Pros: The sight line on the 2135 putters is elevated to the equator of the golf ball — 21.35 mm — helping golfers consistently line the ball up with the sweet spot. The technology proved to be effective, and feel off the face is incredibly soft.

Cons: Multi-color look at address could scare away interested golfers. The 6.5 and 8.0 models are not available for lefties.

Who they’re for: Any golfer, but especially those who know their putting setup isn’t perfect every time. This putter will help hedge inconsistencies at address.

The Review

For generations golfers have been taught that their eyes should be directly over, or just slightly behind the ball at address. This allows them to properly see the line, and line up the center of the putter with the center of the ball.

The problem is, it doesn’t always happen. When the pressure is on, or maybe just from the lack of practice (no judgements here), golfers set up either too far away or too close to the golf ball.

How big of a problem is this? Well, if you don’t align the center of the ball to the center of the club face, you greatly reduce your chances of striking a solid putt, and even further reduce your odds of making a putt — let alone putting well consistently.

My tendency is to crowd the ball and line it up on the heel, which means I’ll contact the ball off-center if I don’t make an adjustment somewhere during the stroke.

Cleveland’s new 2135 putters are designed to solve those issues, or at least help you live with your faults. The number “2135” refers to the radius of a golf ball, which is 21.35 millimeters.

I’ll let Cleveland explain it in the video below.

So does the alignment feature work? Yes. Will golfers still misalign the putter? Also, yes.

ClevelandTFi2135

The putter doesn’t completely eliminate user error, but the raised sight line will help eliminate a faulty setup causing poor visual angles when aligning the putter. While the sight line of Cleveland’s new putters do eliminate the issue of where your eyes see the line, it won’t guarantee a perfect setup. Sorry, but you’ll still have to hit the practice green on occasion.

ClevelandTFi2135address

But the nice thing about the raised sight line? You won’t notice any difference from over the ball. The alignment system is engrained into the design. So it’s not perceptibly goofy, or any different than your current putter from address. The design just inherently helps you line the ball up more consistently.

Beware of putting false hope or promise into the raised sight line — you still have to hit a good putt. But Cleveland’s new technology does do what it claims to do.

ClevelandTFiFaceAside from sight lines, Cleveland’s “TFi” putters — which stands for True Feel Innovation — pack an incredibly soft feel. Their Milled Copper Infused faces cover a Copolymer layer of cushioning behind the face.

ClevelandTFiFace2

The result is a melt-to-the-putter feel at impact with a low-pitched, dense sound that players will find soothing. You can see the gold and white layers from address, which some players may find distracting. Others will think it frames the ball nicely and looks cool.

Below are more details about the three available Cleveland TFI 2135 putter models, as well as the company’s new TFI Halo putter.

TFi 2135 1.0 ($129.99)

ClevelandTFi1

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  • Available in left- and right-handed
  • Length: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Head weight: 345 grams
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie angle: 70 degrees
  • Toe hang: 4 o’clock

TFi 2135 6.5 ($129.99)

ClevelandTFi65

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  • Available in right-handed only
  • Length: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie angle: 70 degrees
  • Head weight: 360 grams
  • Toe hang: Face-balanced

TFi 2135 8.0 ($169.99)

ClevelandTFi8

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  • Length: 36 and 38 inches (it’s a counterbalanced putter)
  • Head weight: 406 grams
  • Grip weight: 135 grams
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie angle: 70 degrees
  • Toe hang: 4 o’clock

TFi Halo SmartSquare

ClevelandTFiHalo

Also in the TFi line is the Halo SmartSquare putter. While it doesn’t have alignment lines that sit 21.35 mm above the surface, it does have dual axis alignment lines in the form of two squares that sit parallel and perpendicular to the line.

ClevelandTFIsquare

This putter won’t be for everyone, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t stable and easy to align.

ClevelandTFiSquareAdd

It’s not, however, designed for a stroke that has much arc in it (mine does). If you have a straight-back and straight-through style putting stroke, I’d say give this a try. It’s far from the classic looks of a 8802 or Anser putter, but who cares. The goal is to make putts, after all.

Specs for the Halo, which is also available in a counterbalanced model:

  • Length: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Head weight: 370 grams
  • Available in left- and right-handed
  • Lie angle: 70 degrees
  • Loft: 3 degrees
For more photos of the Cleveland TFI putters, click here.
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Andrew Tursky is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Like the copper face and the contrast with the white backing. These look good from address.

    Cavity design looks cheap but that’s nitpicking. Would also need a #9 head design like KC above!

  2. I like the concept a lot and I’d be willing to try it out. However, I game the Odyssey #9 head shape exclusively so the only one of these heads that slightly appeals to me would be the 6.5.

  3. So true….even the pros don’t play enough break. I’ve recently took stats on missed putts that PGA pros miss on the low side (that got to the hole)…and its staggering …like 75% of the time!

    • This is by design. Which put would you rather have if you don’t make the first one…uphill (missing on the low side) or downhill?

      Pros miss low because it leaves a better second putt

  4. I have a Smart Square putter and it’s fantastic for alignment and confidence – I just felt good over the putter from the very beginning with this in my hands. I thought it would help on short putts more, and it does, but it’s actually my lag putting that has improved the most since I started using it which I guess makes a lot of sense as well.

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