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Cleveland Launcher HB 4-PW Steel Irons    Stage 1    First of all I would like to thank MyGolfSpy and Cleveland Golf for this opportunity. Testing is a priviledge that I don't take lightly. Living

Stage One Review – Cleveland Launcher HB Irons – 7/3/2018 - Wedgie   When I found out My Golf Spy and Cleveland Golf were hooking up four lucky people to go out with and share their experiences

Before we get this little show on the road I want to thank a few people/organizations. First off I want to thank my wonderful wife Taylor for letting me obsess over these irons for the last few weeks

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I have thoroughly enjoyed this testing so far. I will say that I didn't really want to like these irons since I'm a Callaway homer, but these things are legit.  I may have to make some bag changes when this thing is over. 

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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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Due to my back nerve pinching hip pain issue, I'll be taking a few days off to let the inflammation cool down.  I'm not a golf tech kind of type however hopefully you will see what these irons have done for me and how they can possibly help make your game more enjoyable. 

 

My stage 2 is up for your reading pleasure! 

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Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
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Due to my back nerve pinching hip pain issue, I'll be taking a few days off to let the inflammation cool down.  I'm not a golf tech kind of type however hopefully you will see what these irons have done for me and how they can possibly help make your game more enjoyable. 

 

My stage 2 is up for your reading pleasure! 

 

Great Stage 2 OG! It almost sounds like the HBs were custom designed for your game. Looks like the Steelheads are relegated to backup duty.

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: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
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Great Stage 2 OG! It almost sounds like the HBs were custom designed for your game. Looks like the Steelheads are relegated to backup duty.

 

Thanks Russ and yea these HBs are the ticket for me!   I don't see how anyone could not benefit from the fun you get with these irons.   Truly game changers. 

Callaway  Epic Flash 10.5 Driver
Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
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Dang OG. With a swing like that you should be over in Scotland whipping up on ol Tom Watson.

 

haha  You been drinking tonight buddy?  :D   lol    Thanks, I think  :unsure:

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Ok folks I know you have some questions on my experience with the HB irons so let's hear them!

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Ok folks I know you have some questions on my experience with the HB irons so let's hear them!

Ok I'll go first. Here's a few things I'm curious about:

 

1) How's the flight/contact on the short irons? In my head, I'm picturing moon shots that fly the right distance but are hard to trust in the wind.

 

2) How does the PW compare to your mean green pocket picking machine? The lofts and booty are probably pretty close to each other.

 

3) Do the big ole heads get in the way when situated in your bag? Do they create more bag chatter than normal?

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Ok I'll go first. Here's a few things I'm curious about:

 

1) How's the flight/contact on the short irons? In my head, I'm picturing moon shots that fly the right distance but are hard to trust in the wind.

 

2) How does the PW compare to your mean green pocket picking machine? The lofts and booty are probably pretty close to each other.

 

3) Do the big ole heads get in the way when situated in your bag? Do they create more bag chatter than normal?

Great questions!

 

Nice HIGH trajectory with the PW! Unfortunately the wind is not a factor in Georgia right now. Hot muggy days with very little wind. I'll report back when I face enough wind to affect ball flight.

 

I have not tested them side by side yet however that is a great suggestion! I can see a little shoot out between my PW and the SSW in the near future. Thanks for the question and I will post up the results soon. I have enjoyed the HB 7 iron as it works great with little bump and run shots.

 

No bag clatter for me as I have the iron covers on. My co tester Wedgie has no covers so he can expand on that topic.

 

Keep those questions coming as these irons need exposure. They are that good!

 

 

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Great video ole grey.Boy I love the look of Georgia courses

Thanks buddy! Yep we have some pretty courses in this neck of the woods 🏌️🏌️

 

 

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Callaway  Epic Flash 10.5 Driver
Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Stage 2 - Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

 

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I'm hopping ahead of my co - testers and posting up my stage 2 today. I'll be checking on this thread often so if you have any questions fire away. I begin stage 2 with pre round range work hitting different shots with various irons and then on to the course for game type conditions. I threw in a few short videos demonstrating how the HB irons are working for me.

 

 

Looks:

 

You look down and see this big ole head with the thick top line. If ya don't like thick heads, you're in the wrong neighborhood. It's designed to have max forgiveness so they have the hybrid look and design. Larger from 4 iron and slim down towards the PW. Black with silver and chrome combo looks sexy!. There's no gaudy looking graphics to distract your eye which I prefer. Simply put it's a very good looking set of irons. The black finish on the top/back of the irons makes the irons appear thinner. The only thing I notice when I set up behind the ball is the topline. Yea the topline is thick however it gives me confidence that I can spank that ball's arse! They ooze confidence when you are addressing the ball. IMO they are the best looking SGI iron on the market! I've had a couple guys notice these irons and remark how sharp they look.

