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Easy to hit and long, the Launcher CBX irons from Cleveland Golf are also designed to perform from any lie. A worthy new contender in the game improvement domain.
The club designers at Cleveland Golf have been very busy this year and have opened up new doors for the average golfer. Building from their wealth of wedge knowledge, the Cleveland CBX wedges were born to provide forgiveness to your short game. The much loved HiBore driver was brought back to life in the new Launcher HB. Blending the best of both, the Launcher CBX Irons were created to provide forgiveness, distance and control – all at a reasonable price.
In the bag, the Cleveland Launcher CBX irons have a clean silhouette and simple branding. A metallic blue strip echoes the angles of the cavity back and is juxtaposed with a patch of ridged black polymer. Both the iron number and the loft are marked on the sole.
At address there’s some offset and a thick top line as would be expected in game improvement irons. I’m not a big fan of the cavity slot that seems destined to collect dirt and grass clippings.
Sound & Feel
A clean strike with the Launcher CBX iron felt very crisp and solid. It took a serious mishit to feel like one. The seemingly expanded sweet spot may be attributable to what Cleveland calls Feel Balancing Technology, where a microcavity was created in the hosel to move the center of gravity closer to the center of the face. The sound at impact was a pleasant thwack.
My eyebrows perked up with the very first swing, which felt effortless. I hate to say it, but ‘launched’ is the perfect word for how the ball came off the club face. I consistently had towering, straight trajectories. I lost some distance on mishits, but the forgiveness was impressive.
Two other features of the Launcher CBX irons, face grooves and sole shape, are worth noting. The face on all the irons have Cleveland’s Tour Zip Grooves and laser milling that provide spin not only from the fairway and also from the rough. Optimized for each club, the V shaped sole keeps the club moving through the turf for better contact.
Cleveland Golf’s motto for the new Launcher CBX irons matches the dream of most recreational golfers – “Max distance with pinpoint accuracy”. If you can perform your part – the swing – these clubs will serve you well. Beyond distance and forgiveness, I really appreciate that these irons incorporate design features like Tour Zip Grooves and V shaped soles. The improved stability and control when interfacing with turf is a sure way to improve your scoring.