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The Club Report! Mizuno MP A-Series Putters – NEW MODELS

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No Teasing This Time

The last time that we checked out the Mizuno MP A-Series line of putters, I told you that you were going to be angry when you got to the end. I was anticipating that you would be justifiably mad about not being able to get the putters in the USA. Something cool happened in the comments section of that article though, a few of you chimed in about how you could order the putters online and have them shipped to the states. Well done faithful readers.

What that means for you today is that if you see a putter in this new batch that you like, you can probably get it. How nice is that? No anger. No questioning why Mizuno doesn't sell these in the United States. Well, I actually do think that it is OK to still ask that question. However, now we can ask it out of curiosity rather than as an expression of our denial's angst.

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Mizuno MP A-Series Putters: Quick Refresher

Before we look at the new models, let's review some of the features that are unique to the MP A-Series line.

Black IP Finish

The black finish on the Mizuno MP A-Series putter line is one of the nicest black finishes that I have encountered. It is visually rich, depicting a pleasant amount of sheen while at the same time not coming across as glaring. I still have not a clue about what the "IP" really stands for, and as such, I'm going to stick with my original guess of irresistibly pretty.

Milled Carbon Steel

Soft and precise. That is the best way to describe the materials and the construction of the MP A-Series line. Mizuno just simply got it right with the construction of these putters. They feel amazing, and are, in the six models that I have inspected, completely free of construction imperfections. Outstanding quality control.

Different Shapes

One of the features that I really appreciated about the original three Mizuno MP A-Series models was that they were what I would call tweaked traditional. They had classic shapes, but featured subtle differences. Take the A303. It looks like many other round mallets, but it has dual sight lines and a short flow neck. That makes for a mallet that is not face-balanced. Does that alienate the traditional mallet player? Maybe, but there are a whole bunch of traditional mallets out there that he or she can pick from. The A303 design places a mallet in the hands of someone who didn't fit the straight stroke. Creativity in design is refreshing, especially when the putters are attractive and well performing.

Alignment Bevel

All three of the new models feature the same top line bevel as the previous three models. Add in a little white paint, and you have a alignment system that Mizuno says makes the putter "much easier to square up". I had initially thought that this bold white line would prove distracting, but I actually welcomed its return when I rolled these new models. Combining this alignment bevel with the various cavity lines and head lines makes for an overall easy aiming experience.

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General Specs:  Mizuno MP-A Series Putters

  • Forged 1025 Carbon Steel
  • CNC Milled
  • Black IP Finish
  • Top line alignment bevel
  • Face “Score Lines” to reduce skid and promote true roll
  • Oversize Winn grip
  • Three SIX Head shapes (A301, A302, A303, A304, A305, & A306)

 

A304

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This putter is a beast. Of all the A-Series putters, this is the largest. The face to flange distance on the A304 is greater than the also wide-body dimensions of the A302 and A305. The A304 is not unruly in mass though because it also sports a significant notch of removed material. Keeping with the tweaked traditional theme, the shaft of the A304 enters the head just a little bit more heelward than you would expect with a mallet like this. As a result, the A304 hangs below face balanced and as such likely suits the stroke of both the straight and slight-arc putter.

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A305

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Center-shafters rejoice, the A305 is here for you. The A305 looks very similar in shape to the A302, with the A305 having a straight shaft entering directly into the center of the top line. If you are looking for a face-balanced, minimal offset, center-shafted putter, this is the stick for you.

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A306

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What is this? A traditional heel-toe weighted blade? Have I lead you astray with all of my tweaked traditional talk? Nope, the A306 has a little tweak as well. Just take a look at the neck. From address. we seem to be looking at the normal plumbers neck found on most anser-style putters. Change the viewing angle though and we see that the A306 actually has a slant neck. This neck gives the A306 some significant toe hang, likely placing it in the hands of the strong-arc player. This little difference changes how the A306 plays, and at the same time, expands the line to meet the putting styles not represented by the other models.

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Welcome Additions

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These three Mizuno MP A-Series models are solid additions to an already solid line of putters. Mizuno really did get it right with the MP A-Series. They are attractive, fully functional, and diverse enough to meet the needs and desires of most golfers. Regrettably, they are still part of the Mizuno non-USA line, so you probably can't demo one in your local shop if you live in the states. However, as we learned from the original MP A-Series Club Report article, you can find them for purchase. If the reader comments are to be believed, and why wouldn't they be, those who bought them were very happy campers golfers. Well done Mizuno. Now let's bring them officially to the USA.

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Steven December 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Are there left handed versions? …

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Dave Wolfe December 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so :(

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TxGolfJunkie December 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Looks like Mizuno is continuing their tradition of ignoring left handers.

No LH models available.

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unitzero December 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Yeah, us lefties will likely have to wait a year or so and then it’ll be one model…..the ugliest one!

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unitzero December 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Just look at the MP-68′s! You might find a lefty set on Mars but they’ll have rust spots on the faces and heavy bag chatter.

Steven December 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thank you…

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Chad December 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Beautiful looking putters. After yesterday’s gaudy release of Callaways drivers, it’s refreshing to see an OEM in Mizuno continuously release, classic, classy clubs. Well done.

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RAT December 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

I like the 304 model but the small groves on the bottom will get clogged with dirt .
Yes I know we have to clean them anyway but a smooth surface would allow for easy cleaning and customization..

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Dave Wolfe December 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

They could get some junk in there, but they are really shallow grooves.
Your customization may actually be the answer. If you put paint in the grooves, I bet that you would pick up a whole lot less junk…

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David W December 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

Chad, I run into that problem with my TM ghost putter. The grooves on the face are large enough that when putting on a practice green where you don’t clean your ball every time I get sand in the face grooves and have to clean it out before going to the first tee.

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David W December 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

Sorry, meant to reply to Rat

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snoopy December 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Wow, those are great looking putters, love the classic looks/shapes and the black finish.

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flaglfr December 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Very glad that Mizuno sticks to quality merchandise that really performs. It is also nice not to see releases of new everything every 4-6 months. Nicer is not always newer. In this case though, it looks like it is.
The other companies could learn from Mizuno.

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Mike December 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I’m American in Japan with Mizuno fitters etc as friends or contacts, I could help .

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