. Golf Link.1 putter from the top.

Naturally, the best solution to a bad round of putting is to buy a new putter. Anyone who has played the game knows that each putter only holds a certain number of made putts. Once you pass that threshold, you’ll need a new one. It’s basic math.

But which putter to buy? Not all putters are the same. Surprisingly, even after a decade of Most Wanted testing, some people continue to believe all putters are the same.

“It’s the wizard, not the wand, Harry.”

Even Harry Potter fans recognize that statement as false. If it were true, why even go to Ollivanders? Centuries of wizards got fitted wands there because they knew that it’s the wizard and the wand.
So what should you do if you’ve tried all the putters in your local Diagon Alley and you still can’t cast Expecto Puttrollin?

Perhaps should you try a wand that is truly different? 

Maybe it’s time to try a putter from L.A.B. Golf

L.A.B. Golf Link.1 putter close-up of cavity.

Understating the obvious, the putters that L.A.B. Golf builds are not your typical putters.

L.A.B. Golf putters look different and are different. I mean that in a good way. Let’s face it, typical ain’t getting the ball in the hole.

So what makes L.A.B Golf putters different?

L.A.B. Golf Putters are Different

L.A.B. Golf Link.1 putter at address..

So what is the big deal about L.A.B. putters? What makes these roll the ball so well that even a shallow, looks-matter putter guy like me can ignore his superficial nature and bag the Mezz.1 Max?

Ultimately, it is the Lie Angle Balanced nature of L.A.B. Golf putters that makes them so easy to putt with. Take a look at this video about the zero-torque design and The Revealer.

Simply stated, L.A.B. Golf putters do not twist during the stroke. Because of this, your chance to bring the face back square to the target at impact improves dramatically. Those other putter models twist like trout on a line when you move them in The Revealer.

When you watch the video, you’ll see a few low-torque models from other manufacturers. Their designs are also geared toward minimizing torque but, ultimately, some torque is still present.

That’s what makes the L.A.B. Golf putter design unique. It is not low-torque. The L.A.B. Golf putters are zero-torque. They don’t twist at all.

Less broken glass in your shoe is not as good as no broken glass in your shoe.

But does torque matter?

Why is removing torque so beneficial? If your putter does not rotate through the stroke, then you need not compensate for that rotation. 

Other putters that open and close during the stroke will need some kind of swing manipulation to come back square. This manipulation happens either consciously or subconsciously. Obviously, good putters have mastered this manipulation. But why would someone who struggles with putting add the need to compensate for torque if they don’t need to?

You may not think that you fight torque when you putt with your current putter. Odds are that you do. Check out this video of the L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 compared to a Cameron Newport.

The L.A.B. putter will feel different when you swing it so there may be some break-in period. The cool thing is that your practice sessions with the putter involve doing less. Specifically, fewer manipulations for torque since that now is gone.

All you need to do is stop manipulating the putter and let it swing. Do less, putt better.

Professionals are using L.A.B. Golf Putters

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 and Mezz.1 MAX putters from the top on a green.

If L.A.B. Golf’s putters are so good, why aren’t the pros using them? As it turns out, the pros are indeed using them.

I always check out the putters when I’m watching professional golf. Rahm’s Odyssey and Koepka’s Scotty were the most televised putters on Masters weekend.

Man, John Rahm can putt!

Though not grabbing as much air time, L.A.B. Golf had multiple putters in play at Augusta. Adam Scott had his elongated Mezz.1 and Sergio Garcia had a Mezz.1 as well.

Quite a few LIV players are using L.A.B. putters. A couple of weeks back, Charles Howell III had a L.A.B. Link.1 putter when he won the LIV event at Mayakoba. By the way, that was a Sunday round of 63 with 22 putts for CH3.

These guys play for more money than I will make in my entire career and they are using L.A.B. Golf putters.

Your Peers are Using L.A.B. Golf Putters

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 MAX putter from an upper angle view.

Last May, a few of our forum members tested the L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 putter. You can read their final assessments in detail here, but here are some quotes.

“Overall, my misses are closer, the circle of dispersion is smaller and my putting scores are better. Golf is a bit more fun.”

-Bulldog

“And though, personally, I’m not in love with the look, the putter head is fully CNC machined from aircraft aluminum and stainless steel for a familiar, almost traditional, sound and feel.” 

-Dragon3

“The feel is solid, you strike a putt on your intended line and it seems as if it must go in.”

