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15 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Good point.  I started thinking about that after I hit the send.  Still, ultimately, this or any other putter change will be about SG, so perhaps if you or the other testers decide to switch over to this style, such a H2H could be a follow-up down the road.  I just modified the test Tony Covey and the test lab crew used some years back.

I see your point there.  As far as me, for now, I can tell you that my percentage of putts made from outside of 10' is definitely increased.  The roll is more consistent.  I have had more good looks, like they were going to go in, than normal.  I also see my misreads alot easier now.  I have had several long putts hit the hole as well and not go in.  Overall, it is trending in a great direction.  The biggest draw back I had up until the last time I played was speed control.  With that too though, the greens I played prior were faster than what I was used to, and I was only a week into practicing this new putting method.  

Alot to take in.  I would definitely say the SG is increased with this.  But I do not have numbers to show that.  

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How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

Putting has definitely been improving.  I used the LeanLock in a charity scramble tournament on Monday, and putting was the only good thing I can say about my day Monday.  Sunk 3 birdie putts for the team from 10ft + out.

That's the good news.

The not as good news is I am still having issues from 10ft in, and the LeanLock has not proven as reliable as my current gamer.  I'm not sure if I am just not getting my aim right when closer to the hole, but I am getting a lot of lipouts and just burning the edge of the hole, especially around 5ft.

I maintain that Brian has some great insight into putting and his lessons and thought processes have helped both my putting with and without the LeanLock putter.

Have some PT this week to address an injury flareup during that tournament, but will be playing two more rounds next week with the LeanLock.

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17 minutes ago, CLenahan said:

Putting has definitely been improving.  I used the LeanLock in a charity scramble tournament on Monday, and putting was the only good thing I can say about my day Monday.  Sunk 3 birdie putts for the team from 10ft + out.

That's the good news.

The not as good news is I am still having issues from 10ft in, and the LeanLock has not proven as reliable as my current gamer.  I'm not sure if I am just not getting my aim right when closer to the hole, but I am getting a lot of lipouts and just burning the edge of the hole, especially around 5ft.

I maintain that Brian has some great insight into putting and his lessons and thought processes have helped both my putting with and without the LeanLock putter.

Have some PT this week to address an injury flareup during that tournament, but will be playing two more rounds next week with the LeanLock.

When you had your virtual fitting with Brian did he have any further advice for this? Could be worth a quick follow up with him and maybe he has some additional advice.

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Just now, GolfSpy_APH said:

When you had your virtual fitting with Brian did he have any further advice for this? Could be worth a quick follow up with him and maybe he has some additional advice.

He didn't bring this particular issue up at the initial fitting, but I am going to get my wife to video me over the weekend and send some to him early next week to see if he has anything for me.

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2 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

Sessions are going good for me. I found last night that my pulls or pushes are from having the ball too far forward in my setup, also the ball does not come off as solid up there.  So I have it somewhere off the heel of my front foot.  

What stands out most to me is on the longer putts how good they look on line, even misreads.  As noted earlier, I made several longer putts the last time out.  

Speed control improved for me the last time out.  The greens were not as fast as the first time out so that helped, but I think overall it is just getting used to the method that will help that out.

Trying to play this weekend, luckily the Ryder Cup will end early, so may get out Sunday afternoon.  Still putting away on my putting mat at home though.  Keeping that feel.

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5 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

Inside of 10 feet has been the best for me so far. I'm working on improving a few things to help with my distance control that Brian (the developer of the technique and owner of LeanLock) suggested. I hope to get out this weekend to test it, although it was better last weekend speed wise than it has been for me.

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Finally got out on my home course today to put the LeanLock to the test there.  I have had it out on the practice greens there, and for two scrambles at different clubs, so it was nice to get back to my home turf once again.

I had good success with the LeanLock during the two scrambles, sinking 3 birdie putts at one and two at the other.  Both clubs were slower greens, one of them best being described as "velcro" fuzzy.

It was a windy and fairly cool morning today, and I could not seem to leave myself a good putt.  Greens were fast and hard as well.  I decided to use the Leanlock on the front 9 as I am most familair with that part of the course as I walk it after work or during my lunch hour regularly.  I would then change to my usual putter for the back 9 and compare stats out of Arrcos.  I am also working out distances on my new irons, especially in the wind, so I was hitting 2 approach shots on most holes and taking the one that left me in the best shot.

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As you can see, I didn't one putt a single green with the LeanLock.  I would estimate that my average distance on my first putt was around 10 ft, but I did putt a couple from just off the fringe.  Lag putting with this thing is absolutly wonderful. From 15+ ft out I didn't leave myself more than about a 3 footer.  Trouble came from the 5-8ft putts that were leaving the face very fast.  The design of this putter encourages a very efficient transfer of energy, and it's very easy to forget that this is a heavy putter even though it doesn't feel much like ith when you get it in position.

I will be spending some more time at this course in the next couple of weeks to tune it in and I expect that I will see significant improvement as I do.

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And I hope so, becaosue my back 9...

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One three putt, five two putts.  I will admit that the 3+ is a 4 putt that started about 10 ft off the green and a terrrible misread.  Same story as the front, I hit two approach shots and took the better, and my game fell apart hard on the back 9.  I flared up a medical issue I am dealing with and it was...not pretty.  Still, my putting improved with my current gamer.

 

All said and done, I think this is an "it's the Indian not the arrow" situation.  As I feel things out on the faster greens at my home course, and recover a bit more, I fully believe that the LeanLock will come into it's own more.  I can feel that I'm leaving things on the table, and there are moments of brilliance, I just need to put in the work to bring it out more often.

Bonus:

My wife caught me watching probably the best shot I hit all day.  5 wood out of the rough about 215 yards for an 8ft putt.

