Last September we were contacted by MLA Golf out of Switzerland to conduct a test on one of its products. Needless to say we were very excited; a putter Designed and Engineered in Sweden and Headquartered in Switzerland has to be oustanding. MLA putters were introduced to the US market at the 2016 PGA Merchandisers Show on January 26th to 29th, resulting in tremendous consumer interest in the company’s use of groundbreaking technology. MLA is a name that is gaining traction in both amateur and professional circles, not just because of their use of innovative design, but also because of their proven and effective results.
We tested the Tour XDream in 33 inches with a SuperStroke Slim 1’ grip. When we received the putter we were extremely impressed with the look, craftsmanship and quality. MLA is the acronym for Multiple Line-detector Activation, which is a new-patented technology that goes into all of their putters. More on that later… The XDream also comes with inter-changeable weights (5/10/15 grams) to dial in the exact head weight that you prefer. We set our putter to 10 grams grams in the toe and heal to provide a stable heavier feel. I’m a traditional straight back straight through putter and this set-up provided exactly the right balance.
While so many manufacturers of putters have been trying to optimize a combination of weight, balance and style, one scientist has been working on something far more effective: alignment technology.
Alignment technology is based on what is seen, or rather, what is thought to be seen. Dr. Lennart Högman developed MLA (Multiple Line-detector Activation) technology after 20 years of researching and analyzing the connection between motor skills and perception, and applying it to putting.
His research revealed humans have over 100,000 grouped receptors, which allow them to accurately determine straight lines. Accuracy improves as more grouped receptors are used. However, if too many receptors are used, the brain gets overloaded with information, causing confusion and uncertainty. Dr. Högman discovered the optimum number of sensor groups required to perfectly see lines and contours, resulting in the development and successful patent of MLA putters.
“An alignment system that acts upon multiple line detectors is the key to obtain veridical motion perception and a perfect in-line stroke surface,” said Dr. Högman. Simply put, golfers using an MLA putter can put greater trust in what their eyes see, improving the accuracy of their putting stroke. This research resulted in a range of MLA precise putters engineered in Sweden, the home of golfing greats such as Jesper Parnevik, Niclas Fasth, Annika Sörenstam and Robert Karlsson.
During our testing we moved the ball location around the putting surface to at least 3 different locations. Our testers were Carlos (11 handicap) Danny (3 handicap) and myself (Pro). First we started with the difficult 4-footer which we drained more than 97% of our shots (57 attempts) . Then we moved back to 12 feet (mid-range shots) and the accuracy was still there. The reverse “C” located behind the ball uses the entire upper surface of the putter and gives an extra edge while setting up for a putt. The putter feels well balanced and makes almost no noise when it strikes the ball. Our numbers were a little down to 91% from 12 feet (47 attempts) but still there are no guarantees from putts attempted this far. Our last test was the “lag” from 55 feet. Again, once we got the flow going our balls were landing inside our imaginary 3′ circle. Danny (3 handicapper) drained the only attempt from this distance but we were happy that over 87% of our attempts ended withing 3-feet or less from the hole.
MLA Golf has changed the future of putter technology. The XDream Tour is one of the most forgiving and accurate hi-tech putters I have ever rolled. MLA Putters are extremely high quality and are sold at a very fair price. For more information please contact http://www.mla.golf/