On this page you’ll find our detailed Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.
There are a number of things we all need to implement in order to improve our putting. These points can be argued for hours, but there is one that is a common denominator in anyone’s book – alignment.
So often we think or believe we’re aligned correctly, but in actual fact our eyes aren’t over the ball. Recent research showed that 80% of amateur players’ eyes are not directly over the ball at address. Cleveland’s TFi 2135 range have focused their attention on simplifying the look of the putter and raising the alignment aid, which they believe will maximize your potential of lining up correctly and sinking more putts.
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Cleveland have focused their attention on the most important thing there is to putting - alignment. Simplified basic looks in terms of design and appearance along with the raised alignment aid which will help you line up correctly each and every time. Available in 7 different models with four being modern mallets and three being traditional blades, there is something for everyone. The widened horizontal impact point has greatly improved off-center strikes making distance control a whole lot easier than you're possibly used to (if you're honest with yourself!). At just short of $130 for the most effective model this is very good value for money and is suited to any handicap player.
Pros and Cons
- Beautifully soft in terms of feel and sound at impact making you look forward to each and every putt just that little bit more
- Distance control is outstanding with the widened horizontal impact zone on putter face enhancing off-center strikes
- Seven different models to choose from with four mallets and three blades – you will find one that suits your eye and game
- Not the most eye catching putter around, but then again that is what Cleveland wants and have focused on other aspects that are more important
Cleveland TFI 2135
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Let’s start from the top shall we? Seven models available in the TFi 2135 ranging from traditional blade to bulky unusual mallets. Four modern mallets along with three blade options available for you. TFi is the term used by Cleveland for True Feel Technology and the difference is that Cleveland have used a milled copper-infused aluminum face over an underlying soft polymer layer. Quite a mouthful isn’t it?
The new putter face has resulted in 90 grams of weight being moved from the putter face to the perimeter of the putter in order to improve stability and distance control. It’s something we found needed a bit of getting used to in comparison to what we normally come to expect.
Two grip options although the standard option is the Lamkin Smooth. If you’re looking for an oversized option then the WinnPro is there for you if need be.
Control & Performance
I’ll be honest here – when I got my hands on the TFi 2135 I didn’t expect to be impressed in terms of feel and performance. But I was.
The milled copper-infused aluminum face over the soft polymer layer has made this putter feel incredibly soft – and moreish! You actually look forward to getting to the green in order to have a go at trying to make your next putt. The putter face is lighter than standard though, but overall fairly standard in weight.
Distance control is superb and this is due to the horizontal impact point on the face being widened in order to improve on off center strikes. Competitors such as the Titleist Scotty Cameron need to be struck in the center in order to maximize performance so immediately the higher handicap player is almost scratched as a being a perfect match for the Scotty.
The TFi 2135 on the other hand can be used by any handicap player. It feels soft, it sounds beautiful and the stability and distance control is outstanding. And there is still one important factor we haven’t mentioned. The raised alignment aid on each and every model. Cleveland argue that most amateurs don’t have their eyes over the ball at address and subsequently aren’t aligned correctly. Well the raised alignment aid has helped eliminate this issue and gets you back to aligning correctly and giving yourself the best chance of making a putt.
Well I’m not sold on this idea to be brutally honest – if it was that imperative then why haven’t all the other manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon in order to improve your putting? This would’ve been done years ago. However as we all know putting is very much a personal thing and we all have different setups, techniques, strokes, putting thoughts and preferences. So the TFi 2135’s raised alignment may in fact be the thing you’ve been searching for!
Design & Appearance
It’s nothing spectacular in terms of appearance, but that is just what Cleveland are wanting. They are wanting as little distraction for your eyes when in the address position in order for you to focus on the raised alignment aid and line up as best as possible. Every one of the models is pure black on the top section with the gold and white colored face.
A tiny bit of gold and white detail is visible on the heel and toe of the putter when viewing from the address position – again to help improve alignment.
All of the models feature an offset shaft except the Mezzo, which has a slightly onset center shaft. If you’re a low handicap player that enjoys mallets and particularly center shafts then this is a great option for you. If you’re in the upper teens in terms of handicap then give this a miss and rather opt for one of the other offset options in order to help put a better roll on the ball without trying too hard.
Value for Money
Have to hand to Cleveland here, they are undoubtedly mainly focused on wedges as they have been a best seller for decades. But the TFi 2135 putter line has brought some beneficial elements to the party that most golfers enjoy. Beautifully soft feel, wonderful distance control on long putts and an enhanced focus on alignment psychology that will help set you up better each and every time.
Most of us don’t look forward to the 60 foot snakes and are praying to get down in two – well, the enhanced horizontal impact point has been widened in order to improve off center strikes and subsequently improve distance control. You’re definitely going to have shorter second putts if you got your hands on this putter!
The TFi 2135 is priced up around between the $130 – $160 mark and is a superb value for money option whether you are a serious low handicap amateur or a high handicap player looking to improve on your putting in general.back to menu ↑
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Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review
Technology behind the TFI 2135 explained
|Product Details||Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review|
|Launch RRP||$129 – $159|
|Gender||Men’s & Ladies|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Grip||Lamkin Smooth (Standard TFi Grip), Oversized WinnPro optional|
|Manufacturers Website||Cleveland Golf|