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Cleveland HiBore XLS Hybrid

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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

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