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Official Forum Member Review - Cleveland Launcher HB/CBX Irons

 

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CBX Testers

 

HeathS16              Stage 1               Stage 2

Peanut05               Stage 1               Stage 2

 

HB Testers

 

Ole Gray                Stage 1                Stage 2

Wedgie                  Stage 1                Stage 2

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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First off, I would like to thank MyGolfSpy and Cleveland Golf for this opportunity to test the CBX irons.  Ever since I was selected for this, I've been waiting patiently for them to get here so I can get them to the course and see how they do.  I will say that as soon as I made it to the course and went to the driving range, they caught several people's eyes and I started getting questions about them almost immediately. 

 

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A Little About Me

So let's get started with a little about me and how I got started in this crazy game. I'm from Louisiana so we get to play almost year round, although I get cold easily so I don't really like to play when it gets below 50.  I picked the game up when I was 19.  I was about to start college and several friends of mine talked me into going out with them to play at the local golf course.  Most of us ended up scheduling our classes around our golf.  We played 3-4 days a week and had no idea what we were doing. 

After college, I started really trying to learn the mechanics of the swing and started playing a lot of tournaments.  I took lessons from several different pros and really started fine tuning my game. I got my handicap down to about a 2 and then decided I would try to chase being a teaching professional myself.  I was hired on by another course around here to manage the course and give lessons, but it didn't take me long to realize that (1) this wasn't going to pay the bills and (2) I didn't get to play anywhere near as much as I used to.  I stayed there about a year and then had to go back and get a real job when the money started getting a little tight. Now I'm back to playing a couple times a week and my current handicap is somewhere around a 5-6 if I were to guess.  I don't have an actual USGA handicap at the moment, but I'm about to sign back up and start keeping track of that again.

 

My Game

Here is my current setup:

Driver: Callaway Epic SubZero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 stiff shaft

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue SubZero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 Stiff 75g shaft

3 Hybrid: Callaway Rogue with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Irons:  Callaway Apex (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Wedges:  Callaway MD3 wedges (50, 54, 58)

Putter:  SeeMore Original FGP

Balls:  Bridgestone Tour B RX

 

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As you can see, I'm a slight fan of Callaway equipment.  I typically play a slight draw, but sometime that can get out of hand and turn into a 30-yard hook.  So my normal miss is to the left with my irons.  As far as distances go, my PW maxes at 150, I'll play 7-iron anywhere from 175-185 and 4-iron anywhere from 210-220 with the rest of them mixed in somewhere.  I will say that I didn't start hitting my irons that far until I go those Apex irons.  Before that, my 7-iron maxed out at 165-170.  When I tested my current set of irons, I loved the way the feel off the face and I also loved the extra distance I got out of them.  I have kind of a mid-level ball flight, but also play a choke down shot that I play a lot lower.  My wedge game is probably my strongest aspect while my weakest is probably my driver, but if it's on, it'll be a really good day.

 

 

CBX Launcher

 

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On first sight, I really liked the way these irons looked.  I did notice the top line wasn't quite as thin as I would like it and they also felt a little heavy, but I wasn't sure about that until I compared them with my current set and there was noticeably more weight with the Clevelands. Other than those two things, I really liked them. 

 

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I have been really intrigued by the technology that comes on these irons and really want to see if they do what Cleveland says they'll do.  The 4 key aspects of these irons are the Tour Zip grooves, cup-face technology, v-sole technology, and the feel-balance technology.  These are supposed to give more forgiveness as well as add distance and spin. 

 

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I'll be honest and say that I've never really given Cleveland much thought when it came to picking out a set of irons.  I've used their wedges before, but that's about it.  I've hit a set of their old irons (don't remember which ones) but I was already set on Callaway so they didn't get a fair chance.  

 

I got these set up with the same shafts I have in my current Callaway irons. I've been fitted for my last two iron sets and was told to get standard everything and these were no different, so they are standard length/lie.   I wanted to test the CBX irons as opposed to the HB irons simply because that's the line that was similar to what I've always played. 

 

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Callaway Apex Comparison

 

As I said earlier, I'm a huge Callaway fan and also absolutely love the irons I'm hitting now, so it's going to be challenging for these to out-perform my current set, but I'm going to give them a fair shot.  When I first put them side by side with my Callaway irons, the first thing I noticed was the larger top line I mentioned earlier.  It's definitely not a positive in my opinion, but it also will not turn me away from them either.  The one thing I really hope to get out of these is a little more consistency than what I have now.  When I compared the lofts to what I currently have, the Cleveland irons are actually one degree stronger than my current set, so I don't expect to lose any distance, but may gain a little. 

 

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I'm really not looking to add more distance, but if it does, that will be fine.  Overall, the only way they replace my current set is if they give me the same outcome as my Callaway irons with a little more consistency and accuracy.  If they can do that, I'll gladly take the Callaways out of the bag.

 

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In my bag:

 

Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

SeeMore Original FGP

Bridgestone Tour B RX

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Reserved Stage 2


In my bag:

 

Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

SeeMore Original FGP

Bridgestone Tour B RX

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I'm looking forward to the Stage 1's testers!


In my  :wilson_staff_small:  carry bag:
:wilson_staff_small:  D7 R flex 
:callaway-small:  GBB 3W (lofted to 4W)
:callaway-small: V-Series Heavenwood
:cobra-small: Baffler XL 5i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54*
:cleveland-small:  Smart Sole S
:cleveland-small: #10

Twitter: @russtopherb

 

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can't wait to see it guys...these are some pretty special sticks....and especially looking forward to OG's new camera and video footage!

