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Final Reviews: L.A.B Putters

Equipment Type: Putter
Vendor: L.A.B

 

 

 

*Note* Follow along in the new threads for each model *Note*

Please help us congratulate the following testers:

@Shankster @EasyPutter @Bulldog @B_R_A_D_Y @Lmerrick @Samsonite

@bens197 @Dragon3 @revkev @Grand Stranded @thechrisgibbs @GolfSpy_CS

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Ever wanted to be a part of the data MyGolfSpy collects over the course of the season? Welcome to Testers Wanted, where we recruit readers like you for objective feedback on products that roll into HQ throughout the year!

You can say a lot of things about L.A.B. Putters but you certainly can’t say they’re boring. Or conventional. Or even unoriginal. Even the owner calls them "absurd."

Leveraging an approach called "lie angle balancing" (hence L.A.B. Golf) the brand feels it has a technology to help you make more putts.

That said, we need testers like you to assess, and report back to us here at MyGolfSpy!

Important: Each tester will be required to submit a fitting video per L.A.B.'s fitting process and be prepared to provide as much detailed feedback as possible
Want to learn more about MGS Forum tests and how we select our testers? Check out this thread as it has everything and anything you need to know all in one place: MGS Forum How to Become a Tester

 

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42 minutes ago, revkev said:

To an earlier question I think all of us are going with a standard putter but I could be wrong.  I'm a husband, dad and grandfather and senior pastor, I'm wrong frequently, or so I'm told. 🙂 

I have been reading the comments of my fellow testers and curiosity has struck, this time on the idea of an Arm Lock putter.  I can almost hear SWMBO cringe even at work 10 miles away as, you know, what does her retired Lieutenant Colonel know anyway.  The page on the site https://labgolf.com/arm-lock-putters-and-lie-angle-balance/ is quite thorough and worth a read.

Just sent Jake at L.A.B. Golf follow-up email thanking him for the fitting recommendation and asking about things regarding an Arm Lock video.  The site has guidance so looking if there is a better club to use, specifically how the longer shaft club should be held etc for making that video.  Other questions about shaft selection and if any influence that choice would have on which grip would be better. 

This is quite an adventure and while I am not likely to go further to investigate Broomstick length, the Arm Lock might just be a new direction on my hunt for one-putts, but as @revkev said, I might just be unaware of how wrong I am. 

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When I ordered my DF 2.1 back in 2020, L.A.B.'s customer service was excellent. Hope you all are getting the same treatment.

My remote fitting turned out slightly more upright (68 degrees) versus the in-person fitting I did with their adjustable putter (66.5 degrees). I'd lean toward to remote fitting being more accurate, actually.

I saw the MEZZ in person a few months ago at Club Champion and it definitely was more "brick-like" than the DF. I'll be curious to see who chooses what and their thoughts.

I really think it's a game changer once you learn to trust the balancing tech.

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24 minutes ago, edingc said:

When I ordered my DF 2.1 back in 2020, L.A.B.'s customer service was excellent. Hope you all are getting the same treatment.

My remote fitting turned out slightly more upright (68 degrees) versus the in-person fitting I did with their adjustable putter (66.5 degrees). I'd lean toward to remote fitting being more accurate, actually.

I saw the MEZZ in person a few months ago at Club Champion and it definitely was more "brick-like" than the DF. I'll be curious to see who chooses what and their thoughts.

I really think it's a game changer once you learning to trust the balancing tech.

When you say brick like, would you compare it to something like the double wide putter I’m using now, or something more extreme?

I might be changing my request from the Mezz to the DF2.1 after reading it’s their flagship putter.

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33 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

To all one thing to remember is once all the fittings are sorted we will be locking this thread and making 3 new ones for these tests. 

Having 12 in one test is great but the likelihood of the 12th review being read is much lower. 

The 3 groups will be on the various heads. Hopefully we have close to s even Split between the 3, but either way we will then have our testers break off to their own threads... Altho as I write this maybe keeping this open for some inter tester trash talk could be fun....

If I miss any putts with this thing, it's obviously broken. Beat THAT everyone else! Also, you are all delightful humans! (I may not be very good at trash talk)

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1 hour ago, Grand Stranded said:

When you say brick like, would you compare it to something like the double wide putter I’m using now, or something more extreme?

 

It's a pleasing shape from the top down. I was surprised at the thickness of the head, if that makes sense. If you Google some images you can see that it's "taller" than a lot of other putters out there. I assume they needed to get more mass into a smaller footprint versus the DF 2.1 which is wider and longer.