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On 9/28/2023 at 8:41 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

Putting sessions have gone well but I have found with every video sent to Brian for review and feedback there is something that I was either not aware of that I was doing that needed to stop or be modified to follow the explicit instructions for what to do for the Lean Lock putting method or I thought I was following the instructions as specified but was still needing to work on shoulders, grip, position of arm, and such.  It has also taken some time to get all these tests in and videoed with so many other demands on time so it has been a challenge to get the time on task as agreed to as a tester but I believe there is sufficient information and experience going forward for a review worthy of reading and for a golfer such as myself to present the Lean Lock Putter as an option for a putter that can reduce strokes on a scorecard.  Speed control is definitely improving with refinement (with Brian's tutoring) that provides the essential element (in my experience) that helps with speed control management.

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Final Review

Aesthetics (9 out of 10):

When you first look at the putter, it is definitely something that takes time to love. The forward-leaning shaft as well as the way the grip is put on can be offputting to look at to begin with. But, as you spend more time with it, you become more used to it. Once the putter is in position, the putter head looks no different than any other putter outside of the forward shaft lean. When looking at putters earlier today, almost every mid-mallet or fatter blade putter looks similar behind the ball to me. I would like to see some type of alignment aid on the top of the putter head, not just in the back half of the putter.

Playing with multiple players over the course of the testing period (along with my usual playing partner), I definitely was asked several questions about the putter within the first three holes; some of them wanted to try it as well. It definitely can be eye-catching when people are not expecting to see it.

The sound of the putter, when the ball is struck, sounded to me to be a clicky type, almost like most blades I have tried. When you strike the ball anywhere on the face, I have seen that the Lean Lock was very forgiving, and on strikes in the center of the face, the ball really jumped off the clubface. I do not feel that the sound of the putter affected my play with it, but if you are used to a softer sound coming from your putter, I could see it being a distraction.

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The Numbers (8.5 out of 10)

Before I begin, I should mention that I am not usually a numbers guy in relation to golf. I tend to only worry about my carry distances with my clubs, and that is about it. This being said, this year I have had a focus on trying to keep track of my putting over the course of the year, and it has been a rough go with the flatstick this year (more on that below) and in my practice sessions with the putter, I decided to change my philosophy and try to use more numbers in order to better tell if this new style was working for me. I used my Yes! Marilyn C as my comparison putter in my practice sessions, as it has been my gamer more recently. You can see below the stats from my first session and final session:

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The distances chosen were done so due to a lack of facilities to practice consistently with the putters on large greens. I have a seven-foot mat on which these putts were performed. As you can see, over the course of the testing, the Lean Lock became much more consistent in shorter putts for me during the testing period.

While I found myself quickly getting comfortable over shorter putts, distance control was a constant issue for me until my final two rounds with the putter of our testing window. This was due to some changes I made after discussing things with Brian and going back to the videos and book for advice. The stroke seemed to feel more stable after these changes I made for my longer putts, leading to fewer three-putts and knee-knockers as second putts. The video below is from near the end of the testing period when I had improved my mechanics and the routine (Note: this was shot at my job after coaching one day, explaining the bad angle).

 

On-Course (17 out of 20)

As stated in my first post, my putter has been my Achilles Heel for quite some time now. Over the course of much of the summer prior to testing, my putting had been about as bad as it has ever been, with some rounds coming close to forty putts per round (averaging around 37.5). This is due to a lack of confidence over short putts and distance control, which is what I was hoping to improve upon during the testing. After receiving the putter and practicing the technique for a few days, I took the putter out to a par 3 course not too far from my home for my first round with the putter. Unshockingly, it performed about like my more traditional putter that day; but over time I did see improvement. And while I used it more and more, I found that on the course the putter was becoming more and more comfortable over shorter putts.

It took a lot longer to get comfortable over longer putts (over fifteen feet), as speed control was a bigger issue for me. This was partially due to user error but also just how well I found the ball to come off the face of the putter. I was able to improve my user error over the course of the testing window, as I changed up my stance and ball placement after a discussion with Brian (as mentioned earlier).

By the end of the test, I was even using the putter from off the green, something I never do with a putter. (I tend to either use the blade edge of a wedge or a short iron from the fringe.) While I think that I need to practice more with that aspect of putting on the course, it was great to see that I felt that much more comfortable with the putter. 

By the end of the testing period, I was happy to discover that I had dropped my putts per round down by 7 or 8 from my first round with the Lean Lock, not including a putting performance of 26 putts in my final round of the testing period (done at the same course as my first round). Overall, I definitely have seen an improvement, especially by the end with distance control, almost draining a forty-foot putt in my last round of the testing period.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Meh (18 out of 20)

Good: I think that locking the putter on the outside of my arm definitely helped me stay more stable during the stroke (especially on short putts). I have always been rather handsy throughout my golf game, but especially with the putter. Anything that helps to stabilize that is a bonus in my book.
I will also say that the customer service and fitting process were excellent as we prepared for the test. As I said in my initial thoughts, Brian really believes in his process and product and you can tell that he wants you to succeed. The videos are an excellent help in learning the process, both the free videos and those that are for sale.

Bad: For those who tend to want a quick return on investment, this will not be the putter for you. The routine will take some getting used to, and I would not expect immediate results after you receive the putter. I really had to slow down my overall tempo on the greens and change most everything about my putting stroke to fit the Lean Lock style (which could be a deal breaker for some people). The routine takes time to get used to and perfect, but the results were definitely promising.

Meh: The pricing may not be for everyone for a non-name brand putter. The model of putter I selected is sitting at $349.00 on the Lean Lock website, which could be seen as a lot for a putter from a brand that people may not have heard of. For those who like to have choices in terms of necks and grips for their putters, there are also not a lot of options.


Play it or Trade It (18 out of 20)

At least for the time being, I will be continuing to use the Lean Lock for the foreseeable future. I have found that I am far more comfortable over the ball than I was with my old putter(s) and am putting more consistently from short distances (inside 10 feet). While the putter took some getting used to, I have to say that the performance spoke for itself. From having 6 three-putts in my first round with the putter down to only one in just 4 weeks of gaming it really shows me that there is something to the method being taught by Brian and in the putter’s design concept. If you are someone who is patient and can put the time required into (or coming close to) mastering the process, I think that it would be a wonder for anyone to use.

