Cleveland Golf Introduces Launcher XL HALO Irons

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 18, 2021 – Cleveland Golf is proud to announce the all-new Launcher XL HALO Irons, hybrid-style super game improvement irons designed to make the game of golf more fun. The Launcher XL HALO Irons officially launch in North America on Aug. 20, 2021 for graphite irons and Sept. 17, 2021 for steel irons.

“From head to grip, Launcher XL HALO Irons just make golf easier and more fun,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager at Cleveland Golf. “Most of us don’t have much confidence standing 170 yards out with a long iron in hand, and needing to carry a bunker to make the green. But with Launcher XL HALO, you’ll swing easier, feel confident, and be shocked at how forgiving they are. These irons will become your go-to clubs.” 

The foundation of these new irons is the XL Head design, which increases MOI for improved forgiveness and shots that launch high and find their target. In fact, the Launcher XL HALO Irons feature a 17% increase in MOI compared to the previous generation of hybrid-irons.

For faster shots that travel far, we developed a new MainFrame iron face that harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence to create the optimal club face for these irons. The variable thickness pattern maximizes COR and ball speed to help generate more distance than previous generations.

Launcher XL HALO Irons help develop a better, consistent strike. Gliderails on the long irons deliver excellent turf interaction, while the mid-to-short irons feature our V-Shaped Sole to cut through the turf more effectively for cleaner contact. Meanwhile, a new 8g weight placed inside the end of every grip delivers better balance, control, and a smoother swing without extra effort to help square up the ball at impact.

If precision is what is desired above all else, we’re offering a new Accuracy Build, a custom configuration that is half an inch shorter without counterbalancing to focus on maximum control.

Key Innovations Inside the Launcher XL HALO Irons:

  • XL Head Design: The Launcher XL HALO Irons feature our highest MOI ever in a Cleveland Golf hybrid-iron. It’s maximum distance with maximum fun.
  • Rail to V-Shaped Sole Design: Gliderail in the long irons gradually transitions to a V-Shaped sole in the short irons and ultimately, a three-tiered sole on the Dual and Sand wedges.
  • MainFrame: Designed using Artificial Intelligence, MainFrame variable face technology increases ball speed while unique weight pad designs ensure maximum forgiveness across the face.
  • Action Mass CB: An 8g weight placed inside the end of the grip delivers better balance for more control without extra effort.
  • HiBore Crown Step: The stepped crown shape brings the height of the crown down, dropping the center of gravity and raising your launch in the process.
  • Loft Specific Grooves: The 4i-7i lofts have wider, flatter grooves, while the 8i-SW lofts have closely-spaced, deeper, and higher spinning wedge grooves.

Retail Information and Pricing

Pricing: 7-piece graphite set ($899.99); 7-piece steel set ($799.99)

U.S. Retail Launch Date: August 20, 2021 (Graphite), September 17, 2021 (Steel)

Feeling Short-Changed Playing a Short Course? Don’t!

There are far more benefits for your game playing these “shorties” than you think

Some time ago, I posed a question over Twitter to gauge how golfers felt about executive-length golf courses. As you can see, from the Tweet below, it was actually nearly a year ago. Up until recently, I left it pinned at the top of my Twitter profile. The question was simple really. Basically, it went something like this. Do you like executive-length golf courses or do you prefer something a little more, “beefy”?

As you can see below, based on a small sample size of respondents 77% thought that executive-length golf courses were kosher. With 22% feeling that maybe a golf course under 6,400 yards might be either bad for your game or for some, maybe there isn’t a real challenge playing a short golf course. If you feel the latter, I respect that but, I beg to differ.

There really isn’t a right or wrong opinion on this topic or any other for that matter. Wouldn’t the world be a dull place if we all agreed on everything? In my opinion, I think executive-length golf courses are great and maybe some of the 22% should reconsider their feelings. Especially, if you’re a golfer in the mid to high handicap range who were in the 22%..

