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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from CorporateGolfRat in Does anyone walk anymore?   
    Yes!  Just started walking more this year and really enjoy it......push cart a must for me though
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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Bobbers in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    EVNROLL Putters – Official MGS Forum Review by JudgeSmails
    First off, a HUGE Thank You to MGS and EVNRoll for letting me be part of this review.  I was extremely excited to find out I was chosen, I’ve never done a putter test in the forums and have always wanted to.
    My real name is Scott, but most of you know me as JudgeSmails.  I’m a 47yo dad to 3 awesome girls and obviously a golf nut.  I play whenever I can, which is usually the weekends with my golf buddy Josh ( @josmi15 on here).

    The Personal Questions
    -What region do you play out of?  Live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and play the local courses
    -How long have you been golfing?  About 20ish years, but definitely taking the game more seriously the last 6-8 years.
    -What kind of golfer are you?  I’m out there to have fun, but definitely want to get better and be competitive

    The Golf Questions
    -How do you want to test this product? Will be tested on practice green and during round play
    -What are your plans for the review and comparisons? Head to Head w/ my current gamer
    -What will make this product stay with you after testing?  If it’s better, or at least a better fit for me, it stays….the numbers don’t lie, let’s   see what happens
    -Why are you excited about testing this product?  I’m absolutely stoked!! If I had to pick my dream test, it would have been an EVNRoll   putter test to be selected for
    -What do you know about the product already? I have actually owned an EVNRoll before, loved the feel, but the model probably wasn’t a   good fit (ER3)
    -What are your expectations?  I’m pretty comfortable with my current gamer, i think it will be a good matchup
     
    For my game, Putting has been a real struggle and frustration point.  I consider it the weakest part of my game.  At one point, I went through like 5 putters in like 2 years. .   My biggest struggle was just hitting a damn 6 foot straight-in putt, I just couldn’t do it and had ZERO confidence over the ball.  A couple years ago, I did 2 things; bought yet another putter and switched to left-hand-low.  My putting has definitely improved some.  It’s still a weak point of my game, but it’s not the complete dumpster fire it was 3 years ago.  I feel the left-hand-low has helped with my distance control.  I’m still missing way too many of those short straight putts, but I am making more than I used to.  Confidence level has gone up some, but is still lacking.
    My current gamer, which I’ve been using for the past 2 years over this slightly improved stretch is a Mizuno M-Craft V.   I like it’s compact mallet shape and it has a nice feel to it.  Mizuno putters are pretty underrated in my opinion.

    The model I’m going with for this test is the EV8.  It has a very similar compact mallet shape to my current putter. One of the great advantages to this line of putter, is the availability of different shaft/hosel combos you can order.  I had a fitter check my putting stroke and I will be going with a hosel combo that will give a little less toe hang than my current Mizuno.  I have very little arc in my stroke, and was advised I need little to no toe hang,  so I’m going with the long-plumber neck which will give this model 20* of toe hang (according to their website).   That is the lowest amount of toe hang you can get on this model. I think this will be a great comparison as the putters are very similar, but will the reduced toe-hang and sweet face technology improve my lackluster putting? Stay tuned and find out.

     
    First Impressions  (19 out of 20)
    I chose the EV8 model for a couple reasons.  I generally like that small mallet shape and it’s extremely close to the putter I play now (Mizuno MCraft V), so I felt it would be a great comparison.  The main difference between the 2 will be the hosel. I had a fitter watch my stroke, and he said I could probably use a little less toe-hang.  So on the EVNRoll, I went with the Long Plumber neck which gives the lowest toe-hang at 20*.  The current Mizuno has a short slant and I’m guessing about 35* toe-hang.   Here are the specs on both putters.

    My first impression upon receiving the putter was that it was solid looking.  I love the small mallet shape and the satin finish, and the design is kept pretty simple throughout the head, nothing too flashy.  One thing I immediately noticed was that I really like the TourTac grip.  It’s a great shape and feel, just seems to sit nice in my hands.  If I had one complaint about it, I’d maybe wish the grip was just a tad bigger, or at least they had a bigger size available.  I won’t spend much time on the headcover, it looks and feels nice, like you would expect when you buy a premium putter.  The closure is magnetic, which is a big plus.

