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HB Soft Milled

Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: Compared to casting, milling a putter is an elaborate, high-cost exercise, but it consistently produces the most preferred putters on the market. For Cleveland’s engineers, the idea was to have those benefits in a cast putter at a more affordable price. That meant milling “on the surfaces that matter for performance.” In other words, precise milling certain shaping and alignment areas to eliminate any irregularities in casting. That intense manufacturing commitment produces consistency in loft, lie and face angle. The steel-tipped graphite shaft option is a worthy upgrade. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: The milling process makes it look good, but it needs to roll nicely, too. Enter the intricate variable milling pattern on the face. It normalizes energy transfer across the face. Read more>>

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Price: HB Soft Milled $200-$250
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Which One's For Me?
1
A traditional heel-toe weighted cavity blade with more rounded heel and toe bumpers, it features a plumber's neck hosel and works best with arcing strokes.
4
A traditional heel-toe weighted cavity blade with more angular heel and toe bumpers, it features a plumber's neck hosel and works best with arcing strokes.
8
A traditional heel-toe weighted cavity blade with a thicker top line and contrasting aiming lines in the blackened center section of a wider flange. It uses a double bend shaft and features face-balanced weighting for a more straight-back straight through stroke.
8P
Built on a similar platform as the 8, it feature a single contrasting aiming line on a blackened center section of the widened flange. It uses a plumber's neck hosel for a straighter to slightly arcing stroke.
Ratings
Performance

50%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
High-Handicapper
“All the options make it easy to find one that will suit your eye. Good contrast of the alignment lines. A soft click at impact.”
Handicap, 15
Medium-Handicapper
"It's true to its name. Very soft feel and counterintuitive because the ball really rolls out well. Very elegant looking and the heel and toe mill adds a touch of class to it and the silvery finish only adds to the appearance."
Handicap, 8
Low-Handicapper
"I enjoy the traditional look. Not too flashy. Feels lighter than many others. Center hit vs. mishit was different, but not too wide a variance. Ball comes off soft but not too soft. Very easy to put a good stroke on it with an end-over-end roll."
Handicap, 1
Club Specs
Models Lofts Head Weights Lengths Custom Lengths Available? Dexterity Neck Price
1 345-370 34", 35" No Right Hand $200
4 345-370 34", 35" No Left Hand / Right Hand $200
8 345-370 34", 35" No Right Hand $200
8P 345-370 34", 35" No Right Hand $200

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