Ever since we launched our first putter, Directed Force, golfers have been asking if we could make it less weird. DF3 is that putter. We took a chisel to the original Lie Angle Balanced putter to make DF3 smaller and sleeker while honoring the shape of the putter that started it all for us.
DF3 still does everything golfers love about the original. It stays square by itself. It’s still irrationally forgiving on mishits. But DF3 is going to be a lot more happy making to the vast majority of golfers because it sets up clean and feels and sounds like a dream.
Lie Angle Balance is the new frontier of putting. It has the power to resurrect careers on tour and make putting fun for the rest of us. Scientifically, it just makes more sense.
But designing a Lie Angle Balanced putter? Not so simple. Other companies have the benefit of creating a pretty putter head and then adding in any shaft or grip. We don’t do that.
Lie Angle Balance has to be considered in every aspect of the design. And then each individual L.A.B. Golf putter, including DF3, has to be hand-balanced by a very skilled and highly trained human.
We’ve learned so much over the years building Lie Angle Balanced putters, and it gave us a leg up in the DF3 design. We love every putter we’ve created, but in the past we had to make compromises around looks and sound to make putters Lie Angle Balanced. We didn’t have to do that with DF3.
The original Directed Force is our logo, so reimagining it was a pretty big deal to us. We talked ourselves out of it a few times, but in the end we decided it was something we needed to do. Our customers were demanding it!
So… we got obsessed. There are a lot more gray hairs in the building now. But eventually, we fell in love. We think golfers who don’t know anything about Lie Angle Balance are going to think DF3 looks incredible… or at least less weird.
Through a few important design tricks, we were able to make DF3 perform essentially the same as Directed Force. Like Directed Force, DF3 is “fully automatic.” That means you’re going to get the full experience of DF3 wanting to guide itself on the correct path on the way back and through.
Just like the original, mishits effectively don’t matter. Putts hit on the heel and toe will roll a lot like those hit off the center. There’s just less to think about on the golfer side with DF3. And isn’t that kind of the point in putter design?
We could say a lot about the shaping of DF3. The way the front and middle of the putter pushes in, for example, makes it look smaller and punches up forgiveness. We could also talk about the merits of the golf ball-sized cutout in the middle of the putter, but most golfers already know that story.
What you do need to know is our cutout has a function. We’re calling it “The Gimme Getter.” Because we all don’t make every 60 footer, we designed The Gimme Getter to pick up your ball on the rare occasion you happen to miss by a few inches. This brilliant innovation doesn’t belong to us, but we put it in there because it’s… well, bad***. A tip of the cap to the person who came up with it!
Options with DF3 Custom are pretty much unlimited. We make it in different colors and with tons of different alignment aids, and those alignment aids can even be combined (just write your request in the order notes).
You can also choose from our extensive grip and shaft options. If you’re on the fence about grips, you can’t go wrong with our Press Pistol 2 Degree. Learn more about our grips here.
In terms of shafts, they really do change the way the putter feels and the feedback you’ll get. Our premium steel shafts are awesome, but please learn more about our other shafts here.
DF3 Custom is available in three head weights: Standard, Heavy, and Light. Our standard weight is our most preferred, but if you’re someone who prefers a heavier or lighter putter we can build it that way.
Please understand that normal head weights and swing weights don’t necessarily apply to L.A.B. Golf putters because of Lie Angle Balance and the absence of torque. Our putters are a different beast.
We’ve put in a lot of work to perfect our head weight options, and we make special weight accommodations for each putter based on the length, lie, shaft and grip selected.
How to Choose Your Head Weight
If the weight of your putter hasn’t been a problem for you in the past, choose our standard weight. We also recommend standard weight for people who are on the fence or not sure.
If you putt better with heavier or lighter putters, trust that instinct. Your putter is going to stay square by itself, which makes weight less important for most folks since they don’t need to hold the face square.
This also doesn’t have to be a forever decision. If you change your mind down the road about what weight you want, you can send your putter back to us to be re-weighted and re-balanced for $100.
Remember… L.A.B. Golf is proud to make the most totally customizable putters on the planet. We got this!
DF 2.1 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 near you. Find your nearest store here.