What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Nicola Slater brings you the low down on the new Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO putter
Cleveland has just launched their new collection of Frontline putters. The Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO Single Bend is one of the new mallet options. So how does it perform?
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Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO putter review: NCG Summary
Cleveland’s new Frontline Elite range is stacked with plenty of technology to promote straighter putts and provide maximal forgiveness. This RHO Single Bend addition favors those players with straighter strokes.
The oversized Lampkin Pistol grip helps to provide a great amount of stability. The large white alignment line on the top of the putter not only looks good but also makes lining putts up quicker and easier.
- Looks great
- Easy to line up
- Hardwearing grip
- Headcover not overly secure
As putters go, this one looks pretty good. The black head mallet head certainly suited my eye, and the large white alignment strip seems a great addition for golfers of all abilities.
The solid black oversized pistol grip reads ‘Frontline’ vertically. The firm rubber texture of the grip seems great for dealing with moisture and feels like it won’t wear too easily.
Cleveland has seriously gone to town with the technology in this putter. One of the first major changes Cleveland has made is the upgraded Tungsten SOFT face plate. This face weight moves the putter’s centre of gravity forward. Doing this allows the putter to move along a smaller arch, meaning those mishits are more controlled. Additional weights are at the base of the putter, they can be removed or changed, and counterbalance weights beneath the grip have been added.
The Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO is offered in two different variations, the Slant Neck and this one which is the Single Bend. The difference is that this putter favours those with straighter strokes. As I fall into this category of golfer, I really got on with this putter. In addition, a Lampkin Sinkfit Pistol grip is used, which being oversized, helps to keep the hands quiet yet maintain stability in the stroke.
Out on the course, I really enjoyed using this putter. It sat very nicely behind the ball, and the alignment, thanks to Cleveland’s 2135 alignment technology, was quick and easy.
During a stroke, the head didn’t feel too heavy, which I thought it might with the added weights. I would say the putts came off the face a little softer than my current Odyssey putter, so quite a few came up short initially. This definitely doesn’t take anything away from how nice and consistently the putts rolled.
If I was to nitpick, I would say that the velcro that fastens the headcover isn’t very big and didn’t feel overly secure when quickly putting it on after walking off of a green. Overall, there wasn’t really anything I could fault with this putter.
Overall, look no further if you’re a golfer with a fairly straight back and through stroke looking for a little bit more forgiveness from a putter. The Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO Single Bend certainly offers plenty of tech for its price tag!
Cleveland Frontline Elite RHO putter review: The Details
Available: 3rd March
Grip: Lamkin Sinkfit Pistol
More information: Cleveland Golf
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