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Conclusion

If you are willing and able to take the time to work on the routine and take the advice from Brian Tennyson’s book and videos, the Lean Lock putter is a worthwhile investment. Those who struggle with keeping their hands or wrists stable, like myself. Overall, I am happy that I went through this test, as I was pleasantly surprised with the results and have found my putter for the foreseeable future. Adapting to the putter and routine takes getting used to, but I have found it to be worth it.

I appreciate the opportunity from MyGolfSpy and Lean Lock.


Final Score: 89 out of 100

To see the other parts of my review of the Lean Lock Putter and system, follow the links below:

Introduction: 

Unboxing and First Impressions: 

Updates on Performance and Rounds:

Update 1: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60629-lean-lock-putters-forum-member-review/?do=findComment&comment=969175

Update 2: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60629-lean-lock-putters-forum-member-review/?do=findComment&comment=970428

Update 3: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/60629-lean-lock-putters-forum-member-review/?do=findComment&comment=972668

 

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max D, 9.0 Degrees

Fairway Wood: Adams Speedline, 15 Degrees

Driving Iron: Mizuno T-Zoid Fli-Hi 18 Degrees

Irons: Cobra LTDx, 5-GW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50, 54 bent to 55, 60)

Putter: LeanLock APA Model Blade/Yes Marilyn C-Groove

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Your Granddad’s putter this is not.

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When you initially look at the LeanLock Putter, you might be fooled into thinking it is like every other milled putter on the market.  When you look at the putter head, you are greeted with a shallow, consistent milling pattern that is familiar to many stainless steel putter heads out there.  Paired with a long plumbers neck on the blade, you might be fooled into thinking this is an option from any of the mainstream manufacturers.  I would argue that this is a good thing.

Then you might notice the length, 43” for my model.  9” longer than my usual gamer.  You may also notice the unusual grip shape, long, flat, and at an odd angle that on first inspection might look a little…wrong.  It’s when you pick this putter up that you will realize this isn’t like anything you have held before.  As you line of the face square to your target you will instantly feel the extreme forward lean that is the defining characteristic of the LeanLock design, namely, the Lean.

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At this point, you might pick up the book that comes with this putter and decide you need to figure out what is actually going on here.

Let’s go back to the beginning and recap everything:

First Impressions

While I have already posted on this, I wanted to give a quick recap of my thoughts when I first went through the ordering process, shipping, delivery, and post-delivery with the Leanlock.

You can find the original post here:

To start, I was able to have a conversation with Brian Tennyson, the inventor of the LeanLock (both the putter and the method).  During this conversation we discussed the putter that I normally use, my general stroke, height, and where my putting game sits.  We decided to go with the Blade-PN in 43” to match my height and preferred head shape.

We then we talked about the LeanLock method, and the importance of really understanding the mechanics of how to use the LeanLock.  We also discussed my previous foray into armlock putting, and that I was uncomfortable when testing armlock putters and how they tended to aggravate my left (lead) shoulder injuries.  He told me the benefit of LeanLock is that the putter itself creates the forward press for me and it would take the pressure off the lead arm, in fact, I could maintain the LeanLock form with almost no grip pressure from my left hand and control the stroke with my trail arm.

Upon arriving, my putter box was in great condition, reasonably on time, and acceptably packaged in a cardboard box packed tight with brown packing paper.  The only issue was that the book that comes with it was loose in the box and had gotten bent in shipping or packing.

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On first inspection, the putter head itself feels nice, the milling is consistent, and the black finish looks and feels nice.  I did (and do) always have some concerns about black finishes on golf clubs, they always seem easy to scratch and wear down to the metal.  I am generally a “tools, not jewels” kind of guy, but I do always cringe just a little bit when I unnecessarily scratch a nice looking finish on a golf club.

The next is the elephant in the room, figuring out how the heck to use the thing.

The LeanLock is shipped with a book that outlines the methods, physics, and concepts behind using the LeanLock putter.  Intuitive is not a word that I would use in this process.  That doesn’t mean it is difficult, it just means that it isn’t obvious.  For most putters, the set up and basics are mostly the same, the technology is built in a package that mostly looks the same.  Doesn’t matter if it’s an Oddysey, a Scotty, or a L.A.B. putter, if someone has used one, they can probably pick up and adapt naturally to it quickly; not so much with the LeanLock.

If the Odyssey is a Mustang, the Scotty is a Corvette, and the L.A.B. is a Porsche, the LeanLock is more akin to a KTM Crossbow.  The wheel might be familiar, but it’s just a little weird to figure out.

The key to working out the Leanlock is learning the set-up, then developing a routine that gets you there the same way, time after time.  To that end, Brian provides instruction through the book and masterclass in putting series emailed to you for several days after you receive your putter.  It his claim that if you do this, you will roll your putts true more often, get closer to the hole from further out, and most importantly hole more putts.

First Impressions: 17/20

TL:DR Great ordering process, speaking with Brian was great.  The book that comes with it did get a little banged up, but totally useable.  Would love to see a little more secure packing rather than paper shoved in the box to try to keep it in place.  I’ve seen what UPS and FedEx do in their distro centers.  Granted, it was better than how Golf Galaxy sends things.

Aesthetics

There are two kinds of people in this world; people who admit that how you feel about looks and sound effects your perceived performance, and liars.

Let’s be honest, if you hate how a Ping Driver looks or sounds, or how the topline of irons look behind the ball, or even how the clubs look in your bag, it’s going to have an affect on your confidence in the clubs and yourself.

From address, this putter looks great in my opinion.  The black finish with the white alignment line on the classic Anser blade shape can’t be wrong.

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The grip is an odd one, it doesn’t look bad, but it isn’t great.  It’s inoffensive.  All black with a soft feel without being overly tacky, it secures outside your lead arm nicely, and the angle provides an ample flat spot to get your trail hand comfortably where it needs to be.