-RevKev

“I am remarkably better with this putter and that’s the entire point.”

-bens197

See, it’s not just the pros who are impressed by  L.A.B. Golf putters. We amateurs can also benefit from the L.A.B. Golf design.

The L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max was the runner-up for Most Wanted Mallet of 2023. Honestly, that was a little surprising as getting properly fitted for lie angle is part of the L.A.B process. This means the second-place ranking could be underselling the putt-making potential of a properly fitted Mezz.1 Max.

What about you Dave?

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 MAX putter at address.

For the uninitiated, the looks of a L.A.B. putter can be off-putting. I’ll readily admit I initially fell into this camp. Back in 2016 or so, I first saw the original Directed Force putter. It was nothing I wanted to look at, let alone put in my bag.

Normally, I try every putter I see and I didn’t try that one because of its looks.

However, after finally trying the L.A.B. Mezz.1, the Mezz.1 MAX, and the Link.1 putters last year, I realized my hasty dismissal of the brand based on appearances was wrong. My baseless negative opinion prevented me from finding out how good these putters are.

If only there was an idiom out there about books and covers …

The real eye-opening experience happened last summer while gaming a L.A.B. Mezz.1 MAX. The number of putts I made with that putter was shocking. Not just to me, but to my playing partner as well. Balls fell in cups all day. It was amazing.

The L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 MAX was one of the most surprising and outstanding putters I rolled last year. Come to think of it, seeing it place second in the mallets this year was not that surprising.

It may be time to try a L.A.B. Golf Putter

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 and Mezz.1 MAX putters on a putting green.

Remember when I called you a bad putter? While that may be true now, it need not be forever.

I want you to consider L.A.B. Golf putters as an option, especially if you have never tried one. Don’t dismiss them based on their unconventional looks like I did initially. Take some time to feel how the lie angle-balanced factor helps you to keep the putter on target. Once you roll one, your opinion on the looks will change.

Full disclosure: I have a Directed Force 2.1 being built right now and I’m excited to get it. I’ve done a full 180 on L.A.B.

The L.A.B putters cost more than a new putter you would find in your local shop but not by much. The price is very competitive when you consider that L.A.B. will help you find the right specs for your new putter through a free remote video fitting.

For sure, a new L.A.B. Golf putter will set you back less than the combined costs of your second and third new off-the-rack “empty” putters this season.

Find out more about L.A.B. Golf and their fitting process at labgolf.com

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      Cliff

      3 months ago

      Dave, what was your review of the LAB DF 2.1? Very interested in hearing your opinion.

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      Dave Wolfe

      3 months ago

      I really like putting with it. Very stable and easy to target with. Only real thing that keeps it out of my bag is its size. Fortunately, there may a solution for that very soon…

      Reply

      Monte Miller

      7 months ago

      How do I find purchase price

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      OldCaddie

      10 months ago

      This idea of a target balanced putter was originally founded in 1975. The putter was called the Positive putter and I still have mine in storage. http://www.positiveputter.com/about-us.html Sounds like a new and improved model.

      Reply

      Tim Gath

      10 months ago

      Seems like a lot of the comments refer to confidence when they line up. I think a lot of putting is exactly that. A fitting can help but if your set up and path is good, most good putters can put with almost anything.

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      Greg Ramsey

      11 months ago

      Am I the only player in the world not raving about LAB putters? I have a Mezz.Max and a Link.1, remotely fitted, and honestly I don’t feel anything different and am certainly not putting better. Yes, I’ve holed a few 30 footers but I’ve also had a lot of three putts, missing more than normal from inside four feet. I’d love to be feeling like everyone else here and saying how much better my putting is, but sadly, it’s not. Obviously it’s me that’s the problem…..

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      Toby W

      11 months ago

      Greg, I was having the same issues from inside of five feet or so, missing putts with the Mezz.1 that were usually my par saves. I emailed LAB about it and they responded quickly with great information. The sent me a video of the “thumbs off” drill; you literally practice putting with your thumbs off the grip. It helps keep the hands from manipulating the putter. It worked great. They also told me to focus on alignment and ball position; with the press grip, it is helpful to have the ball slightly forward in your stance than you might have with a putter that does not have the press grip. Nothing drastic, just slightly forward. Again, that worked great. Just a few suggestions. Good luck!

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      Adrian J Cemel

      11 months ago

      Why all of the weights if it is zero-torque?

