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  1. RexS

    MLA Putter News!

    Yeah, the Tour Classic already is back ordered with about a 1 week delay, according to their website.
  2. RexS

    MLA Putter News!

    You won't regret it man, I absolutely love mine.
  3. I usually try to wife them off after each shot, and if they have really dirty grooves hit them with a soft brush before a shot. Then I try to clean them really good after each round. I am very particular about my clubs, I hate nicked, scratched or dirty clubs.
  4. RexS

    MLA Putter News!

    Thanks Foz Yeah Judge, I was actually really surprised that they took my suggestion and acted on it so quickly. I just sent them the email about a week ago.
  5. RexS

    MLA Putter News!

    Hey Guys, after my review of the MLA Putter, I sent an email directly to MLA. I questioned if the Winn midsize grip was the largest they offered, which it is. I told them I really liked the Winn midsize but, really preferred a little larger. I suggested that they do like Odyssey and some of the other makers and get some company logo Super Strokes in the larger options. They are also introducing a new model for 2017 It is the TOUR CLASSIC BLADE TH (Toe Hang) version. This is the email I received from them this morning:
  6. I saw a video of Spieth in a practice round the other. He was in the rough near the ropes off the tee. His second shot only went about 20 to 30 yards and he was still in the rough. Sitting here at work today watching it on the computer, "rough" day.....lol
  7. A few weeks ago I bought a TM Aeroburner mini driver 14*. Although I liked the look and size of it, I just could not hit it straight, anywhere near straight or get any distance. Over the last few years I have had A Nike Mach 8, a Nike Covert (best at the time for me) and most recently also a TM SLDR-S 14* (Hit it really high). No matter what club I had, my longest drive might be near 210, most of the time 190-200. I took in my TM Mini to the local golf shop the other day looking to trade for my next un-hittable club.....lol I found a Cleveland 588 custom 10.5*, in excellent shape. Had the senior shaft for me already. They wanted $69.99. I knew the PGA store had my Mini at around $70 for excellent condition for trade in. So I asked to guy what he thought about it and when he looked it up he said what I already knew. That high value was $70.00. I said ok, straight swap and throw in a ball pick up clip for my putter and he did. Anyway, I got to use the driver this weekend and I must say, I was amazed at this driver. I was hitting it 220-230 consistently. That may not be long but, it is 20-30 yards longer than I am used to hitting anymore. Makes the par 4's much easier. Will be keeping this one for a while. Besides that, I already have the 588 Altitude irons and wedges. Now to find me some 588 Hybrids.
  8. Stage Three - The Follow Up & Value Question. Hey guys, my final review and follow up of the MLA Putter. First off, I must say that I came in to this whole review process knowing that I wanted to be as fair and honest about my findings as I could be. I believe that I have been too. I really enjoyed the whole process and this being my first time doing any kind of review has been a learning experience. I look forward to the opportunity to do more in the future and I know that my reviews will get better and better and include more pictures, videos and graphs. 1. Will this product go in your bag? Most definitely, I fell madly in love with this putter. From looks to use, it is probably the best putter that I personally have ever tried. I have owned quite a few over the years too. At this moment, including the MLA, I have 5 putters in my garage. 2. To whom, if anyone, would you recommend this product? Everyone! In my opinion; if you ever get a chance to test one do it! If you can afford one, buy it! 3. How, if at all, did this product change your overall impression of MLA? Honestly, prior to this test I had never heard of MLA. I'm not sure how long they have even been around. But, I have a new found love for MLA and their putters especially the Multi Line-detector Activation. I don't understand how or why it works but, it does. I have never had an easier time lining up my putts, it just seems effortless now. 4. What feature would you change or eliminate from the next generation of this model? First, would be the option for more grip sizes. Even though I really like the midsize grip on the putter, I would really prefer a jumbo grip. Or at least, about a 2.0 or 3.0 Super Stroke in MLA Graphics and colors. I know some company's (Like Odyssey and Ping) are using Super Stroke grips now with their own logos. Second, the head cover. Even though I love, love, love the looks of the cover, it is just a little tight and hard to get on and off on the Tour Classic model. Maybe just a little bit wider and only 1 magnet in it would be perfect. 5. What feature do you really like, and would most like to see continued or evolved in future models? The putter itself, I would not change a thing. Like I have said over and over again, I love this putter. The alignment aid works, I don't know how, but it does. The feel of the ball coming off the face feels and sounds good, the adjustable weighting is awesome and look is beautiful. One final huge thank you to MLA and MGS for allowing me the honor of testing and reviewing the MLA Tour Classic Putter. Thank you all and I hope you enjoyed my review. RexS