 

 

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I think Cleveland did an outstanding job on the design of these clubs as they are well built and the color combos are exceptionally appealing to the eye. Some golfers may not like the thick topline.

 

Looks: (8 of 10)

 

Sound & Feel:

 

 

I love the sound of a flushed golf ball off this face. It has a solid whack that let's everyone know the ball is struck well. I know these are cast irons however they sure sound sweet! The designers seemed aware these clubs shouldn't have the sound of hybrids therefore they added ribs in the chamber which results in a deep and pleasing sound at impact. It reminds me of crunching down on a north Georgia fall apple. Now feel is right there with with the sound. When flushed, the ball comes off the face with a mission. I did notice when shots are struck off the toe it's a different feel. Not quite the mash potato feel you get on center strikes however not enough to be concerned. Are you sure these things are not butter soft forged irons!?

 

Sound and Feel: (10 of 10)

 

Range Performance:

 

 

This is where you can build confidence that comes with a SGI set of irons. If you like a nice high trajectory with heat seeking missile accuracy, here's your irons. They simply wanted to go straight the majority of the time and that's regardless of whether you hit the shot off the heel, toe, high or low. These irons are legitimate super game improvement irons in the highest regard. If you are afraid you won't be able move the ball left or right, fear no more. They are not a one dimensional iron. I actually took the time to record some videos of my work with these on the range. I hit shots with the PW, 7I, and then hit a few 4 irons off a tee. I'll use it quite a bit on the shorter holes as it's a breeze to hit straight down the fairway.

 

Let's talk about distance. I was recently diagnosed (MRI) with two bulging disc and a pinched nerve in my lower back which inadvertantly moved over and flared up my left hip. I'm hitting solid shots however my yards of carry has suffered quite a bit . I hit the HBs very similar distances to my previous set of Callaway Steelhead irons however the HB's took a slight edge. Who would have thought a SGI set could muscle up to a GI set? Hmmmmm game on boys & girls!

 

If you click on the chart it should enlarge for better viewing.

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Now let's move on over to the range and see what the HB irons have under the hood! You'll notice I'm a picker of the ball and you'll rarely see a divot from me. The HBs work great for my swing on the majority of shots. I've had a few problems coming out of thick Bermuda rough however that's due to my flat swing plane and has nothing to do with these irons. I'm happy to say they also work great for you diggers too as my co tester wedgie, hits down on the ball with authority and lawd have mercy he hits the ball well with his HBs.

 

 

Check out the morning warm up with the boys prior to putting the HBs to test in our weekly money game.

 

https://youtu.be/hwIjT50vtY4

 

Pitching Wedge

https://youtu.be/KkpmG7sf4GU

 

7 - Iron

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4 - Iron

 

I hit some warm up shots with the 4 iron on a tee as I use it often on the shorter par 4 holes.

 

Range Performance: (18 of 20)

 

 

On Course Performance:

 

The HBs are pretty much point and shoot on the course. Pick your target with good body alignment and let er go. I've hit more accurate shots with these irons than I recall in many years. Keep in mind they are fit to my specs so that really helps however the forgiveness factor is all off the charts. My buddies and I love to have a good time on the golf course! We laugh a lot and give and take when it comes to the money games. In these videos you'll see the HB irons taking care of business for me. We started videoing on #8 and them picked a few holes on the back side to show on course performance. Without further ado, enjoy the arse whupping that's about to take place!

 

Tee shot on - Par 3

 

https://youtu.be/13DbiuOQTQs

Approach shot on #9

https://youtu.be/swIJONLWxF8

Tee shot on #12 - Par 3

https://youtu.be/3_zuQZOXk7o

Approach shot on #13

 

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Chip shot to #13 green

 

https://youtu.be/aLG2k1JQtNI

My buddy Will is not drunk however he does pull off a pretty Otis imitation.

 

4 Iron on Hole #14

https://youtu.be/s9mGHwDFQ2I

Approach shot on Hole #14

https://youtu.be/tyWasveT8s0

 

While these irons are super forgiving you can still move the ball left or right with proper skills. I'm a mid capper (15) and if I can do it you good golfers should have zero problem working the ball. I'm hitting more straight shots than ever with these irons however I still prefer the right to left shot shape.

