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“Faster” 2020 Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods revealed

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Cleveland Golf has introduced its new 2020 Cleveland Launcher HB turbo fairway woods, which feature a lighter hosel, improved crown, and deeper weighting.

The Launcher HB Turbo contains a Turbocharged Cup Face featuring a variable thickness pattern designed to deliver more speed across the entire face. According to the company, the Turbocharged Cup Face in the new Cleveland fairway wood stretches across the crown and sole, flexing at impact and reflecting that energy back into the ball for increased ball speeds at impact.

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods face

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo fairway wood: face

The new additions from Cleveland Golf see a redesigned HiBore Crown featuring a prominent step for a lower center of gravity, while the Ultralight Hosel on the woods is lighter than its predecessors in a bid to remove “mass from a poor position.”

The weight savings in the Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods have produced a deep weighting sole pad with a center of gravity that’s 4.4mm deeper and 2.2mm lower than previous additions and aims to provide golfers with increased launch at impact, maximum distance off the tee, as well as added forgiveness.

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods crown

Speaking on the upcoming launch of the fairway woods, Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf, stated

“Reintroducing Cleveland Golf Woods and Irons two years ago has been very successful. However, the new Launcher HB Turbo woods represent a huge step up from the previous generation. They’re sleeker, faster, and more forgiving–exactly what all of us avid golfers are looking for off the tee.”

The Launcher HB Turbo also comes equipped with the new Miyazaki C. Kua shaft, which pulls weight from the length of the shaft and repositions it on the grip end. The function of this weight redistribution is to allow for extra mass in the clubhead and to offer increased momentum and more speed on each swing.

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods specs, availability

The Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Woods feature a 3-wood (15-degree) and 5-wood (18-degree) at a MAP of $229.99 each, and will be available to purchase from October 4.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Pat

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Amazing what a lick of paint can do. Looks pretty nice to me!

  2. JP

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    They have no idea what a real turbo is and how it works!
    .
    And writing on the top of the crown? That is a cardinal sin! Stop with the gimmicky bling. We do t need fins on the crown, it’s not an F1 car!

  3. Jack nash

    Sep 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Thought it was a Ping for a sec looking down on it,

  4. Robert

    Sep 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Ok I can’t take it anymore, “the Turbocharged Cup Face” now, it will never end will it? Engines have turbo compressors, club faces don’t and never will. This article is yet another great example of the desperation that runs both at WRX and the OEMs at getting and or keeping cash flows running. As usual, all claims in this article ( I don’t even think this qualifies as an article it’s a disguised ad really )are unsubstantiated with any hard data that would give golfers a chance at finding out whether or not there is any difference in measurable performance between last year’s model and this latest “turbo charged” cup face nonsense. In no other industry do you see this amount of disregard by the sellers towards potential buyers capacity to think things through like intelligent human beings.

    • Bob

      Sep 10, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Take a deep breath..inhale, exhale. Repeat..

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Honma launches new XP-1 Series driver, fairway woods, and hybrids for 2020

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new 2020 Honma Driver

For 2020, Honma Golf is launching the all-new XP-1 line of clubs comprised of an entire family holistically designed to help players maximize forgiveness and get the most out of their games with one set. The new Honma XP-1 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids, all the way to irons, is a new direction for the premium Japanese company that brings together ultimate craftsmanship with performance.

The highlight of the XP-1 line from Honma is the fact that they were designed from top to bottom to work as a comprehensive set of tool to achieve maximum performance. The technology in the metal woods flows from the driver to the hybrids with a seamless transition that creates consistency for feel and looks for the player.

Honma XP-1 driver

new 2020 Honma Driver

New 2020 Honma Golf Driver

Honma is known for its dedication to quality and craftsmanship, and every part of the XP-1 line was developed with the golfer in mind to both look appealing and perform to the highest standards. The XP-1 driver packs a lot of technology into a very classic looking club, and we’re here to take you under the hood—or in this case, the carbon fiber crown—to show you how it can help you hit better shots.

2020 Honma XP1 Driver toe

Honma XP-1 Driver Toe

It starts with a tour-inspired look from address, designed to inspire confidence for any level of golfer. Underneath ther gloss black crown, there is a lot of technology to generate faster ball speeds around the entire face and help get you dialed into the right setting. Speaking to the crown, it’s made from ET-40 fiber, making it one the lightest in golf. This weight savings helps engineers relocate an additional 15g of mass around the head towards the heel for increased MOI and greater ability to help players close the club face more easily.

Flip the driver upside down, and we have a lot more going on with the sole than initially meets the eye. Honma is introducing a new double slot in the sole for increased ball speed across a much larger area of the face. What starts off smaller in the middle increases in width and depth as it reaches towards the heel and the toe of the club. These slots, along with improved MOI, keep ball speeds up and misses closer to the intended target. The last part of the equation: How these wider parts of the face, flex around the more narrow middle to also increase gear effect—think of it like one more way to help the bigger misses stay in play.

New 2020 Honma Driver XP1

2020 Honma XP-1 Driver sole and shaft adjustment connection

The last piece key piece of technology in the XP-1 driver head is exclusive to Honma—the adjustable hosel that changes face angle, lie, and loft, but never changes the orientation of the shaft. This gives the player or fitter the ability to truly dial in hosel settings without having to worry about the constantly changing of the grip orientation. This, according to Honma, also keeps the shaft spine in the ideal location for consistent performance.

Honma 2020 xp1 driver shaft

Honmq Vizard 43g shaft

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Honma XP-1 fairway woods

The XP-1 woods bring the same level of craftsmanship and technology as the drivers to a club designed for use both off the tee and off the fairway.

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

The Honma XP-1 3-wood uses the same weight-saving ET-40 crown to position a large amount of the club’s total mass low and on the sole for greatest possible launch and spin consistency. The 3-wood is the second-lightest club in most players bags by total weight and head mass, and unless you are carrying a second driver, it’s also the second-largest by volume. By using the carbon crown designers get everything they can from the other technologies including the double slot sole and thin fast face without having to sacrifice the overall design of not just the head but the entire club.

New Honma XP-1 3 wood crown fairway

Honma XP-1 3 wood crown

The XP-1 fairways also include a 5  7-woods, but with the smaller volume of the heads and the reduced crown size, using a carbon crown would actually increase the mass higher in the head, so they instead utilize an extremely thin high strength steel crown.

New Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft XP1

Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft

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Honma XP-1 hybrid

With the Honma XP-1 hybrid, forgiveness and flow from the fairway woods is the number one consideration for these club. The flow includes a wood-like shape that keeps the club shallow and the center of gravity as low as possible for higher launch and approach shots that fly higher and land softer. Considering the target player for the XP-1 line, the wood-like shape is also very confidence-inspiring.

New 2020 Honma XP1 hybrid

Honma XP-1 Hybrid

Honma continues the design philosophy of keeping the XP-1 both forgiving and fast by utilizing the double slot sole all the way into these hybrids that go from a 19-degree 3-iron replacement to a 25-degree 5-iron replacement.

Honma XP-1 specs & availability

The Honma XP-1 driver, fairway wood, and hybrids will be available starting in October.

New 2020 Honma XP1 Driver fairway hybrid specs

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