Expert Review: Cleveland Frontline Cero Single Bend PutterPublished on 03/29/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in February 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 February of 2023.
The Cleveland Frontline Cero Single Bend Putter is great for the “feel” putter who wants a club to help with consistency within 6–10 feet. I believe the mid to low handicapper would find this putter beneficial to their game because it has a milled face design that creates instant feedback up the hands to dial in speed and control.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2019 Frontline Cero Single Bend Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inch
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Black
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through
- Golf Ball Used: 2022 Yellow Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: February 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor 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 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
This club 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 6–10 foot putts is a premium that is easy to replicate putt after putt.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The milled face design allows for a soft-feeling putter face, creating consistency on longer lag putts and feel around the hole on closer ones. The Cleveland design has one of the softer putter faces on the market, which creates instant feedback up to the hands to know if the putt was struck in the middle of the face or not.
- Forgiveness: Putts struck off-center are still able to stay on line and find their way to the hole due to this club’s forward-weighting construction, which pushes the center of gravity in from the heel and toe of the club to more of the center.
- Weight: The Cero comes in at 370 grams, which is heavier than I’m used to, but I love the way it stays down and through on shorter putts. On longer lag putts, it has a sense of ease to gauge how much power and touch is needed because the putter 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. This creates a consistent set up and alignment for each putt, regardless of length, which in turn leads to more confidence and holed putts.
- Length: I prefer a 35-inch putter, so the fact that this is a stock club allowed me to get a solid gauge of its swing arc and feel.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The black finish is sleek and gives it sharp alignment features, but also has a very subtle design that gives me confidence pulling it out of the bag.
- Grip Feel: The grip had a standard VSN Winn Grip, which is soft and tacky. It suits all types of weather conditions and any type of grip preference.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Customization: The only knock on this putter is the inability to adjust the weight. I prefer heavier putters, but for someone looking for a lighter mallet putter wouldn’t have any adjustability options.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made my first seven putts within 10 feet and each landed 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 Cleveland Frontline series of putters. All of them are priced the same, but I feel this is the best putter because of its feel, weight, and overall consistency. I tested this in comparison to the Callaway Triple Track series, and for these being much cheaper, Clevelands are a terrific option for their price point. I also think they perform just as well as the TaylorMade Spider series of putters but are almost half the cost. If someone is looking for a steal in regard to cost and performance, this is one of the top options.
For its price point, this is one of the best mallet putters on the market that I’ve tested within the last year because of its feel and balance throughout each stroke.