Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver Review

 
The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver blends the incredible technology available today with the classic look and functionality of ten years ago. Golf Digest recognized the incredible features of this driver by giving it the Silver rating on its 2018 Hot List. Cleveland Golf has been a leading name in golf club manufacturing for generations, and major champions Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell have trusted them for years. This driver features incredible technology for as much as half the cost of some of its competitors, giving you an optimal bang for your buck. If you’re a value-seeking golfer who’s looking for a driver that focuses on one thing: a long and straight tee shot, The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is just the golf club for you.

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Key Features

  • An all-new HiBore crown removed weight from the top, bringing the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver’s center-of-gravity lower and farther back, which is optimal for launching the golf ball higher and with less spin. Unlike the 2006 HiBore (the first of its kind), which had a funky, saucer-like look at address, the new HiBore technology is subtle yet effective.

  • The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver utilizes Flex-Fin technology. These fins act as a springboard, providing you with more pop off the clubface, and greater distance overall. The Flex-Fins also add a sleek, futuristic design feature to the club, further enhancing its visual appeal.

  • Along with the Flex-Fins, the Launcher Cup Face on the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is designed to increase the COR (Coefficient of Restitution) not only on the (much larger) sweet spot, but everywhere on the club face. This feature will make even your misses longer and straighter than ever before.

 

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  • HiBore Crown
  • New launcher cup-face
  • Unique flex-fins

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Design and Technology

The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver specializes in delivering long, high, straight drives, and it starts with the HiBore crown design. Compared to the original HiBore models, which had a considerable dip to its design, this HiBore crown is hardly noticeable, yet profound in the club’s performance. This small, simple design feature removes weight from the crown, lowering the center-of-gravity, making it much easier for you to launch your drives high and straight.

For those who look for adjustability in the loft or draw/fade bias, there is a reason the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver doesn’t offer this feature, and it has to do with the hosel. The hosel is designed to be as light as possible, and all that extra weight saved in the area where the clubhead is joined with the shaft goes where it helps the most: down at the bottom. The extra weight at the bottom further enhances a low and deep center-of-gravity, which is the key to higher launch with lower spin, and, therefore, longer drives.

If a low and deep center-of-gravity is the most important aspect to maximizing distance off the tee, the Coefficient of Restitution is a close second. To push the limits of the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver, they have utilized their Launcher Cup Face technology. By changing the dynamics of the clubface, the manufacturer has been able to increase the sweet spot, which also increases the face flex, giving you more distance. Just by looking at the clubface, you can see how much larger the sweet spot looks. This should immediately increase your confidence with your tee shots knowing that you have plenty of room on the face to hit some of your best drives ever.

Further enhancing the springboard effect of the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is its Flex-Fin technology. Not only do these fins look sleek on the sole of the club, they serve an important purpose, acting like a spring that increases flexing at impact. The combination of the Flex-Fins and the Launcher Cup Face technology have made this Cleveland Golf’s longest driver ever.

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Pros

  • Designed to help every player hit it longer and straighter every time
  • Very simple in design and features, which doesn’t require any tools to adjust
  • Priced with the value-conscious golfer in mind

Cons

  • Without any adjustability, you have to know your loft before purchasing
  • No adjustable weights, which may cause problems in windy conditions
  • The HiBore design may not suit everyone’s eye
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Control and Performance
Design and Appearance

 
 
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Specs

The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is available in 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees of loft. They come equipped with a Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shaft, available in Stiff, Regular, and Senior flexes. A Lamkin Cleveland Blue Cap grip comes as the standard option.

Conclusion

The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is the first driver the company has produced in over four years, and they certainly did not disappoint. Instead of following the trend of so many drivers manufactured today, Cleveland opted for a simple yet effective product which focuses on one thing: a driver that launches high, and goes forever. If you are a mid to high handicap player looking for a driver that doesn’t require any tinkering whatsoever, and just want to hit it long and straight off the tee, then the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is right for you.

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How Does the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver Compare?

TaylorMade M3 Driver

The TaylorMade M3 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced and is engineered to expand the sweet spot, maximizing forgiveness, and allowing for personalized adjustment of the ball flight. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M1 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M1 Driver review here to learn more. The TaylorMade M3 signature feature is its innovative new Twist Face design that uses a novel corrective curvature on the face of the club to add forgiveness and help drives go straighter. A Hammerhead slot further adds to the forgiveness while also increasing ball speed to help extend drives further down the fairway. Lastly, a new Y-Track movable weight system allows adjustments to optimize ball flight. These all combine to help get the most out of drives, making them straighter and longer than before. The TaylorMade M3 Driver is truly an amazing club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course.

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  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

TaylorMade M4 Driver

The TaylorMade M4 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced, improving power and forgiveness. As with the TaylorMade M3 Driver, it improves on the driver’s forgiveness and helps drives to go further by implementing two of the same technologies found in the M3 Driver: a new Twist Face design and a Hammerhead slot. Twist Face takes the face of the club and slightly twists it to create a bulge and roll in just the right areas to correct for human tendencies when striking the ball off-center and results in straighter drives. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M2 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M2 Driver review here to learn more. The Hammerhead slot is similar to the Speed Pocket found in the M2 Driver but is further refined to increase forgiveness and ball speed, pushing drives even further down the fairway. Lastly, the M4 also features a Geocoustic design that contributes to a larger sweet spot and magnifies the sound and feel of drives. The M4 Driver is genuinely a carefully engineered club that is perfect for low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course while also providing the freedom that comes with not needing to adjust any weight positions.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Hammerhead slot: the reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, resulting in a larger sweet spot
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face and drops unwanted spin for more distance

GX7 Golf Club

The GX7 Golf Club is amazing little club, even though it is “As Seen on TV”. We all know that the hardest part of golf is being consistent, especially when we are hitting off of the tee box. That is why the pros are the pros, and we are amateurs. But have you ever wondered if the reason why you are not consistent when hitting off the tee box is because you are using the same golf club that the pros use, and not a golf club made for amateurs. Well this is the exact theory behind the GX7 Golf Club. A golf club made for amateurs that provides the hitting consistency of a pro. So if you can get over the fact that the GX7 is a “As Seen on TV” Golf Club, you might be amazed by what this little club can do. The GX7 Golf Club is a great driver for a high handicap golfer looking to improve their game both on and off the tee box.
 
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Should You Buy the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver

With a shape, build, and emphasis on delivering uncompromised distance and accuracy off the tee, without all the hassle of adjusting loft and draw/fade bias, the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver is ideal for the golfer who needs a reliable driver that goes a long way down the middle and won’t cost them a fortune. If this player profile fits you, do yourself a favor and add the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver to your bag!

 

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