Expert Review: Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier #14 Single Bend PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
The Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier #14 Single Bend Putter is great for the “feel” putter who wants a putter that can be more consistent from six to 10 feet. I believe the mid to low handicapper would find this putter beneficial to their game.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier #14
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Gray Satin
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Bridgestone E6
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: January 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice Green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor (practice green/turf)
- Green Speed: Slow to Medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a mallet putter that offered a softer feel within the face. I believe the milled face design of the SOFT Premier #14 allows for that softness to be a huge asset for this putter when it comes to consistency and distance control.
Why I chose to test this club
As I mentioned, I wanted a mallet putter with a softer feel. The Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier #14 has a milled face design that creates a soft feel where each putt is felt all the way up to the hands. Distance control and consistency on six to 10 feet putts are premium. I would consider buying this putter in the future if the timing were right.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The milled face design allows for a soft feeling putter face which creates consistency on longer lag putts but also for the feel around the hole on closer ones.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness is huge as putts struck off-centered can still stay on line and find their way to the hole.
- Weight: The #14 series comes in at 370 grams, which is heavier than the average putter on the market, but I love the way it stays down and through on shorter putts. On longer lag putts, it is easy to gauge how much power and touch is needed because the putter's head swings through due to its weight.
- Alignment: The alignment has a sleek, blank top surface with a single line going back on the mallet portion of the putter.
- Length: I prefer a 35-inch putter because it allows my arms to hang naturally and swing through each putt with a nice shoulder rotation. The fact that this was a stock 35-inch club allowed me to get a solid gauge of its swing arc and feel as well.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The gray satin finish is sleek and is really sharp when I pull it out of the bag.
- Grip Feel: The grip had a standard VSN Winn grip which was soft and tacky. I enjoyed it because it suits all types of weather conditions and any type of grip preference.
- Balance: This club has a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) which allows for a consistent backswing and follow through regardless if the putt is shorter or longer.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Customization: The only knock on this putter is the inability to adjust the weight. I prefer heavier putters, but one who wants to adjust the head weight to a lighter or heavier weight is not able to do so.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made my first seven putts within 10 feet, and they were all in the center of the hole. The feel on this putter is amazing and allows me to adjust to the slope and speed of the green.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tested the entire Huntington Beach series of putters; all of them are priced the same, and I feel this is the best putter because of its feel, weight, and overall consistency. A close second is the Huntington Beach Series #10.5, as it has a similar feel and consistency. Finally, I would say another putter outside of the Huntington Beach series that I would tip my cap to is the M.Craft Mizuno VI mallet putter, as it has one of the softer performing faces on the market.
For its price point, the Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier #14 Single Bend Putter is one of the best mallet putters on the market that I’ve tested within the last year.