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The Launcher is back! Cleveland’s new, full line of golf clubs

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What’s the first word that comes to your mind when I say “Cleveland?” For millennials who grew up with golf, it’s probably “Launcher.”

The Launcher name is synonymous with Cleveland Golf, and it still carries a cult-like enthusiasm despite the company not releasing a “Launcher” product in five years. This time around, golfers won’t find Launcher clubs in the bags of Tour pros as in year’s past. That’s because the new Cleveland Launcher line — which includes Launcher HB (HiBore) woods, CBX irons and Launcher HB (HiBore) — is filled with game-improvement clubs made for amateur golfers who need the ultimate in distance and forgiveness by offering the highest-launching clubs possible.

Here’s a brief gallery of popular Cleveland Launcher and HiBore designs from the company’s past.

We break down each of the new offerings below, which are each available starting September 15.

Launcher HB (HiBore) Woods

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Cleveland’s line of HiBore golf clubs have always been identified by a bowl-like, or concave construction on their crowns — at least on the drivers — that’s designed to launch the golf ball as high as possible. The idea behind HiBore has always been that golf clubs that produce higher-launch will be more forgiving, and ultimately help golfers hit longer and straighter shots.

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Cleveland is chasing even higher launch and more forgiveness with the new line of Launcher HiBore drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, as well as greater ball speeds. To achieve this, there are four key technologies in the new Launcher HB golf clubs:

  1. New Crown: While not the same cup-like design as HiBore drivers in the past, the new Launcher HB drivers have a HiBore crown designed to flex at impact to produce a high launch and low spin by lowering CG (center of gravity) in the club head.
  2. Flex Fin: Fin-like designs on the sole compress at impact to help transfer energy from the club head to the golf ball at impact for faster ball speeds, especially on mishits.
  3. Cup Face: Cleveland says the Cup Face is designed to produce a higher COR (coefficient of restitution, a measure of energy transfer), thus making the clubs produce more distance and forgiveness.
  4. Ultra-lightweight hosel: Cleveland designed the hosels to be lighter, therefore lowering overall CG in the club head, helping to make them higher launching and more forgiving.

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The Cleveland Launcher HB clubs will come stock with Miyazaki C. Kua shafts in the following lofts; Driver ($299.99): 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees, Fairway Woods ($219.99): 15 and 18 degrees, Hybrids ($199.99): 19, 22 and 25 degrees.

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CBX Irons

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While donning the Launcher name, Cleveland’s new CBX irons also use designs that you may recognize from its new CBX wedges.

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In order to create more spin, and therefore more control, Cleveland’s CBX irons have the company’s Tour Zip Grooves with double-laser milling between the grooves, just like you see on its CBX wedges. The irons also have a V-Sole that helps them more easily glide through the turf. The V-Sole is progressive throughout the set to optimize the turf interaction of each individual iron. Like the CBX wedges, the CBX irons have feel balancing technology, too, which means weight is moved toward the toe to center CG in the head for better distance control and feel, according to Cleveland.

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As you’d expect from an iron with the Launcher name, the irons are also built for distance. This is attributable to their cavity-back construction and a cup face that’s designed to increase ball speeds across the face.

Cleveland’s CBX irons come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold DST 98 shafts, and will sell for $699.99 (4-PW).

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Launcher HB Irons

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Take one look at Cleveland’s new Launcher HB irons, and you can see why they have that name They have obvious influence from HiBore driver designs of the past, equipped with the concave, bowl-like shape on their cavities.

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The sets are progressively designed so the short irons look like traditional irons with the mid and long irons progressing to look more like hybrids. The hollow irons are said to provide “drastically more forgiveness,” according to Cleveland, and the HiBore crowns are designed to keep weight low and rearward in the clubhead for more forgiveness and higher launch. They’re also built with high-strength, HT1770 steel faces to raise COR and boost distance.

 

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Cleveland’s Launcher HB irons will come stock with either Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shafts ($799.99: 4-PW) or True Temper Dynamic Gold 98 steel shafts ($699.99: 4-PW).

