New Cleveland Launcher HB driver

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DON
New Cleveland Launcher HB driver

I just got an email from Cleveland about their new Launcher HB driver. It's a mix of the old Launcher driver and the old HighBore driver that were made about 12 to 15 years ago. This new driver has NO adjustments at all. so you hwve to pick from 3 lofts and go with what you get. In my opinion, this is a GOOD thing, as it means you can't adjust the club and make it worse when you mean to make it batter. And as a club maker that unsterstand how important the shaft is to the total package, it also means you can have the shaft spine and FLO aligned properly and not have to deal with turning the shaft which only undoes the work you paid someone to do for you. As some of you already know, my favorite driver is the old Launcher Comp 460, so this is pretty close to that same design only new in stores today. I'm rather looking forward to doing a demo on this new driver and comparing it to my current 460 Comp to see how they compare head to head. 

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That's interesting Don.  I

That's interesting Don.  I thought Cleveland was getting OUT of the club market except for wedges once they merged with SRixon.  I thought they were going with Srixon's irons and drivers.  But interesting..the Launcher was a very popular driver..keep us posted

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DON
One guy tha did a review on

One guy tha did a review on this driver thinks it might be a way for Srixon to sell more drivers if they sell them under the Cleveland name. As you mention, Cleveland has a good rep for their drivers, so it could work out rather well. 

Don

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I had one of these in my

I had one of these in my hands yesterday.  Compared to what is out there now, I actually preferred the simplicity of design -- you get a premium shaft in a fixed head that is glued, full stop.  It's $250 less than the top line adjustable drivers up here north of the border.  That should get a lot of looks for starters.  It's not busy looking.  It doesn't even seem to have a big a foot print as some other drivers and the shaft seems to be more solid than the made for shafts that a lot of the competitors are using.

I fully intend to hit this driver come springtime once I have a semblence of a repeatable swing.  The target market is myself -- a slower swing speed player that needs a bit of spin to launch the ball and hold it in the air.  If the shaft proves to be a good fit, I may well come home with one as I can't say that I'm all that enamoured with anything else and certainly not at the $550-$650 price point that they are retailing for.  To be honest, I refuse to pay that for a golf club!

DON
When you get the chance to

When you get the chance to hit the Cleveland Launcher HB please let me know what you think of the SOUND it makes at impact. One of the most noticealbe things about the old High Bore driver was how LOUD it was. it might have been the Loudest driver out there in fact. It was for sure the loudest I have hit other than maybe the Nike Square head model that was built at about th same time. I still have one of those old Hi-Bore drivers laying around somewhere so I might have to find it and compare it to the new Launcher HB and see how they sound side by side. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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That Nike was bad Don for

That Nike was bad Don for sound.  The Cobra F Speed series was like that too.   I didn't think the Cleveland was that bad...

Sco..that's what gets me...seems like the driver prices keep going up and up.  How long can companies sustain that?  i mean Nike already got out of equipment.  Surely we can't keep going with higher and higer driver prices..

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scomac
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Sco..that's what gets me..

Sco..that's what gets me...seems like the driver prices keep going up and up.  How long can companies sustain that?  i mean Nike already got out of equipment.  Surely we can't keep going with higher and higer driver prices..

Well I don't think we're going to see the prices come down at least at launch.  It's sort of like a tax for the early adopter whereas if you're willing to wait for a year, you can get a new old stock driver at a more favourable price point.  It wasn't until the TM M3/M4 actually hit the stores that the M1/M2 (2017) saw their prices reduced by about $200.  You may not be able to get fitted (as the carts will only have 2018 heads in them), but if you like the club and can get fitted in the release year then have the patience to wait that's how you can get a custom fit driver at a good price (because they will still take orders in the early spring for last year's product).  The catch is the waiting and the OEMs know that the average customer won't wait and they will pony up.

DON
I still have a Cleveland Hi

I still have a Cleveland Hi-Bore driver on hand, so maybe next time I head to the range I'll take one with me and see how loud it is. I could be wrong about the loud noise, as it's been a few years since I've hit it. I have a Co;bra F speed as well so I could hit them both just to see, or is that Hear ?. 

 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.