MGS Review - MLA Tour Classic Putter
Thrilled, Honored, And Very Thankful To Be Selected As a Tester
It was a huge thrill to be selected by MGS and MLA Golf as a tester for one of the MLA putters featuring their alignment technology. When I submitted my entry as a contestant, it felt like buying a lotto ticket, the thinking being, â€œI won't win but it is better to try and not win, instead of the just not winningâ€.
I wanted to be involved because of the â€œMulti-Line Alignment technologyâ€, I have huge problems with putter head alignment, on every putt, there is always a gnawing doubt I have the putter lined up correctly, could this putter eradicate this doubt? Maybe, all I got to do is buy a ticket.
And then, I was picked!!!!!!!!! I never get picked, unless it is jury duty. But it kept getting better. First, we are told we get to actually keep the putter. Keep it?
Then, we get to actually ORDER one that we want??? Order it? I felt like a winner on that TV show â€œUndercover Bossâ€.
There are two major categories we could pick from, the Tour and Pro. I ordered a Tour Classic, 35â€, which arrived approximately eight days later, awesome, and MLA graciously included a magnetized head cover, weight kit and (2) hats. Fantastic!!!
Why I Do Like Golf?
What a game! Think about, we start at 300-500 yards from the target, hitting this projectile with all our might, sending it soaring through the air, tracking it down as if it is wounded game, smacking it again and again, hopefully with not too many â€œagainsâ€, until the ball reaches the oasis, a natural carpet of green, we're are home.
But there was some guy back in the day, the Evil Putter Guy, who wasn't satisfied just that, and after a wee belt of whiskey, decided that he needed something more, maybe he was a lousy ball striker and needed to make up strokes. Anyway, he made a hole in the grand carpet, and decreed, â€œWe must roll the ball in this little hole after reaching this oasisâ€, and his playing partner, Chumly, who wasn't the confrontational type, did not object, thus the grand curse called putting was created.
Putting, it is the great equalizer. And the great essential. Save a par? Must make a putt. Birdie? Make a putt. Want to win a skin? Make a putt.
What Kind Of Golfer Am I?
I fell in love with golf because the ball striking. Putting wasn't as exciting. Rockets shooting through the air vs. an apple rolling off of a table.
I am kindred spirit of the playing partner of the Evil Putter Guy, who was striping it from tee to green, then got hood-winked by having to perform the additional act of rolling the ball in the hole.
I practice and play on public courses in the Metro Detroit area, northern suburbs, the fairways and rough are lush, and greens tend to be slow, grainy. You can find some very challenging courses that feature a lot of â€œtargetâ€ golf, carries over marshes and water, tree-lined fairways, ponds and lakes, etc.
Usually play nine holes a week in a not-so-intense league, and maybe I will get a round by myself in after work, playing my favorite â€œyellow ball vs white ballâ€ (Srixon Z Star XV vs. ProV1), rarely do I play 18 holes unless I go on a weekend trip.
I have no official handicap, but as a member of a golf league I have averaged 41-43 per nine holes for many years. A good day on an easy course a 74 or 75 is possible, on a bad day on a hard course a 93 could pop up. Anything between is possible.
Mid and short irons would be the strongest part of the game, also have the ability to the drive the ball 260-280 with the odd 300 in there if the ball lands on a sprinkler head.
However, my driving is a double-edge sword, hence the name, Dhuck Whooker, other names would apply, â€œThe Pusherâ€, â€œSnipesâ€, would work also. While possessing decent swing speed for a â€œseniorâ€, sometimes tee shots turn into penalty shots real quick, but iron shots usually reach the green or close, chipping/pitching is decent but not good enough to guarantee a tap-in.
Then it is time for the putter. Yikes.
I am not mechanically inclined, I don't see lines well, so I putt more by feel. I found bowling, standing with left foot on this dot, throw ball over this arrow, confounding and suffocating, so robotic. So I try to envision how the ball will go in the hole and go from there as opposed to picking out intermediate spots, etc.
â€œThe Real Inconvenient Truth â€“ They Just Don't Go Inâ€
What is result of my putting? Simply put, â€œTHEY JUST DON'T GO INâ€. Most of my putts have crowd-pleasing drama, followed by that â€œhockey moanâ€ when a scoring chance is missed, so close but denied. Not â€œYESSIRâ€, it is â€œno sirâ€.
Pull them left, sure, push them right, yep, hit them through the break, you betcha, leave that â€œleft to righterâ€ under the hole, yeppers. Leave it short, bomb it past, just name it, I do it.
Hence, the quest for making more putts, brings us to looking into for an opportunity to test an innovation putter alignment.
My Current Putter
My current putter is an Odyssey Tank Cruiser 7, counter-balanced, 38â€ with the stock Superstroke grip. I chose that model because I found that head went through the ball nicely. It was bent flat 2 degrees on the recommendation of a putter fitting. One of the things this putter has helped with is the twisting of the face through impact. I can mimic a â€œbelly putter strokeâ€ with this putter, and have been better on the shorter putts 2-5 feet.
The downside of this putter is 1) alignment and 2) controlling the speed, especially on the faster greens. Sometimes the alignment doubts are downright paralyzing.
Initial Impressions of the MLA Tour Classic
Initially impressions it is aligns beautifully, has a great, balanced, weighted feel in the head, kind of heavy. The milled face produces a great roll, even on an off-center hit. I've never gamed a milled face putter like this, has a very solid feel.
The alignment aid on this putter is really quite good. Definitely worth a run.
What Will Be The New Putter?
So why I am doing this when I should be trimming the bushes in front of the garage? It is â€œthe questâ€, â€œget the ball in the holeâ€.
(Left frame, current gamer, Odyssey Tank Cruiser 7, middle frame, first putt with MLA Tour Classic on practice green at Blackheath, this was a right to lefter slightly uphill, last frame, it went down, good start!!)
What I am looking for with the MLA Tour Classic will do is help improve alignment, confidence, with the shorter length I can have better control with speed.
Ultimately, the goal is making more putts. Making more putts means lower scores, more birdies, more skins, more moo-lah, more happiness, finally beating that Evil Putter Guy at his own game.
Thanks to all for selecting me to participate in this review.