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The Launcher HB irons mark a return to the super game improvement category for Cleveland with a set that launches it high for mid to low swing speed players.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

The Launcher HB is effectively a set of hybrids masquerading as a set of irons and the look at address helps this illusion.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

Each club has the same top line thickness in a chrome finish and if you then imagine you are playing on a sunny day, you can focus on that and imagine the black rear of the head is just a shadow.

This hollow crown that slopes back from the leading edge is what gives the Launcher HB that high launch as the weight is pulled low and back in the head.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

The sole shows where this and the raised centre section helps the club through the grass from the fairway and the rough with ease.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

This is nothing new particularly as the Launcher HB is an updated version of the Cleveland 588 Altitude irons that also sent the ball into orbit with the minimum of fuss.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

The difference is a thinner face from the HT 1770 steel that is stabilised on the inside of the head by ribs that also modify the sound.

Compared to the Launcher CBX irons on GC2, the Launcher HB created significantly more spin and as a result did not go as far.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

However distance is not what the Launcher HB is about, because it is designed to be a light club for moderate to slow swing speeds who need to get the elevation on their shots so that they land steep enough to stop on the green.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

This they do very well and they are effortless to hit with the excellent Miyazaki C.Kua graphite shaft providing all the stability you need in an iron shaft.

As you go down the set the 'shadow' of the hollow head reduces and disappears from view around the 9-iron and by the time you get to the wedge it's hard to believe that you are playing a hollow headed club.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

Many brands have tried to create a set of woods that are irons but Cleveland lead the way with the Launcher HB as they have managed to make it look like a set of irons if you can focus on that leading edge.

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

The feel and sound has enough elements of being an iron to pass muster and the ease of use and high flight gives those who need it a great alternative to game improvement irons.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Cleveland Launcher HB Irons - Product Details

UK Launch15 September 2017
UK Launch RRP£570
USA Launch15 September 2017
USA Launch RRP$599.99
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityRight
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameDynamic Gold 98 (Steel), Miyazaki C. Kua (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexLadies, Regular, Stiff
DesignCavity Back, Hybrid
Set Makeup5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs4, GW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCleveland Website

User Reviews

B Gin
December 2017

Got my set yesterday and took them to the simulator. Was really impressed with the longer irons. 4 and 5 irons have been a problem for me. I am 60 years old and a bogey golfer. I think I'm really going to like these. Even shots off the tow had decent results.

Mike Fentress
October 2017

I’ve had my Launchers for a couple of weeks now. Played very solid and learning the distance for each club came easy. Actually shot one shot off my nest game. I’m 68 years old and play a lot of golf. Control seem to be better and for me, distance is not different. Love these clubs and would recommend them to anyone looking to better their game.

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