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After that, it breaks down a little for me in the looks department.  LeanLock is everywhere on this putter, 7 times total in two different color schemes across the putter itself and the headcover.  You won’t forget what you have in your bag, that is for sure.  Additionally, the mirror badge with the logo on the cavity in the back of the face creates a reflection in the sun and you can almost read the logo over the alignment line in the right light.  It is very distracting in bright afternoon sun and I found it caused alignment issues and made me rethink my line several times.

Finally, the headcover, while initially handsome, left a lot to be desired.  First, I hate Velcro closures on blade putter covers.  It’s magnets or nothing for me. I spent several seconds fighting the headcover walking up to the green leading to several laughs from my wife. Because of this, I found myself not replacing the cover between holes, or simply slipping it on without closing the Velcro (which did lead to it falling off once on the way to the next hole).  The material of the headcover is either a vinyl coated leather split or a synthetic of some kind.  Either way, I think there will be peeling and cracking within a year or so.  It is easy to clean though, and the interior does seem to be plush and definitely secures the clubhead.

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Sound off the face is a plus for me.  A firm click lets you know you have a good strike.  The sound was slightly lessened when I used a lower compression ball.  It is definitely louder than the Microhinge face insert on my Oddysey One.  Feedback is a positive for me as well, when you hit it pure the ball comes off the face and it feels like nothing was in the way.  An off center hit provides a duller, less clicky sound and a predictable ball direction on a push or pull.  I thought that the lock into the arm and soft grip would negate almost all physical feedback, and found that to be mostly true.  You can get a feel for it, but it isn’t obvious in the hands.

You can hear it in this video on a Vice Pro Soft ball:

You will get attention here, I got everything from “what is that?” to “can I try it” to “that is just silly looking” on the practice green at my club.

Aesthetics- 6/10

TL;DR- the classic Anser Shape and finish are big wins for me.  The branding is obtrusive, the mirror finish back insert looks great but is distracting in bright sun.  The headcover is the main loser here for me, feels cheap and I do not believe it will last.  Sound and feel are solid. You are going to be asked on the practice green what you have, it’s an attention grabber for sure.

The Numbers

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Fortunately, or unfortunately, I came down with covid smack dab in the middle of this test.  That meant I missed some prime days to get out on the course, but it also meant that I got a lot of time to spend with the Leanlock and my putting mat.  After a short acclimation period I started to see some very interesting results.  You can read about my practice sessions under the practice heading on my first post here:

What I found was that while I had some serious distance control issues initially, my left to right dispersion was phenomenal.  That tells me that there is something to the claim of rolling more putts pure.  Some of that is a fairly forgiving and consistent clubface, but also a lot to do with the methodology that creates a locked in, repeatable stroke.  You can see in the video in the Aesthetics section that gate drills were a breeze with the Leanlock.

While the Leanlock is fairly heavy, once you get it in the proper position it feels weightless and has an effortless motion.  That does mean a high learning curve on distance and speed control, it makes the face feel very hot.  As I have refined the set up and stroke, I have alleviated most of this issue, at least in practice sessions.  I fairly consistently hit balls into the same line and distance, especially at 3 and 5 ft, at 8 ft it breaks down a little on the mat, but that seems to be due to a case of slightly unlevel floor:

I don’t play a lot of putters from off the green, I actually enjoy working wedges and taking a slightly more risky play than the safe putter (sometimes to the detriment of my scorecard), but I found that the Leanlock was easy to use as long as you are on the fringe or fairway short grass.

The numbers: 7/10

TL;DR-  Once you get the setup, putts roll straight but come out very hot.  Distance and speed control can be a major issue that will take some practice and refinement.

On Course

Here’s where the rubber meets the road, how is it when you actually get out and play a round.  To understand where I am coming from, you have to understand my two biggest flaws in my putting game: I am not a great green reader, and when I get tired or frustrated my routine suffers and I leave 3+ putts.  My first two times out on the course this happened, a lot.  I’d love to blame it on Covid recovery, but it is my mental game.  I was honestly about ready to write the whole thing off after some excellent practice sessions.

Then I played a couple of scrambles, and something clicked.  I got on some slower greens than I am used to and started sinking birdie putts for my team.  Thrilling as the designated “D” player on the team.

I went out on a windy, rainy day and made a challenge for myself.  If I could finish 9 in tough conditions with less than 18 putts then the Leanlock would earn the right to continue.  Here is every putt of that 9:

(no audio, it was totally unusable with the wind that day, enjoy some moog synth)

For those who don’t want to watch 6 minutes of putting, I finished the day with 16 putts.  I was impressed that I was finally translating practice into results on the course.

On-Course- 15/20

TL:DR- Put in the work, and you will get the results.  I had some very frustrating times, and very nearly gave up a couple of times.  I finally am starting to see results that reflect Brian’s claims.

The good, the Bad, the Inbetween

Good: this thing rolls straight, has a solid alignment, and looks nice from address.  I like the sound and feel.

Bad: Headcover is terrible, the finish is scratching, and it has a high learning curve compared to a more standard putter.  I have questions about replacing the grip when needed down the road. Price is off putting at $349.99 for such an unknown result.

The Inbetween: It takes a lot of work, the aesthetics are underwhelming, but it doesn’t affect the performance.  If you are looking for a ton of feedback, this isn’t going to be for you or will take some adjustment.  Customization is limited with no finish options, and little in the way of necks.

Good, Bad, Inbetween: 17/20

Play it or Trade it?

For now…Play it.  Through it’s renewed on course performance it has earned the right to continue through the off season.  I will keep updating this thread as I play through the winter and it will likely come to a head to head before next season.

The instruction through Brian and the online videos he provides has made me a better putter in general, and may be worth the price of admission for less than stellar putters such as myself.

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Play it or trade it: 18/20

 

Too Long, Didn’t Read, Review Edition:

The LeanLock is more than a putter, it’s a whole paradigm shift in the mechanics of putting and armlock technology.  While your average golfer could pick up most any putter and figure it out intuitively, this thing takes some work.  If you put in that work, you will find a putter that is stable, forgiving, and mostly does what it says on the box.  Sure, the Aesthetics could be better, it desperately needs a different headcover, but the performance speaks for itself.  If you are willing to practice, you will get results.

