Best L.A.B. Golf putters: Which one suits your stroke?

L.A.B. Golf’s unconventional putters are taking golf by storm – but which L.A.B. putter is best for your game?

L.A.B. Golf have only been producing putters since 2018 but over the last two years they’ve become hot property among tour pros. Will Zalatoris, Adam Scott, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, and Byeong Hun An have all played and won tournaments using L.A.B. Golf putters, thrusting the company’s ‘Lie Angle Balanced’ technology into the limelight and establishing them among the best putters for golfers who want the benefits of the latest technology.

You may have heard about face-balanced, toe up, and torque-balanced putters, but L.A.B. Golf putters work differently to anything you’ve seen before. The idea came about when Directed Force (the company acquired and relaunched by now L.A.B owner Sam Hahn) built a device called the Revealer, to better understand how putters torque and rotate during the putting stroke. Only by inventing the device, which allows putters to hang freely while being swung, was it possible to firstly spot how putters want to rotate during the stroke, but also to design a putter that didn’t torque or spin at all.

Other zero torque putters are available (like the Axis 1 used by Justin Rose) but L.A.B. models are different as they’re designed to resist twisting to the path of your stroke, not your target. So, where Ping founder Karsten Solheim invented the perimeter-weighted Anser to twist less on off-center hits, L.A.B. putters are designed to not twist to the path of your backswing and downswing. It means the company have to insist golfers get fitted for each model (which can be done online here), as it’s vitally important to match the lie angle of the putter to how you putt in order to ensure maximum effectiveness. The idea also does away with the fitting of putters to stroke type, so don’t expect to hear toe hang mentioned by L.A.B.

L.A.B. say their putter models need no ‘getting used to’ or ‘bedding in’ period. Where every other putter on the market delivers different levels of torque during the stroke – which you need to get accustomed to – all L.A.B. models come with zero torque, so they all feel exactly the same.          

As we’ve seen with Odyssey’s toe up models and the Axis 1, putters that go after neutralizing torque need radically different head shapes, weighting, or hosel designs to satisfy their brief. As L.A.B. owner Sam Hahn admits, you should expect some “absurd head designs”. If you buy into the concept, take the time to get fitted properly, and don’t mind an unusual head shape, a L.A.B. Golf putter could deliver great results.

Here’s how to decide which L.A.B. Golf putter best suits you.

If you don't mind the looks, you get huge amounts of forgiveness and stability.

The L.A.B. DF 2.1 (Directed Force) is where it all started for first Directed Force and now L.A.B. Golf.

This model was specifically designed to allow golfers to deliver a square putter face to the back of the ball on every single putt. The branding iron shape naturally wants to stay square to your path and thanks to the wide and hollow shape it’s also incredibly stable on off-center hits.

L.A.B. Golf say the DF 2.1 works with your stroke, not against it, as torque-free balancing helps golfers consistently repeat the same stroke with less effort.

The head shape is certainly unconventional, and L.A.B. openly admit that unless you’re searching for ultimate forgiveness their less weird and slightly smaller DF 3 might be a better option.  


  • Extremely forgiving
  • Super stable
  • Easy to square the face


  • The look takes some getting used to

The best L.A.B. model if you don't want an overly large putter head.

The winged-style Mezz family has generated lots of L.A.B. Golf interest among tour players (Lucas Glover rampaged to the 2023 Tour Championship with his) as the head's straight edges and slightly smaller footprint are less wacky than the DF 2.1 or DF 3.

The Mezz is CNC Milled from lightweight 6061 aluminum on the toe and heel with 303 stainless steel in the center.

There are two sizes available, with the Max being 20% larger than its smaller Mezz 1 sibling. 
L.A.B. refer to the Mezz as their spaceship on a stick thanks to its radically different shape and design.

The company see the model rivaling popular modern fang-shaped mallets like the Scotty Cameron Phantom 7 and Odyssey AI-One #7.


  • Two size options
  • Great feel
  • Packed with tech in a smaller head than the DF 3 and DF 2.1


  • Angular design won't appeal to everyone


Perfect for golfers who love blade putters but want performance help.

Even though blade putters don't offer as much forgiveness on off-center hits, plenty of golfers still insist on using them as they prefer the look behind the ball.

To ensure their Lie Angle Balancing technology is available to all, L.A.B. make a toe and heel-weighted blade too, in the shape of the Link.1 putter.

The Link’s head is 100% CNC Milled from 303 stainless steel, and it looks a little more conventional than the brand's other models.


  • Less chunky than other L.A.B. putters
  • Lots of performance help for a blade


  • Still quite garish to look at

L.A.B. Golf putters: Buying Guide & FAQs

What does L.A.B. putter stand for?

L.A.B. stands for “lie angle balanced”. It’s the main principle behind L.A.B. Golf, and refers to their unique design which resists twisting during your stroke and makes it easier to deliver a square face at impact.

What putter does Will Zalatoris use?

Will Zalatoris uses the L.A.B Golf Mezz.1 Max putter. You can see all the clubs Zalatoris uses here.

What putter is Adam Scott using?

Adam Scott uses the L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 putter with a broomhandle grip.

Scott was one of the first tour pros to use a L.A.B. Golf putter, adopting the original Directed Force model.

Adam Scott uses a L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 putter

“I think they’ve refined their design with this new head,” Scott said of the Mezz.1. “The original head, that Directed Force, maybe was hard for a lot of people to adjust to the size of the head. This new one is smaller but has the same benefits. I thought the technology in the original was good, but now with the new head design, it feels, looks, does all the things better than the original head for me.”

Check out Adam Scott’s WITB here.

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Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow

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Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

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