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Press Release: Cleveland Golf’s Almost Belly Putter A Perfect Solution In Belly Putter Controversy

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There’s so much uncertainty surrounding belly putters right now. The USGA and R&A are discussing whether the act of anchoring putters to the body – a key benefit of the belly – should be banned. High-profile professionals and prominent golf figures all over the world are constantly considering the fairness of belly putters.

It’s a significant point of contention with no clear resolution in sight.

But one thing’s for sure: Whether or not these popular, tour-proven putters are made nonconforming, Cleveland Golf has made sure all players can still gain belly-style stability and consistency on the green thanks to the Almost Belly.

Available in Cleveland’s Classic Collection putter line, the Almost Belly features a traditional blade head in a putter 39 inches long. This length does allow golfers to anchor the putter to their body, but this putter was specifically designed to provide belly-style stability and consistency without anchoring.

This is achieved thanks to weight distribution. The Almost Belly features a 400-gram head along with 21-inch large diameter grip, creating a balance that can be felt throughout the putting stroke. This balance inspires confidence from the moment the first putt is rolled.

“When we saw the unique performance gains of the Almost Belly, we knew it would be a hit in the marketplace,” said Adam Sheldon, Cleveland Golf Brand Manager. “Who knows how the belly putter debate will end, but we know we have a superior product that’s immune to any sanctions regarding anchoring to the body.”

Unlike many other longer putters, the Classic Collection Almost Belly is built with toe-down head weighting to promote a more easily repeatable arc putting path.

Available in a sleek Black Platinum finish, the Classic Collection Almost Belly also has heel-toe weighting to limit unwanted head twisting on off-center strikes and a CNC milled face in a 17-4 stainless steel body for soft, responsive feel. The large grip also accommodates a wide variety of putting styles.

The Classic Collection Almost Belly putter is available now with a listed minimum advertised price (MAP) of $129.99. Images of the Classic Collection Almost Belly putter:

For more information on Cleveland Golf/Srixon and their products, please visit www.clevelandgolf.com and www.srixon.com.

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  1. Foz

    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I tried eight different Belly putter styles a couple weeks ago and found the 39″ Cleveland Almost Belly putter one that felt terrific, especially due to the heavier weighted head.

    I found one on ebay and got it for $46! 1/3 of the MSRP!

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TS3 vs SIM vs Mavrik – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing drivers. WRXer ‘2ndCut16’ is on the hunt for a new driver and asks members for their views on the TS3, SIM and Mavrik drivers. Our members share their preference and why in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Titleistjunkie1127: “SIM all the way. I’ve always been a Titleist guy, but the SIM is a great looking driver and feels even better then it looks.”
  • Drivingrangehero: “It’s a toss-up for me between the Maverik and the TS3. At the same setting of 9 degrees, the Maverik had less spin by 300 RPM, but the Titleist launched slightly higher for me. I hit the Titleist with the Tensei blue and the Callaway with the Rogue 130msi. That may account for the higher launch and spin with the Titleist, so it really depends what would work for you. Had I dropped the loft to 8° On the Titleist, then I would have been getting optimum numbers for me. I liked both shafts, so it’s a toss-up. Either way, you end up with a great driver. The Sim is hard to turn over (draw) it’s the most fade based driver I’ve ever hit. I play a slight draw and do not attempt to fade the ball that often. With the SIM, I could only hit fades. They were easy to hit, but a fade just doesn’t fit my eye, and my set up feels weird, so I had dispersion problems with it. My experience anyways!”
  • slord: “It was SIM for me. TS2 was maybe the closest second and felt really nice, but didn’t perform quite as well. Mavrik I did not like, both regular and sub-zero. I only could stand to hit maybe 5 shots combined before I took them off the list. SIM has just been so dang good.”
  • hammergolf: “Sim for me has been GREAT! My miss is high toe with a slightly closed face. Twist face for me has definitely helped. It’s made my bad shot with other clubs much more playable. As a bonus, I hit it a little further too.”
  • blitzgolf: “TS3 best Titleist driver I’ve had in the last 5-6 years and I get the new one every time. Would also take the accuracy fitting you had and prefer playing out of the fairways.”

Entire Thread: “TS3 vs SIM vs Mavrik”

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Dustin Johnson WITB 2020 (August)

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  • Dustin Johnson WITB accurate as of the PGA Championship.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 X (45.75 inches, 59 lie, D4)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 at 16 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 95 6.5 (42.75 inches, 59.5, D4)

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7-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (21 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (3-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG (52-09 SB, 60-10SB)
Shaft: KBS Tour 120 S Black

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GT 1.0

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 9: Dustin Johnson reads his putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America via Getty Images)

(Image from the TaylorMade Driving Relief event earlier this season)

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (+2.5 wraps of tape, logo down)

 

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Collin Morikawa’s winning WITB: 2020 PGA Championship

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  • Equipment accurate as of the PGA Championship.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Collin Morikawa of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 09, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @ 13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4, 5), TaylorMade P730 (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F @55), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

(Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto Prototype

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

If you’re looking for some info on Morikawa’s gear from the man himself, our Johnny Wunder chatted with Morikawa about his equipment following his Workday Charity Open victory last month.

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