 

Final Score- 80/100

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Thank you to Brian Tennyson, LeanLock Putters, and My Golf Spy for this opportunity, absolutely loved it!

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LEANLOCK Final review

Lean Lock First Impressions – Sleek & Unique (19 out of 20)

I received my Lean Lock putter and the box was noticeably damaged, which when taken out of the box revealed the shaft had a significant curve that should not have been there.  Brian at Lean Lock was quick to get me a second one on order and it came a few days later.  Not his fault.  However, the putter could have been packaged better to eliminate possible damage.  Because of this, I felt it necessary to deduct a point as for the cost of the product, the protective wrapping could have been better.

The Lean Lock is not just a putter but a method of putting, to make the stroke easier, less hands and wrists, locked against the outside of your lead arm during the stroke.  This is where it is unique or weird or whatever other adjective you want to put in there.  The method is great and sound and does work, with the proper set up and practice of getting the stroke correct based off the method that Brian teaches.  This is not a pick the putter off a shelf and go and putt with it and fall in love and all is wonderful.  There is work to be done with this putter to get the method correct. They go hand in hand.  One without the other and you will not be successful with this putter and method.  I cannot stress the method enough – the putter is great, sounds great, looks great – it is the method that makes or breaks it.  Set up being critical for a good stroke, think Jack Nicklaus type set up.

Aesthetics of the Lean Lock Putter (10 out of 10)

I tested the Mallet version – APA Model 1.  It is comparable to an Odyssey #7 in look.  I immediately loved the look of it when I unboxed it.  There is a sight line on the head to line up your putt.  I use a line on my ball for putting so this is essential for me.  The head is black and milled.  It has an exceptional feel and provides a nice soft tink sound when hitting the sweet spot, kind of like hitting a spoon softly on the bottom of a cooking pot or frying pan, not a clang.  Off center hits are more of a dull sound kind of like hearing a far-off gun shot.  For me, I get instant feedback from that sound as to if I mishit the putt or not.  The bottom of the club head has a nice silver plate on it with Lean Lock and putter model. I think it provides a nice look.  There is a white putter cover, leather, that I think gives it another good look.  It is Velcro and I was accustomed to a magnetized closer, so that is a little bit of a difference but doesn’t affect the putter.  The unique part of the putter is the shaft lean.  Putter is designed to lock against the OUTSIDE of your lead arm when putting.  Which translates to quite a lot of forward lean on the shaft for the putter head to sit flat on the ground and have the shaft sit against that part of the arm.  The putter also has a large thick long grip that is flat on one side that faces towards your trail arm.  This allows you to anchor your trail hand against it to press the shaft against your lead arm.  It sounds more complicated than it is.  For right handers as myself, the shaft& grip go outside my left forearm and my right hand applies the pressure to secure it to my arm, my left hand is along for the ride.  It does take time and practice to get it right.  When I played with other players, they did not notice the putter until I set up.  Other than the length of it, you really wouldn’t be aware of the difference.

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The Numbers (7 out of 10)

For me, there is a lot that goes into this method.  Because of this, I benched my Odyssey putter because I was afraid if I switched between the two during the testing, then I would not allow the LEANLOCK method to have it’s fair chance. I have played for over 20 years, consider myself a feel player, with my lead arm basically hanging straight down and then gripping the putter and my trail arm/hand just hanging out on the putter.  Being right-handed, that means a pretty steady left arm and wrist, think tongue depressor or popsicle stick stuck down through a watch band to keep the wrist from breaking, and then going from there.  I never felt I was a bad putter and my method worked for me.  LEANLOCK is not that.  It was the opposite of all that.  The lead arm hangs out and the trail arm, hand and wrist locks the shaft in place and drives the stroke.  That is a big learning curve for me to adjust to.  You also set up open to the target to help the stroke be on path.  Brian provides a book with the putter and sends out video lessons to get you on track to making a great stroke and get you to understand the method to be successful.  I sent him some videos and he sent feedback to help me.  Made the adjustments and went on my way. 

I feel I can accurately hit my line on longer putts most of the time.  I feel I have a great chance of making putts in the 20’ area.  Longer than 30’ and the distance control begins to creep in, especially on faster greens.  I am having some issue with shorter putts with break.  I think that is more me as the roll is good, I think it is getting used to the putter on the short putts.  I did find the distance control is better the more work I put into hitting longer putts before playing.  The stroke feels stable, the more I get used to it.  It did help me a ton when Brian mentioned my transition from my back stroke to follow through.  I felt it was “jerky” and once I tried to almost pause at the transition, that helped with the stability, but I think it affects the speed control some.  Off center hits can be felt almost instantly, definitely heard (see above), and does affect distance, but that is with any club or putter.  This method, with proper time put in, will allow for more center strikes.  It did not matter where I putted from, fringe or green, the putter reacted the same way.  Because of the distance control and issues I am having on short putts, I deducted those three points.

With all this said, I did a test with my old putter this past weekend.  This was the first time putting with my old putter since I received the LEANLOCK.  My putting mat allows for about a 9’ putt.  First go around I was 3/6 with the LEANLOCK and 1/6 with the old putter.  Second time around I was 3/6 with both.  Same with the third go around.  I took a break and came back.  I made 1/6 with the LEANLOCK and was 6/7 with the old putter.  Did it again and was 3/6 with the LEANLOCK and 6/7 with the old putter.  I am confused at this point.  But it was a straight 9’ putt.  That is important for the test.

