Cleveland Launcher UHX Irons Review

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Half cavity back and half utility-hollow, the Cleveland Launcher UHX is a combo set that offers precision with the short irons and forgiveness with the long irons.  Aesthetically well executed progression.

Introduction

It’s becoming more common these days for golfers to have a mixed set of irons, subbing in more forgiving models in the lower lofted range.  Cleveland Golf takes the concept full circle with a complete combo set, the Launcher UHX, which incorporates a utility-hollow design in the 4 – 7 irons and cavity back designs in 8 – wedge.

Looks

One nice thing a complete set offers that a mix of models doesn’t is a unified look.  Not to say that all the Launcher UHX irons look identical, but there is a common aesthetic.  In the bag I really like the size, location, and color of both the black iron numbers and red loft numbers.  The simple geometric quadrants on the back side encompass a mix of rough casting and polished finishes.  While the hollow long irons have solid backs, the short irons have true cavity backs.

At address, the pitching wedge shown above looks very similar to the Cleveland CBX 2 (see that review HERE) and its clean, classic look.  Transitioning to the 7 iron, the top line gets a bit thicker and there’s some offset, but overall the club’s size is right in line with most game improvement irons.  Working up to the 5 iron, the topline is beefy and the back side is visible.

Sound & Feel

On partial or full shots with the Launcher UHX wedge the sound was crisp, somewhere between a ‘tock’ and a ‘tick’ –a ‘tack’ to my ears.  There was a fair amount of feedback in my hands, and overall the club was pleasing to hit.

With the hollow body 5 and 7 irons, the sound was a medium volume ‘thwack’.  Strikes had a much softer feel than the wedge and there wasn’t much feedback unless contact was on the extreme perimeter of the face.  Paired with the Miyazaki C. Kua 60 shaft, all the clubs had nicely balanced weighting throughout the swing.

Performance

Reviewing my field notes, “great turf interaction” was a common trait for all the irons.  I had seen V shaped soles in Srixon irons over the years, and, hitting the Cleveland Launcher UHX irons, I can now fully appreciate the design benefits.  Even coming in a tad heavy, the club head released from the turf, retaining momentum.

Although all the irons feature Cleveland Golf’s laser milled Tour Zip Grooves, spin was most noteworthy in the wedge, consistent with the control aspect of the short irons.  Also common throughout the set is the high strength steel face that allowed the designers to vary thicknesses to maximize ball speed – even on heel and toe shots.

Both the 5 and 7 irons produced high and straight ball flights.  I could work the 7 iron some, but the 5 iron was all about distance.  Launching balls was effortless.  Paralleling the feel, these irons were very forgiving.

Conclusion

Cleveland Golf did a great job utilizing the proven designs of their other models in developing the Launcher UHX irons.  Looks-wise, the seamless progression of cavity backed short irons to utility-hollow long irons is well executed.  For the aspiring golfer who can capitalize on scoring precision with shorter irons, but still needs forgiveness on longer shots, the Launcher UHX is definitely worth a hard look.

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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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23 Comments

  1. Still happy with my CBX irons. These sure look nice though.

  2. I have p 790 thru 6 iron and needed a 5 iron . I found a uhx 5 iron on second swing with the same shaft as my other irons.
    Now I’m looking to get fit for the first time hopefully it will be with the uhx .

  3. I had a combo set of the 588 MT and TT a few years back. They were cannons but the light weight shaft that came stock didn’t fit my swing. Seems like this set would be similar to the 588’s

  4. I don’t see a 3 iron on Cleveland’s web site.

  5. Did you happen to swing the 4 iron in this set? Looking to see how it stacks up as a utility iron. Thanks.

    • Matt Meeker

      I did not Joe – 5 was the highest. But I have no doubt that the 4 iron would make a great utility iron. I say that tongue in cheek as Cleveland actually markets the 3, 4, and 5 irons as utility irons on their website.

      – Meeks

  6. Travis Symington

    Do the utility irons and the normal long irons that come in the set have any differences or do they just market the long irons as available for individual purchase?

  7. I’m interested in the 5 iron but I don’t know if I should get the regular 5 iron or the “utility” 5 iron. The vendors I have looked at have them listed separately and they have different prices for the utility and the other 5i.
    Do you know what the difference is if any? Loft & Lie angles are the same as are the shaft lengths.

    • Matt Meeker

      I am not aware of any differences Alan. I recommend contacting Cleveland Golf via email or social media channels.

      – Meeks

  8. Have you heard or seen anything regarding the durability of the club head surface (front & back)?
    I bought Ping G400 irons that have gotten nicks & dings since the first round I played them and have continued to show wear. It’s like leaving the dealership in a new car & driving through a hail storm on the way home.

  9. Steve Neumeister

    Would you put these in the mid to high handicap group. I stink but love playing. Looking for a forgiving club.

  10. Wesley T Pfeifer

    I went to a fitting and hit Calloway, Taylormade, Mizona, Titleist. I was just ready to select the Mizona forged irons, as I hit them really solid every time I hit them. The price was 1000-1400 depending on the shafts I selected. Then the fitter says, wait, I have another one for you to hit. He brought out the Cleveland UHX Launchers (699) and said give these a try. I hit 8 shots solid and as long as the Mizona’s, but actually more accurate. Mind you, I am 68 and have already hit 100 plus balls and looking for a game improvement, but distance was needed and got it, but also accuracy. Oh, I also forgot about the feel of the balance of the clubs, but you need to try them yourselves. Golf clubs are as personal as your clothes, you got to try them on, but these are worth the look.

  11. Chuck Anderson

    I currently have the HB Launchers from a couple of years ago. I am a high handicap golfer but love to play. What would the UHX’s give me the that the HB Launchers do not (i.e. speed, distance, etc.) or would these UHX’s actually take me backwards in my game. Thank you.

    • The HB Launchers are the ultimate for forgiveness and easy of launch. The UHX offer more control and a different look. Might you enjoy the UHXs? The only way to know for sure Chuck is to hit them and see how they perform for you.

      Keep enjoying the game!

      – Meeks

  12. Are these comparable to the Mizuno JPX 921s . You mentioned in your reviews on the JPXs that the ball flight was low. The lofts on the cleveland are similar, is the flight characteristics similat?

    • Matt Meeker

      The design features are not similar Bernard. I’ve never hit the 921s Bernard, but the UHX are meant for higher ball flight – it’s in the name.

      – Meeks

  13. Launch and height are 2 different things. Most of the reviews on these type of strong lofted mid handicap clubs are performed by testers who have faster swing speeds than your average golfer who these clubs are designed for.

  14. Gary Stacey

    I am looking at the Cleveland Launcher UHX irons with graphite shafts, but my swing speed is low typical for 73 year old. Looking for more distance from the longer irons. Now using hybrid 6 and 5. The Launcher UHX clubs may provide higher ball flight and more distance.

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