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Charl Schwartzel switches putters after a phone call with Adam Scott

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It seems that Adam Scott’s recent putter switch is having a bit of a domino effect on the PGA Tour.

As recently covered on GolfWRX and PGATOUR.com, Scott switched to an L.A.B. Golf “Mezz.1” proto putter head in a broomstick-length version ahead of the 2022 WM Phoenix Open.

The recent Mezz.1 design from L.A.B. capitalizes on the company’s unique Lie Angle Balance design philosophy that helps to reduce torque throughout the stroke and keep it square to the arc of the putter. According to Scott, the new winged head shape from L.A.B. is more appealing than the company’s original Directed Force head design.

Scott’s version of the putter looks a little bit different than the new stock offerings, because he needed more weights on the sole to achieve the correct weight in his elongated putter.

Fellow PGA Tour player Charl Schwartzel, apparently, not only took notice to Scott’s switch, but he sought out his advice on it, too.

Adam Scott’s Mezz.1 proto putter (left) versus Charl Schwartzel’s new Mezz.1 putter.

Speaking with GolfWRX on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Honda Classic, Schwartzel said that he’s believed in L.A.B. Golf’s technology for awhile, but he spoke to Scott following the Aussie’s switch and finally decided he needed to try one for himself.

Schwartzel, who’s been struggling recently to find a putter he can play for the long-term, will be bagging the Mezz.1 putter this week at the Honda.

“Sam (Hahn, CEO of L.A.B. Golf) sent me a picture of the putter quite a while back and Adam Scott started using it, so I chatted to Adam and he liked it,” Schwartzel told GolfWRX. “So then I phoned Sam and asked him, ‘Will you make me a putter? I’m not putting very well.’ He brought me one out on Monday. This week is the first time I saw it in real life.

“I’ve always believed in Sam’s technology. He’s a perfectionist, so everything he does, it needs to be absolutely perfect. I mean the technology behind this putter’s amazing.”

Since a huge part of L.A.B. Golf’s technology is based around getting the weight correct in order to be perfectly balanced based on the lie angle, Hahn and Schwartzel worked together on Tuesday to get the weight in the sole correct. In the end, they landed on the stock eight-weight sole with a strip of lead tape added to the heel portion.

It looks a bit different than Scott’s custom raw aluminum head, but Schwartzel’s black version is meant to work the same way: reduce torque and allow the golfer to stroke the ball freely with their preferred stroke. He also opted for the dot sightline instead of Scott’s top line.

“I think it putts easier than any other putter because if you look on the arc of a stroke, it can basically stroke a ball by itself,” Schwartzel said. “No other putter can do that. So, if you’re comfortable letting it go like that, it does it basically by itself. It’s very well balanced and it feels good. It’s very sensitive to lie angle, though; you need to get the exact lie angle.”

For Schwartzel, he’ll be using a 70-degree lie angle at 35 inches and a swing weight of E9 with an LA Golf shaft and a L.A.B. Golf Press No.2.m grip this week.

We’ll keep an eye on how his performance changes on the greens.

Check out more photos of the putter, and the rest of Schwartzel’s mixed bag of clubs here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

7 Comments

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  1. Nick

    Apr 21, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Lead tape on a LAB putter? lol

  2. Bob

    Feb 25, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Doesn’t Edel and Axis make the same toe up/torque balanced type of putter?

    • Sam

      Mar 2, 2022 at 9:03 am

      Same family but we’ve taken it quite a few steps further. Search the lab website for “torque revolution” and you can see direct comparisons.

      • Jeff

        Jul 30, 2022 at 12:10 am

        Hi Sam, How many grams is the head weight on the ‘heavy’ mezz max? And will LAB sell their putters on golf galaxy anytime soon? best,J

  3. BobbyN

    Feb 24, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Great putter! I’ve used it and it works.

  4. Garrett

    Feb 23, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    LAB has made the best putter out there for YEARS. Literally every other manufacturer makes an inferior product IMO. Glad they are finally getting some recognition!!

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