Expert Review: Mizuno M.Craft Type I PutterPublished on 03/03/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Mark D.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
The Mizuno M.Craft Type I Putter is a traditional blade-style putter head that features a precision-milled face and interchangeable weights in the sole. This putter offers a phenomenal feel and consistent ball speed across the face. It is a great selection for those seeking a higher-quality putter that looks and performs well.
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 Mizuno M.Craft Type I Putter
- Shape: Blade-style putter head
- Hosel Neck: Mid-slant neck
- Balance Point: Maximum Toe Hang
- Shaft Length: 34”
- Grip Type: Winn NTP Midsize 1.10 Blue
- Finish: Beautiful Blue Ion finish
- Average Score: 83
- Handicap: 12.2
- Experience: ~40 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: RH
- Stroke Type: Strong Arc
- Golf Ball Used: Srixon Z-Star
- Height: 6’1”
- When I bought the putter: April 2021
- Days tested: 200+ rounds
- Where I’ve used it: Both on the practice greens and the course
- Weather and Wind Conditions: While most rounds are played in decent golf weather, here in Michigan conditions can change fast. I’ve played this putter in sun, wind, rain, and even light snow flurries, and it held up well in all of them.
- Green Speed: Variable, depending on the course
- Grass Type: Primarily bent grass, but I have played it on other grass types as well.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I set out to research a new putter as I was interested in a blade-style putter with a milled face. Initially, this putter was not even on my radar, but I spotted it and decided to try it out, being such a big fan of Mizuno clubs in general.
Why I chose this club
I ultimately chose the Mizuno M.Craft Type I Putter over the others due to its performance, looks, and value. I was fairly determined to go with a Scotty Cameron classic Newport Putter, which also features a milled face and interchangeable weights. However, after demoing this M.Craft, my first eight putts from varying distances all went in, which told me this was the one.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face of the Mizuno M.Craft Type I Putter is what drew me to it. Precision-milled face creates a consistent strike across the face and has just the right amount of grab on the ball.
- Forgiveness: For those of us who have a strong arcing putting stroke, the M.Craft Type I Putter, with its advanced toe hang, offers a lot of forgiveness.
- Weight: Another positive with the Mizuno M.Craft Type I is that it includes three different weight sets to allow players to dial in the right feel for their game: 3g, 8g, and 13g weights, which screw into the club's sole.
- Alignment: While alignment often falls into personal preference, this one works well for me as I prefer a more subdued alignment guide. The simple white line helps me line up my putts well.
- Length: 34” length is the right fit for me and my putting stroke (strong arc).
- Balance: Because my putting stroke has a strong arc shape to it, this advanced toe hang balance helps me get that face closed at contact.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I absolutely love the beautiful Blue Ion finish. It just looks great.
- Other: Milled face putters are not for everyone. But being a “feel” putter, I prefer it over a face insert as it provides me the feedback I want and need to judge distance and speed properly.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Grip Feel: I went with a blue Winn NTP Midsize putter grip to match the looks. While I do like the style of grip, I should have chosen a larger, thicker model as it would help quiet my wrists a bit more at impact.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
Ironically, this is the first putter I have ever tested in which my first eight test rolls, all from varying distances and breaks, all went in the hole. That alone was enough to sell me on it. The good news is that success carried over well into my regular game, as I dropped a full-stroke average on the green versus the previous season with the old putter.
Value for the money vs. other options
It is tough to beat the value here for a higher quality, great-looking, and performing blade-style putter with a milled face and interchangeable weights. Compared to a Scotty Cameron Newport, or Bettinardi BB1, this M.Craft offers a price point of about 25% less, making it a great value for a higher-quality putter.
Overall, I found this Mizuno M.Craft Type I Putter to be what I wanted and needed. It looks sharp with its Blue Ion finish and performs very well with the precision-milled face. Add in the interchangeable weights to get the right feel dialed in, and we have a winner.