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Still no word back on my questions to L.A.B.  Going on at 40hrs now since my last email.  I might have to call Customer Service and see what the hold up is...

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Finally heard back.  They basically said “As long as you are comfortable in that setup, go with it.”   I do wish we would have been able to do the fitting in person with someone and try out different head styles and alignment markings.  But I get them wanting us to be able to give feedback on their online process.

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I have a feeling that this thread is about to get rather…..

 

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1 hour ago, Shankster said:

I have a feeling that this thread is about to get rather…..

 

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My fitter and I have been texting about this test.  He has convinced me to go with the DF2.1.  I’m going to trust him on this, even if I don’t like it. Lol.  I’m not 100% sold on the looks of the Mezz, but liked it more than the DF2.1, but part of me also wanted to try the OG.

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

Ok…let’s dive in…

This test has been somewhat different than years past.  L.A.B.  And their customer service have been refreshingly open and available to testers.  In contrast to years past and the traditionally accepted practice, they’ve asked us to complete our fitting requests and then submit the order directly to their site.  Now we all have our own accounts with L.A.B. So we can track and follow along.

One thing that was a question until yesterday was, what options are available for upgrades?  Well, from the staff themselves, they want us to feel free to select whatever we believe will work best for ourselves.

No upgrade charges is in my honest opinion, phenomenally generous but also demonstrates their commitment to us receiving the exact product we hope to play.

With that comes a legitimate responsibility to follow through with a comprehensive test.

So with that said, I have a MEZZ.1 with a LA GOLF 135 P that is currently in their system for order.  We’ll see how it progresses from here and any updates we’ll send along…

Holy cats Batman!!! That’s awesome. Way to go LAB!

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I can’t begin to explain to everyone what a fun experience this has already been.

We all sent in our online videos earlier in the week, and this afternoon everything started happening really fast, lol. We all got our recommendations and opened accounts on the LAB site, and placed our orders.

I went with the big boy, the 2.1 with a BGT Stability shaft. My recommended specs were 34” and 65*. We get to pick from a menu of exotic shafts and grips, and have about 30 sight line options to choose from. It’s mind boggling building one of these on the site exactly how you want it.
It’s actually was a bit too overwhelming, as I’m waiting to hear back from my fitter about the grip I chose. I want something mid size, akin to a super stroke 2.0 or Matador in size, and want to make sure I ordered the right one. I’m also thinking of switching to a LA shaft. (too many choices…🙄)

One last thing I want to share about how cool a company LAB seems to be. I got a call yesterday from their CS telling me the reason I hadn’t heard anything about my video yet was because their CEO wanted to do my fitting himself! Well, it turned out that didn’t happen, as he was able to get to any fittings today, but how cool would that have been?

Stay tuned guys, this is going to be a blast!

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17 minutes ago, Vegan_Golfer_PNW said:

Holy cats Batman!!! That’s awesome. Way to go LAB!

Holy cats is right 🙂

Also, the LA Golf shaft being made in the USA was a cherry on top for me.

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As @bens197 said the customer service is exemplary, and for 92% of us prompt within 48 hours leaning to 24 hours turn around on messages. 

I have a distinct impression these are avid golfers who love what they are doing from not only their responses but the language used in the response.

Also I believe it is unique that each of us testers has been given a code to enter as a coupon to do our own ordering.  Comments from testers who have been around longer than the 3 years I have been testing are the ordering was always done by MGS HQ after gathering information from the tester pool.

As @Shankster noted, this is an exciting adventure already and the Tester Dozen are on fire already! 🏌️‍♂️🔥⛳ 

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I forgot to mention what a great help @Golfspy_CG2has been throughout the week. He’s been terrific with answering all our questions, and seems to be available whenever we need him.

I’m obviously grateful to MGS and LAB, but Tony has been our go to guy, and we’re lucky to have him.

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41 minutes ago, bens197 said:

Holy cats is right 🙂

Also, the LA Golf shaft being made in the USA was a cherry on top for me.

Truly awesome; can't wait to hear how this flatstick works out for you and the other testers.

I will say, you'll be challenged to sort and discern between the uniqueness and effectiveness of the putter itself, separately from the benefits of that shaft.  One of the challenges of doing a good putter review I suppose, and a good problem to have.  Have to admit to mild pangs of jealousy, but overall it's great to hear of the company's commitment to the product and the testers.  

