MP A302

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Andy Roberts
Tue, 28 May 2013
MP A302

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Classic blade apperance; Good alignment aid;
Difficult to judge pace from long range
Our score:
Overall: 
3
PRICE: £169.00 YEAR: from 2013

The MP A-Series putters combine a lush black IP finish, with bevelled white top edge to make their classic shapes easier to align. The top edge marking, parallel to the face, creates a stronger alignment aid on compact head shapes, than can be achieved with a traditional ‘ball to target' marking.

The MP A302 is a classic blade with an appealing black finish in contrast to the white alignment aid. The finish also helps reduce glare when out in the sun, and I found this contributed to a fantastic contrast between putter face, ball and green.

The body seemed a little too wide for me, however, and I thought it sat open at address. Consequently, I felt as though I had to move my hands to straighten up the blade.

Being head heavy, I didn’t gain huge response from the putter and found myself storming the hole with a few, finishing past the hole numerous times. I felt the face was a little dead and didn’t provide near enough feedback to judge distance.

In terms of performance, the alignment aid worked great - employing two lines, one down the face and one perpendicular to this.

This blade provided me with a nice evenly distributed weight but I really struggled distance-wise. With pace paramount in holing putts it meant I was struggling to frighten the hole on many of my 10 and 20-footers.

Verdict

An attractive putter that is let down by the feel which was too harsh for my liking. While it may be easy to align, this becomes irrelevant when there is a breaking putt when pace is all-important. And for £170, I'm not sure that represents good value for money. 

Click here to see how the MP A302 got on in our Ten of the Best putter test.

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