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All-new 2020 Mizuno M-Craft putters

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For the first time in a long time, Mizuno is giving golfers the opportunity to play Mizuno clubs entirely from top to bottom in their sets with the reintroduction of a putter line for 2020—the Mizuno M-Craft.

Like mentioned off the top, it’s been a while since you’ve been able to find a Mizuno putter in North America, and the last time you could, the Mizuno name didn’t stand alone. At one point in time, Mizuno has worked with some great putter designers, from Scotty Cameron (yes, that Scotty Cameron), to T.P Mills, and Bettinardi. Each line was considered a success but never had the mass appeal or caught on as anyone had hoped.

Cameron moved on to Titleist to become the juggernaut he is today, T.P Mills went back to focusing on smaller runs, and Bettinardi took the step and successfully branched out under their own singular brand after their partnership agreement ended. All were great products, but Mizuno felt now was the time to go all-in on creating a classic line of putters to cater to the Mizuno Player.

Three Putters, One Story

The M-Craft Putter Line consists of Mizuno designers putting their own take on three classic head styles; The Anser, slant-neck, and face-balanced mid-mallet. Sticking with refining those classic shapes will garner the most eyes and improve the likelihood of golfers to try it out.

Mizuno M-CRAFT I – Slant Neck

Mizuno M-Craft II – Anser Style

M-CRAFT III – Mid Mallet

They will also come in 3 different finish options too; Satin Chrome, Mizuno Blue, & Black.

Construction & Technology

Mizuno irons are known for their classic feel, and they are bringing the same philosophy of design to the M-Craft Putters. Milled from solid blocks of forged 1025 Steel, the faces are deeper milled to produce a soft yet solid sound at impact.

The technology story behind the putters is straight forward and that’s okay because we’re talking about a milled putter and not a multi-material 460cc driver after all. There is head weight adjustability, and its something Mizuno is very excited about since unlike other putter companies, the M-Craft kit comes completely stock with any putter. This gives the golfer the opportunity to fine-tune head weight as well as causing slight changes to toe hang.

The final touches are a Lamkin Deep Etched Grip, and a cover that takes its cues from the classic Mizuno lineage of colors, for a trip down design memory lane.

The Mizuno M-Craft putters will be $299.99, and are available for pre-order January 21st, and will be found at retail locations starting February 14.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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15 Comments

  1. Per Olav Gimnaes

    Jan 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I have the newport 2 and fastback 1,5 t , I like these , will go for a blue one in mid tow flow 🙂 think they look great 🙂

  2. BeachBum

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Does the market really need another scottie cameron putter at $300?

    • Madtowntom

      Jan 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Since the Scotty Cameron putters are $400, perhaps the answer is “why not?” 🙂

  3. you know

    Jan 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Toe hang still dominantly influenced by hosel placement that orients the shaft relative to heel-to-toe alignment..

  4. SAM R BELLAMY

    Jan 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I NEVER thought I would putt with something from Mizuno. If the feel is anything comparable to the irons, I’m in.

  5. southpawhacker

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Any word on lefty availability?

  6. G

    Jan 10, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    our rep brought them by for us to try out. feel great, think scottys before he ruined the feel by using an insert

  7. Joe

    Jan 10, 2020 at 11:41 am

    They will be on the clearance aisle for $29.99 in 9 months!!!

    • Travisty

      Jan 11, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Don’t be so obnoxious.

    • Moosejaw McWilligher

      Jan 11, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      Put your money where your mouth is: I will buy 6 of the Anser style from you in 9 months for $50 each – you’ll make $20 profit on each one!

  8. JD

    Jan 10, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Wow, minimal stamping, clean face, and adjustable weights included… some other folks need to TAKE NOTES! Very excited to see how these feel. Hopefully my local golf shop gets these. If anything, that headcover will be in my bag.

  9. Tider992010

    Jan 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I can’t wait. I’ll be putting a nice blue one in my bag. I loved the old Mizuno Carbon line by Bettinardi. These look better.

  10. DB

    Jan 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Is it just me or are the bumpers uneven? On the M-1 the toe bumper looks thicker. Then on the M-2 the heel bumper looks thicker.

    • Paulo

      Jan 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

      No I think you’re quite right.

    • Chris

      Jan 10, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      On a properly designed putter, that is often the case.
      The toe features are generally larger than the heel features, otherwise, at address is looks like the heel is bigger than the toe (based on perspective).

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Rory McIlroy WITB: 2020 Farmers Insurance Open

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), TaylorMade P750 (3, 4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

*Obviously, McIlroy has more than 14 clubs in the bag in practice and will reduce the number prior to competition. 

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Phil Mickelson partners with premium headwear brand melin; will wear the brand’s A-Game Hydro hat in 2020

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melin x Mickelson hydro hat

Premium headwear brand melin has announced a partnership with Phil Mickelson, which will see the five-time major champion wearing the company’s A-Game Hydro hat on-course in 2020.

The melin A-Game Hydro hat contains a water-resistant exterior, and sweat-wicking interior lining, as well as Thermoflex snapback closure, and an anti-microbial sweatband.

As Mickelson’s on-course hat for 2020, it will also feature KPMG and Callaway branding while the 49-year-old is in action.

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Speaking on his new partnership with the company and the new hydro hat, Mickelson stated

“Whether it’s my equipment, apparel, or my headwear, I’m always looking for products that look good, feel great, and perform at the highest level on the course. melin’s attention to detail in how their hats are constructed and commitment to quality, will give me a hat that helps me excel on the course and look great off of it.”

melin x Mickelson hydro hat

Mickelson and melin are also working closely on design innovations for a hat to be released in the future, and on adding Lefty to their team, Brian McDonell, Co-founder and President of melin said

“Over the last decade our team has put so much effort into building a higher quality headwear experience and it is an absolute honor to have Phil join our team. We’ve always had the intention of elevating headwear in the sport of golf and Phil is one of the most detailed oriented and hyper competitive people I’ve ever been around. It’s inspiring to work side by side with him, improving our products down to the most finite details. You see a lot of sweat stains on the hats out there on the golf course and with Phil’s help, we’re excited to change that together.”

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The melin hydro hat is available in eight different color codes and is available to purchase now at melinbrand.com for $59.

 

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Justin Rose signs putter deal with Axis1 Golf

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On Monday, Axis1 Golf announced the signing of Justin Rose who will game the Rose Proto putter for 2020.

The Englishman began using the Rose Proto last year and went on to post career bests in Total Putting (13th), Putting Avg. (5th), Overall Putting Avg. (3rd), One-Putt Pct (3rd) and 3-Putting Avoidance (8th).

Speaking on the signing of Rose, Luis Pedraza, Founder and CEO of Axis1 stated

“We couldn’t have a better ambassador to represent our brand. Justin is incredible to work with and immediately recognized the difference this technological innovation can make – for every golfer. We worked with him to fine tune our putters and created the Axis1Rose. The synergy of our relationship is paying off, helping to create a new global brand of putters.”

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Per the company, who claim to be “the creators of the worlds only perfectly balanced / torque-free putters”, the Axis1 putter places the center of gravity exactly in the center of the striking face and in-line with the Axis of the shaft in a design to create a perfectly balanced putter.

On the new deal, Justin Rose said

“I had great success using the Axis1 last year and am excited to partner with the most innovative brand in the field. While helping to create this putter, I saw the technology that sets it apart from the rest and I believe it can revolutionize the market.”

 

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