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Cleveland Frontline putters feature a new weighting system designed for added accuracy

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Cleveland Golf has introduced its Frontline putter series which features a brand-new weighting system which brings the center of gravity forward in a bid for greater stability through impact.

The tungsten forward weighting on the Frontline series places two Metal Injection Molded (MIM) tungsten weights in the face of the putter. According to the company, the design places the center of gravity forward in the new putter for maximum accuracy on the greens.

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Speaking on the new Cleveland putters, Jacob Lambeth, Research and Development Engineer at Cleveland Golf, stated

“We are very excited about Frontlinebecause it is a completely new approach to putter design. By pairing an extreme center of gravity with an improved speed-optimized face, we’ve designed a putter that uniquely maximizes directional and speed consistency. Combined with slick black cosmetics, great shapes and hosel options for different stroke types, Frontline really is the whole package.”

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The new additions feature the brand’s Speed Optimized Face Technology (SOFT) which is designed to normalize ball speed across the face for consistent distance performance on each putt. Every model in the Frontline series also includes an individualized SOFT pattern which aims to prevent speed and distance loss, particularly on off-center strikes.

Or, in graphic form, per Cleveland…

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Cleveland Frontline putter: Exploded view

Cleveland Frontline putters: Details

Frontline offers three different mallet options that include Cleveland’s 2135 technology, which is designed to provide an excellent alignment aid regardless of where your eyes sit at address. Two hosel types are also on offer for the Frontline mallets—single bend and slant neck. The former suited to those with a straight stroke and the latter for golfers with a slight arc stroke.

The putters come with a Lamkin SINKFit Pistol Frontline grip and are available in 33”, 34”, and 35” length options. The Frontline 4.0 blade MAP is $179.99, while the three different mallet models (Elevado, Cero and Iso) MAP is $199.99. The Frontline series will be available at retail from September 14.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. steve

    Sep 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    There are obvious quality putters on the market, but eventually the truth is in the talent of the person putting. Any decent putter can prove effective without constantly spending $$$.

  2. Kim Irwin-Pack

    Sep 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Reminds me of the Never Compromise putters

  3. BJ

    Sep 4, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I remember the old carbite outters did this

  4. John

    Sep 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Ping isopur 2 did it better

  5. Gary McCormick

    Sep 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

    If these putters get their high MoI from those big chunks of tungsten in the toe and the heel, why bother with the mallet styles?

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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Today from the Forums: “New Bettinardi putters at the Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at a selection of new Bettinardi putters from the 2020 Honda Classic. Our members have been discussing the flat-sticks in our forum, with the horizontal alignment aid on one particular model proving to be very popular.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

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.

  • wam78: “Love that black inovai! Really wish I could get one with fly mill face. The shape is so nice I’m seriously contemplating giving the retail one a shot. Never used the fit face, so I’m a little worried with how soft it feels with distance control.”
  • nova6868: “Well, as usual, the Bettinardi Tour bag has incredible stuff. I also like the horizontal/perpendicular ball-width alignment aid and wish we could see that at retail eventually.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “Yessss more horizontal alignment aids!!!”

Entire Thread: “New Bettinardi putters at the Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums: “New Odyssey/Toulon putters at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums we shine the light on an array of new Odyssey/Toulon putters featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The flat-sticks have gotten quite a reaction from WRXers, who have been particularly impressed with the company’s Las Vegas long slant neck creation.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

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.

  • Golfingfanatic: “LV with the long slant is so sick!”
  • My2Dogs: “That 10 with the 3 site lines is very interesting. Especially if the Triple Track is too busy for some. Also that double line on that Toulon Las Vegas. Great choices this year.”
  • timothyjames333: “Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini ftw.”

Entire Thread: “New Odyssey/Toulon putters at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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