Cleveland

Launcher HB Turbo • Draw

These drivers are dedicated to the principle that if you strip away the sexier technologies of recent years (adjustable hosels, moveable weights, channels, slots and bars), you have a lot more mass to play with to produce the kind of forgiveness that regular golfers need. Lose those non-essential features and Cleveland’s team says it saves some 35 grams in this design, resulting in a stable, lower-spinning head. The key is a large internal weight pad that is placed low and deep against the back of the head. Further lowering the centre of gravity is the way the crown steps down from the topline. This design makes the head more rigid so that the face rebounds more effectively on mis-hits, especially higher up. In addition, using a cupface design that wraps around the crown and sole creates a larger trampoline for extra spring on mis-hits. Rather than creating an anti-slice version that pushes excessive weight into the heel at the expense of overall off-centre-hit performance, the draw version tweaks the face angle closed while still keeping the CG deep for forgiveness.

LOFTS 9, 10.5, 12 (hb turbo); 10.5 (draw); non-adjustable

Reviewer profile

“Serious and mean in look and results – metallic without sounding tinny. Consistent distance and trajectory even on less-than-ideal swings.”

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