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Unofficial Review: L.A.B. Golf Directed Force 2.1 Putter


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17 minutes ago, edingc said:

Funny how easily you can fall back into old habits. On Saturday the L.A.B. went ice cold on the back nine. I wasn't missing my lines by much, but my speed control (which has been such a big improvement with the L.A.B.) was miserable. I had four three-putts and was just way short or way long with everything.

I noticed that I had started to really hunch over in my setup. Part of the reason I went with the 36" L.A.B. was so that wouldn't happen, but I started to really bend my elbows and grip down to facilitate the hunch. Today, I focused on standing more upright at setup and it made a huge different. My distance control was fantastic as I did not three-putt during my round today, despite hitting 15/18 greens and having some first putts that approached 50 feet in length.

Do you have a video of your putting set-up/stance?  I seem to think that a mirror would help me to make sure I'm always aligned correctly...as in where my eyes are in relation to the ball...typically inside and behind the ball, I just don't know if I'm consistent in the distance inside and behind.

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1 minute ago, M. Parsons said:

Do you have a video of your putting set-up/stance?  I seem to think that a mirror would help me to make sure I'm always aligned correctly...as in where my eyes are in relation to the ball...typically inside and behind the ball, I just don't know if I'm consistent in the distance inside and behind.

I don't have one handy at the moment, but will add it to things to grab next time I'm at the putting green with my GoPro.

I do know when I'm more upright with the L.A.B. my eyes rest at least one inch inside the ball.

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image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1, 36", 68°, Black with Custom Sightlines, BGT Stability Tour, L.A.B. Press II 3° | Unofficial Review
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On 5/25/2021 at 9:31 AM, edingc said:

Funny how easily you can fall back into old habits. On Saturday the L.A.B. went ice cold on the back nine. I wasn't missing my lines by much, but my speed control (which has been such a big improvement with the L.A.B.) was miserable. I had four three-putts and was just way short or way long with everything.

I noticed that I had started to really hunch over in my setup. Part of the reason I went with the 36" L.A.B. was so that wouldn't happen, but I started to really bend my elbows and grip down to facilitate the hunch. Today, I focused on standing more upright at setup and it made a huge different. My distance control was fantastic as I did not three-putt during my round today, despite hitting 15/18 greens and having some first putts that approached 50 feet in length.

Glad you were able to self-diagnose and get back on track !

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Good thread. Yesterday I spent an hour at PGA Superstore with one of these in my hand. I only picked it up to play with it because it looked so crazy. I hadn't heard anything about it before, but I've spent an hour or two (or three, sorry boss) reading about them. My normal putting, I miss almost everything left so I know I constantly pull it, but with this thing I was hitting the hole pretty consistently and it felt like the straightest I've been able to hit putts in forever. Yeah, I know, it was on carpet, but really I walked out of there thinking "how can I scare up the $400 to get me one of those?".  Intriguing piece of equipment.

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Anything inside 10 feet seems automatic with the L.A.B., and I usually walk away disappointed that I didn't make the putt if it doesn't go down.

I still have my days where speed control is less than stellar, but I've had some really, really good rounds, too. The last two rounds at my home course I had 29 putts each time. This morning's round had eight one-putts and four birdies. Just a really good day all around on the green.

I love the alignment markings I went with. I match the line on my golf ball with the center line on the alignment guide and then can focus solely on speed. It's definitely helped me become a better putter. 

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image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1, 36", 68°, Black with Custom Sightlines, BGT Stability Tour, L.A.B. Press II 3° | Unofficial Review
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Man oh man I wish the rest of my game would catch up to this putter.  My last two 9 hole outings in my golf league were awesome on the greens.  Last week I had 11 puts and this week I had 14.  I've had more birdies from the fringe this year already than the last two years combined.  Does L.A.B. make irons?   Yeah I'm joking, but if they did I would have to give them a try.  

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Anyone have trouble aiming with their lab putter? Maybe it's just me, but my distance control seems to be on point with it and I rarely have any 3 putts now but I'm always just a few inches left or right of the hole. May just need more practice but I was curious if I was the only one

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30 minutes ago, Tpoole22 said:

Anyone have trouble aiming with their lab putter? Maybe it's just me, but my distance control seems to be on point with it and I rarely have any 3 putts now but I'm always just a few inches left or right of the hole. May just need more practice but I was curious if I was the only one

In general when addressing putts (not just with the L.A.B.), what I see as aimed at my target is actually right of my target. My routine to overcome this involves using a line on the ball and then aiming the line at my target while behind the ball. I then take a few steps back to make sure the line is correct. Then address the ball matching the line on the ball with the line on the L.A.B. and take my stroke.

I do miss a lot of putts just left or right, but in my case I think it's my initial aim/speed selection.

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cobra_logo.png.190908c8b4518eec87c087429e4343ee.png Cobra KING Utility (2016 Model), 39.5", Mitsubishi MMT Utility 105 TX
21° Hybrid:
callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Epic Flash, 40", Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 80 TX
4 Utility: 
cobra_logo.png.190908c8b4518eec87c087429e4343ee.png Cobra KING Utility (2020 Model), 38.5", UST Mamiya Recoil 110 F5
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Putter:
image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1, 36", 68°, Black with Custom Sightlines, BGT Stability Tour, L.A.B. Press II 3° | Unofficial Review
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lamkin.png.5081890e009ae78e16066ee0fd18b7c0.png Lamkin Sonar Tour
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6 hours ago, Tpoole22 said:

Anyone have trouble aiming with their lab putter? Maybe it's just me, but my distance control seems to be on point with it and I rarely have any 3 putts now but I'm always just a few inches left or right of the hole. May just need more practice but I was curious if I was the only one

Not on a LAB, but in general I have found if I try to align the putter face perpendicular to the target that my aim bias is to the left. If I setup the alignment lines on the putter parallel to the target line that I am better and have less left misses. 

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