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My stage 3 is now posted.

 

Great fun reviewing this putter, now I know I need to review my putting stroke to get rid of the pulls!

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MLA Tour Mallet Stage 2 As stated in stage 1, I'm really impressed with the balance and initial feel of this putter. The matt black finish with matt white alignment aid is striking at first, and take

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Stage 2   I believe I covered the most relevant aspects about my golf game and what’s in my bag in Stage 1. If there is anything else I missed, please feel free to let me know. So let’s move on to the

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HERE IT IS! STAGE 2.

 

If you slide it in from the bottom (that's what she said) it works much better.

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Reviewed my stroke, and really reduced grip pressure. Putted very well, only hit one bad stroke, made a couple of longish putts, and no 3 putts. I focussed on "seeing" the alignment stripe following the line I wanted and it worked well. Starting to really love this putter.

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Seems to be a pretty effective putter. How much altering can they do lie angle wise. I have a terrible stance when putting and hold my hands LOW this requires me to get it flattened by 3-4 degrees. Would they be able to do this

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Seems like they're pretty responsive to customers, maybe contact them and ask.

 

 

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I've finally worked out YouTube, here's a putt I videoed while doing the review.

 

https://youtu.be/2SHGoZ7_Bsc

 

Still loving this putter. I get a lot of questions about it, and always hand it over for people to hit a couple of putts. Everyone loves the feel off the face.

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Thanks to Peaksy for sharing the link. I didn't realize MLA has 2 tests on this forum. It was really cool to see thoughts on the other models besides X-Dream.

 

 

 

Any of you guys still got the MLA in your bag?

 

 

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Stage 3

 

Will the MLA Tour Mallet go in my bag? Most definitely, the balance, feel and consistency off the face off the putter are all great.

 

I would recommend this putter to anyone whose stroke is suited to a face balanced putter. Sure they aren't cheap, but I firmly believe they sit well when compared to other putters in the same price range that I've tried.

 

This was my first exposure to MLA, and without MGS I would never have even heard of them, let alone get achance to use their equipment. I am really impressed with the quality of this putter, across the board. Everyone who I've shown it to have also been impressed.

 

The only thing I would look at changing is different colour and grip size options, which it seems they are already offering.

 

I would love to see them continue to make such beautifully balanced putters, it really is amazing how well balanced this putter is.

 

Have I mention that I love how well balanced this putter is?

 

Thanks again to MGS for the opportunity to review this putter, I've really enjoyed the process, and hope that others can benefit from this review.

Peaksey,

 

Thanks for the great review- your clear and articulate description of the putter, feel, action of the ball and success are exactly what I need to hear before dropping 300 for a putter. 

 

Great to hear that you get a hat with the putter- how about those pants?  do they come with it too??? Awesome looking!

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Subjective
 
Looks
 

 
Overall, the graphics are not too loud and I really like the combination of lime and black.
I remember a couple of years ago, the MoM @ MGS would get a huge prize package. One of the goodies was a Bettinardi (forgot which model) with lime paint-fill. I instantly fell in love with that putter, but never saw it again.
The MLA Tour Classic reminds me of that putter. It's not as sexy, but good enough for someone who is not a collector or putter aficionado.
To me, that Bettinardi was the Amanda Dufner of putters and I would have given it 20 points without hesitation. The MLA Tour Classic is more like… I don't know… Lexi Thompson?
 
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Great reporting- really appreciate the detail and data- the sound, feel and looks are all important, but performance is top dog in my humble opinion!

 

Remind me again who accompanies the purchase of the Tour Mallet - Amanda or Lexi???

 

Thanks again

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What's in the bag?
 
Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
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I'll take Amanda over Lexi any day! lOl

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I would accept lessons (golf or otherwise) from either or them. yes, I know Amanda is not an LPGA professional- not an issue!

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What's in the bag?
 
Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
Putter MLA Pro Classic
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Thanks to Peaksy for sharing the link. I didn't realize MLA has 2 tests on this forum. It was really cool to see thoughts on the other models besides X-Dream.

Any of you guys still got the MLA in your bag?

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Still in my bag, and will take something very special to move it.

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I have my MLA Tour Classic from the original test plus, I just got the MLA Pro Xdream in yesterdsy. It's a nice putter, can't wait to try it this weekend.

