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2013 Cleveland Classic XL Custom Driver



Cleveland’s new premium driver for 2013, the Classic XL Custom, is the company’s first adjustable driver.

The new model is a revamped version of Cleveland’s Classic driver from last year, which featured a gold and Burgandy paint scheme that made the 440cc head look like a a blown up version of the persimmon drivers that were popular decades ago.

This year’s version has the same persimmon graphics, but features a blacked-out color scheme, a 20cc larger head, an adjustable hosel and an adjustable weight port. The 12-way adjustable hosel allows golfers to adjust the loft of the driver as much as 1.50 degrees higher or lower in 0.50-degree increments. It also gives golfers the ability to adjust face angle as much as 1.5 degrees up or down in 0.75-degree increments.

For every 0.5 degrees of loft that is added to a Classic XL Custom Driver, the face angle will be closed 0.75 degrees. For every 0.5 degrees of loft that is subtracted, the face will be opened 0.75 degrees. When 0.75 degrees of upright lie angle is added, the face opens 0.75 degrees and the loft is lowered by 0.5 degrees. When 0.75 degrees of lie angle is subtracted, the face is closed 0.75 degrees and 1 degree of loft is added.

The Cleveland Classic XL Custom Driver is available in lofts of 7.5 (RH only), 9 and 10.5. The head is shipped with a square face angle and a standard lie angle of 61.5 degrees. The total club weight is 285 grams with a 45-inch stock shaft, giving it a swing weight of D5. The driver’s removable rear weight port supports interchangeable 3, 7 or 11-gram weights (extra weights sold separately).

Stock Shafts: Miyazaki JDL 6 (mid launch), Miyazaki JDL 5 (lightweight, mid launch), Fubuki Tour 53 (lightweight, high launch) and Matrix Ozik Black Tie 6M3 (penetrating launch).

Check out the photos we snapped below of the Classic XL Custom at the Humana Classic, and click here for more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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Click here for more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum.


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  1. James Strachan

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Too much bull…. about this club hitting it 20 – 30yds longer. Stop all the dreaming. On a test with identical balls (10 with each club) I hit it almost exactly the same distance as with a TM R9 Superdeep – the big difference being the Cleveland’s dispersal was just 9 yards whilst the TM’s was 25 yards! Make of that whatever you wish (from a 5 handicapper).

  2. tracy

    Aug 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    different weights do not come with product must be purchased separately.

  3. MBA-J

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    If you are a fan of deep-faced, low-spin drivers, the Cleveland Classic XL Custom may be the best driver ever produced.

  4. Shawn

    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Got one for a hundred dollars on 3balls with the black tie shaft gorgeous club love it to death very forgiving and long. Also got the matching fairway, cleveland went down hill with the 588 but the previous classic series was a huge winner.

  5. Barry Henderson

    Sep 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I hit this club consistantly Longer (20 -30 yards) and straighter than any other driver I have tested. I have spent weeks working out which is the best ‘next club’ for my set, and just purchased this one. Driving average with this club 307 yards.

  6. Bob jones

    Apr 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    McDowell is still using the old Cleveland Classic 290. Just won the Heritage with it. Must be the extra 5 grams.

  7. ToTo

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I hit this and a number of other drivers at Golfsmith today and this driver was generally as long and straight as any I hit. Felt very solid and I was impressed. Am going back to spend more time with shaft options but I never imagined going in I would like it.. I DID! I hit X Hot, G25, R1 and others in comparison.

  8. gunmetal

    Jan 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Gorgeous club. Keegan will keep pounding it past his playing partners but it’s still TM’s world given their obsession with paying everyone and their dog to wear an R’insert whatever here’ hat and use the headcover.

  9. Phil

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Did that say driver head weighs 285 grams???? Uh…

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jan 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      You’re right. Total club weight is 285 grams.

    • Kevin

      Apr 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      With interchangeable weights the swing weight and total should change. Anyone know what the swing weights are for 3, 7 and 11 gram weights?

  10. Square

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Really nice!!! Can’t wait to hit it. I’m over the white drivers.

  11. P

    Jan 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Thank you Cleveland for giving me my next driver upgrade – in BLACK, and not any other silly colors.

  12. John Erickson

    Jan 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I like it I think Graeme has had one in play for some time. He lost a ‘weight’ of his classic driver at Ryder Cup.

  13. Jason

    Jan 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Good lookin’ big stick man. Definite improvement over 2012

  14. tlmck

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Definitely getting one of these next year when they go on clearance.

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No tape, no solvent: New Golf Pride Concept Helix grip makes installation hassle-free



If you have ever wanted to regrip your clubs but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of tape or solvent, Golf Pride has developed a revolutionary system to make regripping easier than ever before with the all-new Golf Pride Concept Helix.

The Concept Helix grip and the simple system used to install it removes the fear factor of installing grips and also brings a new level of accessibility to those that are looking to benefit from the performance advantage of new grips—it also requires zero drying time, meaning you can go from gripping clubs to hitting shots instantly.

To see how it works, check out the video from Golf Pride below.

Golf Pride Concept Helix grip: More details

Golf Pride’s new Concept Helix grip system uses a friction and torque-based installation method that ensures the grips are secure and are installed using a proprietary ‘horn’ device that is included with every order.

“Golf Pride stands at the forefront of innovation in grips, and Concept Helix builds on that legacy as the first-ever twist-on grip technology system. This is the first major new advanced concept to come out of the lab at our new Global Innovation Center in Pinehurst and innovates the installation process, requiring no tape, no solvent, and no drying time. Getting fresh grips on your clubs will be more seamless than ever.”
Greg Cavill – Global Project Engineer / Golf Pride

The other interesting note is that without the need for solvents or tape, the new Concept Helix grips and more environmentally friendly.

“We continue to explore new technologies that benefit golfers, both on and off the course. Concept Helix, in this regard, is this next step in the exploration of best practices for grip installation.”- Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride

For more information on the Concept Helix Grip-System, visit, and to purchase, check out

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Whats in the Bag

Emily Kristine Pedersen WITB (Winningest golfer on Ladies European Tour in 2020)



When it comes to winning, Emily Kristine Pedersen has made it look pretty easy recently with three straight wins on the Ladies European Tour to close out the 2020 season. Her most recent win was the Andalucia Open De Espana, and before that is was a pair of wins in Saudi Arabia with The Saudi Ladies Team International.

This is only the second time a player has won three straight events on the LET, and the last time it happened was in 1989 by Marie-Laure de Lorenzi.

This stellar play was not just out of nowhere either, she had five top 10s, including another win at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open in August and also recorded an 11th place finish at the Women’s British Open. One of the last events on her schedule is the upcoming U.S. Open.

This is her WITB.

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Limited B+ 60

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP

Hybrid: Titleist 818H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9 iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Stiff

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour

Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Fastback 1.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1


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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best small face drivers



In our forums, our members have been discussing small face drivers. WRXer ‘Andygolderson’ is on the hunt for a small-headed driver profile and reaches out to fellow members for their suggestions.

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.

  • TKS: “Wishon 519 is 415cc. Find a fitter.”
  • ILove2Golf123: “I’d say you couldn’t go wrong with the Titleist TS4i when they are released. I had a TS4, and it was about as small as I’d want to go and I’m very traditional when it comes to drivers. If you want to go super small, you could do Taylormade’s Original One two wood driver option.”
  • PixlPutterman: “I play a TM OO Mini and LOVE it.”
  • EaglesGolf99: “A-Grind Classic 350cc.”

Entire Thread: “Best small face drivers?”


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