Our BLāD.1 (blade) and DF 2.1 (mallet) both have Lie Angle Balance. Both swing perfectly in The Revealer. Both make putting a lot easier. And both can be perfectly fit to your stroke.
With BLāD.1, we set out to make the simplest and cleanest putter we could with all the benefits of Lie Angle Balance. The downside? BLāD.1 is not as forgiving as the DF 2.1 on off-center hits. It also won’t grant you eternal consciousness.
But if you’re a purist or a golfer who rarely misses the center, you likely won’t care. BLāD.1 might be the one you’ll want.
It wasn’t easy to do and there’s a lot going on inside the BLāD.1 that allows it to happen. See those custom weight ports? There are four of them (two on each side of the face), and they’re part of the highly engineered internal design that allows the BLāD.1 to be much more than meets the eye.
When our craftsmen in Reno build a BLāD.1, they have to be incredibly precise. Just like DF 2.1, BLāD.1 is built by hand, one at a time. Everything has to be perfect for these putters to balance. It has taken as long as 50 minutes to get a BLāD.1 just right.
If you need a refresher, we dive deep about Lie Angle Balance on our Technology Page, but the short story is that your putter has been working against you your entire golfing life. And that’s because of torque.
All other putters have torque, and you’ve felt it before — even if you don’t know exactly what it means. One day putting feels easy, and the next it’s really challenging, right? It has to do with timing. If your timing isn’t the same on every putt — and it rarely is — torque is going to make putting harder than it needs to be.
For most golfers, there is no learning curve with a Lie Angle Balance putter. They start making more putts than they ever have in a few minutes. Some golfers do need to make minor adjustments, however, such as moving their ball position slightly forward or weakening their top hand.
Don’t worry… you won’t need to learn a new “putting system” with a L.A.B. Golf putter. The putting tips you’ve always tried to integrate like neutralizing your grip, softening your grip pressure, and smoothing out your stroke will all of the sudden become easier in the absence of torque. Again, these adjustments are minor and our team is happy to walk you through them.
Conscious manipulations are OK. Just ask Jim Furyk’s accountant. The problem is when your compensations and manipulations are unconscious. This is one of the reasons golfers tend to make fewer putts when some element of pressure is introduced. Weird things can happen. Your putter face jolting opened or closed shouldn’t be one of them.
As we write this, there are several players on the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour who are using or testing L.A.B. Golf putters. They became world-class players with a different putter, which makes any equipment change a big deal to them.
But we often wonder how much more successful many Tour players could be with a Lie Angle Balance putter. The finish at the 2016 U.S. Open comes to mind. Help us spread the word by tweeting at your favorite Tour player or anyone else you think needs to know about L.A.B. Golf.
BLāD.1 is not always an off-the-rack magic worker. If the putter sole lays flush to the ground at address and the length feels comfortable, you’re in business. Go ahead and buy it. If not, we want you to go through a fitting, which is fast and easy to do. And there are two ways to do it.
We developed what we call a “Remote Fitting” to make sure we’re making a putter that’s perfect for you. And you can do a Remote Fitting from just about anywhere.
So go ahead and start building your putter here, and when you get to the step about Lie Angle just select “I Don’t Know It.” After you complete your purchase, we’ll send you a video with instructions on how to make a 5-6 second smartphone video that will allow us to nail in your length and lie angle.
You can go through an in-person fitting at a L.A.B. Golf Fitting location. Find your nearest location here.
With BLāD.1, we absolutely recommend that golfers use a Press Grip, but they don’t have to. If you’re going to try a Press Grips, and we think you should, we recommend the Press II 1.5. It was specifically designed for the BLāD.1 with 1.5 degrees of forward-tilt that puts a golfer’s hands directly above the ball at address.
And if you’re just not into elliptical grips, we recommend the Garsen Quad. Our customers are really digging it right now. If you have questions about our grip models, visit our grips page or drop us a line here.
We offer a ton of different shafts — some cost extra, some don’t — as well as options for Arm Lock and Broomstick putters. You’ll see all of those options in our Custom Builder. Not sure on your shaft? We’re ready to answer any questions you have here.