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The new Cleveland Halo hybrid utilises a gliderail design on the sole of the club, this technology helps provide speed retention during the stoke so the club doesn’t get snagged up in the rough. The three glide rails help the clubhead glide through the turf, helping maintain clubhead speed as it comes into the impact area.
Cleveland use an enhanced HiBore Crown that has pushed the centre of gravity (COR) low and deep in the clubhead to help produce a low spinning, high launch ball flight, weighting has also been moved to the perimeter of the club increasing the clubs MOI which has enhanced the club’s forgiveness.
All this combined with the club’s new HT1770M steel variable face insert helps the ball release off the face faster for increased ball speeds and distance, while also offering an increased sweet spot for more forgiveness on off-centre strikes.
First up you need to know I tested this club with a regular shaft as there wasn’t one with a stiff shaft that I could use at the time I was going on the testing trip, so I couldn’t really go after a ball to see how far I could really nudge this baby. On the other side of that coin swinging slower meant I certainly middled a lot more shots out of the sweet spot and I did get plenty of distance 225-yards slightly down wind and a couple of positional tee shots meant this was the perfect club.
The main test for the Halo and its gliderail design was always going to be from the rough and I have to say the turf interaction couldn’t have been better. It has been an horrendous winter in the UK and the amount of rain has seen many courses closed, but being able to feel the head glide through long wet grass that if I went to deep is just a mud bath certainly put the gliderail design through its paces. The added bonus was how well the club sat behind the ball on the fairway shots.
The theory behind the new Cleveland range of clubs is being able to improve the game of the average golfer and the new Halo hybrid will certainly do that for you.