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So Cleveland just launched their new Launcher XL irons that are meant to be a replacement for the UHX's. Thoughts? MGS's first look says they're meant to be replacements for the UHX lineup and that they're meant to look more game improvement-y. But to be honest, they look a lot more like my CBX launchers than the UHXs. I'm also really looking forward to some of the Crossfield, TXG and other reviews to see if they're truly that easy to get up in the air. 

https://mygolfspy.com/cleveland-launcher-xl-irons-go-big-part-iv/

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I also immediately thought they looked a lot more like the CBX than the UHX, so you're not alone there. 

Based on the pics that accompany @GolfSpy Barbajo's excellent article (4th in the series, right John?) I think this line looks WAY better than either the CBXs or the UHXs. The top down view looks pretty good for a fairly chonky iron. Also interesting to note there is higher MOI here vs the Halos. I'd probably still lean more towards the Halo XLs due to their size and the rails, but I think I (and a lot of other weekend warriors) would do just fine with these also.

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48 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

I also immediately thought they looked a lot more like the CBX than the UHX, so you're not alone there. 

Based on the pics that accompany @GolfSpy Barbajo's excellent article (4th in the series, right John?) I think this line looks WAY better than either the CBXs or the UHXs. The top down view looks pretty good for a fairly chonky iron. Also interesting to note there is higher MOI here vs the Halos. I'd probably still lean more towards the Halo XLs due to their size and the rails, but I think I (and a lot of other weekend warriors) would do just fine with these also.

Been trying out the 5-7-PW demo set that Cleveland sent me. Gotta say, they are easy to get up in the air. They're different than the XL Halos - MOI is higher with the XLs, but I'd say overall forgiveness and ease is greater with the Halos. They have a super wide sole and Gliderails - so there's no real comparison. Halos are more of a super-duper game improvement club, while the XLs are solidly game improvement, if that makes sense. 

I was most impressed by feel - to the point when I first hit them I had to stop and go "whoa." Cleveland did a very good job with these. I agree with above comments about the toplines - a little leaner than the UHX. I'm not a fan of the blue highlights - I did like the looks of the UHX better, but Cleveland told us they intentionally made the XLs look for like a game improvement iron. The market apparently didn't think the UHX irons looked enough like GI irons. 

Cleveland also said UHX sales have actually ticked up in their second year. They were frankly a little disappointed in first year sales, but apparently they caught on in year two. 

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32 minutes ago, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

Been trying out the 5-7-PW demo set that Cleveland sent me. Gotta say, they are easy to get up in the air. They're different than the XL Halos - MOI is higher with the XLs, but I'd say overall forgiveness and ease is greater with the Halos. They have a super wide sole and Gliderails - so there's no real comparison. Halos are more of a super-duper game improvement club, while the XLs are solidly game improvement, if that makes sense. 

I was most impressed by feel - to the point when I first hit them I had to stop and go "whoa." Cleveland did a very good job with these. I agree with above comments about the toplines - a little leaner than the UHX. I'm not a fan of the blue highlights - I did like the looks of the UHX better, but Cleveland told us they intentionally made the XLs look for like a game improvement iron. The market apparently didn't think the UHX irons looked enough like GI irons. 

Cleveland also said UHX sales have actually ticked up in their second year. They were frankly a little disappointed in first year sales, but apparently they caught on in year two. 

I can see people thinking the all-silver look and thinking player's distance iron. I personally don't mind the blue since a lot of other clubs do more glaring visual effects (e.g. I think the Ping G400s look awful). 

I was deciding between the CBX and the UHXs when I bought my clubs and went with the CBXs more for price and top line. I hit both similarly enough and wasn't bothered by the blue, so I couldn't justify the extra $250 in my head. Glad to hear this new line has continued to build on that and make things fun and easy. 

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Cleveland CBX launcher irons. 

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Odyssey White Hot Pro putter.

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The dudes at Cleveland are killing it in the design department. I'll agree with the above, not in love with the blue, but I can get over it really quick. Such good looking irons.

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They don’t look offensive at all for a club w max game improvement potential. I think this club will do well.

Im curious what pricing will be with like with like Tour AMT White or KBS $ Taper, etc. If they have a decent stable of no cost upgrade shafts I can see Cleveland making some ground with this release.

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I’ve been looking to test these out, but can’t find them in stock in any local stores.  I’m sure once the supply chain gets in order it will be easier to find some.

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