  9. Thanks, Just signed up for mine.
  10. Just out of curiosity has anyone ever hit one of these? Does it get the extra distance it claims? Does it help reduce your slice? I know it is illegal to play but, I was just wondering if maybe it would be a nice 2nd driver for those rounds you just play for the fun it of it with your buddies.
  11. My thoughts exactly, 1 magnet and a little wider would be perfect.
  12. My Stage 2 is up, unfortunately my computer is not letting insert the graph & pics in between different sections where I wanted them. So for now they are all at the end.
  13. Man, I know exactly how you feel. The driver is my biggest nemesis 90% of the time. On extremely bad days it stays in the bag and I tee off with either my 4 wood or a 2 hybrid. I normally play a big fade shot, many times a slice. But, what I hate is when you set up to play that fade or slice and then hit it dead straight left into the trees or snap hook it even further. I always say who ever named this game "GOLF" got it backwards, it should have been "FLOG"
  14. Welcome mate, I love the Queensland and Brisbane (Gold Coast) areas. I have visited there twice while I was living in Japan. In Japan I became friends with and Australian PGA pro who was teaching English there with his wife. Great people there and loved my visits.
  15. Welcome to the forum.
  16. I spent last Friday and Saturday at Moparpalooza 2016 near Richmond, Va. at the new Dominion Raceway. Lots of beautiful Mopar's especially them Hellcat's. The wounded warrior that Jay Leno gave the red Challenger Hellcat to was there with his. And then there was me and my lowly Dart...lol. At least it's mine and all paid for, no payments!!!! Unfortunately it rained on Saturday (Show Day) I got 2nd place out of 10 Darts. I didn't even bother unloading my trunk or back seat either. Maybe why I only got 2nd...lol Love the 3rd and 4th pic down, an old 70's Cuda with a new 5.7 ltr Hemi in it. Wearing my Moparpalooza Shirt and Titleist Visor....lol
  17. Stage Two - The Review MLA Putters – Official MGS Forum Review by RexS First off, I want to say that I am very, very grateful for the opportunity to test and review this putter. I am a higher handicap, average around 18-20 over per round. Prior to this test I was using my Yes, Groove Tube putter. It is also what I am using on the putting green comparison. My biggest problem though is NOT my putter but, my driver, both distance and accuracy. Due to bad hips and back surgery, now days I am only hitting about 200 to 210 with the driver on good days. I think a lot of this is not so much my aches and pains though, as it is technique. It makes it very hard to reach a long Par 4 in 2. The MLA Tour Classic Putter really appeals to me, I love the look, the colors and I love the weight adjustability. I prefer a heavier putter and even used lead tape on some of my putters to help out. The heavier it is, the quieter I seem to be able to keep my hands. The weights let me set it at a perfect weight for me. My putting is normally around 33-38 putts per round. If I have more than a couple of 3 putts, I am having a serious bad day. Initially, I put in the 15 gram weights thinking the heavier the better. But, after hitting some putts on the practice green, I decided that was too heavy. I changed to the 10 gram weights, for my first round of play. It still seemed a little heavy, so half way thru the round; I changed to the 5 gram weights…Ba-Bam, this seemed to be the perfect weight for me. It was like flipping on a good putting switch. I am not sure how the MLA (Multi Line-detector Activation) alignment aid works with the brain but, for me it works. I have played a couple of rounds now with the MLA putter and found my putting is way better. Alignment and distance are both great for me. If I miss a long putt, I am almost always within a 1 to 3 foot circle for an easy tap in. First Round, I had only 32 putts. Second Round, I had 28. Can't wait to get more rounds in to see how it continues. Performance at the Practice Green - Score 18 out of 20 On Sunday 5/15, I spent the afternoon on the practice green at my local course. I tried 50 balls per putter from 3 different marked distances. I even had my son come out and help by counting and moving the balls out of the way for me. He wasn't too