Cleveland Launcher CBX Irons
Club Tested: 6 Iron Shaft: Dynamic Gold DST 98; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 26 degrees
Incorporating technologies from previous Srixon irons and the RTX-3 wedges like the V sole, Feel Balancing Technology and Laser Milling that make their wedges some of the most popular on the market, Cleveland jumps back into the iron game with the distance-inspired Launcher CBX irons. Along with moving the sweet spot away from the hosel the CBX irons have a progressive shape.
The low-profile long irons have a bit more offset and longer blade length for higher ball flights and softer landings on the green; and the short irons, with less offset, are more compact for consistent ball flight and improved accuracy. Cleveland’s Launcher Cup Face is a thinner clubface in the 4-7 irons that transfers more energy to the ball by adding high-strength steel around the perimeter.
Who’s It For?
The Cleveland Launcher CBX Irons are designed for players looking to play an iron that launches high with long carry, added forgiveness, progressive set design, a confidence inspiring top line and wedge-like control from scoring irons. 10-22 handicaps.
Who would have thought Cleveland would put their wedge spin technology in a distance iron? I noticed the longer blade length when I first set the 6 iron on the turf. The top line was moderate, a bit on the thicker side, but fit well with the mid-sized dual sole. I enjoyed the satin finish; however, I suspect the finish will show the wear and tear of repeated play faster than the tasteful black and blue badge of the cavity will.
The irons had a distinct click to them, and I received more vibration in my hands on flush shots than I anticipated. The ball flight was as Cleveland said, on the higher side and landed with a steep descent angle. I found shots off the toe were fairly forgivable and did not lose too much distance. If you’re looking for a distance iron with longer carries on longer irons and improved feel in the scoring irons set your sights on the Cleveland Launcher CBX irons.