Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Irons Review

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The Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons are seriously forgiving, high launching and straight.  Hollow progressive shaping and unique HiBore profile.

Introduction

Recording our 2019 year end podcast [listen HERE], Matt Saternus and I agreed Cleveland Golf has been producing high quality clubs at attractive price points – something most golfers appreciate.  Having found noteworthy forgiveness across the Launcher products I had tested, this declaration from Cleveland really caught my attention:  “Launcher HB Turbo Irons are big, fast, and forgiving as forgiveness gets.”

Looks

I appreciate that Cleveland Golf didn’t shy away from stating the irons are big in the quote above, and for golfers in the SGI category, that size may offer you an air of confidence.  That said, there’s no denying the topline is thick, but the mix of polished and matte chrome finish keeps it from feeling overwhelming.

As a progressive shaped set, the size of the distinctive HiBore Crown diminishes as the loft goes up.  The sole has a similar look to its predecessor with simple branding and clean lines that break up the large surface.

Sound & Feel

Although the Launcher HB Turbo Iron head has a bulky look, the club had a well balanced feel with only a hint of head weight.  At impact, the solid feel in my hands matched the deep thwack my ears heard.  It took an enormous mishit to feel any significant feedback.

Performance

True to the bold forgiveness declaration from Cleveland, the Launcher HB Turbo irons are indeed super forgiving.  Any decent contact sent the ball high and straight.  This can be attributed in a large part to the HiBore profile which, along with being hollow, positions weight low and deep in the head.

With low spin and modest offset, the irons are also well suited to golfers trying to alleviate a slice.  Although the irons share the Turbo moniker with other clubs in the Launcher family, I did not find the face “hot” or “explosive”.  Distances were very consistent, but not attention grabbing.

Conclusion

The Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons make it easy to keep the ball in play.  Golfers with slower swing speeds will enjoy getting the ball high in the air no matter how solid the strike.  The wide soles offer versatility for the non-tour conditions we all face on a routine basis.  Very, very forgiving.

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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.

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15 Comments

  1. Can you do a comparison of the Turbo driver compared with the previous Launcher HB?

  2. I want.

  3. How do these compare to Cobra T rail hybird irons .

  4. What is the difference(s) between the original hb launcher and the new turbo irons? Is it worth the $300 difference to buy the newer model?

    • Matt Meeker

      You can glean the differences by reading both reviews Gary. “Worth it” is always a difficult question to answer – so many personal variables. My best advice would be, if you have the extra $300 to spend, go for the latest version.

      – Meeks

  5. I have taylormade m2 irons…would you consider the Cleveland irons an upgrade, downgrade or lateral?

    • Matt Meeker

      That depends on your basis for the comparison Joe. Distance, forgiveness, workability, looks…. Fundamentally you are asking about changing from game improvement to super game improvement. If that’s what your game needs, then sounds like an upgrade.

      – Meeks

  6. Jerry Thompson

    Which is the better buy ? cleveland HB Turbo or the new Ping G 710 I know the ping is $$ It is down to those 2 or a knock off which I am not leaning to ? Low ball hitter trouble getting ball in air slow swing speed i am 65 good shape

    • Matt Meeker

      That’s a question only you can truly answer Jerry. ‘Better buy’ gets into cost vs performance. I strongly recommend you hit them both and let performance be your guide.

      – Meeks

  7. I m in the same boat as Joe. Have just bought the m2 / with 4-5 hybrids and was torn between them and the launchers I actually really liked the feel of the launchers but never hit them. Are you saying the Cleveland’s are a better way to go? I don’t have a problem getting ball in the air but really trying to find a bit more distance. I’m 66 yrs old and lost yardages. What do you think about steel vs graphite? Thank you

    • Matt Meeker

      I’m not sure if you are asking PIG or Joe, but going with graphite is typically required for lighter shafts which is often beneficial for golfers as they age (including me).

      – Meeks

  8. I was asking if you felt that the launchers are a better club then the M2 ‘s. I ve asked a lot of the golf shop guys and they say oh their both great I think so they don’t push one way or other but I’m really trying to go the best way. I hit both the other day and seemed like launchers were a bit easier but I think I was hitting 7 iron about the same distance. I’m 66 and don’t know if I should go the launchers with also doing the graphite thing. The guy at golf store said I should only go graphite if I struggle getting ball in the air which I don’t. I appreciate any input from you Thanks again

    • Matt Meeker

      I have not hit the M2s, so I can’t offer a comparison. You tested both models, but seem reluctant to trust the observations and how they feel to you. The only way to answer the steel v graphite dilemma is to try them. I don’t agree with the statement you relayed about graphite and I’ve proven many times myself that generalities aren’t absolutes. For peace of mind and optimized clubs, you truly need to spend time with a qualified club fitter.

      – Meeks

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