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ClubTest 2015: Cleveland CG Black Hybrid

On the Range: Cleveland CG Black Hybrids
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the Cleveland CG Black hybrid.

Cleveland CG Black Hybrid

 

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $170
WE TESTED:
19°, 24° with Mitsubishi Bassara E-series graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: These high-launching sticks let you swing faster without swinging harder, thanks to a low "swing MOI."

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Sticks a fork in your long irons; expect reliably high, straight shots that the wind won't touch; rips right through the heavy stuff to dig out your ball and get it flying in the right direction; like a superhero, swoops in to rescue you when you're in a tough situation -- it should wear a cape.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Hard-wired for consistency; misses lose less than most -- all but the worst swings receive a full pardon; next to no sidespin -- reduces big benders down to muted draws and fades.
DISTANCE: Above average on balance, but they put a handful of guys in completely new territory; dependable mileage -- easy enough to rein it in for approach shots or to step on one from the tee.
FEEL: A controlled explosion at impact; light overall weight, though you wouldn't know it by swinging it: the CG Black delivers excellent, slightly head-heavy balance that puts you in the driver's seat; rock-steady through the turf; encourages an aggressive swing.
LOOK: Aptly named -- matte black through and through; stands out for its sheer simplicity -- looks like a golf club, not a billboard; sleek, slender and stealthy.

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Cleveland CG Black Hybrid

CONS

 

Not for guys who like to bend the ball, since the flight can be a little one-note: high, straight; plain looking -- some want more sizzle with their steak; no alignment aid.

BOTTOM LINE: The CG Black is the best hybrid in its class -- it's at or near the top of every category. Almost anybody could benefit from putting these all-around monsters in play.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cleveland CG Black hybrid

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