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Can't wait til Saturday to test the putter, gonna head on over to the Fort Lee Putting Green here at lunch time today. 2 minutes from the office...:) 

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So I've been tooling around with mine a bunch and played one round with it. I think the Forward grip has got to go. For me, there's 2 problems:

 

 

1) The triangle shape leaves my ring and pinky fingers of my left hand off the club or reaching for it

2) The putter head feels really heavy.

 

I ordered a Super Stroke Slim 3.0 and I think this will solve both problems. Don't get me wrong, the Forward grip is a really nice grip. It feels amazing, looks fantastic with the MLA logo, and has a unique shape...... But it won't work for me.

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No big deal though because the head and alignment still feel like money in the bank. I just think the new grip will straighten my stroke out.

 

 

Once it warms up and the greens come back, I'll pick my putter test back up and get some results for the Tour Classic.

 

 

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Stage 2

 

I believe I covered the most relevant aspects about my golf game and what's in my bag in Stage 1. If there is anything else I missed, please feel free to let me know. So let's move on to the data!

 

Performance

 

Performance at the Range

 

Since I was testing this putter alone, I couldn't apply the Strokes Gained 18 method that MGS uses for the Most Wanted. So… I just did a 1-on-1 shootout between my current gamer and the MLA.

 

What I really wanted to test was the effectiveness of the patented aiming technology. So I tried to eliminate breaks as much as possible and sought for the flattest area of the putting green. I placed 8 tees around the hole with a 3m (9.8ft) radius and proceeded to putt 5 balls from each tee with the MLA and 5 balls with my current gamer. I alternated between tee positions and putters to avoid getting too familiar with the line.

 

I repeated the same test from 6m (19.6ft) and 12m (39.3ft).

 

Ball used for this test was the TaylorMade Penta TP5 and it came down to a stupefying total of 240 balls putted and 450 putts. The tests were performed under similar weather conditions and within a 3-day period to factor out fatigue.

 

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Total number of putts

 

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Here you can see the total number of putts per distance. For the shorter distances, where distance control is not critical, the MLA was superior. It was easier to aim and a soft, controlled stroke was enough to bring the ball into the hole. I had difficulties with the longest putts. The head is definitely heavier, but I wasn't able to feel the acceleration through the ball; it felt as if the energy wasn't being transferred properly to the ball, so I ended up leaving a lot of putts too short. This didn't happen with my gamer.

 

Total number of 1, 2 and 3-putts

 

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This is the total amount of 1, 2 and 3-putts for all distances together. Again, the MLA exceled at short-range putts. The aiming aid, the bigger grip, the heavier head all do wonders to steady your hands and softly do a SBST stroke. The missing energy-transfer described above was also the cause of the 3-putts.

 

Range Score: 17 out of 20 points

 

Performance on the Course

 

As mentioned before, I average about 31 putts per round. I played 4 full rounds with the MLA and here are my results.

 

First round using the MLA, tied my personal best of 83 with only 30 putts needed. I just read the breaks, stood over the ball and fired away in order to test the aiming technology. As you all know, the line of sight when you stand behind the ball and over the ball are not always the same. In this case, I let the aiming aid point to the line I had read before and purposely didn't use the alignment on the ball. I was extremely pleased with the results as the putting line at address coincided with my read.

 

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My 2nd round was the completely opposite. I'll spare you shame of looking at the scorecard (barely broke 100). The critical misses were slices off the tee that ended up OB. I had 31 putts plus 2 holes I didn't record, so we can assume it would have been around 35-36 putts. To my defense, the conditions changed drastically a couple of times during the round: started the day with slow humid greens (17C or 62F for my American friends), then turned into “normal” speeds; then baked by the scorching sun around noon (33C / 91F) and 90% humidity to finish with a refreshing thunderstorm. It was a competitive round and the flight in front of us had 2 holes free in front of them, so the 5 hour round and heat didn't help either. Accuracy was not an issue as the ball was rolling on the intended line, but distance control and speed were way off due to the unstable weather conditions.

 

Rounds 3 and 4 were both high 80's with 29 and 28 putts respectively. To be fair, my GIR's were very low. 70% of my approach shots didn't make it to the green, but a well-placed chip or pitch made the first putt easier and definitely contributed to the fewer putts. This reflects the results seen on the practice green: the MLA is very sharp on short putts, but lacks distance control on longer ones.

One thing I didn't notice on the practice green, but did notice on the course was that the MLA is less forgiving than my current gamer. Mishits were definitely more pronounced.

