Mizuno MP A Series Putter Review

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On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Mizuno MP A Series Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Mizuno MP A Series Putter as part of our Best Putters 2016 Review.

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Our Assessment

8.3 Total Score
Good (B)

The Mizuno MP A Series Putter ranks in the middle of the range of putters we reviewed in 2016. It is by far one of the more stylish putters on the market at the moment and offers good value for money. We found the feel to be soft, but the sound at impact less so. The roll on the ball is good and consistent, although alignment compared to other putters is average. We would have liked to has seen Mizuno mill the whole face of the putter instead of just the center sweet spot. That being said if you're the avid traditionalist in terms of putter design then the MP A-Series ticks many boxes.

Design / Appearance
9
Build Quality
8.5
Control / Feel
8
Performance
8
Value for Money
8
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Aesthetically beautiful – we think the Mizuno MP A -Series is one of the better designed putters available on the market
  • Consistent roll on the ball each and every time, provides good distance control
  • Feel on the whole is soft, aided by a really comfortable soft tacky grip
  • The head of the putter is forged which improves build quality in comparison to cast putter heads

CONS:
  • Mizuno have only milled the center sweet spot. We would have liked to see a fully milled club face
  • We found the bevelled top edge a nice looking feature, but ultimately feel it detracts from assisting in alignment
  • Availability in North America is poor unfortunately

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Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Mizuno have definitely come up with a beautiful putter here. I’m actually baffled at just how overpowering and busy modern putters are. Take for example the Yes Milly putter that has excessive yellow all over the head. Or one of the space craft looking Nike Method Converge models. Hideous! The MP A-series has a pleasing black IP finish with clean cut lines that oozes class. It is so refreshing to see a traditional piece that has merely been neatened up while still keeping it simple. Definitely one of the better looking putter lines out on the market currently and I will stand by that 100%!

Wide range of styles within the MP A-Series and some may be a bit chunky, but being plain black it still beats chunkiness with excessive color all over it as well. The only colors throughout the whole MP A-Series are black and white. Very Stylish indeed.

Build Quality

The Beveled top edge on the MP A-Series is a nice touch, but not so sure of it making the putter ‘easier to align’ in all honesty. There is a very thin white line that is evident on the face side of the top line that is merely there for aesthetic appeal in my opinion. Sticking with their forte, Mizuno have forged the carbon putter head which makes a massive difference in comparison to cast putter heads.

Another important feature is the milled putter face, which nowadays most manufacturers don’t offer in a putter – they are or have fallen WAY behind. The CNC Milling provides added friction at impact and is also used in Mizuno T5 Wedges.

Control / Feel

The feel is soft, but the sound isn’t. The Milled Carbon face has a different soft feel about it in comparison to other metals. It sounds solid rather than soft, particularly on longer putts so the feel and sound don’t really tie up in that department. The roll on the ball is fair, but not as pure as the Yes Milly or the Scotty Cameron Select.

Mizuno have only opted to mill the greater sweet spot on the putter face, which I don’t think is good. Sure I hear you, you’re not going to miss the center of the putter face even if you were drunk and it was blowing a gale, but why not just mill the entire face? It will improve the feel of the overall putter as well in my opinion. And so too the appearance of the putter face.

Performance

Mizuno aren’t known for their putters, as we’ve said before. Nor their wedges. But the MP A-Series is definitely not bad in terms of design, feel and most importantly performance. Distance control is fair and the roll consistent.

Alignment as mentioned before is average. The beveled top edge doesn’t make a big difference in aiding alignment, but then again the lines are clean cut, sharp and do look good behind the ball. Short putts are ok as well, but there are others that are better in this department from within 6 feet. The grip is soft and tacky, which does provide confidence and enjoyment on every single putt you have – even if from 80 feet away and you’ve opted for the Texas-Wedge!

Value for Money

The Mizuno MP A Series Putter definitely offers good value for money. We love the stylish finish of the MP A-Series and there aren’t many other putters out there like this. Feel is soft, but what makes the feel that much purer is the soft tacky grip. Roll on the ball is decent so if you’re the avid traditionalist in all departments then you’re going to love this.It is disappointing that availability of the MP A-Series in North America is poor.

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Key Facts

Product Details Mizuno MP A-Series Putter
Launch RRP From $179.00
Gender Men
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left
Head Weight Swing weight between D1 – E1
Lie Angle 71°
Loft 3.5°
Putter Length 33.5 – 34.5″
Putter Type Blade or Mallet
Grip N/A
Manufacturers Website Mizuno Golf

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