On-Course (15 out of 20)

Mixed feelings here but interesting findings and insights, I think.  The first time out on course I three putted the first two holes and three times total on the front nine, had several opportunities that I felt were makeable putts that I did not convert and ended the day with a miss from 4’.  Ouch!  I did have a few good rolls from distance and did make one 15’ putt for birdie.  Before my next outing, I put in quite a bit of practice on my inside putting mat.  When I arrived on course, I got there early to see how it all felt on greens that were not as fast and to work on distance as my putting mat is only 10’.  Something clicked that day.  I started the day making a 20’, then made a 20’ on the next hole for par.  I did miss a short 3’ putt with break, but I hate that hole and it has always given me fits.  This day I made over 100’ of total putts, mostly from a distance as I did not have many close opportunities.  Very exciting and promising.  It feels good to feel like you can make a 20’.  Played again at a later time, did not put in a lot of practice nor did I arrive early to get in some good distance putting. I wanted to see if muscle memory and all would take over.  It did not.  Putted poorly most of the day.  I did make a few good ones, but overall was disappointed with how I putted.  Distance control was off mainly.  Was trying to hit it, instead of letting the club and stroke do the work.  Played in a scramble and the same thing.  Made some good ones, but also had several not-so-great ones.  Note that both of those last two bad putting days were also some of my better ball striking days of the season, so I had more makeable opportunities.

Overall, my scores did not improve.  My confidence over a putt over 10’ and inside 25’ is sky high, but the long putts and knee knockers have my confidence not as good.  I do not think this is the putter’s fault.  Again, it is a complete method change.  Based off all the reading and videos for the method, it is sound, hence the heightened confidence in the mid-range putts, but failure to practice it consistently enough to overcome the 20-year habits is where I lack.  I feel this style of putting can be a gem with the right amount of practice put into it.  If I had to change something about the putter, I would make the head cover with a magnet close, that is nitpicky, but it is the only thing I would change for this method of putting.

I really like how you must get everything set in a good spot prior to the stroke, or it just doesn’t work.  Eyes over the ball, weight evenly dispersed, trail arm in the correct spot, etc.  It basically takes all that into consideration beforehand and sets you up for success, if done correctly.

I feel confident enough to make all the putts.  But the inconsistencies that I am working through with overcoming 20 years of putting a different way, getting used to this new method, distance control, lower confidence on shorter putts, I deducted the 5 points. 

Miscellaneous stuff – good, bad, in between (17 out of 20)

I cannot stress enough the method.  Without the proper method, this is a catastrophe.  With any method change, lots of practice must be put in.  With that said, the amount of practice I was putting into this would also have helped my putting with my gamer.  However, I do not think I would have the confidence in the mid-range putts that I have with the LEANLOCK (something about the roll off the face, even on bad putts, the ball just seems to roll better).  Like anything, with practice, it will get better.  I do not think there has been enough time to adjust to this new method being I have had my other method for 20 years which includes playing and practicing daily for most of those 20 years.  Learning a new method of putting that is opposite of everything you have done is tough and hard to adjust to.  Do not let that deter you from trying this method of putting though but be serious about what you are getting into.  My favorite thing about this putter is how easy it feels to line up on my target line and then the end over end roll it produces. 

Note that I benched my Odyssey for this test. For me, it is not comparing apples to apples because the means to get the result is different.  The stroke can give you the same result, but it is not the same.  You may not agree with that, but that was my preference and only way I could seem to make sense of it.

The potential for better putting with the LEANLOCK is high.  However, the time put into it and it being something opposite of what I am used to (not plug and play), I deducted 3 points.

Gamer or Nah?? (18 out of 20)

This putter has the potential to be my gamer, and I will continue to use it for now.  I am committed to figuring out the short putts and long-distance putts.  The one day I played where I made over 100’ of putts just lingers in my brain too much at this point to give up on it.  What if I have an awesome ball striking day and putt like that at the same time?? Confidence is up and I feel I can make anything.  I do think with time, this will help lower my scores.  I track my putting stats every time I play, so I will keep an eye on that.  This will ultimately decide if it becomes my gamer or not.

I think Brian offers a fair price for the putter and his method.  It is not a name brand at this point, but he is also selling the unique design of it as well and his new method. 

I think there are two types of golfers that could benefit from the LEANLOCK.  If you feel you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, this may be for you.  Or if you think you can be better at putting and are willing and able to put in the practice, then this is for you.  If you are lazy and want to get better quickly, then this is not for you.  LEANLOCK is a case where you must put in the work and the practice and the reading and watching videos to get better.  We all want to be better.  That is what is holding me at this point.  Brian pointed some things out with my setup that I was not aware of that would probably help me anyway. 

One thought that kept recurring for me was, if I put this much time into my old putting form, would I be better off with it?  The confidence I have on the mid-range putts and the way the ball rolls off the face just leads me to believe that LEANLOCK will eventually pay off with more time invested into the method.  But for you, investing time into what you are currently doing may improve you to a point that helps you putt better. 

I deducted 2 points basically for all the things above – distance control and lower confidence on the short putts.  Which can be overcome with time.

Conclusion

This is not just any putter.  LEANLOCK is a method.  Most likely, totally different than what you are accustomed to doing.  Practice, reading, and watching videos over and over are what it takes to make the LEANLOCK and method work.  Without this, it will not work for you.  Is it worth it to you to put the time in to get better?  After all, putting is something you do on every hole, a large percentage of your strokes are with the putter, but it is the part of the game practiced the least.  Weird how that works. 

Overall (86 out of 100)

I want to thank Brian with allowing us to test the LEANLOCK and his method.  I also want to thank the MyGolfSpy forum and community for this opportunity.  I hope it was good for everyone.

 

 

Matt Dura

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On 9/28/2023 at 8:41 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

How are the putting sessions going? Anything that stands out now that you are all a few weeks into testing? Has the speed control gotten any better?

The putting has definitely improved over time and what has helped and hindered at the same time is feedback about how I am able to hold and use the putter.  Apparently what I have tried to emulate in the stance and motion of the putter to what is deemed as the Lean Lock position and it has been pointed out I am not in that position at all.  I have found I am not physically able to assume that posture and I have worked with what I can do, call it an adaptive technique that is so widely espoused for Veterans and others for what is made necessary by individual limitations, in my case not going into the details of the results of combat military service in an open forum.