Personally speaking, I like them and I actually developed more of a fondness of them late last-season. For all intents and purposes my 2020 golf season was a total joke and a total train wreck. It was the worst season that I had from a scoring standpoint. The reasons for it were for several all of them stemming from nagging health issues. More often than not, the pain was so bad that I couldn’t stand to be in my own skin. I was unable to make a turn resorting to picking up the golf club in what was a horrible compensatory move, just to play golf. Even my hips were all locked up, so, enter the sway and slide into impact. Ewwww!! Gross! Even my range sessions were lousy and thinking back, I don’t really remember having a good one until very late in the season.

Brock Golf Course. Small greens that make you focus.

Another cause of my poor play was the little issue of lots of practice into a net in the backyard that we had at the time (thanks COVID Lockdown numero uno) where I was reinforcing feels. I’m not a technical or mechanical player, and when I do focus on that sort of stuff my swing lacks fluidity or rhythm (I’m no Els or Couples by any means). But there I was, focusing on the strike and working on really delaying my release. By the time golf courses and ranges were allowed to re-open, I was in a heap of trouble.

In the Niagara Region, there’s no shortage of executive-length golf courses. Without trying too hard, there’s Brock Golf Course, Eagle Valley, Heritage Woods (11 Holes), Garden City Golf Course (literally down the street), Fort Erie Golf Club, Cardinal Lakes – Sparrow Course and Legends on the Niagara – Chippawa Course which is run by the Niagara Parks. For something a shade longer Waterpark Golf Club and Long Beach Country Club sit. Four of these golf courses are where I really played golf for the first time and made me realize that I really liked the game. Basically, the point being that, there’s no shortage of this genre of golf courses where I live.

The pros to playing these types of golf course generally outweigh the cons. No matter what golf course that you’re playing, it’s you versus the golf course architect first and foremost. Secondary to that are the other golfers in your group. So, whether it’s a Par 29, 34, or 36 you have to beat par. In a time and era where every minute counts in our hectic lives rounds on these golf courses don’t take as long a a round of golf on a regulation golf course. There are exceptions to the rule though as I played one golf course in Florida called Southport Springs where the pace of play was, lethargic. From a cost standpoint, these golf courses also may not hurt the wallet as much if you’re a golfer on a strained budget. Not to mention, you can get out for a round if you’re feeling a little, infirm.

Tunnel vision needed down this Par 4 at Southport Springs.

But the benefits from a game-improvement point-of-view are a virtual cornucopia If you were to examine your game as you read along, think to yourself and assess your golf game. If you’re a player shooting in the 90’s or 100’s where are you losing most of your strokes? Could it be that your chipping, pitching, and putting are holding you back? For those that shoot in the 80’s this is likely you too. 70’s gang, maybe it’s course management more than anything. Believe it or not, your issues may not be the driver or full-swing related.. Typically, on a regulation length golf course you might pull a driver out of the bag how many times? 12 or 13? Now, how many strokes striking an iron show up on your scorecard? Now, factor in missed greens in regulation and having to scramble to save par or… “hack-hack” bogey. Executive-length golf courses are a terrific place to “iron” out your game. Putting on the other hand, that’s nothing that you can’t work at home or a practice green.

Other than a driving range, I strongly feel that executive-length golf courses are a terrific place to build your confidence. Sometimes these executive-length or Par 3 golf courses have smaller greens that cause you to focus just a little bit more. When you start hitting those greens, suddenly the larger green complexes at a Par 70-72 golf course look massive. Confidence goes a long way in this game. Oh, the oft-talked about mental side of the game cannot be ignored.

Darts.

My game finally rounded into form in 2020 on the heels of a round of golf at Brock Golf Course. It was October. This particular facility is great for the entire family. It’s family-operated and features a driving range, short-game practice area, a mini-putt golf course, a dedicated Foot Golf course, and a golf course that measures a staggering total of just over 2,900 yards from “the tips”. Three holes are >250 yards in length. But, the greens are small and you have to hit golf shots to score, like anywhere else. Prior to playing on this day, I had a nice range session so I thought to myself, “You should go play here and see how it translates onto the golf course”. So I did. Right then and there I made my tee time from the driving range.

I’ll save you the recap of the entire round, but, my striking was the best that it had been all season, I was hitting accurate shots tight to the pin (I didn’t tee it up on all Par 3’s), and I scored fairly well. I managed to post four birdies onto my card and my scorecard was clean. I felt GREAT going home that night.

