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."
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.
Verdict: Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo iron
We’ve tested the Launcher HB Turbo a few times now, and each session has ended with our pro smiling from ear to ear. Hybrid irons are really fun to use as they’re so easy to hit.
The difference between the Turbo and Wilson’s Launch Pad is how the Cleveland is likely to be more at home in the hands of golfers who already like hybrids. They look more like a traditional hybrid, whereas the Launch Pad has the appearance of an iron with the addition of a body on the back.
The numbers speak for themselves. If you need any confirmation hybrid irons are more forgiving than traditional cavity back irons, the Launcher gave the smallest drop-off in ball speed (3.4mph) and carry (5.6%) on mishits, with the Wilson Launch Pad coming in a very close second.
If you want the most fun and enjoyment when you play, Launcher HB Turbo gets a big thumbs up from us.