Cleveland Launcher CBX Irons Review

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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.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.


  1. I guess they are long. The PW loft is what my 8 iron is. (1986 Ping Eye2)

  2. Eric Hutchens

    These may be the most interesting clubs to me for this year. I’m highly intrigued by your review.

  3. I’m looking for a set to give my son, who’s just getting back into golf. Understandably, I know you don’t like to compare models. That being said, are these similar to the Ping g400 irons in terms of distance and feel?

    • I don’t have any experience with the G400 irons Rick. Matt S gave the Ping’s very high marks, so either set would be worth considering. Don’t focus to much on distance unless ego is in play. Feel is what makes you happy at the end of the day. Let him hit several models if you want him to really enjoy the game.

      Matt M

  4. Had a fitting with these today and they were very impressive and for me outperformed the ping by 10 yards. They were also 15 yards longer than my razr x irons. I’ve ordered them so will let you know how they go.

  5. I tried one of the test kit +1″ and 2 deg up fitted with the graphite shaft on Friday. I could not believe how good it was to swing. Current irons Taylormade MC 4,5,6 – MB 7 down, fitted with Project X 6.0 and I’m 67 years old.

  6. I have the Callaway Steelhead iron. Can you tell me more about the Cleveland CBX irons. I bought the Cleveland CBX wedges at 50 54 58 and have improved my game using them. Will the irons do the same. Or just stay with the Callaway irons

    • That’s a question we just can’t answer Joe. You don’t state what wedges you were playing before the the CBXs, but it’s not surprising they improved your short game. The Steelhead irons are in the same category as the CBX irons, but there are many factors that could influence performance for you as an individual. Give the Cleveland a few swings and talk with a qualified fitter.

      Thanks for reading and posting,

      Matt M

  7. How do these irons compare to the CG16s that I bagged this season? I hit some truly amazing 8 and 9 iron approach shots with the current irons fitted with stock steel shafts. I am 145 ish with 7 iron. 68 years old and 10 handicap recovering from shoulder surgery two years ago! Lived your review!

    • Thanks for the kind words Rich and good to hear about producing impressive numbers at your young age. I have never hit the CG16s. but feel confident that you’d enjoy the new Cleveland irons since they are several generations newer. Give them a try and let us know your impressions.


      Matt M

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  9. I have just bought a full set of these with the launcher driver 3 fairway and 3 hybrid and am a high handicap player and hit 92. It is the first time I have broken 100 and if it wasnt for 2 bad holes would have also broken 90. Great forgiving club for a high handicapper.

  10. Todd Hutcheson

    My clubs got stolen and I got a demo of these at Dubsdread in Orlando. Wow is all I can say.
    I have not had new clubs in at least 25 years, but these did launch and hit straight. Cant wait to try for a round.

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  12. LED linterna

    You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually one thing that I feel I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am taking a look ahead in your next put up, I will try to get the hold of it!

  13. Edward Monette

    I have been looking at the CBX irons and wedge clubs with my favorite golf pro. I currently use green dot G20’s. Can the Cleveland clubs come in different lies?

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