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6 minutes ago, Getoffmylawn said:

Truly awesome; can't wait to hear how this flatstick works out for you and the other testers.

I will say, you'll be challenged to sort and discern between the uniqueness and effectiveness versus the putter itself, separately from the benefits of that shaft.  One of the challenges of doing a good putter review I suppose, and a good problem to have.  Have to admit to mild pangs of jealousy, but overall it's great to hear of the company's commitment to the product and the testers.  

I FOR SURE had this exact thought - some people looking to order may not be able to afford the shaft upgrade options.  As I really prefer a softer-feeling putter, this is one that I would absolutely spring for (the Accra, to be clear) over the standard steel shaft - acknowledging that this will obviously impact that "standard" set-up.  

I will say that I was THIS close to buying one of the putters from the outlet (refurbs, factory-seconds, etc.) before getting chosen for this (thanks again for that, btw) - and I still think that would be a fascinating test - maybe after I get another bonus or something I'll look into that to see what a standard set-up feels/acts like.  My understanding from the website info re: the shaft options is that the LA Golf shaft is VERY resistant to torquing (even more so than the putter by itself), but that the other two (Accra/BGT) are only a little less-resistant to torque, so I feel like it's not a crazy thing to test with the Accra as that would have been my preference if I were ordering as "just me". Meh. I don't know - I hear what you're saying, and I do think it'd be a good test, but my hunch is that the tech of the head is going to be very obvious, whereas if I put the Accra shaft in my Tommy Armour milled Serrano, I wouldn't see nearly the (potential) benefit.

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7 minutes ago, Samsonite said:

I FOR SURE had this exact thought - some people looking to order may not be able to afford the shaft upgrade options.  As I really prefer a softer-feeling putter, this is one that I would absolutely spring for (the Accra, to be clear) over the standard steel shaft - acknowledging that this will obviously impact that "standard" set-up.  

I will say that I was THIS close to buying one of the putters from the outlet (refurbs, factory-seconds, etc.) before getting chosen for this (thanks again for that, btw) - and I still think that would be a fascinating test - maybe after I get another bonus or something I'll look into that to see what a standard set-up feels/acts like.  My understanding from the website info re: the shaft options is that the LA Golf shaft is VERY resistant to torquing (even more so than the putter by itself), but that the other two (Accra/BGT) are only a little less-resistant to torque, so I feel like it's not a crazy thing to test with the Accra as that would have been my preference if I were ordering as "just me". Meh. I don't know - I hear what you're saying, and I do think it'd be a good test, but my hunch is that the tech of the head is going to be very obvious, whereas if I put the Accra shaft in my Tommy Armour milled Serrano, I wouldn't see nearly the (potential) benefit.

I'm not saying run a separate test of a standard vs stability/graphite shaft, I'm just saying the shaft upgrade presents an interesting wrinkle.

Somewhat related: f you haven't already, I recommend cruising through this test:

 

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2 minutes ago, Getoffmylawn said:

I'm not saying run a separate test of a standard vs stability/graphite shaft, I'm just saying the shaft upgrade presents an interesting wrinkle.

Somewhat related: f you haven't already, I recommend cruising through this test:

 

I just found my evening reading 😉 thanks.

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3 hours ago, bens197 said:

Ok…let’s dive in…

This test has been somewhat different than years past.  L.A.B.  And their customer service have been refreshingly open and available to testers.  In contrast to years past and the traditionally accepted practice, they’ve asked us to complete our fitting requests and then submit the order directly to their site.  Now we all have our own accounts with L.A.B. So we can track and follow along.

One thing that was a question until yesterday was, what options are available for upgrades?  Well, from the staff themselves, they want us to feel free to select whatever we believe will work best for ourselves.

No upgrade charges is in my honest opinion, phenomenally generous but also demonstrates their commitment to us receiving the exact product we hope to play.

With that comes a legitimate responsibility to follow through with a comprehensive test.

So with that said, I have a MEZZ.1 with a LA GOLF 135 P that is currently in their system for order.  We’ll see how it progresses from here and any updates we’ll send along…

Dude. Just shy of $1,000. Good gracious. Wow!!!!

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I've been avoiding thinking about putters and putting for way too long. I recently picked up an EvnRoll putter and can't complain, but I need something that makes me excited about putting.

I love new tech and research, so this trial sounds pretty great. I have a decent amount of practice options at home and live close to a bunch of courses I play in rotation.

