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The L.A.B. Golf MEZZ.1 MAX putter makes hitting your start line automatic. Likely requires a change in technique, but the results may be worth it. Lots of personalization and performance options.
When it comes to golf equipment, I don’t have many regrets. But every now and then, when I’m putting poorly, I think to myself, “Why didn’t I put the L.A.B. Golf BLAD into the bag?” [review HERE].
This review has given me a second chance with L.A.B. Golf. I was offered the opportunity to check out their new MEZZ.1 MAX, a “supersized version” of their popular MEZZ.1 [review HERE]. Can the combination of lie angle balancing plus big time stability win a spot in my rotation? Let’s find out.
The L.A.B. Golf MEZZ.1 MAX is at once familiar and unusual. On one hand, it has the overall look of the fang-style putter that almost every OEM makes. However, the placement of the shaft and the interpretation of the design make it stand out. The shape is angular and blocky, like a fortress in a sci-fi movie. While the shaft is installed away from the leading edge, the placement doesn’t scream out the way it does on the L.A.B. Directed Force 2.1 [review HERE].
At address, the MEZZ.1 MAX is very wide. It’s 20% larger than the MEZZ.1, and that difference is primarily in the length from heel to toe. However, the ribbon of silver in the middle of the head effectively eliminates everything else. As non-traditional as this putter is, there’s nothing wild or attention-grabbing about it, so, to my eye, it sits comfortably behind the ball.
The MEZZ.1 MAX gives golfers a number of customization options. L.A.B. Golf offers the standard MEZZ.1 MAX in black for $470. For $560, you get to choose from six colors and eleven alignment markings. This also unlocks shaft options from Accra, LA Golf, and Breakthrough Golf (all at an upcharge) and five grip options (no upcharge).
Sound & Feel
My first note on the sound of the L.A.B. Golf MEZZ.1 MAX putter is that it’s extremely quiet. Even with a very firm Tour ball, hitting a long putt, all it musters is a quiet “tick.”
The quiet sound enhances the very soft feel of impact. I wouldn’t necessarily have guessed that such a futuristic putter would be this soft, but it is.
With such gentle input through the hands and ears, you need to be alert to get much feedback. Mishits do produce a slightly different pitch than pure strikes, but they’re generally too quiet to be noticed. If you want to know how well you struck the ball, you need to pay attention to your hands.
One thing I discovered thanks to a visit to Club Champion is that the shaft plays a huge role in the impact sound. Having tested numerous putter shafts, I knew that it would change the feel, but I was shocked at the auditory difference. The stock steel shaft created a much louder sound, more of a “tink.” Per the L.A.B. Golf website, the Accra shaft creates the “softest feel” of any of their premium shafts.
If you’re unfamiliar with L.A.B. Golf, you can get the full story on their tech HERE. The one sentence version is that their putters have no torque, so they square themselves to your arc, making putting easier.
As I discussed in my previous L.A.B. putter reviews, I found that using a torque-free putter required a change in technique. I have to take my thumbs off the putter grip so that I don’t steer the club the way I need to with a normal putter.
Knowing this technique in advance allowed me to have instant success with the MEZZ.1 MAX. Getting the ball rolling on line was automatic. I felt like I was playing one of those early golf video games where hitting your line was a given. I still had to get the read and speed correct, but if I did that, making the putt was assured.
Finally, the MEZZ.1 MAX does feel stable on mishits. When I intentionally hit long putts off the extreme toe or heel, there was minimal twisting and the ball still got near the hole. The more important thing, however, is that I rarely mishit putts with this club. In addition to making it easier to hit my start line, the zero torque design seemed to put the ball on the center of the face more consistently. I’m aware that sounds like hype, but my sense is that, because I wasn’t trying to control the face, I was allowing the putter to naturally return to address and pure each putt.
There are several options to consider when ordering a L.A.B. Golf MEZZ.1 MAX putter. First is the length. L.A.B. Golf offers the MEZZ.1 MAX in standard lengths, armlock, and broomstick. You’ll notice that the longer builds have twice as many weights in the sole – 16 – as the standard length builds.
If you opt for a standard length putter, you can choose to have it weighted Standard, Heavy, or Light. L.A.B. Golf recommends Standard for most golfers, but you can send it back to be re-weighted after you’ve purchased it. Re-weighting costs $100.
Finally, there are L.A.B. Golf’s proprietary grips. What makes them unique is the built-in forward press. Their grips have either 1.5 or 3 degrees of forward press. There are also different grip weights and shapes. You can read up on the different models and fitting recommendations HERE. I used the Press II 1.5 with the MEZZ.1 MAX, and it felt like a natural fit with the putter.
If you’re ready to take a big leap in the name of better putting, I strongly recommend the L.A.B. Golf MEZZ.1 MAX putter. It will require some change in your technique and riding out a learning curve, but the results can be absolutely amazing.