We feel like there is value to be had here considering the premium looks, feel and adjustability. They perform far beyond what you might expect and it is the soft yet solid feel that is the highlight feature.
Traditional, classic shapes with a solid, pure feel at impact. Adjustable weights let you alter the feel to match your tempo.
The blue finish looks like it might fade over time.
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Mizuno is back in the putter market with the launch of the M.Craft models. We test them out on the course and deliver our verdict...
Mizuno M.Craft Putters Review
Given the buttery soft feel of its forged irons, we had high hopes for Mizuno’s new forged putter line and it didn't disappoint.
For 2021, it launched three new models and we particularly enjoyed the #4, a wide blade shape with a short slant hosel for some toe hang and the blue ion finish, one of three available.
It sets up beautifully behind the ball and with the long-ish white sightline provides enough assistance with alignment.
We holed putter after putt with this from short range (14 six footers in a row, in fact). The just flowed really smoothly in our stroke and the squaring of the club face seemed to happed naturally.
The stock grip is pleasant too - it's not too large and is quite firm feeling but fitted our hands perfectly.
Each putter is forged from premium 1025 mild carbon steel and then CNC milled to create the most precise shape and alignment, but this also creates a buttery soft feel without at the detriment of speed.
They also come with an additional weight kit that includes two 3 gram weights and two 13 gram weights, which can be interchanged with the 8 gram fitted weights to fine tune the feel, although the stock set up worked perfectly well for us.
We also tested the face-balanced number 3 model in black, the largest of the three models with its half-moon shape as well as the number 1 blade in the blue ion finish. There is also a white satin finish available.
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Visually, this putter is stunning. The shapes are traditional with no frills but have a classy, subtle polish to them and the short slant hosel on the blade flows into the head beautifully. The blue ion finish stands out surprisingly well from the grass but looks like it might fade over time.
The shape of the Lamkin Deep Etched corded grip fitted perfectly in our hands, although some will prefer a grip that offers a softer, more tacky feel.
The mill patternon the face is reminiscent of Scotty Cameron faces from years gone by and is quite shallow overall, which means there’s still a noticeable sound at impact.
Consequently, these putters don’t feel as soft as you might expect, but nor do they feel hard or harsh. In fact, there’s a nice balance of feedback and forgiveness, especially in the number 3 shape offering more stability on those all too common off-centre strikes.
Whether they perform for you will be dependent on getting the correct length, head shape and accompanying weight setting. The stock 8g weights felt good for us but it’s nice to be able to adapt the feel with the different options if they don’t suit your tempo.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
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Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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