thrilled about it but, helped out anyway. To start with, I found one of the holes that was pretty level in all directions and was able to set up tees at 5 foot, 10 foot and 20 foot. I started with the Yes putter and rolled 50 putts form 20 feet, then the MLA putter, 50 putts from 20 feet. I worked my way in to the 10 and 5 foot marks in the same manner. I found that that the MLA putter is a lot better on off center shots for sure. I was also able to roll them in a much tighter pattern. With the weight, distance was even more consistent also. Below are the # of Putts Made (50 balls per putter and per distance, 300 balls) 5 feet 10 feet 20 feet MLA TC 46 27 14 Yes GT 41 20 8 Numbers seemed too good to be true to me at first but, I had to remember, this was repetitive putts on the same line from 3 distances. So with that in consideration, pretty good I think. Performance on the Course – Score 18 out of 20 I have found that with this putter, no matter how far from the hole or what the slope on the green is, as long as my read was good, I was able to get it very close to the hole on long putts and in the hole on most short putts on the first try . One of the strongest things about my golf game has been the ability to read a putt. But, that read doesn't help a lot if you can't deliver. With the MLA, I am able to deliver much more consistent than I have in quite some time. Played my 1st round on Sunday (5/22) was playing in a tournament with a bunch of local Japanese Friend's. I had a very ugly round for driving, approach and chipping but, the putting was consistently good. I shot 101, Unfortunately, “ if you can't get it up, you can't get it in” am I Right? I did have only 31 putts though. Just couldn't get it to the green very well. I will blame it on tournament pressure…..lol. Played my 2nd round this last Saturday (5/28) and had one of the best rounds I've played this year so far. I shot a 90 but, only had 28 putts. No 3 putts at all, any long putts I had were within 3 feet of the hole or better for tap in's (no gimmies were taken) putted everything out. It made for a fun golf day. I managed to get out and play a 3rd round (or half round I should say) 9 more holes this last Saturday (6/04, Rain and all). I had 15 putts total, but all were long putts. It was muddy, I wasn't hitting my driver very well and my chipping in the mud sucked on almost every hole. I managed to shoot a miserable 50 on 9 holes. The only good thing to come out of the round was my putting. Almost every putt I had on the green was anywhere from 12 to 30 feet away. I don't think I had single approach that left me anything closer. I still had 3 one putts that were all in the 12 to 16 foot range. The other 6 holes were all 2 putts but, from the 15 to 30 foot range, 3 of them lipped out and stopped in less than 18 inches the other 3 were all in within 6 to 24 inches and all tap ins were made. It totally amazes me at the number of 3 putts I am no longer having with the use of this putter. Looks - Score 19 out of 20 As far as cosmetics go on this putter, I believe that it ranks right up near the top of them all. Maybe it is just me though, partially due to the color combo. To me the black and bright green is one of my favorite combos. I compare it to the Sublime Green Dodge Hellcat with black graphics, just plain mean looking. The shape is great and very eye appealing. It is not too small, not too big, offset is just right, graphics are very nice and not overdone. I thought the MLA (Multi Line-detector Activation) alignment aid was a little pretentious at first but, once you start using it, “WOW!”. All I can say is; IT WORKS!! I know we all have our own opinions but, to me this is one beautiful putter. Sound and Feel - Score: 17 out of 20 I have always preferred a nice sound and feel of the ball coming off the putter without an insert, and this MLA putter hasn't changed my mind. The sound is nice, it just seems very crisp, not clunky sounding at all. The ball just comes off so nicely it is awesome. Look and feel is very subjective. I do really love the look of the grip and feel of the grip is good but, the midsize still isn't big enough for me though. I like larger grips like the SS 3.0. It is the most comfortable putter grip I have felt in an off-the-shelf putter for sure. The only bad thing that I really found on this overall test was the head cover. Even though it totally rocks, looks wise, and I love the magnetic closure, it just seemed too tight and hard to get on and off every hole. I would have to buy a different cover for daily use and save this one. Likelihood of Purchase – Score 16 out of 20 This is basically a 3 part score that was averaged out for me: Putter Price - 12 out of 20 Putter Quality - 19 out of 20 Putter Use - 18 out of 20 Not that I don't like to purchase the best equipment there is but, it's just not in my budget to fork out this kind of money