For those who wondered if Cleveland Golf was going to extend its popular Classics line of putters beyond the original three, PutterZone.com now has an answer, because we have the new Cleveland Classic 4.5 model in hand.
The accompanying photo of the 4.5 model is an exclusive glimpse of what’s to come from the Cleveland Classics line.
The 4.5 will join the Cleveland Classic 4 putter as two new entries into the line. The two models are very similar, but the 4.5 has a slant neck, while the 4 has a plumber’s neck.
The new Cleveland Classics putters for 2010 will be released in November at a street price of $69.
When we first experienced the inaugural Cleveland Classics putters late last year, we immediately knew that they were a winner. At just $69, the Cleveland Classics putters aren’t just a steal, they are an outright bank robbery. They have the look and feel of a putter that costs twice the price or more.
We subsequently ranked the Cleveland Classic 1 putter at the top of the “Best Buy” class in our 2009 Power Picks. Not long thereafter, PGA Tour professional Jerry Kelly bought one for himself and used it to help win $1.1 million at the Zurich Classic. Talk about a good return on investment.
In reviewing the Cleveland Classic 1 putter, we wrote that we “love the fact that Cleveland Golf stamps the lie angle and loft on the sole of the putter. Such information introduces the world of putter fitting to golfers who otherwise might not be aware of the importance of lie angle, loft and other fitting specifications.”
With the Classic 4 and 4.5 putters, Cleveland has taken things a step further, stamping the head weight (340 grams) and material name (17-4 stainless steel) on the bumper (see photo).
The Cleveland Classic 4.5 putter is similar in shape and style to the Cleveland Classic 1 putter, but with a slightly longer head and sharper cornering. As with the Classic 1, the Classic 4.5 putter features a loft of three degrees and a lie angle of 70 degrees. The grip could still be better (hey, at this price, you can’t have it all), but the head cover is improved, with a red pleather construction and a white Cleveland embroidered logo.
When it comes to these high-grade $69 putters, we say the more models, the merrier.
P.S. Stay tuned for the official PutterZone.com review of the Cleveland Classic 4.5 putter.