Cleveland Mashie

April 16, 2012

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (May, 2012)

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $149, graphite

WE TESTED: M2 (18°) M3 (20.5°) with Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Gliderail sole technology decreases turf drag for more speed at impact. The shaft and grip combine to reduce total  club weight by 20-plus grams to help maximize swing speed. The club features a throwback Retro-Raw finish.

OUR TESTERS SAY: This all-purpose hybrid covers you from tee to rough. High marks for feel, distance and playability.

PLAYABILITY: Sole design makes it a strong performer from all lies, including divots and fairway bunkers; shots get airborne quickly and provide a smooth landing on greens; draw bias due to slight offset.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Mis-hits stay in check; the Gliderails and offset assist in squaring up the face.
DISTANCE: Nothing flashy length-wise, but consistent and controlled; lively face produces acceptable distance.
FEEL: The club’s strong suit—a soft yet powerful feel; light club is easy to swing; head is felt throughout swing.
LOOK: Old school, rugged look with matte gray finish; smallish, teardropshape head hints at some playability.

Dull pewter color on crown looks like it’s missing a paint job; smallish head creates some insecurity at address.

From Golf Magazine (May 2011)
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
We tested: M2 (18°), M3 (20.5°), M4 (23°) with Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shaft
Key Technologies: The "GlideRail" sole design reduces turf interaction to improve contact from various lies. Mashie weighs 30 grams less than its predecessors, and has a longer shaft (by a quarter inch) in an effort to boost distance.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Solid, reliable sticks are easy to hit and pack plenty of forgiveness in a compact head.

PLAYABILITY: Perfect for low-ball hitters needing extra lift; gets ball in air easily; fine from the fairway but really shines from rough; nice high draw brings ball into greens with minimal roll.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very forgiving – shots don't waver far offline even on less-than-ideal swings.
DISTANCE: Most testers experience typical hybrid distances.
FEEL: Light clubs have a pleasing overall balance during the swing.
LOOK: Basic look, no bright lights; compact heads give the effect of a lot of punch in a small package.

Visual attempt to look retro or old doesn't resonate with a lot of testers; some testers can't tell the difference feel-wise between softness of good and bad shots.

From Sports Illustrated Golf+ (February 7, 2011)
With a Gliderail Sole (to reduce turf drag), Retro-Raw finish (a rugged, bulletproof look) and Ultralite technology, the Mashie provides versatility and function. The club is 30 grams lighter than most traditional utilities, which promotes faster head speed.

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