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Cleveland CG Black and CG Black CB irons



Like Cleveland’s CG Black drivers, the company’s new CG Black and CG Black CB irons are designed for golfers who don’t have pro-caliber swing speeds and don’t hit the center of the face on every shot.

CG Black CB irons 


Cleveland’s CG Black CB irons, which replace the company’s 588 MT irons, are designed for golfers who swing between 85-to-105 mph and want more workability than the CG Black irons can provide.

The 588 MT irons were long, forgiving and quite attractive at address, which is why they could be spotted in the bags of Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell and many other Cleveland/Srixon Staff players as long irons replacements.

Cleveland says the CG Black CB irons are even longer and more forgiving. They use high-strength HT 1770 steel faces in the long and mid irons to create a wider and hotter COR (coefficient of restitution) area.


The COR area of the CG Black CB irons is 20 percent larger and as much as 0.2 percent higher than the 588 MT irons.

CG Clack CG sets (4-SW) available on retail for $699.99 with a Nippon N.S. Pro 1050 GH steel shaft, or $799.99 with a UST Recoil 660/760 graphite shaft.

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CG Black irons


The CG Black irons are game-improvement irons aimed at golfers who swing less than 90 mph with the driver and are looking for higher launch and more carry.

They’re designed with lower, more rearward CG (center of gravity) for golfers that need maximum speed and forgiveness.


The irons use a progressive design, with a hollow hybrid chassis in the 4 and 5 irons for a higher launch and a thinner face on the 6 and 7 irons to drop CG and raise launch angles.

Cleveland’s CG Black irons (4-PW) sell for $699.99 at retail.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. Mariano

    May 1, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Estoy interesado en comprar un set de Cleveland CG Black grafito regular, nuevos o usados.

  2. Bob V.

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Loft gaps are stupid. Only 2* difference between 4 and 5 irons, yet 6* gap between PW and DW. There is absolutely no sound scientific justification for that.

    • Carl Spackler

      Feb 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      From article:The irons use a progressive design, with a hollow hybrid chassis in the 4 and 5 irons for a higher launch and a thinner face on the 6 and 7 irons to drop CG and raise launch angles.

      So different club designs throughout the same set need different loft spacing to achieve consistent distance gaping.

      A muscle back(blade) set uses identical club head design so lofting would be equally spaced.

  3. leftright

    Feb 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    It’s every manufacturer, not just Cleveland. I hear they might get out of the iron business. They make great clubs it’s just people are brand crazy, the people who are left that are actually golfers or play golf. Except at some of the high end clubs, golf has taken a beating and retailers are going out of business. In Tampa Florida of all places, there are 2 retail golf stores in the whole area, Edwin Watts and Golfsmith, actually, make that the whole county. If you play golf and voted for the current bunch then I hope you get the yips.

  4. 4pillars

    Feb 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Hope the black stands up better than my CG16’s Black Pearl’s which look like they have leprosy.

    No resale value

    • leftright

      Feb 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I experimented with the black irons like I did the yellow golf ball and went back to standard colors. I do like the satin irons better than chrome though, especially on the wedges.

  5. j.a.

    Feb 8, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Comparing the lofts to my old CG clubs, shorter clubs have more loft while longer had less. Anyway, I look forward to trying those CBs.

  6. frendy

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    What a sad replacement for the MT’s.

  7. Tom

    Feb 6, 2015 at 11:26 am

    For the CG irons the 7 iron has a stronger loft than my 6 iron!

    I’m sure they are designed to get the ball up in the air, but for most amateurs with a driver speed under 90mph as they say they are aimed at, I would think with lofts that strong they’re going to struggle to hit anything under a 7 iron consistently. A 24* 5iron they’re gonna have no chance regardless of how hollow the clubhead is!

    • Eli Yates

      Feb 8, 2015 at 6:22 am

      exactly… so theyll have to take the irons they cant hit out of the bag and replace them with hybrids. its kind of important for golf club companies to do this so they can wring every little cent out of their customers.

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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup



Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark



This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss



In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination in our forums.

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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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