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With an ultra soft feel and classic blade shape, the Huntington Beach 4 putter by Cleveland Golf is a solid performer and great value.
With a great reputation founded on wedges, Cleveland Golf is likely not the first name that pops into your head when thinking about putters. Perceptions aside, Cleveland has been making high quality flat sticks for years with a focus on delivering tremendous value. Similar to what Bill revealed with the TFI 2135 Series, the Huntington Beach Collection is positioned to appeal to a vast majority of golfers.
The Huntington Beach 4 has a traditional Anser shape. A quick glance from the top or rear, and you’d be hard pressed to identify the brand if the back cavity was blurred out. With a closer look, you can tell this is a cast head done very well. The face milling reveals crisp machining – and the fact is stated on the leading edge. The bottom is polished, providing a nice visual contrast with the satin finish of the body. Being a vibrant blue, the grip is noteworthy mainly because it complements the beach branding.
Sound & Feel
With the deep, diamond shape face milling and 304 stainless construction, the Huntington Beach 4 may be the softest feeling, non-insert putter I’ve ever used. The sound at impact is a muted ‘tock’. Miss it on the heel and the sound changes to a firm ‘whack’. Hits on the toe deliver a twist in your hands.
It must be some of the proportions that had me convinced from the start that the Huntington Beach 4 was longer heel to toe than other similar models. That turned out to not be the case, but it does have a generous sweet spot. With a 345 gram head weight, I was able to put a confident, flowing stroke on both long and short putts. Cleveland Golf claims that the deep face grooves “increase friction for a truer, more consistent roll.” Very true – my putts started tumbling end over end immediately.
With all the models of The Huntington Beach Collection priced at $99.99, Cleveland Golf clearly focused on a price point the typical golfer can work with. The clean look of the Huntington Beach 4 will also appeal to golfers seeking a more traditional style. Although the face is coarse enough to sharpen a spear, it delivers soft feel and consistent performance.