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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

5 Comments

5 Comments

  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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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Golf64: “Cobra F8 and 9s are still out there, and the new SZ is nice too. I prefer Ping, love the look and feel and easy to get in the air!!”
  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

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