Expert Review: Cleveland Frontline Elevado Slant Neck PutterPublished on 05/13/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2023.
The Cleveland Frontline Elevado Slant Neck Putter is great for the “feel” putter who wants more consistency from 10 feet and closer but won’t sacrifice feel from those longer-range putts as well. This putter is a great blend of feel and consistency without breaking the bank.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2019 Frontline Elevado Slant Neck Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Black
- 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: 2022 Yellow Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: April 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 enjoyed the other Cleveland Frontline putters and wanted to see how this one compared and if it differed. Also, I wanted a consistent putter from 20+ feet on lag putts as I feel my current putter lacks feel from distance. I currently play with the Odyssey Exo 7, which has been solid, but I need to make an upgrade to take my putting numbers to a more elite level.
Why I chose to test this club
The Elevado’s milled face design creates a soft feel where each putt is felt all the way up to the hands. In my testing, I discovered that the Elevado putter offered a more consistent stroke and overall loved its wing design. I would consider purchasing it in the near future if the time is right.
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 the feel around the hole on closer ones.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness is great as it has a tungsten soft insert that allows a dampening sound and feel throughout contact.
- Weight: The Elevado comes in at 370 grams, which is heavier, but I love the way it stays down and through on shorter putts. It is easy to gauge how much power and touch are needed on longer lag putts because the putter's head swings through due to its weight.
- Alignment: The alignment has a simple small line on the top surface with wing prongs going back, giving it a sharp visual when standing over the ball.
- Length: I prefer a 35-inch putter, so the fact that this was a stock club allowed me to get a solid gauge of its swing arc and feel.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The all-black finish is sleek and really sharp when pulling it out of the bag. The all-black shaft down to the all-black putter is also a subtle touch that I think makes it a great-looking putter.
- Grip Feel: The grip had a standard VSN Winn grip which was soft and tacky. I enjoyed it because it suits all weather conditions and any type of grip preference.
- Balance: This putter maintains a high MOI throughout the swing, giving it a smooth, consistent backswing and follow-through.
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 cannot do so.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made three five-footers in a row, stepped back, and made another three in a row from eight feet, and then made two out of three from 10 feet. This allowed me to really see the consistency and feel each swing offered.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tested the entire Cleveland Frontline series of putters, and they are priced the same. As mentioned, the Elevado 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 about $150 cheaper, these are a terrific option for their price point. They perform just as well as the TaylorMade Spider series of putters but are almost half the cost. So if someone is looking for a steal regarding cost and performance, the Elevado is one of the top options.
For its price point, the Cleveland Frontline Elevado is one of the better putters on the market. It has a simple look but has the balance and consistency any great putter should have.