In the past we have had a look at a couple putter offerings from Heavy Putter, the original B3-M and one from the Deep Face series, the C2-DF. We really enjoyed both putters, I even played with the B3-M for well over a year (coming from me, that’s pretty amazing!). As with just about all golf equipment, they were not without their short comings. With the release of the new Mid-Weight putter, one of my major concerns was addressed…was the Heavy Putter just ‘too’ heavy?
To get us started, here is some detailed information about the design of the club as well as club specifics from the manufacturer. As always, we will continue with a detailed review following the specifications. Within this review there are several photographs comparing the Deep Face series to the Mid-Weight series. The Mid-Weight CX2 putter is the black matte finish, while the C2-DF is the same I reviewed last year, in grey (see picture below – Mid-Weight left, DF right). Be sure to click on any photos to get a closer look.
This classic blade design incorporates the tour proven patented weighting technology in a new MID-WEIGHT (750gm) category. The CX2 is a face balanced blade with a plumber’s neck hosel and has a full shaft offset. The putter is constructed of Stainless Steel and has a CNC milled face and is offered in a PVD Black or Satin finish. Each MID-WEIGHT uses a True Temper proprietary shaft with a 200 gram weight inserted in the butt end of the shaft; this creates the necessary weight to give the golfer more control of the stroke and also produces a balance point 75% higher than conventional putters that eliminates the wristy action in the stroke. Heavy Putter uses a newly developed Winn Mid-size grip with a V17 Super Soft compound with a cord base material which produces an extremely tacky but firm feel, preferred by better golfers.
- Stock lengths 32″ – 36″ (custom lengths available 30″- 38″)
- Dexterity: Right and Left Hand Available
- Total Putter Weight = +/- 750 grams
- Head Weight = +/- 400 grams
- Weight Management System (weight in grip end of shaft) = 200 grams
- True Temper Proprietary Steel Shaft
- Custom Winn Mid-Size Grip
- Custom Head Cover included
- Stainless Steel Material
- CNC Milled Face
- Loft = 3Â° (custom loft adjustments +/- 2 degrees)
- Lie Angle = 70Â° (custom lie adjustments +/- 2 degrees)
- Custom Mid Length Putters available
Look and Feel
The CX2 model is a traditional Anser style blade and ours is coated in a matte black finish that is just spectacular. The finish seems to have held up well over the past 6 weeks and should look sharp for many more rounds to come I would think. With the Mid-Weight putter, not only has Heavy Putter gone towards a more traditional weight, they have gone to a more traditional putter face size. Sticking with this theme the grip that the CX2 ships with is also more subdued. The C2-DF putter we had reviewed featured a flashy camouflage style Winn putter grip that really stood out. I did not have an issue with it in the least, but some more ‘refined’ players might. Speaking of the grip, it has that slightly tacky Winn Grip feel to it, little cushion, but no real loss of feel. Last thing I will say about the look of the
On the feel side, at impact the CX2 feels a lot like the B3-M. They are both CNC milled stainless steel and produce a nice click off the golf ball. A little off center, and you know that you have missed the sweet spot. But hit that sweet spot and you are rewarded with nice feedback that you just do not get with most insert face putters. The weight of the putter head will still force you to use a smooth, pendulum like putting stroke and really try to take your hands out of the equation. I still found this putter to be very deadly within 6 feet, much like its predecessors.
The CX2 is a face balanced putter, which, personally I prefer, as I am a straight back and through kind of putter. If you are unfamiliar, next time you’re at a golf store, pickup a putter and place your finger down near the neck of the putter head (on the steel shaft). A face balanced putter will balance nice and perpendicular to the ground, a toe weighted putter will point the toe down to the ground. This toe weighting will help keep the putter face from closing too fast on you if you open/close the club face along the arc. So, if you’re pulling a lot of putts left, check out a toe weighted putter. Now…back onto our regularly scheduled program!
On to the most important part, long distance putting feel. With the B3-M and C2-DF, my only complaint was with the feel on long range putts. If I was playing fast greens and had a 30 or 40 footer, I really had a hard time ‘feeling’ the distance. With the Mid-Weight, you’re looking at about 750g instead of 900g of total weight. 400g in the putter head vs 475g in the B3-M. This may not seem like a huge amount of weight, but it is noticeable. How does it translate on the putting green? I found the quick putts from long distance were a little easier to judge with the Mid-Weight, I was able to lag them up there close far more frequently than with the previous generation Heavy Putters. So, if you have struggled with this issue with your old Heavy Putter, be sure to check out the Mid-Weight, you might be surprised.
As I mentioned in the feel area, the putter is still pretty heavy and you will quickly become less ‘handsy’ with your putting stroke if that is a part of your game. If you are new to the game, or feel your putting stroke needs some work, you cannot go wrong with a Heavy Putter. I do not care which model, just go buy one, and commit to playing it for a season. Trust me, you’ll see a major improvement in your putting stroke. For someone with a solid putting game, it is a great tool to have around the house for ‘indoor’ or ‘winter’ putting practice. Just work on grooving that solid putting stroke.
I generally have found that the Heavy Putters are not quite as forgiving as high MOI putters like the TaylorMade Spider, but I think you will find, that over time you will have FEWER off-center hits using a putter like this. This particular model, the Mid-Weight seems to be similar in the forgiveness department to prior models, perhaps slightly less forgiving than the Deep Face model. Hits off the toe or heel do lose distance, however it seems to be a predictable loss. I know some players certainly intentionally try to hit it off the toe at times to deaden the impact, like say on a severely downhill putt, coming off the fringe. Shots like this, you can execute with the Mid-Weight, that I find more difficult to pull off with something like the Spider.
If you have never laid your hands on a Heavy Putter, it is an eye opening experience. I do not know how many times playing partners of mine have said, ooh, a Heavy Putter, I have heard of those…can I see it? Oh wow it is REALLY heavy! You’ll certainly get over that initial shock of a very Heavy Putter and will be pretty psyched when you are dropping everything inside 6 feet.
For a weekend hacker that has been strugling with his putting stroke, I would almost suggest going to one of the earlier model Heavy Putters like the B3-M (used ones can be had for $50 on eBay these days) and work on grooving a solid putting stroke. Once you have that down, and if you have found that you like the weight, but would like to step down a little for a little more feel, the Mid-Weight is a great option. For a younger player or those who might find the 900 gram Heavy Putters just way too heavy, the Mid-Weight could fit the bill for you.
For those of you who may have struggled with feel on longer putts like I did, you may find that the Mid-Weight is the answer for you. I had a much easier time lagging those long putts up real close with this particular model, and still felt like anything short range would always drop with the CX2 in hand.
Lastly, John Daly has been rocking the Mid-Weight on the tour this season and has been having some new found success.
The Mid-Weight Heavy Putter is available in several head shapes (blades as well as mallets) and can be found at your local golf retailer for around $169 or directly through the Heavy Putter website. As I mentioned earlier, you can find some used earlier model Heavy Putters on eBay for around $50 or perhaps even some Mid-Weight putters at this point. But, as always, be aware of the seller and feedback. There are still plenty of scammers to be found.