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Built on a stable Gliderail chassis, the Cleveland Launcher Halo hybrid offers high launching, straight shots from the lies where golfers inevitably find themselves.
I could try to describe the types of lies the Launcher Halo is designed to help you recover from, but this short video – LINK – provides vivid imagery along with stunning scenery that I can’t match with words. And if you’re leery of marketing hype, keep reading for my take on this workhorse hybrid.
At address, the Halo hybrid’s look fits right in with the Launcher wood family. The overall size of the head is in step with the category, but the signature HiBore stepdown comes across as a beefy, iron-like top line to my eye. I do appreciate the way the matte black crown blends seamlessly with the black face.
The sole of the Launcher Halo is something new for Cleveland Golf. The wide center glide rail flanked by smaller rails make a statement that this isn’t your typical hybrid. And before you post the obvious rail comments, I agree, rails on a hybrid are not a new concept.
Sound & Feel
With a woodsy snap, the Launcher Halo has a distinctive sound that is fairly consistent across the face. Centered strikes have a solid feel in concert with the sound, and there’s reasonable feedback in the hands as contact wanders towards the heel or toe.
Even being the smallest sibling in the Launcher wood family, the Halo hybrid is chock full of technology, all working in harmony to send the golf ball high and straight. The HiBore crown allows for a lower center of gravity that creates higher launch. Halo Weighting refers to the sole structure and the weighting in the rails that provide stability. And, of course, the Gliderails themselves assist in keeping the club moving for speed retention. Rounding out the tech talk, Cleveland incorporates variable face thickness on the Halo hybrid to maximize ball speed and boost distance.
Circling back to actual results, my first observation was how easy the Launcher Halo is to hit. Even not-so-perfect strikes had the ball launching high and straight. There was some loss in distance moving from centered contact, but the face area for good performance was generous.
I wasn’t willing to replicate the cart path shot that’s in the video, but I did subject the Halo to a few bad lies. First, I hit some balls off hard packed sand, the basic bare lie, and found performance unchanged. Moving to deep grass, it’s hard to determine conclusively if there was less drag than with other hybrids, but I will state that the club felt stable through the hitting zone and balls flew straight down the target line. My third test position was at the bottom of an old crusty divot. With a steeper, trap swing the ball shot out like a glorious pro tour stinger every time – lack of golf claps notwithstanding.
It’s refreshing for a company to recognize that most golfers don’t hit the fairway with every tee shot and to design a club to help us out of trouble. With the Launcher Halo hybrid, when Cleveland Golf says “Play your ball as it lies” they aren’t invoking a rule, they’re empowering your game.
Cleveland Launcher Halo Hybrid Price & Specs