So I have done the best I can with my adapted Lean Lock position and from the on course play, which is the litmus test for all the practice on putting greens anyway, I can say the first couple of holes would have been disappointing if those were the only ones I had to play.  Monday after work, I played the back 9 and got the tripod out to video when I realized I had nobody behind me on the 13th green.  I started out on 10 with 2-putt, 11 another 2-putt and same on 12, all good lag putts that made the one that dropped in easy to make.  Tried off center putts and such that added to the numbers perhaps as the focus was on off-center hits which takes a conscious effort for me and was sure to disrupt my normal routine.

On 13 and 14, more 2-putts and rolled 3 balls on 14 that looked like a practice in dispersion.  But then with an excellent tee shot on the par3 15th, it was a 7ft 1-putt birdie, par4 16th 1-putt from 35+ft, on 17 I played 3 balls onto the green and all were 1-putts from 10ft, 8ft, and 5ft.  On 18 I played 3 balls from the approach shot lie to see how well I could roll 60+ft first shots.  The green was well waterlogged and first balls hit for long slow rolls to between 8 to 10 feet with good direction control, actually rolling the 3rd one intentionally between where the first to stopped rolling.  Second shots were just as challenging with water visibly between the bent grass blades - one dropped in, one slowed with the water an obvious smear below the tops of the bentgrass blades on its path and the other had a similar obstacle but both dropped for 3-putt as the only 3-putts of the day.

Yesterday was drier and had my partner with me who did some video including from off the green that again resulted in a lag putt with easy tap-in.  Next trick converting the multiple clips into one logical flow... when I feel the limitations of a Chromebook compared to my former and deceased laptop.

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2023 Official Tester - Lean Lock Putter LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg

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The final review is up and posted in it's designated position on Page 1.

Here is the link that is also in my Signature where the tester and Logo is shown.

 

Edited by EasyPutter

Derek 🖌️ Verified Hack, ~21 handicap 🙂  Golf for exercise and peace of mind.  ⛳

|> Big Dogs: First Strike Rattlesnake (10)TeelessTM (13), Tommy Armour TA1 3h :1332069271_TommyArmour: (19)Ginty Trouble Club 1582792763_GintyLogo(4)35h.jpg.fc3c835085ee4b6630b4ac7543b068c3.jpg (29)

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|> Wedges: Worx 429668682_worx30.png.ecb184a97c8fb80112252b57c05f40c2.png (55)  Lovett 1857218720_LovetSandWedge2(2)30v.jpg.e22c477791c7dd1d962d07e9624df8cf.jpg (59) 

|> Flatstick: L.A.B. Golf DF2.1  ⛳ 2104071333_DrizzleStickLogo25.jpg.4a85e684857a33281ff6a12753532913.jpg  1935535164_ZeroFrictionLogo25.jpg.4af6ce349cb7b5117d2a8bb409c4b51f.jpg :OnCore: :footjoy-small:

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2023 Official Tester - Lean Lock Putter LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg

It's all lies I tell you, everywhere the golf ball comes to rest! ⛳

 

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Great reviews all! 

Definitely for anyone scrolling through check these out as they have a ton of good information about this very unique product!

⛳🛄 as of Nov 6, 2023 (Past WITB
Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)

 

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16 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

Great reviews all! 

Definitely for anyone scrolling through check these out as they have a ton of good information about this very unique product!

 

I agree with Jamie, all of the testers here have provided GREAT reviews with a lot of valuable information for anyone who takes the time to read them.

Very well done by this group! 😎

Driver & Fairway: :titleist-small: Titleist TSR3 10 degree - :Fuji: Ventus TR Blue & :titleist-small: TSR3 15 - :projectx: Project X Hzrdus Smoke Black 

Hybrid: :callaway-small: Callaway Apex UW 19 - :projectx: Hzrdus Smoke Black

Irons: :titleist-small: Titleist T200 3G (4) & T150 - (5-G) - :projectx: Project X LZ 

Wedges: :vokey-small: Vokey SM8 54, and 58

Putter: :cameron-small: Cameron Phantom X 7

Ball: :titleist-small: Pro V1 & :maxfli: Maxfli Tour

 

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Additional information:  Still gaming the Lean Lock Putter today after "the Review" was posted, in a less focused round with regular partners AND following along with the Community Call, lifestreaming the round for everyone who was on watching their screen.  That much distraction caused me to realize that my Lean Lock Putting posture and position is not yet habitual in muscle memory and to me it should have been glaringly obvious when I got lax with how bad the putts rolled and then how good the putts rolled when I regimented my putting routine using the Lean Lock Method.  When I did begin the putt with the prescribed method, the result was a very close lag putt or a one-putt into the cup from even considerable distances.

It works.

It works.

It works.

Did I say, it works?

Because it works. ⛳

Derek 🖌️ Verified Hack, ~21 handicap 🙂  Golf for exercise and peace of mind.  ⛳

|> Big Dogs: First Strike Rattlesnake (10)TeelessTM (13), Tommy Armour TA1 3h :1332069271_TommyArmour: (19)Ginty Trouble Club 1582792763_GintyLogo(4)35h.jpg.fc3c835085ee4b6630b4ac7543b068c3.jpg (29)

|> Blades: First StrikeTM DeliveranceTM 4(23) 5(26) 6(29) 7(33) 8(37) 9(41) P(45)  

|> Wedges: Worx 429668682_worx30.png.ecb184a97c8fb80112252b57c05f40c2.png (55)  Lovett 1857218720_LovetSandWedge2(2)30v.jpg.e22c477791c7dd1d962d07e9624df8cf.jpg (59) 

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2023 Official Tester - Lean Lock Putter LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg

It's all lies I tell you, everywhere the golf ball comes to rest! ⛳

 

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Testers still trying and making it work with these or have you moved back to your previous putters?

⛳🛄 as of Nov 6, 2023 (Past WITB
Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)

 

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On 11/26/2023 at 4:33 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Testers still trying and making it work with these or have you moved back to your previous putters?

