Expert Review: Mizuno OMOI Type I PutterPublished on 02/28/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in February of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in February of 2023.
The Mizuno OMOI Type 1 Putter is a great blade putter for those mid-range handicappers who want a thicker, heavier putter that they can adjust. Its single line down the back with the blue satin finish also gives it a sharp aesthetic appeal.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Mizuno OMOI Type 1 Putter
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Slant
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Blue Satin
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway ERC triple track
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: February 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice Green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor Turf
- Green Speed: Slow to Medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a mallet putter, but with the thickness of this blade-style putter, I decided to give it a try. It performed similarly to a mallet putter with its larger backing and was pleased most with its balance.
Why I chose to test this club
This club has a forged 1025 Carbon design that creates a softer feel where each putt is felt off the face of the club. I did not end up purchasing this putter as I visually couldn’t get over the fact that it was a blade putter, and I have been using a mallet-styled head for years.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The 1025 Carbon design allows for a soft feeling putter face on the market, creating consistency on longer lag putts but also for the feel around the hole on closer ones.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness is apparent as each putt is felt within the hands when it connects with the face, and regardless of where the putt is struck, the distance control is very consistent.
- Weight: The weight is 370 grams and has the ability to be increased to 383 grams, giving the user autonomy to find their ideal weight and balance within each stroke. It also comes with lighter weights so that the default weight can be reduced to 360 grams.
- Alignment: The alignment is sharp with its single line down the head on the matte satin finish, creating confidence that the ball is lined up correctly each time. I love the single line as it allows for a simple look down sight to be had and gives an extra bode of confidence that the alignment is taken care of.
- Length: I enjoy the 35in putter as it provides the best opportunity to swing my arms back and through the ball on short and long putts.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The blue satin finish is a sharp feature that is simple yet sleek.
- Grip Feel: It has an oversized traditional grip that is tacky and comfortable regardless of grip preference. This is ideal for any type of playing condition, as the hands will never slip.
- Customization: The putter head weights on the bottom of the club are key in offering up a personal weight preference for any golfer's style.
- Balance: The higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) features within this putter allows for a consistent backswing and follow-through with each stroke.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Customization: The only knock I can find is if someone is used to a lighter putter, this will feel heavy to them. I personally prefer a heavier putter, so it’s not an issue for me, but I could see the weight being tough for someone to adjust to if they were previously using a 345-350g putter.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I did a putting drill where I hit a 3-foot, 6-foot, 9-foot, and 12-foot putt one after the other and made them all first try, which surprised me, considering I had not used this putter before. This putter has an incredibly soft feel and allows instant feedback within each stroke.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tested the entire M.Craft series of putters; however, I feel this putter is a step above them all. I also tested the Cleveland Frontline series putters because they have a cheaper price point. When it comes to the OMOI line of putters, though, it is worth the sticker price because it has one of the softest putter faces on the market and gives it an ease to hole more putts that most other putters don’t offer.
If someone is looking for feel and enjoys a thicker blade style putter with sharp alignment features, this is a great option because of its premium face feel.