    The day I got the putter I went straight to the practice green to at least get a few putts in.  One thing I noticed immediately was that the head felt lighter than my mizuno.  Both are listed at 355g in weight, so it must be the hosel and/or the grip that give it that feel.  At this point, I wouldn’t say that’s a positive or a negative, just something that was noticeable.  I had a pretty good session and got fairly comfortable with the putter, so that I could take it out for it’s first round….which we will get to in the next section.
     
    The Numbers (38 out of 40)
    Before I did any head to head testing, EVNRoll would go in the bag and be my putter for the next 3 rounds.  The first real test came on hole #2 of the first round.  I was on the green, but had a long right to left putt to try and get down in 2 for my par.
     
    20230819_081732.mp4    
    And there it is!  A perfect lag leaving an easy par.  First test PASSED
    From that point, things only got better.  I am pretty much a 1 birdie per round type player, I’ve never been good at cashing in on my opportunities.  Well on this day I cashed in for 4 BIRDIES (although one was a chip in to be fair) and the following round I had 3 BIRDIES on the front 9….

    Birdie Video.mp4    
    A couple of those 7 birdies were long bombs and the others were 7-10 footers.  Being able to cash in those opportunities has given me a ton of confidence with this putter.
    The 3rd round I didn’t have any birdies, but didn’t really give myself any great opportunities either. I did cash in some par save putts though.  Between the 3 rounds I did have a few 3 putts, but who doesn’t.  A couple of those 3 putts were from the fringe on the complete opposite side of the green too…almost expected at that point.  
    My Confidence on the greens with this putter in my hands had gone way up in the 3 rounds I used it.  It’s not like I don’t like my current gamer either, that Mizuno has been a great putter for me.  So now it’s time to put them head to head….

    Testing Method: 
     I would go to the practice green and set up 5, 10 and 20 foot putts….as straight as I can make them.  I would keep track of make/miss on all the putts and proximity of miss on just the 20 footers.  I practiced with both putters a little beforehand and spread this out over 2 different days to try and be as fair as possible.  I would hit 5 putts with one putter, then 5 putts with the other and so on.  

    5 and 10 footers.mp4    
    One thing I noticed in switching back and forth so much, the ball seems to ‘jump’ off the face of the Mizuno compared to the EVNRoll.  The EVNRoll definitely felt a little lighter in the head weight, and softer, more muted off the face.  On the 20 footers I definitely had to adjust for that and give the ball a slightly firmer strike compared to the Mizuno.  That being said, the distance control once I got it dialed in was great.  This may be the “Sweet Face Technology” kicking in, but I felt like I could easily repeat the same putt over and over.
    Here are the results of the test:

    As you can see, the EVNRoll came out on top, although Mizzy definitely stood it’s ground.  It certainly wasn’t a blowout by any measure.  After 300 total putts hit, the numbers are fairly close, but EVNRoll did manage to edge out the victory.
     
    On The Course (10 out of 10)
    EVNRoll has shined on the course.  Made 6 birdie putts in my first 2 rounds with it and only 3 total 3 putts.   I have a lot of confidence standing over 5 footers with this putter in hand, I can’t always say that was the case before.  Most of my misses from inside 10 feet are burning the edge and I’m leaving manageable 2nd putts from all over.  Here is a comparison, last 3 rounds with the Mizuno in the bag, and the first 3 rounds with EVNRoll….

    I wouldn’t say I’ve been putting bad with the Mizuno either, it’s honestly a great putter as well.
    My 2nd round with EVNRoll in the bag, I shot my lowest round ever and had 8 1 putts, including 3 birdies.  
    It’s hard for me to deduct a point here, so 10 it is.

     
    The Good, the bad, the inbetween (18 out of 20)
    GOOD:  Putter has a great look and feel to it.  The sweet face technology, to me, works and lives up to the hype and helps with consistency.  Big fan of the Tour Tac Grip.  Having all the hosel options when ordering is a great feature.

