Byron Morgan 006 Long-Neck Review
I was lucky enough to be able to purchase an 006 LN a week ago. To the best of my knowledge this putter is a prototype and the first 006 LN that Byron has made other than some welded necks. I have always liked longnecks and currently have 7 of them. The long neck putter is one of the reasons I got into collecting putters. I seam to put my best with a more face-balanced putter. I put this putter into play right away. As soon as I got it out of the box I drove up to the putting green at our club and practiced with it for about Â½ hour before it got too dark to see. My first impressing was that I was going to enjoy using this one.
This putter has the Coldstar finish on it and it is misted throughout. The face is milled with the fine face milling style not the â€œtwilight zoneâ€ milling. The pictures I have attached show the fine milling when enlarged. In addition the putter has a sight dot and sound slot. The neck is a bit shorter than some of my other longnecks and that contributes to the putter having a 4 oâ€™clock toe hang vs. being face balanced.
This putter head I am told weighs in at 365g as sent to me. I put it on a swing weight machine and it came in at E-5. This is probably the heaviest putter I have ever used. When struck on the sweet spot this putter almost feels like you are just taking a practice swing. I was actually surprised at how soft this one felt. This is one of the softest feeling putters I have used to date. The ball feels soft when coming off the face while it also has a solid quality to it. When you hit the sweet spot it is almost like hitting nothing. The ball just starts rolling towards the target. I had some trouble initially lining things up with a sight dot. I have a sight line on all of my other putters because I like it for alignment. Once I got used to lining things up my putting went along fine.
I would rate this design as excellent overall. It fits my eye well and is easy to gain confidence with once the putts start to fall in the hole. In addition the milling and balance are outstanding. I think the only negative comment I would have is the fact that I did not get a sightline on this putter. I may get another with a sightline and use it as a gamer. Right now I will be using this one for the rest of the weekend.
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