Cleveland TFi 2135 Satin Putter Review
Cleveland TFi 2135 Satin Putter
Teachers’s Comments: Well-balanced, smooth, accurate and attractive.
The next time you’re in your local pro shop or golf superstore testing flat sticks in search of some magic on the greens, I recommend that you try the Cleveland TFi 2135 Satin putter. It is a beautiful club, with a silky feel and some very interesting technology.
Cleveland sent a TFi 2135 Satin putter for review in the early fall, and after six or so weeks of using it, I find that it works very well for me, especially on faster greens. My usual putter is a Bettinardi Heavy Putter, mallet style with a straight, center shaft. Making the adjustment on distance was not an easy task, as I’m used to a lot more weight and momentum. The sight line on a straight-in shaft is quite a bit different. I also found that I was missing a lot of putts high and outside, so an adjustment needed to be made there as well.
The most interesting feature of the TFi 2135 is a rear sightline that is 21.35 mm (thus the number in the name) off the ground. That matches the radius of the golf ball, and is supposed to offer a more accurate sightline.
In practice, I found that this works well. The visual alignment of the TFi 2135 putter’s face to a target spot on the green was very easy. As I noted above, however, I needed to make some adjustments to what I used as an intermediate target spot. The spot I would try to roll the ball over with my Heavy Putter is quite different from the spot I would try to hit with the Cleveland TFi 2135.
The face of the putter has a milled, curved cross-hatching that varies in size and density. Toward the center of the face, the cross hatching is small and dense; on the edges, the lines are more widely spaced. This, Cleveland Says, is “Speed Optimized Milling” and is designed to “adjust energy transference so that every utt rolls to the same distance regardless of where it is struck on the face.”
My experience is that once I figured out how hard to hit the ball, I got very consistent results.
“Traditional putters come up short when you hit the ball even just a bit toward the heel or toe,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf. “We lowered ball speed on center strikes and added ball speed on off-center strikes to produce uniform distance no matter where you strike the ball.”
The feel of the ball on the putter is soft and smooth. I hate putters that feel “clicky,” and the Cleveland TFi 2135 ably avoids that curse. Cleveland says that the soft feel is the result of a multi-material construction and a polymer TPU face insert.
Overall, I think that the Cleveland TFi 2135 is an excellent option amongst the myriad of putter options now available. I like it, and plan to keep it handy for those courses where I know I’ll face greens speeds faster than those of the public courses I play. I wish, for example, that I had the Cleveland TFi 235 handy when I played Erin Hills the day after the US Open, or on my round at Oakland Hills prior to the US Amateur. Using my Heavy Putter on those greens was like wielding a sledgehammer to put a hanger nail in the wall. The Cleveland TFi 2235, with its lighter weight and deft touch, would have been a much better play.
I recommend that you make a point of giving the Cleveland TFi 2135 a try when shopping for a new putter.
The Cleveland TFi 2135 Satin Putter Review was first published on GolfBlogger.Com on November 15, 2017.