Funny you should ask this.  I played Saturday, 11/18 and also Friday after Thanksgiving, 11/24 and am using the LeanLock.  Per my review, I did not feel it was ample enough time to give the putter a fair shake being it is something so different from what I was used to doing for 20+ years.  I do admit I was skeptical to see how I would do with it, being I had not played a lot or practiced since the testing ended.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Saturdays round I had 31 putts and hit 15 GIR.  That is pretty good.  Probably one of my best ball striking rounds of the year and putting well helped.  Greens were a little fast, not too bad.  Then Friday, I hit 12 GIR and had 27 putts.  

Putter felt good.  I feel if I am 10-15' away, then I have a really good chance of making the putt.  And I made a lot of them.  Definitely aids the short game and overall score.  Distance control was good.  Only really feel like there was one putt I should have made that I didn't.  It was an uphill 6-footer that I didn't hit hard enough.

I plan to keep gaming it.  Sometimes I play some competitive tournaments in the summer, so if the schedule allows for that in 2024, it'll be fun to see how it holds up in those pressure situations.

I do love it.  Confidence is up.  I do carry my back up putter in the bag still, but it hasn't been touched since the head-to-head testing I did.  

Matt Dura

Francis Marion University Hall of Fame 2018

default_titelist-small.jpg.035c687f1ee4f222f65826e0f2ccf716.jpg TS4 9.5*, HZRDUS Smoke 60g Low spin driver; PRO V1X

default_taylormade-small.jpg.e5271abefda63fc90c515812858df654.jpg M3 17*HL turned down to 15*, Mitsubishi TENSEI CK Series 65 Stiff

Ben Hogan 17* & 21* EDGE CFT Hybrids

default_ping-small.jpg.4f6644e7b181538ad4356fa5baa9ab06.jpg i200 blue dot, KBS Tour 120 S 4i-PW; Glide 58*/10

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 LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg.c85827f16c4e90eabef5b35daa9e8b47.jpg APA Model 1

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ALSO - Just got an email from Brian at LeanLock and today only (CYBER MONDAY) he is offering $100 off.  It is automatic, no code needed.  He also offers a 30 day risk free return policy.  So if you were on the fence about trying one of these, get off it and order one today!

Matt Dura

Francis Marion University Hall of Fame 2018

default_titelist-small.jpg.035c687f1ee4f222f65826e0f2ccf716.jpg TS4 9.5*, HZRDUS Smoke 60g Low spin driver; PRO V1X

default_taylormade-small.jpg.e5271abefda63fc90c515812858df654.jpg M3 17*HL turned down to 15*, Mitsubishi TENSEI CK Series 65 Stiff

Ben Hogan 17* & 21* EDGE CFT Hybrids

default_ping-small.jpg.4f6644e7b181538ad4356fa5baa9ab06.jpg i200 blue dot, KBS Tour 120 S 4i-PW; Glide 58*/10

default_cleveland-small.jpg.c369c88345deb6bf5d6da562e36c46e9.jpg 50* RTX 588; 54* CG10

 LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg.c85827f16c4e90eabef5b35daa9e8b47.jpg APA Model 1

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On 11/26/2023 at 5:33 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Testers still trying and making it work with these or have you moved back to your previous putters?

Still gaming with the Lean Lock putter as of now. I really meant it when I said that I felt the most comfortable over short putts than I ever have with the Lean Lock, and I am getting better with distance control with the putter as I continue to use it (except on very fast greens, then I'm a little uncomfortable).

Overall, I am still enjoying the use of the putter and I love getting people's first looks at it when I get the putter out, including at a PGA Superstore when I was there testing the Titleist White Box on their simulator. The staff there were definitely confused when I showed it to them, but one of them tried and loved it. Who knows, we may have a convert coming soon.

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max D, 9.0 Degrees

Fairway Wood: Adams Speedline, 15 Degrees

Driving Iron: Mizuno T-Zoid Fli-Hi 18 Degrees

Irons: Cobra LTDx, 5-GW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50, 54 bent to 55, 60)

Putter: LeanLock APA Model Blade/Yes Marilyn C-Groove

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On 11/26/2023 at 4:33 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Testers still trying and making it work with these or have you moved back to your previous putters?

Just saw this, it's been an interesting month.

I am still back and forth a little bit, but at this point I think the LeanLock will be in my bag for winter play.  I have found it is much easier to control when the greens are more unpredicatble and I am getting better results than my Oddysey.  I am hoping it translates to some good strokes gained once the seaspn starts for 2024.

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:callaway-logo-1:Mavrik 10.5* :projectx: HZRDS T800 Orange 60 6.0

:taylormade-small: RocketBallz Stage 2 3W

:mizuno-small:ST-Z 5W :projectx: EvenFlow 5.5

:srixon-small: ZX Utility 23*, UST Recoil F3

:titleist-small:T300 :projectx: LZ 5.5, 5-PW

:mizuno-small: T22 Copper Denim :truetemper: DG R300, 52* 56*

:vokey-small: SM9 :truetemper: DG R300, 60*

:odyssey-small: Strokelabs One

:vice: Pro Soft

 

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Heads up everyone...if you were or are thinking of trying out the Lean Lock putters, I received an email this morning for $100 using the code JUMPSTART at check out.  

Matt Dura

Francis Marion University Hall of Fame 2018

default_titelist-small.jpg.035c687f1ee4f222f65826e0f2ccf716.jpg TS4 9.5*, HZRDUS Smoke 60g Low spin driver; PRO V1X

default_taylormade-small.jpg.e5271abefda63fc90c515812858df654.jpg M3 17*HL turned down to 15*, Mitsubishi TENSEI CK Series 65 Stiff

Ben Hogan 17* & 21* EDGE CFT Hybrids

default_ping-small.jpg.4f6644e7b181538ad4356fa5baa9ab06.jpg i200 blue dot, KBS Tour 120 S 4i-PW; Glide 58*/10

default_cleveland-small.jpg.c369c88345deb6bf5d6da562e36c46e9.jpg 50* RTX 588; 54* CG10

 LeanLockLogo.jpg.79bf29d6bf78b2208e2a58de63e92193.jpg.c85827f16c4e90eabef5b35daa9e8b47.jpg APA Model 1

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