    BAD:  Only one negative I can find so far.  One of the big selling points of the V-Series line is the 6 different hosel options and they are interchangeable.  Much like any modern driver, you can remove the head from the shaft/hosel with one screw.  Say you ordered the short slant hosel but you want to try out the plumbers neck, you have the option.  HOWEVER, these shaft/hosels are nowhere to be found on their website.  I did enquire with support how I would go about ordering a different combo and they said I could do that over email.  That’s fine I guess, but seems like it could be something we could just order on the website.  Here’s the email exchange with prices…

    The Inbetween:  The price…at $420 it’s definitely on the higher end of putter prices, but certainly not unheard of in today’s market.
     
    Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20)
    The sample size may be kind of small, but the numbers don’t lie.  I really like my Mizuno M-Craft putter, but the EVNRoll edged it out on the course and in testing.  I have a lot of confidence standing over putts with my EV8 in hand, that I haven’t always previously had.  I will definitely keep looking at my putting numbers going forward and likely keep Mizzy around as a backup. EVNRoll stays in the bag!  

    FinalVid3.mp4    
    Conclusion
    Putting has always been a struggle. I was so happy to get picked for this test, it is exactly the test I would have chosen over any other. .  The EVNRoll EV8 did not disappoint.  From first round birdies to the testing numbers, it came out on top.  I have a new found confidence standing over what should be makeable putts.  The sweet-face technology seems to work in my opinion, judging from the consistent dispersion on putts of all lengths.  If you’re in the market for a new putter, and don’t mind the price tag, I think the EVNRoll V-series is definitely worth consideration.

    Final Score ...

     
     
     
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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Nolan220 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Being in Indiana....my season is over.  Here are my final stats with each putter on the year.  I did eventually cool off a little 🙂   But still loving EVNRoll...

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from CudaKota66 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from CudaKota66 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Being in Indiana....my season is over.  Here are my final stats with each putter on the year.  I did eventually cool off a little 🙂   But still loving EVNRoll...

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Shrek74 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Being in Indiana....my season is over.  Here are my final stats with each putter on the year.  I did eventually cool off a little 🙂   But still loving EVNRoll...

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from GolfSpy BOS in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Being in Indiana....my season is over.  Here are my final stats with each putter on the year.  I did eventually cool off a little 🙂   But still loving EVNRoll...

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from GolfSpy BOS in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    JudgeSmails reacted to ParFore74x in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I haven’t been able to get out and play for a couple of weeks due to other obligations so putting in the basement has been the new norm. Decided to start making some videos to change things up a bit. TaylorMade TP5x is a bit too firm for my liking on course but it putts just fine.
    Still really enjoying the Evnroll EV5.3 Black. Definitely a good fit for me  
     
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    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    I'm a fan of the LPGA and follow it pretty regularly.....They really could have picked someone in better form if they want an LPGA player to make a good showing....as great as she has been in the past, Lexi is not playing well, she can't make many cuts on the LPGA this season, let alone go play on the PGA.
    Seems like they could have given that invitation to someone who is playing at a higher level.....Nelly, Lilia Vu, Rose Zhang, etc....
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    JudgeSmails reacted to Golfspy_CG2 in Lexi Thompson to Play In Shriner Children Open Tour Stop   
    She just received a sponsors exemption to play.   She is currently ranked 25th in the Rolex rankings.  How do you think she'll do.
    https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/38562664/lexi-thompson-play-pga-tour-shriners-children-open
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    JudgeSmails reacted to Nolan220 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    @JudgeSmails looking good !
    I am in the process of tinkering the Evnroll to add it back in play for the fall/winter
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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Nolan220 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Shrek74 in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    JudgeSmails reacted to Willie T in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Looks like you’re trending in a very positive direction - just over one fewer putts per round, capitalizing on GIR putts to be par or better.  
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    JudgeSmails got a reaction from Willie T in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    I now have 6 Rounds in w/ EVNRoll in the bag, here's a little stats update

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    JudgeSmails reacted to Willie T in Evnroll V-Series Putters - 2023 Forum Review   
    Really enjoyed the reviews - thanks for sharing the pros and not so pros of these putters.  You guys offered some key insights on how important getting fit for a putter really is.  Inspired to get the right putter in the bag. 
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