Not since the days of T.P. Mills designing putters for them has Mizuno had a finer looking putter in their arsenal. The high end craftsmanship, tradition, and reputation the brand is known for when it comes to irons has finally made its way into the flat stick; and at a phenomenal price point. The M-Craft putters come in 3 models, and each model is available in 3 gorgeous finishes; white satin, blue ion, and black ion. The heads are forged from premium 1025 carbon steel, then CNC milled to provide exception shape, alignment, and incredible feel. What also separates the M-Craft line from their competitors is the included weight kit. Their counterparts from other brands either require you to send your putter into the factory to get your weights changed, or have you special order the custom weights separately. In this day of “tour van at your fingertips” with drivers, it’s a great add-on to be able to adjust the swing weight of your putter on the fly and see what fits you the best.
The Type 1 is a square-back blade with a mid slant neck that provides maximum toe hang. This is best for the player with a lot of arc to their stroke. The Type II is your classic blade with a plumber’s neck and subtle toe hang. This is for the player with a moderate arc to their stroke. The Type III is a face-balanced mallet, which is incredibly stable, and fits the player with a straight back and thru stroke. Each model is $299, and when compared to the other high end putters on the market, is an awesome value for a milled work of art with the extra weights included. All 3 versions of the M-Crafts will be available on GolfHQ.com and in-store next week.
Mickey Wright (1935 – 2020) Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Wright passed away Monday, 3 days after her 85th birthday. Mickey was a pioneer of women’s golf and was super influential in the development of the LPGA Tour. She would often play a round with corporate executives in efforts to get sponsorships for the tour, and she was always on hand to give women’s golf the public push it needed in the 60’s and 70’s. With 82 career wins and 13 majors, she is most known for having one of the game’s most beautiful swings. So beautiful in fact, a man who is not known for giving praise or compliments, Ben Hogan, is quoted in saying she had the best swing he’d ever seen. “Long, low, and wide” was her mantra when it came to hitting that persimmon driver so long. In the link below, there are some clips of her swings from an episode of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. She even gives a great tip at the end that you can use today, right after she hits a 310 yard drive with a wooden driver of course.
Save the best for….last? Tiger Woods made his professional debut as a skinny 16 year old kid at Riviera CC in 1992. The So Cal native was destined to win on this golf course at some point in his career, right? It’s a difficult old-school design that has hosted many majors and USGA events in its glorious history. Well as it stands today, it is the one tournament that Tiger has played at least 5 times in his career and has never won. In fact, he’s rarely contended. But last week started off on the right foot when he rolled in a 30 foot eagle putt on the first hole. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there. He made the cut but shot 76-77, his worst weekend ever, and finished dead last. The weather was warm each afternoon, so no affect there on the back. But Tiger just wasn’t feeling great. And we are going to have to accept that from time to time. There are weeks when he will feel like 2005 and win. Then there will be weeks where he will feel like the floor of a taxi cab and struggle. That’s the life of an athlete in his mid-40’s. The life of an athlete with 81 wins, 15 majors, 4 back surgeries, and 7 knee procedures.
Don’t call it a comeback! My winning pick did just that at Riviera in Adam Scott nabbing his 2nd win at the Genesis Invitational. My sleeper pick Max Homa was in the mix until the 71st hole enroute to a top-5 finish, and Paul Casey opened with a pair of 69’s but struggled like everyone else on a difficult Sunday and finished T-37. This week the tour does double duty with the WGC Mexico Championship and the opposite field Puerto Rico Open. Let’s head to our 51st state, shall we? Winner Viktor Hovland 7 of the 11 winners in the tourney’s existence have made PR their first career victory. Let’s make it number 8. Will contend Bo Van Pelt BVP is playing on the career money exemption this year, which means he’s had a nice career. I think he’ll make it nicer with a return to the winner’s circle. Sleeper Adam Schenk Top 100 in all strokes gained ball striking category and averaging 303 of the tee. Has been getting off to a good start, but needs to play better on the weekends.
A few notables are skipping the WGC Mexico due to scheduling, but the field is strong as you’d expect for a World Golf Championship. Winner Dustin Johnson Only Tiger Woods has more WGC victories than DJ, and he has 3 top-10’s in 4 starts so far in 2020. And he’s the defending champ. Will contend Sergio Garcia 3 straight top-15 finishes here with a scoring average of 68.58. Sleeper Abraham Ancer He will start to show up on a lot of people’s radar, and rightfully so. Dude is a player, as shown in the Presidents Cup, and he also hails from Mexico. So it’s a home game.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional
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