After reading the equipment reviews in our last issue, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you need to spend a lot of money to get a good putter. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Cleveland Golf is a company that isn’t exactly top-of-mind when talk turns to putters. The company is best known for its world renown wedges and to a lesser degree, their hybrids but there are many names that come to mind more quickly when it comes to putters.
Cleveland Golf’s range of 2135 putters are so named because the alignment aid is elevated exactly 21.35mm off the ground; the exact height of the equator of the golf ball.
Golfers have been taught to set up to their putts with their eyes directly over of just slightly behind the golf ball at address. This allows the golfer to see the line and align the center of the putter with the center of the golf ball.
Unfortunately, under the gun, most golfers fail to do so either because of a lack of practice or because of the pressure of the moment. Failure to get this right greatly reduces your chances of hitting the golf ball with the putter’s center of percussion and thus reduces your chances of holing the putt.
Cleveland Golf’s 2135 putters are designed to reduce the impact of those faults on your putts therefore allowing you to make more putts. The raised sight line will not completely eliminate golfers’ faults when the set up incorrectly but it will reduce the impact on the outcome.
The technology doesn’t have the visual impact of other manufacturer’s alignment aids but that’s a good thing as far as the majority of golfers are concerned. It’s subtle but it does what the engineers intended it to do.
The 2135 putters also use Cleveland Golf’s True Feel Insert (TFI) which is a copper-laced aluminum matrix overlaid on a co-polymer base for soft feel. The feel is soft for a solid faced putter but not mushy. It makes lag putts easy to judge.
For our review, I chose the Elevado. It’s a mallet with two spars that come off the extreme ends of the putter face. This places the bulk of the club head’s weight on the extreme ends of the putter of a high moment of inertia (resistance to twisting) to help on off center hits. True, this design was pioneered by another golf equipment company but it’s a sound design and putters of this nature tend to be very forgiving on mishits.
The Elevado works very, very well. It is extremely easy to align without being in your face about doing so. The feel is soft but not as soft as a polymer insert. The co-polymer layer under the face dampens harsh vibrations and just feels good at impact.
Best of all, the Cleveland 2135 TFI Elevado is relatively inexpensive retailing at Srixon Proshop outlets for a smidge less than ten thousand Pesos. While not dirt cheap, it’s certainly more affordable (less than half the price!) of some premium putters. Which only goes to show that you don’t need a boatload of cash to buy a putter that does what the manufacturer says it will – it’ll help you make more putts.