Cleveland CG Black Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 10.5° and 12° with Mitsubishi Bassara E45 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Cleveland’s lightest driver ever is very stable through the hitting zone.
DISTANCE: Reacts well to aggressive swings by producing additional length, while smooth swings and off-center hits yield surprisingly good distances.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club’s strongest asset; easily gets drives well up in the air and reduces sidespin even on the testers’ balkiest swings.
FEEL: Loud, explosive, satisfying crack at impact; two thumbs up for its light yet stable feel; mishits and center strikes produce comparable feel and sound.
PLAYABILITY: Very easy to hit high shots without any ballooning; in the hands of our stronger players, the CG Black provides a rare combination of forgiveness and workability; there’s no adjustable hosel, but no one seems to mind.
LOOK: The handsome, unassuming black clubhead will appeal to players who don’t like shiny; subtle blue paint on the back of the crown is a nice, unobtrusive touch.
Some testers find that the high ball flight and strong carry numbers can come at the expense of roll; the lack of a distinct alignment aid makes a few panelists uncomfortable over the ball; other guys feel the impact sound is too loud.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the better clubs tested. The simple head packs a big punch without requiring a lot of effort. The CG Black should appeal to a broad range of golfers.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: Nonadjustable head has a low CG for higher launch and max forgiveness. Light weight with a longer shaft makes it good for moderate swing speeds.Launch – High; Spin – High
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cleveland CG Black
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MORE INFO ON THE CLEVELAND CG BLACK DRIVER
From the November 2014 Issue of Golf Magazine
Though still known primarily for its wedges, Cleveland has spent the last few years trying to make a splash in the long game with some of the lightest drivers on the market. Its newest entrant is the lightest yet. The CG Black tips the scales at a featherweight 260 grams [courtesy of a 187-gram head, a 44-gram shaft and a 25-gram grip]. That’s 10 grams lighter than the company’s current max game-improvement model, the 588 Altitude, and around 40 to 50 grams less than you’d find in a more typical driver. The CG Black is designed for players who have swing speeds between 80 and 90 mph. The nonadjustable club produces a similar amount of backspin to the 588 Altitude. However, the CG Black’s lower center of gravity and new 46-inch, 44-gram Mitsubishi Bassara shaft let its target audience produce higher-launching shots for maximum carry distance. In fact, shots launch 1° to 2° higher than the company’s CG Black driver from 2012.
Additionally, this forgiving stick boasts a higher overall balance point, freeing up golfers to swing faster and rotate the club easier with the same amount of effort. The titanium 6-4 face features four distinct thicknesses — it’s thickest in the center and thinnest in the high-toe and low-toe areas — in order to improve distance and direction on off-center hits. Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°. Available now. — Rob Sauerhaft
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