Cleveland Launcher HB Driver
When a company that started with manufacturing replicas of classical golf clubs was able to get among the best few golf club manufacturers, you realize that it is the dedication and the investments that made it get there. Known by its 588 wedges, which have been remade and upgraded, and considered one of the best wedges ever made. In line with its contributions in the world of golf, Cleveland was the first company to produce wedges that offer multiple bounce options featured on the sole, and it was the first to introduce milled grooves into the faces of the wedges. Plus, it is the first among the manufacturers to produce an oversized 460cc driver. However, the company’s success was not once and for all, and they had gone through quite a turmoil before being able to stand on firm grounds.
So, after many ups and downs, the company was finally able to regain its status of a premium company, which was mostly restored with the great success it had with its wedges and putters. If you have been playing golf and watching some of the major tournaments, you must have noticed Cleveland clubs in the bags of many Tour players as they have been quite popular.
However, besides being associated with wedges, and having their attention to the short game, in 2017 they decided that the time was right to pay due attention to the long game. They had already had established their reputation of a company that produces forgiving drivers, so they decided to focus within this range. And that was the right thing to do as Cleveland Launcher HB, has seen incredible success, and has been considered one of the most forgiving and the most playable drivers in the range.
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Large 460cc titanium head with low and deep CG for higher launching angles
Face Cup technology enables the face to flex more for more speed
High COR face and Fin-Flex sole maximize the speed of the ball
High ball trajectories with low spin and more speed and distance
Comes with ultralight, counterbalanced, graphite Miyazaki C shaft
The hosel is not adjustable
Similarly, they upgraded the crown design so that it flexes more at impact and delivers higher speeds. This HiBore crown allows a greater mass distribution down to the sole that leads to much higher launches with lower spin and further ball distances. The HiBore crown represents a highly innovative geometric shaping which repositions the center of gravity deeper and lower. Positioned like this means that it delivers plenty of forgiveness, so golfers can easily launch the ball. The crown actually features a step on it, designed to help golfers to align better and get more speed.
Cup Face Technology
Flex Fin Sole Technology
Cleveland Launcher HB driver has been a subject of many tests and trials and most of the experts agree that even though the company claims that it is engineered to meet the needs of average golfers with 10-20 handicap, different lofts have proven to deliver different playability and the span expands to lower and higher handicappers.
Therefore, the clubheads that come with 12 degrees loft are actually suitable for higher handicappers and golfers with very low swing speeds as higher -lofted club heads allow easier launch and more playability. The clubheads featuring 10.5 degrees loft are practically designed for mid-handicappers, while the 9 degrees lofted club head can suit well even the low handicappers. These drivers are able to deliver the straightest and the most distant ball flights with very low spin, making them a good appeal even for better players.
We have talked a lot about what makes a ball fly further and longer, but what we didn’t mention is the impact of the shaft on the playability of the driver. There’s another common notion about the shafts that they represent the engine of the clubhead and if the shaft isn’t solid enough then you won’t be able to generate as much power as necessary to launch the ball into a low spin, straight ball flight.
To make sure that the shaft will be able to complement and enhance the overall playability of Cleveland Launcher HB performance, its engineers included one of the latest, counterbalanced Miyazaki C shaft which weighs only 50 grams. It is one of the most lightweights graphite shafts ever found on a driver and thanks to its low-torque, it maintains stability and balance. It comes in three flex points, regular, senior and stiff to meet various golfers’ needs.
The driver delivers high launching ball flights with low spin and very straight trajectories. As a support of this claim, there have been several golfers’ reviews that claim that this driver has helped them cure slices and hooks and gain 10 to 15 more yardages, which is quite a lot.
One thing that comes as a concern is the slightly unpleasant, crushing sound at impact that might deliver completely different feedback. However, once you get used to the club you'll be able to communicate quite well with it and enjoy its performance.
- Oversized, 460cc titanium head with low and deep CG for higher launching angles
- Fixed hosel design that saves weight which is relocated deep and low in the sole
- Face Cup technology makes the sweet spot larger and enables the face to flex more for more speed
- High COR face in combination with the Fin-Flex sole maximize the speed of the ball
- High ball trajectories with low spin and more speed and distance
- Three available lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees
- Engineered for mid to high handicappers
- Comes with ultralight, counterbalanced, graphite Miyazaki C shaft
On the plus side, we need to mention its fairly low price point which comes due to the fact that it doesn’t feature an adjustable hosel is usually the reason for a high price. So, if you are a golfer who is transiting from high to low handicap and looking for a speed-enhancing driver that delivers the longest and the straightest ball flights, Cleveland Launcher HB is one of the best options to consider.