What we say...
Cleveland say the new Launcher HB Turbo Irons deliver maximum forgiveness and feautre an easy-to-hit to profile that is specifically targeted at game improvement players seeking more distance and more accuracy.
"These irons allow game improvement players the ability to get the ball into the air better than any iron on the market," said Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering, Research and Development. "Now with a thinner, hotter face, the Launcher HB Turbo Irons give you a half club more distance over the previous generation."
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Launcher HB Turbo Irons maintain a fully hollow construction, allowing for optimized sole weighting for shots that launch higher, but now incorporate a new high strength, turbocharged face insert that is thinner and hotter for more speed on every shot.
The redesign HiBore Crown pushes the center of gravity low and deep within the base of the Launcher HB Turbo Irons. This placement produces shots that launch off the face, fly high, and stay on their intended target. Progressive shaping throughout the entire set maintains forgiveness in the long irons, with compact short irons that provide optimal control.
Key Features: Launcher HB Turbo Irons
• Hollow Construction: Fully hollow construction along with internal stabilizing ribs provides ultimate forgiveness on every shot.
• Turbocharged Face: Each iron features a turbocharged, high strength steel face that is thinner and hotter for increased ball speeds and explosive distance.
• HiBore Crown: Redesigned HiBore Crown features low, deep weighting to produce an easy to hit, high ball flight.
• Progressive Hollow Shaping: Progressive shaping provides a smooth transition from hybrid-like long irons to iron-like short irons. It's a seamless changeover with forgiveness where you need it and control where you want it.
Cleveland's Launcher HB Turbo Irons are available in both men's and women's along with right and left hand options. The Launcher HB Turbo Irons are priced at £499 SRP for a 6/PW steel set, any individual steel irons are priced at £99 SRP. For graphite options, the Launcher HB Turbo Irons are £599 SRP for a 6/PW set and £120 individually.
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Verdict: Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo iron
If, like us, you reckon golf should be fun, then more of us should be buying into the extra forgiveness hybrid irons deliver. We’ve tested the Launcher a good few times over the last few years and every session puts a big smile on our pro’s face, and leaves us trying to fathom why more of us don’t put hybrid irons into play (we think it’s ego).
Our forgiveness ratings are based on muscleback blades being 1 and hybrid irons being 5, with everything else fitting in between. And it goes without saying you won’t find anything more forgiving in the iron arena than the Launcher HB Turbo.
By not having the strongest lofts and incorporating a lightweight shaft, the Launcher are very easy to flight, particularly at mid and slower speeds. It’s worth remembering 2021 is the Launcher’s two-year anniversary, so there could be a new model at some point – and that may mean there’s a bargain to be had.