Club designers are used to working on irons that look like, well, irons. That type of design, however, does not always produce the kind of help necessary to mitigate misdirected shots. That’s why Cleveland went outside the typical design box with this all-hybrid-like iron set designed to mask as many flaws as possible. Although speed is always welcome (and is present in these irons thanks to a face that is 5 percent thinner than its predecessor), it’s forgiveness these players need most. That comes from a centre of gravity that’s six millimetres deeper and three millimetres lower than typical cavity-back irons. That means players have a better chance of hitting the ball above the centre of gravity, which helps golfers launch the ball more easily, and the deeper centre of gravity helps mis-hits, too. The hybrid-like construction is smartly managed throughout the set by progressively transitioning the sole width (wider in the lower lofts, narrower in the higher lofts) and maintaining the turf-forgiveness of a full hollow construction. The progressive shaping plays another role, too, as it makes the look of the middle and shorter irons easier to stomach for those hesitant to play an all-hybrid set.
7-IRON LOFT 30 degrees PW LOFT 44 degrees
“The black hides the bulkiness of the club. These irons limit left-to-right flight to keep you in play and towards the green.”