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StrokerAce
:cobra-small:  Speedzone Xtreme 
:cobra-small:  King F7 3w Fujikara 
:titelist-small:  816 H1 21 Diamana red
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:srixon-small: Z785 4-P KBS tour 120 
:vokey-small:  SM6 54/58 
:cleveland-small: S.O.F.T. #1
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:918457628_PrecisionPro: nx7 pro rangefinder
:1590477705_SunMountain:  C130 bag
:Arccos: Stat tracking

Franklin, MA; Right Handed; 10
"the club face sends it, the path bends it..."

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This should be good....


 

In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3 Hybrid - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
Irons:      :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 4-PW - True Temper XP95 Reg
Wedges: :cobra-small: King Black - LH - 52° 56° 60° -True Temper XP95 Reg
Putter:     :odyssey-small: - LH - Stroke Lab Seven
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1

Tracked By: :Arccos:

Follow me on Twitter @ham12_hampton and on Instagram @Nunfa0 for the #cobraconnectchallenge3

 

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Stage 1 is up guys. Any questions fire away.

 

 

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Wedgie

 

Driver - XXIO X Driver 9.5

:cleveland-small: - Launcher Turbo 2 hybrid

:cobra-small: - F9 One Length 3-G

:cleveland-small: - CBX 52 and 56

:EVNROLL: - ER 1.2

Top Flite Gamer

Play Right

 

 

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Stage One Review – Cleveland Launcher HB Irons – 7/3/2018 - Wedgie

 

She's dropping a little attitude on me at this point.  I like the confidence she has but if she can't back all that talk up I will call her out on it.  For all I know she's just like every other club I've ever gone out with and none of them have panned out for me.  Don't get me wrong, I'll give her a chance.   I'll take her out to the range, to the course, wash her and maybe even show her off to some friends.  Just between us she looks easy and I bet I can score.  In fact, if anyone has any dating tips for me they would like to share and hear about let me know or ask questions…I kiss and tell.  Is this going to be a summer fling or a love story with a happy ending?  Come back to find out!

 

Haha!  Great start and I like your creativity.... hope you and the new "mistress" get along well.  


StrokerAce
:cobra-small:  Speedzone Xtreme 
:cobra-small:  King F7 3w Fujikara 
:titelist-small:  816 H1 21 Diamana red
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:srixon-small: Z785 4-P KBS tour 120 
:vokey-small:  SM6 54/58 
:cleveland-small: S.O.F.T. #1
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:918457628_PrecisionPro: nx7 pro rangefinder
:1590477705_SunMountain:  C130 bag
:Arccos: Stat tracking

Franklin, MA; Right Handed; 10
"the club face sends it, the path bends it..."

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Stage 1 is up guys. Any questions fire away.

That was a fun read. Admit it, you moonlight as a romance novelist don't you????

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In my ATumSBM.jpg Pisa riding on a hXf3ptG.jpg 3.5+
.......tracked by :Arccos:


:ping-small: G410 Plus: Tensei Orange
:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 FW: Tensei Blue

:cobra-small: King F7 3/4 Hy: Fujikura Pro
:ping-small: i500 5-GW: Modus3 105
wxW5hk4.jpg Equalizer 56/60: KBS Tour 90
:MLA: Tour Classic Black w/ :P2-grips-logo:

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Stage 1 is up guys. Any questions fire away.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

 

Very entertaining stage 1! Well done!


Driver: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 9.5* Recoil 460ES cut to 45"
3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-PW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
AW: :mizuno-small:S5 52*
SW: :cleveland-small: 588
LW: :callaway-small: MD3
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Marxman
Bag: :bridgestone-small: Tour B Stand Bag
Ball: :srixon-small: Z-Star
Pushcart: BigMax iQ+

:SuperSpeed: Tester
Starting Driver Speed on PRGR Monitor: 102 mph

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Cleveland Launcher HB 4-PW Steel Irons 

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Stage 1 
 
 
I have a new GoPro Hero 2018  coming in the mail  which means videos of the HBs in action. Come on back and check em out! We (testers) are here to bring information to potential owners of these irons so please ask your questions now prior to your purchase. Stay tuned for stag

 

Great goin OG.... those things do look good so I can see the need for the headcovers....don't want to mess up that makeup!

 

Good luck taking those dawgs hunting...look forward to hearing how it goes.....maybe that first Ace!!!

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StrokerAce
:cobra-small:  Speedzone Xtreme 
:cobra-small:  King F7 3w Fujikara 
:titelist-small:  816 H1 21 Diamana red
--------------------------
:srixon-small: Z785 4-P KBS tour 120 
:vokey-small:  SM6 54/58 
:cleveland-small: S.O.F.T. #1
--------------------------
:918457628_PrecisionPro: nx7 pro rangefinder
:1590477705_SunMountain:  C130 bag
:Arccos: Stat tracking

Franklin, MA; Right Handed; 10
"the club face sends it, the path bends it..."

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That was a fun read. Admit it, you moonlight as a romance novelist don't you????

Maybe! Just be glad I didn't get chosen for ball testing.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

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Wedgie

 

Driver - XXIO X Driver 9.5

:cleveland-small: - Launcher Turbo 2 hybrid

:cobra-small: - F9 One Length 3-G

:cleveland-small: - CBX 52 and 56

:EVNROLL: - ER 1.2

Top Flite Gamer

Play Right

 

 

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Stage 1 is up guys. Any questions fire away.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

 

Great introduction. It looks like 6 is getting a little handsy in front of the family.

 

Silly question question: I may have missed it -if you're coming from F8 one length, is one length an option for this set too? 


:cobra-small: Cobra King F7+, VA drago 65 X, 9.5*

:cobra-small: Cobra F7 3/4 wood - hzrd red 15.5*

:mizuno-small: MP-63 4-PW 

:cleveland-small: Cleveland 588 Tour Wedge (56*)

OnCore Elixr all day every day

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