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Will Zalatoris switches to L.A.B. Mezz.1 Max broomstick putter at Hero World Challenge

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Prior to getting back surgery in April of 2023, Will Zalatoris had established himself as one of the premiere ball strikers in golf. In his last full season on the PGA Tour (the 2021-2022 season), he ranked 3rd in Strokes Gained: Total, 11th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 1st in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green and 13th in Driving Distance.

Simply put, Zalatoris stripes the ball.

On the greens, however, Zalatoris has had well-documented struggles, especially on short putts, and he ranked just 103rd in Strokes Gained: Putting in the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season.

His putting has always been his big question mark, but during the seven-month recovery period from surgery, Zalatoris has taken measures to rectify those issues.

Following in the footsteps of L.A.B. Golf putter users Lucas Glover, Adam Scott, and Camilo Villegas, Zalatoris showed up to the 2023 Hero World Challenge using an L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max broomstick putter, as reported by PGATOUR.com.

Previously, Zalatoris used an armlock-style putter, but it seems that Zalatoris is hopeful for the new broomstick style, which helps with both his stroke, and alleviating pressure off his surgically-repaired back.

 

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“I ordered a couple armlocks [from L.A.B.], and they ended up sending me a couple of broomsticks, and it took me probably three months before I was actually able to start practicing with it,” Zalatoris told PGATOUR.com. “But immediately, I loved it. I can see the line so much better. It’s just more comfortable, too…I mean, I know I was a pretty streaky putter. I mean, I’d always be a zero-strokes-gained guy, but I’d blow a few short ones here and there. But so far so good…the misses are just so much better.”

As Glover, Scott and Villegas have found out themselves, the L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max putters use “Lie Angle Balanced” technology to ensure stability throughout the stroke. The winged-mallet putter heads are designed with a multi-material construction, consisting of 6061 aircraft aluminum bodies, and a 303 stainless steel midsection. They’re also individually weighted to help achieve lie-angle balance for each intended user, and the crowns have contrasting lines to help ensure proper alignment to the target.

Glover won back-to-back events at 2023 Wyndham Championship and the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship in August using the L.A.B. putter, and Villegas captured a win of his own at the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Maybe, just maybe, Zalatoris has found the answer to his putting woes, too. Surely he’ll need a few tournament reps before getting back into prime playing condition, but we’ll get a good look at his new broomstick putting stroke this week as he puts it to the test for the first time in competition following back surgery.

Head over to PGATOUR.com to read the full report on Zalatoris’ putter switch

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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.

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Adam Scott WITB 2024 (February)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

Driver: TaylorMade BRNR  (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 9 X

7-wood: TaylorMade Stealth (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Black 9 X

Irons: Srixon ZX Mk II (3, 4), Srixon ZX 7 Mk II (5-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (48-10F, 54-08M, 58-04T), WedgeWorks (58-A+)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (48-54), S400 (58)

Putter: L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Proto

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

See the rest of Adam Scott’s WITB in the forums.

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Latrobe: Toulon Golf launches its latest Small Batch putter

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Toulon Golf’s latest Small Batch offering is inspired by Arnold Palmer’s iconic 8802-shape putter. It is bestowed the name “Latrobe” owing to the birthplace of the king — Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The Small Batch Latrobe follows the Small Batch Dogwood, Montecito, Vista, Sea Island, and Santa Monica in Toulon Golf’s release of limited offerings.

In launching the putter, Toulon conceded the difficulty of designing and milling the iconic sleek flowing hosel design. The team went through several rounds of designing and prototyping to “get it just right” so the neck melts into the head.

In refining the design for modern use, Toulon points out that green speeds in 1964 were substantially slower — and the putter heads were substantially lighter. To better navigate today’s faster greens, Toulon and company increased the headweight to a modern 355 grams via a tungsten sole plate. For reference, the original 8802 was 310 grams.

Toulon Golf paid particular attention to crafting the flowing look of the putter from address with a particular focus on topline thickness and radius. In keeping with the original 8802 design, no alignment marks are present.

Toulon Golf Small Batch Latrobe specs

  • Material: 904L stainless steel body
  • Face Mill: Fine Double Fly Cut
  • Finish: Frosted Brilliant Black PVD
  • Grip: Toulon Pistol Black and Charcoal
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Toe Hang: 70 degrees
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie: 70 degrees
  • Shaft: Chrome Stepless Flare Tip Steel
  • Headcover: Small Batch Leather

Pricing and availability

The Small Batch Latrobe is available for purchase today via the company’s website — ToulonGolf.com.

Supply is extremely limited. The price is $1,800.

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  • Ludvig Aberg what’s in the bag accurate as of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

Check out more in-hand photos of Ludvig Aberg’s clubs in the forums.

7-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 9 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50-08F, 54-10S), WedgeWorks Proto (60-10V)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Check out more in-hand photos of Ludvig Aberg’s clubs in the forums. 

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa #1

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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