The Cleveland Classic Collection is a selection of
putters from an equipment manufacturer which has been around for decades, always
sitting just below the top brands.
In an attempt to capture some of the market that's held by
Scotty Cameron, Cleveland has gone for the high-finish, low-frills
approach with this range and the results are good.
The designs are all basically copies of classics which are now out of patent
protection, so you'll see the
shape in the #1 design (pictured above) and there's a
Zing and a Tad Moore copy as well. All legitimate and well finished putters
that look good.
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... on a Cleveland putter
Produced in both black and steel finish, there's probably something for every
taste. I particularly liked the black finish which made the white alignment line
stand out well.
How do Cleveland Classic collection putters feel?
Cleveland's aim was obviously not to do anything revolutionary with this range
of putters and their caution pays dividends when standing over the ball. The
feel of the putter in your hands gives you confidence.
As you'd expected for a milled putter, the feel from the Cleveland Classic
Collection range is good. You get good response from the strike of the ball and
this will make feeling the distance of your putts easy.
What I can say for sure, however, is that they're not as good as the top named brands I
listed above. The feel is just a shade off what you'd get from a top level
Scotty Cameron or from any of Odyssey's
That having been said the Clevelands are quite a bit cheaper.
How do they roll the ball?
The roll of the ball from the face seemed at first sight to be very good.
However, I had less confidence in the roll when I saw the dispersal of my putts
around the hole. I putted several groups of balls and consistently found them
more spread out that I would have liked.
Unsure if it was my stroke or the putters themselves, I continued testing and
the same thing happened.
Of course it could have been a freak set of results, but having liked everything
about the putters up to the point of actually taking it onto a putting green
(where it really counts, of course), my enthusiasm waned rather quickly.
On the face of it the Cleveland Classic Collection
putters are great cheaper versions of the
putters produced by the biggest names in the putter business.
With so much going for them in the looks, feel and roll department, I was,
however, just a little disappointed to find that the results on the green were
not as good as I would have expected.
With this in mind, I would caution you to try any of these putters out over a
series of rounds or an extended period on a practice green before you buy.
A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove
Nike Method 001The best of the Nike Method putters. Favored by Tiger Woods while he was contractually obliged to use a Nike putter. A standard looking Anser style putter, with nice roll and feel. But not good enough to stay in Woods' bag once Nike gave up on the golf equipment industry.
Nike Method 004Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you routinely pull your putts or you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.