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      Jeff

      11 months ago

      The weights, based on length and lie angle, is how they make it zero torque! That is why they can’t be adjusted after the fact and you need to have your proper specs when ordering.

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      Andy Tynes

      11 months ago

      Bought a MEZZ.1 Armlock a year ago and I love it. Def has given me more confidence and I have way fewer strokes offline. 8 feet and in is where it’s made the biggest difference for me. FWIW, PGA Superstores keep some in stock. I was able to customize my order based on one that was in stock at the store (they could pull it up and see how it was set up, we then made adjustments). If and when I buy a new putter, it will likely be a MEZZ1 Max – didn’t have that model yet when I bought mine last year.

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      Jim Calkins

      12 months ago

      I tired a Direct Force putter a few years ago but it was too light for me. There weren’t as many options then as there are now with L.A.B. After trying many putters since then I have found my Honu putter to be the keeper. I have had it in the bag for over a year and it is the best feeling putter I have ever used. It also is no torque. Bamboo & Brass get some interesting comments but the roll is consistent. It goes where I aim it. I just need to be able to read greens a little better!!

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      Harry henderson

      12 months ago

      I have both the mess 1 and the ling1 best of both types of putter for me(senior golfer) love the feel,aim and looks.

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      Matt Ross

      12 months ago

      I have a Directed Force 2.1 and I have never in my life putted better. If I know I’m set up correctly and then execute a decent stroke it’s going in. I promise that these putters are simply amazing. A bit of a learning curve because we are trained to manipulate the putter, but if you quiet your hands and just stroke the putt your chances of it going in are high. It works.

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      Josh

      12 months ago

      Love my Mezz.1 Max Armlock. Only improvement would be if Evnroll would let them put a DLT face on it… /dreams

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      Greg B

      12 months ago

      I switched to the Lab DF putter last year, and immediately started selling off all my other putters (Bettinardis, Scottys, I’ve tried them all) as there’s no way I’ll ever use anything without Lie Angled Balance again. Just upgraded to the Mezz 1 Max for this season, was initially a bit perturbed as it just felt lighter than my DF, but by the middle of the second round I started to get that familiar ‘this putt will probably drop’ for 20 footers. It just took a little while to get used to. Can’t wait to keep making important putts with regularity all year. Seriously, these putters are the dog’s bollocks.

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      Tom R

      12 months ago

      I am almost purchased a LAB putter when I was fit this Spring, it was my 2nd choice. However, I ended up with a Scotty, I could not miss with that thing.

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      Putter Nut

      12 months ago

      Let me first say I considered myself a golf equipment junkie and have purchased a number of putters over my 40 plus years of playing golf. I consider myself an ok putter with a 3 to 5 HC over the years. I’ve gone back and forth from conventional short putters to broomstick putters, looking for that right one. Long story short, I purchased a used LAB Mezz 1 MAX broomstick putter earlier this year at a local 2nd Swing Golf store. Let me say, this putter has been unbelievably great! The ball comes off the putter face with a perfect solid roll with tight dispersion. I have greater confidence in making long or short putts. As noted by others, it takes some time getting use to given the 2.5 degree of face loft, but the ball comes off the face with a consistent forward roll. My average putts per round (incl birdies) with the Mezz 1 Max has noticably improved vs my prior putters. I’m making more long putts (> 15 ft) as well as inside 8 ft. I can confidently say that my Mezz 1 Max WILL be staying in the bag for a long time, which I couldn’t say with my previous putters. And yes, I lucked out finding this putter, but I had done my research on the LAB putters prior to and planned to get fit at at local Club Champion or via LAB’s online fitting process. I can honestly say this has been the best putter for me in all my years of playing golf.

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      isitour

      12 months ago

      I wish they were in my local shop to try. I understand they have remote fitting but at the premium price point they’re asking, I want to touch it ,feel it and try it.

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      frazzman80

      11 months ago

      I felt the same way. Eventually I just bit the bullet and did the remote fitting. The whole process was legit custom fitting, just using my old equipment as a baseline.

      So glad I decided to do it. I’ve never putted better and have no desire to swap putters again.

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      Walter Marstrom

      12 months ago

      As a 76 year old 13 handicap Canadian leftie, I acquired the DF2.1 last year, even though I have about 1/2 a doz. other great sticks, including a S.C. Newport2 Select with a black Stability Tour shaft, and a custom made L/H. Miura KM350. In short, the DF2.1 remains in the bag, because I putt better with it, long or short putts! Now, putting is fun again, because I anticipate sinking them, and I do, – more often than before. Honestly, putting has become the strongest part of my game. And, now with the Takomo 101 irons and their 4 Skyforger wedges also in the bag, hopefully, the short game will improve this year. Thanks MGS, keep up the good work.
      Walter M.

