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I had heard a lot of good things about Clevelandís Launcher driver and I jumped at the chance at taking one on my recent press trip to Tenerife.
Cleveland has aimed this driver at the average golfer and has incorporated as much technology as they could to help that group of golfers. The first part of this process was to introduce a cup face which increases the COR across the face. The benefits of that are a larger sweet spot, added ball speed which means more distance and a consistent ball speed across the face which gives you more forgiveness.
Clevelandís HiBore crown has been reinvented and moves the centre of gravity (COG) low and deep in the club head which gives the club a high launch low-spinning ball off the face. The HiBore crown works with Clevelandís Flex-Fin technology so the structure of the club head compresses at impact and as it decompresses the ball launches off the face of the club with increased ball speed even on heel and toe miss-hit shots.
There is no adjustability with this driver, Cleveland have designed an ultra-lightweight hosel with one setting and have moved the weight saved in that area low and deep in the club again helping with your launch angle and forgiveness.
I know this club is aimed at the average golfer and I have a relatively faster swing speed than this club is aimed at, having said that I loved playing with it, it's a real grip it and rip it club and you donít have to worry about any adjustments to the lie or loft and as much as I enjoy adjusting a club to suit what I am looking for, I loved the simplicity of this driver.
What I also enjoyed was the sound at impact and the high launch angle, but what I liked about the high launch, it wasnít some flimsy lob, it had real penetration behind it and with the high ball speeds off the face it certainly didnít lack distance.
If you are looking for a simple no nonsense driver that gives you a great launch angle, distance and forgiveness at a fantastic price point, then I would make sure you put the Launcher HB on your testing list before you make your final decision.