With that said the control I have with the HBs is far greater so let me think, distance or closer proximity to my target? I'll take the closer shots all day long! Also having a better chance of hitting the ball where I'm looking really helps when the bucks are on the line. It definitely puts less stress on the ole billfold. The HBs are simply good in every aspect for my game. Solid distance, a better chance of hitting where I'm intending to go, and confidence when playing those old coots for money, puts these in my bag for a looooong time! Maybe forever more.

 

On Course Performance (37 of 40)

 

Final Performance Comments:

 

The HB irons are without a doubt the most fun irons I have ever bagged. They out performed what I considered a great set of irons (Callaway Steelhead irons) by a substantial margin. They have improved my chances of scoring through more consistent contact and dispersion. My favorite thing about the HB irons is the immediate confidence I feel, while addressing the ball. I honestly can't see a thing I would like to see changed about this set and I can say that I'm now a bonafide Cleveland Golf fan!

 

Play it or Trade it (20 of 20)

 

Total Points (93 of 100)

 

These irons are no doubt a game changer for me because they help me perform better when I really need to. It's a confidence thing. View the video below and you will understand why I truly enjoy them! I will be playing these irons for a loooooooong time!

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Golf is hard for the majority of us so why not game equipment that lightens the load. The Cleveland Launcher HB irons are fun and easy to play. They get the ball up fast and it simply wants to go straight. You can draw or fade with these irons however there's nothing wrong with shooting a bullet at the hole. Truthfully I have no qualms if these irons stay in my bag for the rest of my golfing life. They are that good for me.

 

I am 100 % satisfied that the Cleveland Launcher HB irons would be a tremendous asset to a whole slew of golfers. From upper single digit to the 20+ cappers. They simply work, REALLY well....

 

I would like to thank Cleveland Golf for allowing us this opportunity to test their product. There's no doubt in my mind they have a winner. Also thanks to MyGolfSpy for the many testing opportunities provided each year for members to participate in. We are truly blessed to be a part of this community!

 

A couple of my playing partners were really impressed with the Cleveland Launcher HB Irons during this particular round and asked if they could comment.

 

 

https://youtu.be/gmTcBZs_GyI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice job Bro! I didn't think they could move the Steelheads out of the bag. Are you still happy with them?

 

 

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Left Hand, 

Driver; Ping G410 Plus

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead

Irons; Ping G410 5-SW & Mizno 919 Hot Metal 5-SW

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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Nice job Bro! I didn't think they could move the Steelheads out of the bag. Are you still happy with them?

 

 

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I was  happy with the Steelheads however when testing them side by side with the HBs, the Clevelands felt so much easier to hit.  

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Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
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Ok I'm bumping up this thread as you Cobra challenge boys are having waaaaay too much fun!

 

Did I say these Cleveland Launcher HB irons are durable?  They have more lives than a stud cat on his 2nd go round.  ;) I've play 15+ rounds with these irons and I'm showing the pics of the 7 iron which I have hit a ton of shots both on the course and at the driving range. I don't know how they (Cleveland) protect their finish but these clubs are DURABLE with a capital D!  Take a look:

 

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The finish on these irons are tougher than nails and they keep on shining like the energizer bunny ticks.  :D

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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I'm playing with a guy tomorrow who has a set of these maybe 4 months old I'll check his out and see what the finish looks like.

Definitely need to bump this up, need more love for this thread!

 

 

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Left Hand, 

Driver; Ping G410 Plus

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead

Irons; Ping G410 5-SW & Mizno 919 Hot Metal 5-SW

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I'm playing with a guy tomorrow who has a set of these maybe 4 months old I'll check his out and see what the finish looks like.

Definitely need to bump this up, need more love for this thread!

 

 

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Whatever you do do not gamble against a man playing the Launcher HB Irons. You've been warned.

 

 

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I'm playing with a guy tomorrow who has a set of these maybe 4 months old I'll check his out and see what the finish looks like.

Definitely need to bump this up, need more love for this thread!

 

 

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If they're left handed you need to give em a swing too...  Just saying these dawgs will hunt!

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Whatever you do do not gamble against a man playing the Launcher HB Irons. You've been warned.

 

 

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Preach it bruther! 

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Callaway  XR16 4- Wood
Callaway Steelhead 3 Hybrid
Tommy Armour 845 MAX 5 - GW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 54 Degree SW
Tommy Armour Over N Out 58 Degree Lob
Wilson Harmonized Chipper 32 Degrees
Ping  Sigma G Tyne Putter OR Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide

 

 

 



 

 

 

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