 

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Course Score: 17 out of 20 points

 

Performance Summary

 

The MLA exceeded my expectations. The aiming system does assist in visualizing the putting line when standing over the ball. I, personally, no longer have to use the alignment lines on the ball to line up a putt.

 

I'm not sure how much the face balance affected the outcome, but on paper, it should be more suitable to my SBST putting stroke, so this could have also contributed to the better score over the Yes! Ann. The bigger grip and heavier head were also helpful in quieting down my hands.

The only drawback is the lack of distance control I experienced. Remember in Stage 1 when I mentioned why I didn't like mallet style putters? This is exactly the reason.

 

If I had to compare it to my Yes! Ann, I would rate the MLA better for short putts, but worse on long putts. Results both on the practice green concurred with the findings on the course.

 

Improvement suggestions: perhaps a more Anser-style design that provides better distance control (either by using a lighter head or keep the same heavy head with a counter-balanced grip). Would perimeter weighting improve mishits?

 

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Subjective

 

Looks

 

The MLA Tour Classic is a blade-style putter with a wider body (bordering on midsize mallet) with matte black finish and the white patented aiming technology on the top. The bottom consists of a glossy black finish with lime and white paint-fill as well as 2 weight slots.

 

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It took some time for my eyes to settle on the half-shaft offset, as the Ann I use has a full offset.

Grip is a Winn Midsize Pistol with the same lime and white graphics on a black background.

 

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Overall, the graphics are not too loud and I really like the combination of lime and black.

I remember a couple of years ago, the MoM @ MGS would get a huge prize package. One of the goodies was a Bettinardi (forgot which model) with lime paint-fill. I instantly fell in love with that putter, but never saw it again.

The MLA Tour Classic reminds me of that putter. It's not as sexy, but good enough for someone who is not a collector or putter aficionado.

To me, that Bettinardi was the Amanda Dufner of putters and I would have given it 20 points without hesitation. The MLA Tour Classic is more like… I don't know… Lexi Thompson?

 

attachicon.gifdufnerthompson.jpg

 

However, I would shave a point for 2 things:

 

1. I would have preferred a more traditional and slimmer Anser-style head. Is the thicker chunk behind the head really necessary to achieve the visual effect of the aiming technology? As you can see, the aiming technology doesn't extend all the way back. What would happen if we just cut it off? Here the photoshopped MLA:

 

I personally like it more.

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2. My experience with black finishes is that they are not that durable and after a few seasons in the bag, you'll start to see wear patterns. That's fine on a wedge and irons, but a putter should remain pristine. Only time will tell how long this will hold.

On the other hand, perhaps the color is necessary to create enough contrast with the aiming technology? If that's the case, then there is no way around it.

Since these details could be performance related, I'll only deduct 0.5 points each.

 

Looks Score: 16 out of 20

 

Sound and Feel

 

The MLA has a crispier sound compared to the putters I've used in the past. My Yes! Ann is almost muted when compared to it. Here is a recording of the MLA striking a TM Penta TP5 on my indoor putting mat.

 

You can download the sound file

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Or listen here

 

 

Well struck putts feel good and the balls rolls nicely. Mishits on the other hand are more pronounced. You can definitely tell and feel the difference.

I don't have any experiences with premium offerings, so I can't do a comparison, but you can definitely notice more “meat” and substance off the face.

 

Sound and Feel Score: 18 out of 20 points

 

Likelihood of Purchase

 

Would I spend the cash to buy this putter? Honestly speaking, probably not. Don't get me wrong, the flat stick is nice and the aiming technology works as advertised. It's just that I am satisfied with my short game and I have full distance control with my current gamer. The MLA outperformed my gamer by a small margin. I'm guessing if I add a midsize grip to my Yes! then the results would be even closer.

 

So if you are like my wife (who has zero sense of dimensionality) and need some help with your aiming or if you suffer from the yips and can't make those 2-3 footers? This is the putter to use!

 

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LOP Score: 15 out of 20 points

 

Subjective Summary

 

Overall, a decent looking putter. It won't win a beauty contest, but who cares if it's helping you sink more putts?

Sound and feel can hold their own ground and unless you mishit the putter as often as you mishit your irons, you won't need extra forgiveness.

 

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Total Score: 83 out of 100 points

I bought an MLA Pro xDream over the holidays using the MGS discount. Haven't had any opportunity to really try it yet, but am reading all the reviews. I really appreciated your honest review & obviously the work done. Well played, sir!!

 

 

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