On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Cleveland TFI Halo Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.
We reviewed the Cleveland TFI Halo Putter as part of our Best Putters 2016 Review.
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The TFI Halo offers superb distance control over longer putts and having the instant feedback from the Dual Axis alignment blocks is effective. We think the TFI Halo is great value at the price and ideal for mid to high handicappers who struggle with longer putts.
Pros and Cons
- The Dual Axis alignment has a positive effect on aim and alignment providing instant feedback at address – great for any player, but more so the higher handicapper
- Distance control is superb due to the Copolymer face that flexes at impact on harder strikes subsequently decreasing loft
- Great value at the price and definitely beats the majority of competitors on that front
- Cleveland is still not quite the sexiest PUTTER brand on the market, but in time to come we think this gap will definitely close
Design & Appearance
I’m not a fan of mallet putters, but surprisingly, I have to say, that the TFI Halo is a decent looking mallet. Despite the sharp angles and the square alignment blocks behind the putter face the TFI Halo seems to sit well at address and isn’t an eye-sore. The black putter head and sole is offset by the gold putter face and from the aerial view there is a slight sight of the gold on both the heel and toe side of the face. There is a marginal offset angle to the shaft that enters the putter head very near to the heel. All in all I was quite surprised how much I liked the design and appearance.
Build quality in the TFI Halo is fair, the True Feel Innovation (aka TFI) milled face is a selling point that Cleveland believes offers the best of both worlds and fair enough – it’s good. Another feature is the Dual Axis alignment, which are basically the blocks on the center of the putter behind the face. This is claimed to be ‘23% more accurate than one of the best putters of all time’. I’ll give our opinion on that one shortly don’t you worry!
Control / Feel
The TFI technology combines a Milled Copper Infused Cap over a Copolymer Insert that offers superb feel at impact! They claim the infused cap also improves consistency. The latter is an important factor in a putter (or any club for that matter), but then again don’t you think it’s very irregular to ever hit a putter that’s ‘inconsistent’!? Technology nowadays is phenomenal and just about every recognized putter brand offers consistency in a putter without you even paying attention to it. Think about it.
The Dual Axis Alignment blocks behind the center of the putter face also help solidify the feel and sound due to there being more body behind the strike.
Offered in three different lengths between 33 – 35″ will have a slight effect on feel depending on what length you like your putter. The shorter the putter, the purer the feel. Within reason of course.
The roll off the face is solid and while it may not be as good as the SeeMore for example, it is still seemingly end over end almost from the get-go. This is also as a result of the generously weighted putter head being 370g that aids the pure roll. What is REALLY the key factor is that the Copolymer face flexes slightly on firmer impact (on longer putts), which subsequently decreases the loft and improves distance control. This we can definitely vouch for as we tested it on over one hundred 30 footers and were pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to judge distance with the TFI Halo. If you struggle with longer putts and find yourself notching up 3-4 three putts on average in a round then this feature on the TFI Halo will help.
The Dual Axis alignment blocks behind the putter face do offer a more accurate stroke, but whether it is as high as ‘23%’, as they claim, we can’t say. The feedback is instant due to the perpendicular lines behind the face immediately displaying if your putter is aligned incorrectly at address. The slight offset shaft is also something we like rather than having a largely offset shaft and this aids in providing a good roll on the ball consistently.
Value for Money
At the price, I would say the TFI Halo is a good option particularly if you have trouble with distance control and mark down a good few three putts per round. The TFI technology provides superb feel and consistency. The Dual Axis alignment blocks also provide instant feedback at address due to the lengthy perpendicular lines that establish whether you are alined correctly or not.
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|Product Details||Cleveland TFI Halo Putter|
|Launch RRP||From $159.00|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Putter Length||33 – 35″|
|Manufacturers Website||Cleveland Golf|