Cleveland HiBore XLi Irons
From Golf Magazine (Buyer’s Guide, May 2009)
It’s for: High handicappers
Steve Chien, VP of R&D: “We stepped outside the boundaries of our highly successful HiBore irons to bring you even more distance, forgiveness and consistency. HiBore XLi has full hollow construction throughout the entire set for consistent feel. It also provides a seamless visual transition from long to short irons.”
How it works: HiBore XLi incorporates current HiBore features (hollow heads throughout the set) with a few new wrinkles of its own. For instance, hybrid-like long irons (3 and 4) are more forgiving (higher MOI) than HiBore due to a bigger chassis and squarish shape. Plus, the short irons are more nimble (though they won’t ever be confused with blades) because of a more compact head, shorter blade length and thinner topline. The set employs “cup face” technology to bolster distance. Recessed areas along the heel and toe should limit turf drag.
$599, steel; $699 graphite
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