 

Good luck, all!

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I'm really intrigued by the new L.A.B putter that they're coming out with. Those look super nice and more compact than the DF 2.1's. 

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It is putting that is letting me down…the buzz is that these putters make it more predictable to get the ball in the cup…just what I need to be a complete golfer

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I would love to be a tester.   I live next to a course and also have a putting green in my back yard.  Age 63 with 11 index.

 

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Still love my Nike method. Be interesting to see if this finally replaced it. Love to give it a whirl. 

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Would love to test a L.A.B. putter and see what a difference it would make for accuracy and feel. Could it lower my handicap? Have to test to find out!

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If a piece of golf equipment significantly out performs what I currently play, it goes in the bag. It would be interesting to see if the LAB putter could. 

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I keep eyeing their "factory seconds" store, but would really love to test them or get fitted before buying.  So many options on lie angle, press etc.

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A guy who I took lessons from last year had a prior year of a LAB putter and he loved it.  I tried it a few times and it was definitely was a good experience.  Would love to get my hands on one to try for a few rounds and a few practices.  

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Currently shopping putters. My buddy bought on of these.  Used it on the practice green - very nice feel.  Would love to test this out on the course 

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Putting is my weakness. The rest of my game is solid. I have gone through many putters. L.A.B. would an interesting option for me to test. If I can benefit, that would say a lot of the their putter design approach. 

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Very interested to follow this test and see it it puts my Scotty Cameron Phantom on the bench.  I have demoed these putters and gotten good initial results in an armlock length.  Seemed very good inside 5-10 feet.  I have been thinking about getting fit for one, but I'm not sure about the lag putting.  That seems to be a potential weakness based on the Most Wanted tests.

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I haven’t commented much in this forum but the Lab DF 2 has me crossing fingers to participate. I’ve bounced from putter to putter, recently tried the Wilson Buckingham after reading many reviews, surprisingly have seen a noticeable improvement. My trip to Bandon forced me to get serious with putting. I’m really interested in learning more about Lab putters! 

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Just recently purchased the new Evnroll Erz Zero putter and see the LAB putter looks similar in the setup and would like to compare it with the new Evnroll 

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Looks interesting, good reviews from a few different sources - would love to test and report! 

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This is incredibly generous of L.A.B. to offer 12 opportunities for testing. 
 

Good luck spies 👍🏼

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16 minutes ago, bens197 said:

This is incredibly generous of L.A.B. to offer 12 opportunities for testing. 
 

Good luck spies 👍🏼

I was going to say the same thing. I saw this test opportunity pop up this morning at 5 a.m. and I thought it said 5 testers. Twelve is a generous number and it should be fun to follow along with whoever gets chosen. 

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12 testers, HOLY COW !!!

Read the MGS article recently and loved it being called a satellite dish.  Concept is extremely intriguing, and would love to have a chance to try one out.

Thanks MGS and LAB for the test, can't wait to see what comes of it !

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18 hours ago, Thin2win said:

Now this is a unique product that is going to be interesting test. Have seen some good unofficial reviews of this, with various results. But this and autoflex are the two most intriguing products on the market right now, so very cool. 

I've been gaming Autoflex for a year. Total game-changer for me but it took real work to get the setup right. You won't get that much if you just jam it into a stock head. 

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

This is incredibly generous of L.A.B. to offer 12 opportunities for testing. 
 

Good luck spies 👍🏼

 

1 hour ago, sirchunksalot said:

I was going to say the same thing. I saw this test opportunity pop up this morning at 5 a.m. and I thought it said 5 testers. Twelve is a generous number and it should be fun to follow along with whoever gets chosen. 

It is an impressive putter I had a chance to try at Club Champion last summer on their indoor putting mat.  From the wide array of putters leaning on the wall it was the larger mallets that were rolling true for me with the line to ensure a swing without allowing a twist.  That was just with the (standard?) length there for demonstration, the requirement for "Each tester will be required to submit a fitting video per L.A.B.'s fitting process" evokes a potential for better results than what was experienced before?  I don't think I dare imagine what that would be like.  So if the opportunity comes, it will be quite an adventure!

Best wishes for everyone's success fellow MGSrs!!! 🍀

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Good luck to all who apply. I checked out all the locations for a fitting and the closest one to me was over 2 hours away. Thats the bad part about where I live, the good part is the courses aren't crowded! 

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