Reviewed by: mrclag
Shoots in the 80s
The MacGregor Lakewood is one of the Distance Correcting Technology putters developed by Bobby Grace and patented by MacGregor. It really works. The polymer face is livelier on the heel and toe edges, so putts hit off-center get more rebound energy and travel the same distance as a putt struck in the center of the clubface. Once the golfer calibrates his putting stroke to the right distance, then a sloppy hit has a much better chance of getting to hole high. If not in the hole, then certainly closer for the next putt. The Lakewood is a familiar shape first popularized by the Ping B60, and copied by Cameron, Cleveland, Ray Cook, Northwestern, Yes!, and a host of others. Each has their selling points, but none of the others has the distance correcting technology insert. While they may work with roll, backweighting, and alignment aids, in my testing of dozens of this B60-type design the MacGregor Lakewood offers the most compelling feature - the DCT. MacGregor has been licensed by Golfsmith, and Mr Grace has re-formed his own putter company, so Lakewoods are not in production and are hard to find. They have a no-glare finish, a Golf Pride high-tech grip with a True Temper shaft. Some are fluted. The putter has a plumber's hosel that can be adjusted for lie and loft, and the weight is good for both 34- and 35-inch models. It naturally has about a 20-30 degree toe hang, and hence is a good choice for both pendulum and arc putter paths. Very solid strike with good feedback.
Apparently Golfsmith is not marketing these models, and Bobby Grace is not either. It is a patented insert, so no one else can use it without paying MacGregor/Grace for about another 15 years.
Similar Products Used:
Ping B60 in BeNi, BeCu, steel, MnBronze, IsoForce, IsoPur, IsoPur2, Cleveland 304 steel, Cameron Teryllium Del Mar, Northwestern Weiskoff and Judy Rankin, Rawlings, Yes! Jennie, Beauwood