for any 1 piece of golf equipment anymore. If you have the budget (or NOT) and want a great putter though, you have to try it! I don't think you will regret it. Lastly, I must give another “huge thanks” to MGS and MLA for being able to test this putter. Fact is, that this would be the only way I would ever get it this putter. I would like to apologize for the small amount of pics I was able to get due to mass amounts of rain we have had here in Virginia over the last few weeks and I hope it does not prevent me from be selected in future reviews. This is my first ever review of any type and I have learned a lot along the way. I really was hoping to add pics from 2 upcoming tournaments this week. It looks like the weather is going to be nice finally. I will get more pics and possibly a video for the Stage 3 finale. Overall Score - 88 out of 100 points
  18. Stage One: First off, let me say I am very happy to be chosen to do a review of this putter for the MGS readers. I would like to thank both MGS and MLA Putters for this opportunity. I am currently using the Yes, Groove Tube putter (Ugly but effective) but, I am really excited to get testing this new MLA putter, it is absolutely gorgeous. I think it will be as awesome to use as it is to look at. When I opened the box for the new MLA putter I was excited to find 2 beautiful MLA Golf Hats (very surprised) along with the following: Putter, Head Cover and Weight Set w/tool. Mill work on this putter looks very nice. I personally prefer heavier putters to help quiet my hands, so I installed the 15g weights first thing. Grip is very nice and also has the nice colors and brand markings in it. Head Cover totally ROCKS, beautiful colors, nice branding (all embroidered) and has a magnetic closure that seems very strong. Weight Kit comes in nice little metal box, 3 sets of weights (2 each 5g, 2 each 10g and 2 each 15g) 2 sets in the box and 1 in the putter. It comes with a handy dandy little tool for changing the weights. I can't wait to hit the course and test this bad boy out. A little about me: I live in Williamsburg, Va. I am a 19 handicap at this time, don't get to play as often as I'd like too. Best I ever got down to was a 12 about 10 years ago but, should have gone lower, I was playing 2 to 5 times a week for about 2 years while working night shifts, usually only about once a week now. My strengths are my short game most of the time, I am usually a good putter, fairly good chipper and I usually have no trouble getting out of the greenside bunkers. Weakness has to be the driver & fairway woods, I fight a fade/slice and distance. I am really working hard to correct this lately. On bad days I will use a 2 hybrid off the tee boxes. I used to have a fast swing but, with age, back and hip problems and no time to play, I really concentrate on a smooth steady tempo now. It has given me a much better consistency for sure. Back when I was in the Navy around '86, a buddy from work started dragging me out to play mornings after a long 12 hour mid shifts. I picked it up fairly quick and have been hooked ever since. I just can't get enough golf in, at least not for about 6 more years until I retire anyway. With my Navy time and my Federal Service time, I now have 34 years of service total. I was in Japan for 23 years from 1985 to 2008, (85 to 90 in the Navy & 91 to 2008 Federal Service) I learned to play at Atsugi Naval Air Station. I have played almost all of the Military courses there and quite a few Japanese courses, which is a different experience. They will play 9, have lunch, take a hot bath, then go back out and play the other 9. All day thing, of course they pay lots of money to do so. Here's WITB right now: * 1W 12* TaylorMade SLDR – Set @ Draw w/Kuro Cage Senior Flex * Mini Driver 14* TaylorMade Aeroburner - Senior Flex * 4W 16.5* Cobra Amp - Motore Senior Flex * 2 (16*), 3 (19*), 4 (22*), & 5 (25*) TaylorMade Mid Rescue Hybrids – Senior Flex * 6-PW Cleveland 588 Altitude - Stock Graphite - Senior flex * 52* Cleveland 588 Tour Action Gap Wedge * 58* Cleveland Smart Sole Sand Wedge * MLA Tour Classic Putter (Prior to test -Yes Groove Tube Putter) *Calloway Super Soft or Titleist Velocity balls What Do I expect from the MLA Tour Classic? I am not certain but, from a looks perspective, I think that I could get used to it. The black finish is really nice and the bright green accents just pop. The adjustability of the different weights is a huge plus. We will have to see how my testing and review goes, but I think that this putter will be in the bag for 2016…..probably longer! First 2 pics are of my UGLY but, very effective Yes Groove Tube putter.
  19. Not a fan, reminds me of sweat pants, not very classy.
  20. I have the Smart Sole Sand Wedge 58* and I love it. Very easy to hit out of the bunkers. I don't really have any cons for it.
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