launcher xl/xl lite/xl lite draw

What it does: With a focus on size, Cleveland’s mission is to make your worst hits go farther and straighter. The club isn’t merely at the volume limit allowed by the rules – almost all drivers can do that. No, this one stretches that volume to occupy the maximum distance from heel to toe and front to back. This mammoth footprint creates a stable head that resists twisting on mis-hits for better energy transfer into the ball. The face is pie-plate size, too, friendlier than a new neighbour bringing dessert. That face is supported by flexible sections surrounded by firmer sections that effectively create a second spring at impact.

Why we like it: This isn’t just a bigger head; it’s smarter, too, like a rugby prop who can explain behavioural economics. Extreme off-centre-hit forgiveness is as real as it is spectacular, but so is the gamut of options from lightweight and draw-bias models to a 12-way adjustable head. Don’t overlook how effective the counter-balanced weight in the grip is, either. That makes the club easier to swing, which is what average golfers might appreciate most.

lofts 10.5 (launcher xl), adjustable; 10.5, 12 (xl lite); 10.5 (xl lite draw)

Reviewer profile

“Maybe the most playable driver here. Everything is in play. Its big head and big sound might not be your thing, but those shots keep going, so it didn’t matter to me pretty quickly.”

– Player comment

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