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GolfWRX member testing: Reviewing the L.A.B. Golf DF3 putters

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Like L.A.B. Golf’s larger DF 2.1 putter, the new DF3 is “fully automatic.” That means golfers will get the full experience of DF3 wanting to guide itself on the correct path on the way back and through. This is possible thanks to L.A.B. Golf’s patented Lie Angle Balance technology. The technology creates true zero-torque putters that stay square by themselves. Golfers can trust that L.A.B. Golf putters will return to square without any need for manipulation.

How we choose our testers

GolfWRX staff evaluates each entry against the criteria laid out in the testing thread to determine the best fit for each specific product — For example, if a game-improvement iron is being tested, game-improvement iron-playing golfers will be considered.

Overall tester feedback

Overall, our testers were impressed with the ease and precision of the remote-fitting process with its custom options. On the whole, even those skeptical about the DF3’s shape enjoyed the ease of alignment and consistent delivery of putter to ball, with some testers pointing to an initial “adjustment period.” Those who had played previous L.A.B. creations universally praised the improved feel of the DF3.

What our members said

@jasman29

“I try to take a lighter grip typically when I putt or at least when I am putting my best. I can do that for the most part BUT it is on the shorter putts lately where the grip gets a little tighter at times. The one thing I tried to focus on, after watching some videos Sam has putt online about how to putt with his putters, was to not feel pressure in my thumbs during the stroke and let the putter swing more freely. When you do this, this putter just wants to rock back and forth. Let the putter/tech do the work for you without your brain trying to telling to manipulate the face in any way. It was a different feeling not having that “torque” working against your hands in the feel of the stroke.”

@rooski

“At this point, I feel completely confident with this putter. I have never seen the ball roll this consistently end over end on my start line. It has made me realize that I definitely have a bit of work to do in the green reading department, but what’s really nice is that it never leaves me guessing. When I watch the ball start on my line and roll perfectly end over end, it is at least nice to be able to definitively say “oh I just misread that” while taking out almost every other variable.”

“Also for whatever reason people find the gimme getter so hilarious. It’s always just “oh cool that picks up balls?!”…Unless something wild happens this putter will be staying in the bag for the foreseeable future including the tournament schedule over the season, I’ve got almost nothing bad to say about it.”

@molecularman

“It’s everything I hoped it would be. I’m very happy I went with the heavier head option, I fear the standard weight would have felt a touch too light for my taste. So shout out to Calvin for being spot on there. At the current weight, I can have a light grip pressure and let gravity do the work. The head just feels incredibly stable and amazingly solid. Speaking of grip, I really debated what grip to go with and the Press Pistol seems like a great choice. The grip feels very versatile for different putting styles, maybe a bit less so for left hand low (imo). I’m mostly a “2 thumbs” guy but have gone back and forth with left hand low as well as claw. The grip tapers down to a smaller flat oval at the bottom. I didn’t love it for left hand low, but for a claw style grip it is really really good.”

@coreyhr

“This putter isn’t going to magically turn a poor putter in to Brad Faxon on the greens. But what I can say with confidence is that removing the excessive face rotation from the putter makes creating a repeatable, consistent stroke infinitely easier to obtain. If you’ve been wanting to try a LAB putter, this is the one truly worth taking the dive on in my opinion. Having never been completely blown away with the Mezz or DF 2.1, this putter has really changed my opinion. I’ve always been really intrigued by the technology, and completely buy in to the concept, but I’ve never been able to get past what I perceived to be less than stellar looks, sound and feel. LAB, in my opinion, has address and improved on all of those things. While this putter still looks far from conventional, it did not take long to get comfortable with the look or footprint. It’s not overly obnoxious in size and sets up so well behind the ball.”

@SEP1006

“As far as consistency, it’s ridiculous. You can hit these putters ANYWHERE on the face and the ball rolls end over end. And whether you hit it in the middle, on the toe, or on the heel. The balls roll pretty much the same distance, easily within 6″ of each other.”

“LAB really did a great job with the new smaller size as well. The DF 2 always felt like I was putting with a branding iron. The DF 3 is a perfect compact size and very easy to look down at.”

“The DF 2 I had was an armlock putter. So my only concern with the DF 3 was the grip. I have never been a hands pressed forward putter. It was recommended to me to go with the Press II 1.5* grip so I did. Went with the textured grip and it is perfect. I putt with the pencil grip and my hands are very comfortable.”

“As much as I love the roll that the PXG milled face putters (which I’ve been using for years) put on the ball the DF 3 is even better. Can’t believe I’m saying this but you will soon see my PXG putter on the BST.”

