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ClubTest 2015: Cleveland CG Black Irons

Photo: Michael Chini

Cleveland CG Black Irons

Cleveland CG Black Irons

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $700, steel; $800, graphite
WE TESTED:
4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6–PW with Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: With these light sticks, slower swingers benefit from extra clubhead speed.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Best for hitting draws, although stronger players even find them adequate for shaping shots both ways; a high-flyer that gets the ball up in the air from just about any lie; if you like hitting the ball high and straight, these sticks get it done.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Solid hits are right on the mark, and misses aren’t too far off—doesn’t lose much distance unless you really miss one badly; minimal sidespin keeps the slices at bay on poor hits.
DISTANCE CONTROL: As long as you catch it okay, expect consistent yardage through the set; pretty long overall, with very few unhappy surprises—you can feel confident that the club you pick up will get the number you need.
FEEL: Nice, lively response at impact; balance is good for a lightweight iron—easy to swing, yet testers know where the club is throughout the motion.
LOOK: Black finish reduces glare and looks expensive; sets up pretty well behind the ball despite plenty of offset; the shape of the clubhead fits its size.

CONS

 

Forgiveness on mis-hits isn’t as good as some testers might have hoped; difficult to tell good shots from bad at times; the black finish wears quickly.

BOTTOM LINE: The lightweight CG Black iron is a solid all-around performer that provides ample distance with plenty of height and passable forgiveness.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cleveland CG Black irons

NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons

The Shop: Cleveland CG Black Irons
These sticks are built to help players with moderate swing speeds (less than 90 mph) launch the ball higher and longer.

NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons

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