Cleveland Golf is once again aiming to offer the biggest bang for your putter buck, and this time they’re doing it with the $129 “Almost Belly” putter.
The new Cleveland Classic Almost Belly putter is a 39-inch heel-toe weighted blade in a “black pearl” finish.
So did Cleveland just jam a longer shaft onto the familiar Classic blade for a quick re-positioning to leverage the belly putter market? Nope. The Almost Belly features a heavier 400-gram head weight, a 20-inch-long large diameter grip and a more upright lie angle of 72 degrees compared to the standard 70 degrees found on the regular Cleveland Classics putters. In other words, it’s specifically designed for the belly style of putting.
According to Cleveland Golf, “The versatile ‘Almost Belly’ can perform like either a traditional-length putter or a belly depending on feel and preference.” Word is that three additional longer lengths of 41, 43 and 45 inches will also be available. Look for the Cleveland belly putters to hit the market in mid October.
Considering that most belly-specific putters cost well north of $150, Cleveland Golf appears poised to hit a serious sweet spot in the rapidly growing belly putter market.
P.S. Stay tuned for PutterZone.com’s Cleveland Almost Belly putter review.