Cleveland Launcher DST Hybrid
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, May 2010)
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
We tested: 2i (18°), 3i (20.5°) and 4i (23°) with Mitsubishi Ultralite Diamana Red 74 graphite shaft
Company line: "The dual rail sole design has a center recess section that reduces turf drag for better playability from poor lies. The leading-edge bevel has a progressive transition to help the clubhead slide across the turf instead of dig into it."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: One of the top performers; solid, dependable clubs; smooth, soft, muted feel on good hits—positive feedback is instantaneous; very good sticks from the thick stuff and hard to beat from tee or fairway; shots fly with uncanny repeatability—these are accurate hybrids that you can hit all over the face with above-average results; nicely balanced sticks; picks balls easily off tight lies; fine option for those who never pull out their standard 3- or 4-iron; traditional, compact, appealing hybrid look; some guys might purchase it.
CONS: A small group of testers expects more carry distance; a few higher handicappers find other models easier to hit on a consistent basis.
$140, steel; $150, graphite; clevelandgolf.com