Member review themes

  • Ease of remote fitting process
  • Putter stability
  • Surprisingly good sound and feel
  • Ease of getting a putt on line
  • Ease of alignment

Check out the full review thread here.

More about GolfWRX member testing

Member testing gives our forum members the opportunity to put the latest golf equipment through the paces. In exchange for getting a product to test (and keep), forum members are expected to provide in-depth product feedback in the forums, along with photos, and engage with the questions of other forum members.

For brands, the GolfWRX member feedback and direct engagement is a vital window into the perceptions of avid golfers.

You can find additional testing opportunities in the GolfWRX forums.

 

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Three Swing Challenge: Testing the L.A.B. Golf DF3 putter

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GolfWRX’s resident Club Junkie, Brian Knudson, puts the L.A.B. Golf DF3 putter to the test in our new Three Swing Challenge.

Why three swings?

Many years ago, the legendary Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf, told us this:

“My formula as a fitter was three shots only. I discounted No. 1 just because it was the first one, counted 100 percent of No. 2, and discounted No. 3, because the player was starting to adjust.”

This is in line with our experience, and we believe golfers can make a meaningful judgment about a club in just a few swings.

Let us know what you want to see in the challenge next!

Read more about the L.A.B. Golf DF3 putter here.

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Three Swing Challenge: Testing the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver

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GolfWRX’s resident Club Junkie, Brian Knudson, puts the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver to the test in our new Three Swing Challenge.

Why three swings?

Many years ago, the legendary Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf, told us this:

“My formula as a fitter was three shots only. I discounted No. 1 just because it was the first one, counted 100 percent of No. 2, and discounted No. 3, because the player was starting to adjust.”

This is in line with our experience, and we believe golfers can make a meaningful judgment about a club in just a few swings.

Let us know what you want to see in the challenge next!

Read more about the Mizuno ST-Max 230 driver here.

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Fujikura 2024 Ventus Blue with VeloCore Plus review: Club Junkie Reviews

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Fujikura released the original Ventus Blue back in 2019 to showcase its VeloCore technology. VeloCore is a full length bias core that adds stability to the shaft and promoted more consistent center face contact. Despite the success of Ventus, companies like Fujikura are never satisfied. Continued refinement is what has made Fujikura shafts the most popular shaft on tour and in amateur bags. Now, five years later, we have the updated 2024 Ventus Blue wood shaft with VeloCore Plus technology.

For a full and more in-depth review check out the Club Junkie podcast below and on all podcast platforms.

When it comes to driver shafts, I usually gravitate towards the mid-launch sector as I am not a player who hits the ball exceptionally high. I remember getting my hands on the original Fujikura Ventus Blue and immediately being impressed with the performance.

This new 2024 Ventus Blue looks really good in the lighter blue hue with the matte finish. The graphics still say Ventus, but there are subtle differences between the new Ventus Blue and its five-year old sibling. There is a VeloCore+ logo down near the tip to signify that the shaft has this new technology under the hood.

More on Velocore+ from Fujikura: “Velocore+ is the next generation of Fujikura’s ground-breaking proprietary technology. The technology is designed for ultimate clubhead stabilization and promotes consistent center-face contact, tightening dispersion and increasing control of the club throughout the swing. Featuring a re-engineered multi-material bias core, Velocore+ enhances the feel and performance of Ventus with an additional premium bias core material, promoting even tighter dispersion and increased ball speeds.”

I took the new Ventus Blue took the course and the range over the past couple of weeks to get in a lot of time with it. I built up the new Ventus Blue with my usual All Fit universal adapter, no tipping, and cut to play at 45 inches in the driver.

Swinging the 2024 Ventus Blue gave a somewhat familiar smooth feeling of the shaft loading and kicking at impact that I remember from the original Blue. I did notice that the shaft does feel a little tighter and more stable with my quicker tempo swing. For me, the quick swings that I would normally hit low heel seemed to be a little closer to center and produce a straighter shot. While Fujikura shows the bend profile on the 2024 Ventus to be the same as the 2019 model, it does feel just a touch stiffer to me.

Ball flight is very similar, and I noticed just a few differences between the 2024 and 2019 models. For me, the new Ventus Blue launched about one degree higher and produced about one mph more ball speed. Spin was basically identical and the new Ventus seemed to offer me a slightly straighter starting line with a touch less draw on my poor swings. For me, the big toe hook is a scary shot and the first one of those actually produced a medium sized draw that stayed in the rough, where usually I am in the trees.

Overall,  the new 2024 Ventus Blue is a great evolution from a shaft that will go down as one of the most iconic of all time. Players will like the added stability and ball speed while keeping the similar feel and launch conditions of the original shaft.

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