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      Ian Tessier

      12 months ago

      The article and the comments have me very interested in LAB putters.
      However, in my mind I can’t bring myself to invest in something so important without a face to face fitting. I’ll research for possible brick and mortar fitting outlets here in Canada.

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      Ken

      12 months ago

      You can get fit for Edel putters in Canada. Also torque balanced

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      Bh

      11 months ago

      That is different. These are lie angle balanced and they have it patented. An edel doesn’t stay square on its own.

      George

      12 months ago

      I am curious as to whether a stability shaft in a putter would equate to similar results as the LAB Golf ones? I just purchased one for my Newport2 and cant wait for the courses to open to actually see what it will do.

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      Ted

      11 months ago

      No – totally different concept. That shaft will reduce torque at impact but won’t change the head balance of the putter. Newport 2 has a lot of toe hang so it’s pretty far on the other side of the spectrum relative to a LAB. A face balanced Scotty like some of their phantom mallets will feel closer to the LAB, but still not lie angle balanced and won’t naturally remain square through the stroke.

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      Jonathan M

      12 months ago

      I have a Lab putter, and switched to the new Ping Prime Tyne. I liked my Lab Putter, but it’s limited in the fact you can’t adjust any settings – loft/lie and aim line. I’m interested in the MEZZA, but the price tag is very steep, especially when you can’t update any of the settings post-purchase. You can only update the grip.

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      Matt

      12 months ago

      I am a LAB convert. I enjoyed the B2 but it was a little too unforgiving. The MEZZ.1 is outstanding. The aluminum feel and forward press can detract. Looks are subjective, but the MEZZ.1 makes putts. The LINK is the Goldilocks of the bunch. The stainless steel offers great sound and feel. The look of the LINK is a bit different but nothing compared to LAB’s prior models. The head length is longer than a traditional blade. It is also heavier. They all put a tremendous roll on the ball but the LINK offers a weighty confidence that is visually normative.

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      Steve B

      12 months ago

      First, I love the Harry Potter reference.

      Second, I have a DF2.1 and I do consider it a magical wand since I am putting better than I ever have before. Most specifically I am more confident in 10 to 25 foot putts than I ever have been. I make more putts of that length than I ever have. I stand over those putts knowing that I can make them instead of hoping to just get them close.

      Last is that I want to also say that it takes time to adjust to the putter. It is different and different in a good way so you have to sort of untrain some habits or movements as well as set up and once you do the ball rolls off the face and into the hole more than anything else I have played.

      I love the DF2.1 and I know I am in the minority, but I love the look of the Mezz and I want to add one to my bag.

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      Travis

      12 months ago

      I just bought a LAB and it is a noticeable difference even though I have only played 2 rounds with it. They’re ugly but so easy to use. It’s like shooting with a scope when everyone else is shooting blind.

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      Ken

      12 months ago

      Edel putter.

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      Golf2Much

      12 months ago

      Ever since putting my LAB Directed Force 2.1 in play after the first of the year, my strokes gained by putting improved almost 1.5 strokes (0.8 to 2.2 strokes gained). That includes a slight putting regression over the last month or so.
      I liked my Directed Force 2.1 so much, I actually purchased a back up just in case something went wrong with the first!

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      Tokyo Bob

      12 months ago

      I went on vacation and thought I had my DF 2.1 stolen at a course. So I bought another one for the trip. Turned out I had just left the original at home. Should have known it was too ugly for anyone to steal. But now I have a backup.

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      MarkM

      12 months ago

      Used a L.A.B. B.2 last year & putted so much better that two friends also bought them within a month after I got mine.
      I purchased a MEZZ.1 for myself for Christmas but unfortunately due to the crappy winter weather here have only been able to use it a few times. Can’t wait for warmth and mowed greens!!

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      Jason

      12 months ago

      Evnroll Zero is also lie angle balanced and an amazing putter.

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      Jim Jones Jr

      12 months ago

      I am 70 years old, am a 5 handicap, and am stunned by how well my Directed Force, L.A.B. putter performs!

      Reply

      Mike

      12 months ago

      I went LAB early last year and have never looked back.

      Reply

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