From Golf Magazine (Buyer’s Guide, May 2009)
Cleveland CG7 Irons
It’s for: All skill levels
Steve Chien, VP of R&D:
“Our R&D team was challenged to develop a club that’s traditional in shape and packed with technology to outperform its competition. The result is our two most technically advanced irons (the CG7 and CG7 Tour). Each offers improved feel due to ‘360-degree Gelback’ technology and more distance and forgiveness, in a classic look.”
How it works: A one-piece, molded viscoelastic insert around the perimeter of the cavity and base of the head (Gelback) absorbs shock at impact for more consistent feel across the face. Progressive “micro-cavity” technology (decreases in size from long to short irons) fosters control throughout the set. The micro-cavities enable up to 9 grams to be shifted from topline to sole. The CG7 has a 5 percent higher MOI and a 10 percent deeper center of gravity than CG Gold irons, for greater ball speed and overall distance.
$599, steel; $699, graphite
Cleveland CG7 Tour Irons
Designed for low and mid-handicappers, these feature a smaller blade, thinner topline and less offset than the CG7. The center of gravity in the CG7 Tour is 17 percent deeper than the CG Red irons.
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