Equipment

ClubTest 2014: Cleveland Classic Collection HB 2 Putter

Photo: Michael Chini

Cleveland Classic Collection HB 2 Putter

Cleveland Classic Collection HB 2
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
Price: $100
WE TESTED:
34”, 35” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 17-4 stainless steel head has a deeper CNC facemilling pattern than the previous model, for softer feel.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL:
Light clubhead gets putts rolling quickly off the face—no need for any extra oomph during the stroke; fans of this putter say it’s easy to get a feel for distance on longer putts.
FEEL: Many testers like the understated response at impact, which is quite similar on center strikes and off-center hits; advocates describe it as sweet, soft and comforting, with just enough feedback.
LOOK: One of the better-looking models; the compact head is simple, elegant and all business—players who use blades will appreciate the look; matte black finish reduces glare, while the white alignment line stands out.

CONS
The light weight of this Cleveland putter seems to detract from overall stability and distance control; feel at impact is muted, no matter where you catch it—a definite turnoff for some testers; a few guys find that the club sits a bit too toe-up.

BOTTOM LINE: The club’s weighting lends itself to a fluid, arcing stroke. While the HB 2 has some forgiveness, it requires a deft touch and may be best for low- to mid-handicappers.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cleveland Classic Collection HB 2 Putter
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Putter reviews

NEXT REVIEW: Nike Method MOD 60 Putter

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