Cleveland HiBore XLS Hybrid
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, May 2008)
We tested: 2i (19°), 3i (22°) and 4i (25°) in Fujikura Fit-On M Red and Fujikura Fit-On M Gold graphite shaft. Shaft length (3-hybrid): 40", graphite
Company line: "The clubface and head profile are inspired by feedback from PGA Tour players. HiBore XLS has a Carpenter 455 steel face, crown plaque alignment aid and additional offset for a square face at impact."
Our Test Panel Says:
PROS: Mis-hits cost you little distance; parachute landings on long approaches; plenty of carry takes the fear out of long shots over hazards; in general, it does well controlling sidespin; noticeably more forgiving than comparable long irons, and a much higher flight using Fit-On M Gold graphite shaft.
CONS: Not crazy for its impact feel; club can be one-dimensional, not a great choice for those wanting to work the ball; scooped-out crown isn't terribly appealing to the eye; doesn't excel from less-than-ideal lies.
"These are high-launch, straight shooters." — Eric English (13)
$149, graphite; $149, graphite clevelandgolf.com