Martin Hopley
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I have to confess that I have a soft spot for Cleveland hybrids as they have always been a generous size, easy to hit and competitively priced, so when the Launch HB hybrid turned up I was interested in seeing what they had done as it has been 3 years since the Cleveland 588 Hybrid

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The Launcher HB name goes back to the 2009 Cleveland Launcher, but the look is slightly different as the toe is longer and more pointy than the squarer, taller toe I was used to from previous Cleveland hybrids.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The head now features the HiBore Crown that first appeared on the HiBore XLS hybrid of 2008 and aims to lower the crown so that the CG is lower in the head for a higher launch and more forgiveness.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The 2017 version has a better looking, less severe step than before and the silver paint fill looks a bit more subtle than on the driver and fairway as there is less of a flat area at the back of the step.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The silver line still sweeps away a little too much around the toe for my liking as it gives the impression that the face is open when it isn't and something more balanced might help more with alignment.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The head is quiet long for a hybrid which I like as it gives a feeling of confidence that I think mid to high handicappers will prefer.

The Launcher HB hybrid sole has the same Flex-Fin design that is on the driver and fairway to aid ball speed and launch.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The sound and feel at impact was good and the flight was about right for a forgiving hybrid and it was one of those clubs which is just good fun to hit, which was what I remember from Cleveland hybrids of the past.

Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid

The C.Kua shaft from sister company Miyazaki is very good and really adds to the overall package, with a light feel combined with good stability.

Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid Shaft

The Launcher HB maybe does not have the pizazz of the top selling hybrids in the market, but like the fairway, it does have a similar price. If it ends up a bit below average then that would make it stand out more, as forgiveness and value for money is what Cleveland are saying that the Launcher HB range is about.

It is an enjoyable club to use and if you like a simple, clean hybrid with a generous head size then the Launcher HB is worth considering.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Cleveland Launcher HB Hybrid - Product Details

UK Launch15 September 2017
UK Launch RRP£179
USA Launch15 September 2017
USA Launch RRP$199.99
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts19°, 22°
Right Handed Lofts19°, 22°, 25°
MaterialSteel
Lie60°
Head Volume114 cc
Club Length40.25 inches
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameMiyazaki C. Kua 60
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLadies, Regular, Stiff
Number/Loft3H/19°, 5H/25°, 4H/22°
Manufacturer's WebsiteCleveland Website

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