In 2015, Cleveland Golf introduced a new putter alignment concept called 2135 Raised Alignment. The concept was rooted in research, which found just 16 percent of golfers had their eyes directly over a putter alignment line at address. In other words, 84 percent of golfers were not correctly seeing their alignment at address. Of course, our eyes adjust, but, Cleveland figured, why would golfers want to make golf more difficult?
So, they measured and measured some more, finding that an alignment line raised 21.35 centimeters would hit the middle of the ball and be visible by a golfer practically regardless of where they stood over the putter. The lineup was a hit with the initial three blade-style models, so the company has announced four new, mallet-style TFi 2135 models to round out the series.
Each of the putters in the series features a milled, copper-infused aluminum face that covers a polymer layer to combine feel and proper roll. This construction, Cleveland says, gave them 90 grams to move into the perimeter of the putter body to improve moment of inertia.
Here's a look at the three new models:
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Elevado: The Elevado is a fang-shaped mallet with an interesting shape of the fangs down toward the ball-width space in the back of the flange. It almost acts like an additional alignment marker unto itself. This style is also available in a counterbalanced model, bumping up the head weight by 35 grams and using the Lamkin Smooth Pistol Counter Balanced grip, which is 70 grams heavier.
Mezzo: The Mezzo is a center-shafted putter that lines up right with the raised alignment marker. You don't see many center-shafted offering these days, so this is an intriguing throwback.
Cero: The Cero (that means zero) model has a T-Frame inspired shape within the mallet style. It's a particularly popular type of model among some Cleveland loyalists, and it creates a crosshairs-type look over the ball.
The new TFi 2135 putters are available on Sept. 16 in right-handed 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths for $160 each with a Lamkin Smooth Pistol grip, save for the counterbalanced Elevado (available in 35- and 38-inch lengths), which runs $200. Golfers can choose to add the oversized, paddle-shaped WinnPro X 1.32” grip for $10 more.