Expert Review: Mizuno M.Craft Type II PutterPublished on 04/24/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.
Me with my beautiful Mizuno Putter. All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.
The Mizuno M.Craft Type II putter is ideal for any player with an arc to their stroke. This putter is made from high-quality carbon steel, which is the same material used in most other top-quality blade putters, and will ensure it stands the test of time.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Mizuno M.Craft Type II
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumber’s neck
- Balance Point: Mid-toe hang
- Shaft Length: 34 inches
- Grip Type: Corded Mizuno pistol grip
- Finish: Black Ion (RS90)
- Average Score: 68–72 (even par)
- Handicap: +1
- Experience: 4 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Moderate arc
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Height: 6’0”
- When I bought the putter: June 2021
- Days tested: 200+
- Where I’ve used it: Mostly in the Northeast at courses like Blue Fox Run, Farmington Woods, Golf Club of Avon, and Hartford Country Club, CT
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Cold and warm days, rain, clear, and cloudy conditions
- Green Speed: Ranging from 8–13 on the stimpmeter
- Grass Type: Bentgrass and Bermuda
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a new putter because I was still using a Ping Anser putter from the early 2000s. The main reason that club was not working for me was because it was too light and had no face-balancing technology. Therefore, the Mizuno M.Craft with adjustable weights and a mid toe hang was just what I needed.
Why I chose this club
I ended up buying this putter after I was able to demo it for a day on the course. I fell in love with the feel off the face, in addition to the weighting and mid toe hang.
I considered various options—from Scotty Cameron to Ping—but I chose to go with the Mizuno because it had a much better feel and quality than the Ping, and performed as good or better than the Scotty, for a cheaper price.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face has the perfect mix of a solid feel with a soft touch. This is because the 1025 mild carbon steel provides the feel of a solid-quality putter, but when rolling putts it has an amazingly soft feel.
- Forgiveness: For a blade-style putter, I think I cannot get better than this for forgiveness. Mishits still roll the same length, which is extremely important; and they still roll very smooth and not bumpily.
- Weight: The interchangeable weight kit is amazing for players to tinker with the weighting of their putter. To have either four-, eight-, or 12-gram weights on both the toe and heel allows me to dial in the perfect weighting.
- Length: I personally love a shorter putter because I feel more control over the club. Therefore, the 34-inch length is perfect for me.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The all-black head with white accents looks beautiful; this design is easily up there with some of the best-looking putters in golf.
- Grip Feel: I play cord grips in all of my irons and wedges, and I love the pistol-style putter grip, so the stock cord pistol Mizuno grip is perfect for me.
- Other: This putter made me enjoy putting more than I ever have previously and gave me much more confidence to make my putts.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: Compared to a mallet-style putter head, where the center of gravity is pulled back and dispersed more evenly throughout the head, this Mizuno putter is slightly lacking in forgiveness. When struck out either the toe or heel of the putter, the ball does not always stay true to the intended line.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
My best round with this putter was a 68. I was able to make pretty much anything inside 15 feet; whether it was from 10 feet for birdie, or from six feet to save par, I was making them all. I also did not leave a lag putt outside of three feet in this round, so I really credit this putter as the reason I shot 68.
Value for the money vs. other options
When I think about amazing putters, the first companies to come to mind are Ping and Scotty Cameron. Therefore, I believe these two companies are perfect to compare to the Mizuno M.Craft. First, I would compare the Mizuno to the 2021 Ping Anser. While this putter is roughly $20 cheaper than the Mizuno, I believe it should be closer to $100 cheaper when comparing the quality. The Mizuno has a better sound, feel, roll, and overall quality than the Ping Anser, for only $20 more. The other comparison that could be made is with the Scotty Cameron Newport 2. This putter from Titleist is $100 more than the Mizuno, and yet when comparing both putters head-to-head, they are exactly the same. Therefore I would give the edge to the Mizuno, because it is the same quality as the Newport 2, but is $100 less.
The Mizuno M.Craft Type II putter is perfect for anyone looking to pick up a quality putter for a great price. This putter will help any player who has a moderate putting arc to improve both their lag and short putting. As for players with a straight-back-and-through stroke, this putter will feel amazing and help them to make more putts. I strongly recommend this club.
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