ClubTest 2013: Cleveland Classic XL Fairway Woods
Cleveland Classic XL Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15.5°) and 5 (18°) with Matrix Ozik X-Con 6 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A deep CG location combined with variable face thicknesses produce a mid to high launch and a hot ball flight. The large face helps to preserve distance on off-center hits.
PLAYABILITY: Prevalent shot pattern is a moderately high draw; the clubhead does a good job of extracting the ball from the rough; solid performer from other trouble lies as well.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A very predictable club with few surprises; no slices to speak of -- shots that seem destined for the right rough gear back toward the target line.
DISTANCE: The 5-wood delivers above-average length for a few guys; testers who draw the ball consistently can count on a few extra yards of roll.
FEEL: The head seems surprisingly heavy for its size and really drives through the ball; impact is fairly soft and muted, much like an old persimmon wood.
LOOK: An old-school-looking clubhead with classic lettering and a large number on the sole; glossy black head and shaft combo, along with a tall, deep face, exude a dark confidence.
The club's ball flight tends to be higher than most, and some testers find it can be difficult to control or maneuver in windy conditions; golfers who hit a big draw, or fight a hook, will want to look elsewhere.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the better-feeling fairway woods. The club's obvious draw bias makes it an effective weapon against slices.
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