WHAT IT DOES: To help keep the putter naturally balanced through the stroke, L.A.B. Golf uses heel and toe weights, a centered (but angled) shaft and custom lie angles in the Mezz.1.
WHY WE LIKE IT: This putter makes the case that it can do all the work for you—at least if you let it. By locating the shaft bore in a specific proximity to the putter’s center of gravity, it removes the way a golfer has to manipulate the head to square the face. Ten weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) allow the company to perfectly match a player’s weight, setup and lie angle specifications. And though its “starship” looks are certainly unique, the putterhead is fully CNC machined from aircraft aluminum and stainless steel for a familiar, almost traditional, sound and feel.
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“I like the angled way the shaft connects to the grip and head; every putt starts on line for me. It also feels just how it looks— super stable.”
"The back-shafted look plays with your mind a bit. It sets up square and feels good in your hands after first contact. Very consistent ln the longer and shorter putts. Easy to align."
"It looks like a sophisticated hammer from Crate and Barrel. It looks ominous, but it's super soft off the face. The lag putts took some getting used to, but the ball had such a pure roll and you could die the ball to the hole, especially on speedy downhill putts."
1 model; Head Weight: 330-410 grams; Length: 33-38 inches
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