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the return of the Launcher in our forums.

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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.

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  1. UnclePhil

    Nov 19, 2017 at 6:57 am

    What’s with the 50 gram plywood shafts? Come on guys, give us something in the 60gram neighborhood.

  2. tlmck

    Aug 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Again with the stupid lofts on irons.

    • Ude

      Aug 8, 2017 at 2:32 am

      5 iron loft = 3 iron loft
      look my 5 iron goes farther than your 5 iron

  3. Robert Parsons

    Aug 7, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I’m in board.

    Glued hosel. No adjustable gimmicks. Looks good. What’s not to like?

    If it performs well for my swing, I might pick one up.

  4. Dave R

    Aug 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Had a set of the older models . Perfect if your going fishing they dig up worms real easy. Probably their worst design to date. They look and are ugly. I like Cleveland clubs but these are not what will help anybody,just one person opinion . Good luck in selling them though and at least the price does reflect what they are worth.

  5. BallBuster

    Aug 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I’ve always like Cleveland clubs and think they’re highly underrated. I just bought a used Launcher driver with that little red and white logo by the R for $25 at Golf Galaxy and I’ve been blasting it such that I’ve benched a reliable Titleist 910 I’ve hit for years. Very straight and longer for me. Love the feel and that red shaft fits my swing. Still enjoy my DST hybrids, CG7 black pearl irons too and VP3 mallet putter as well.

  6. AceW7Iron

    Aug 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Looks like they took a big ol page out of Callaway’s book but who can blame them?
    Callaway has it going on and its no secret in 2017

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5 Wood vs. Hybrid vs. Driving/Utility Iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing where they stand on the 5-wood vs Hybrid vs UI dilemma. WRXer ‘Michboomin’ kicks off the thread, saying

“I play an Apex 3i w/ MMT 105TX, and it’s fantastic, can hit every shot; I recommend this set up to anyone. However….I like to tinker, and something keeps telling me to try a 5 wood. I tested out a Titleist 2 hybrid last season and wasn’t a fan, hybrids just don’t feel solid to me. 

Just curious what you guys like to play and why.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts 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.

  • lefthack: “I love my 5 wood. I am still playing with other clubs; I am currently using the GAPR Lo 3 and thinking of getting the Lazrus 2i. I have also thought about a 7 wood just because. I took my 3 wood and GAPR Mid 4 out, so I have room for something at the top.”
  • PEI_Golfer: “I prefer a hybrid and have settled in nicely with my 19* TS3 (set to C1) with AV Raw Blue 75X. Very stable and quite straight now vs. the out going stock EFW T1100 S and X. Tried to replace it with a Sim 5wd this year, and it just didn’t work out. I dabble with DI’s, but the hybrid is as long and more versatile.”
  • Ger21: “I swapped a 5w for a 2 hybrid, as the 5 wood would balloon too often. Both, though, are much longer than a 3iron, so I also carry a 3 hybrid that replaced a 3 iron. Prefer the 3 iron from the tee, but the iron is much more usable everywhere else.”
  • SteelieD: “I finally ditched the hybrid and put a 5 wood back in the bag. Hybrids and I just never got along.”

Entire Thread: “5 Wood vs. Hybrid vs. Driving/Utility Iron”

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Titleist 680 forged irons 15th Anniversary Edition

From the seller (@Carolina Golfer 2): “$800 . Titleist 680 Forged DG300 Stiff Flex shaft 4-P . Standard L/L/L. These were actually released 2 years ago.  But not played until a months ago and only a couple rounds.  Price is for shipping to US only.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Titleist 680 forged irons 15th Anniversary Edition

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Cameron Champ’s winning WITB: 2021 3M Open

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @9) (14g CG shifter in neutral)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75 TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1.5 inches, D6+)

Irons: Ping i500 (3, 4), Ping iBlade (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X7

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe Raw (52, 56, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Prototype PLD Anser 4

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align 58 (+3 wraps)

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