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Mantis Golf's Mantis "B" Blade putter: The sequel's even better than the original

Kiel ChristiansonBy Kiel Christianson,
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The Mantis "B" Blade putter sports the company's hallmark green finish. (Courtesy of Mantis Golf)

Great ideas are often simple. The simple, and great, idea behind Mantis Golf putters is "green."

Mantis putter heads are a matte green, in order to be less distracting. They blend in with the turf, so your eyes can focus on the ball.

The original Mantis mallet putter debuted at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show and quickly built a loyal following. The combination of the unique visuals and the fabulous feel of the firm but precise white polyurethane face insert and custom Winn grip won over players at all levels. Mantis putters have even found their way onto the Web.com and PGA Tours.

One year later, Mantis has introduced the Mantis "B" Blade putter, and it is arguably even better than the their original model.

The "B" Blade ($160) is really a flanged blade, or even a half-mallet, with a broad, double-bowed flange behind the putter face. It is heel-toe weighted, with about a 50 percent toe hang.

The plumbers neck hosel lends itself to easier alignment than did the double-bend neck of the original mallet. And the T-square alignment aid on the putter head is one of the most effective on the market.

Like the original Mantis offering, the "B" Blade's polyurethane face insert produces effortless "pop," but with minimal practice, control is not a problem: just pick your line and trust that the ball will go. Also like the original, the "B" Blade features a green-and-white midsized Winn pistol grip, which might just be the most comfortable, best feeling putter grip on the market.

Mantis Golf's "B" Blade putter: The verdict

We took the Mantis "B" Blade out onto the course for several rounds and loved the feel, alignment, look, and weighting. Occasionally, the firm face-insert sent the ball farther past the hole than intended, but after a visit to the practice green, we dialed in the speed.

As noted above, alignment felt more intuitive with the "B" Blade than with the original Mantis. And, unlike the Mantis mallet, you can scoop the ball up off the green with this flange -- a nice bonus for us old guys.

All in all, the Mantis "B" Blade is one of those rare sequels that's better than the original. If this small company keeps producing flatsticks as good as its first two offerings, it's going to be around for a long, long time.

For more information, visit www.mantisgolfco.com.

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Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.

 
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