The closing hole on the 9-hole executive-length Chippawa Course at Legends on the Niagara in nearby Chippawa.

I ended up riding the momentum from that round throughout the remainder of the late fall golf season. From that point forward, I was scoring anywhere from E to -3 for the duration of the season. I was on my way back. Fast-forwarding the clock to 2021, it seems like the momentum has carried over into 2021 as well. I’m feeling great about the results that I’m seeing with my swing. My striking is on point and I’m hitting my spots. Ultimately, all because of a teeny-tiny golf course.

Are executive golf courses worth the money? In my opinion… without a doubt. Don’t discount the benefits of an executive-length golf course because of their diminutive nature. These golf courses could be the “whetstone” to sharpen your golf game.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

“First Impressions” Review – Cleveland Golf CBX FULL-FACE Wedge

In light of my recent press release that focused on the RTX ZIPCORE wedges, I feel that it was appropriate to write a review that I intended to post much sooner than this. Yet, here we are. The product being highlighted here is the Cleveland Golf CBX FULL-FACE wedge. A wedge that was released on Demo Day in January which consequently won the “Top Wedge” category for the 2020 Teezy Awards.

Before continuing. I would like to pose a question. If the majority of golfers use cavity-back irons, why do you use a blade for your wedges? Control, better look at address, or maybe because it’s all that you’ve ever known to do? Perhaps, the last point was because there were no other feasible options being available. Well, maybe the time has come to change your thinking.

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The Set-up

When it comes to the CBX FULL-FACE wedge from Cleveland Golf, there are a few things that we need to look at that makes this design perform.

Firstly, and very important to note is the fact that the CBX FULL-FACE, just by the design of its face alone, offers golfers a larger face area and more versatility on those tricky greenside shots that often plague a golfers scoring ability. How is this accomplished? Well, the larger face allows for the grooves to be extended.

A high-toe design, also allows golfers to get aggressive with their shots because the higher toe profile slides under the golf ball. Have you ever tried to hit a tempermental greenside lob/flop to a short-sided pin, just to watch the shot get flubbed? The CBX FULL-FACE wedge can help counter this “golfer’s malaise”. Also, the Cleveland Golf CBX FULL-FACE “delivers a unique half-cavity design with a cavity near the heel and solid muscle back on the toe, which pushes the center of gravity away from the heel and closer in line with strike patterns for improved consistency and feel”.

Rounding out some of the tech points about this wedge offering from Cleveland Golf is the “Rotex FULL-FACE”. Rotex Milling, Laser Milling, and the Zip Grooves that you’ve come to expect from Cleveland Golf cover every sliver of the face. Resulting in maximim versatility and maximum spin rates.

Finally, the CBX FULL-FACE features what Cleveland Golf calls its “Low C-Shaped Sole”. Optimized for open face shots (flops, lobs, and bunker shots) FULL-FACE offers Cleveland Golf’s  lowest Cleveland CBX grind to date. The grind is C-Shaped to provide relief on the heel and toe.

 

The Transition

I’d like to say that the CBX FULL-FACE won it’s category solely on the fact that they were the only wedge manufacturer that allowed you to test all facets of the short-game. But, that simply wouldn’t be true. Did it help them? Yes, it might have contributed a little bit because, I was able to see what these wedges could do in “real-world applications”. Pitching, chipping, bunker shots… Everything! An advantage over many others in the category.

Aesthetically speaking, the CBX FULL-FACE wedge is a nice-looking wedge. While it may not be a classic forged blade, the “Gun Smoke-ish” finish I found to be eye-pleasing. If there’s a knock, it’s that this is the only finish. For me, I really like the finish. The heel to toe length appears to be longer than some but, it’s a small price to pay for the forgiveness and the “groovy face” of this wedge. Speaking of the face, I actually was pretty enamored with the face at first glance. I think much of that has to do with all of the grooves and the height of the toe.

Initially, I had fun chipping with the 56º model. Just working on chips, and I have to be honest. I was very impressed with how this wedge performed. Intentionally, I hit a couple of shots fat and the forgiveness was on full display. Even these misses provided excellent results, and these were results that I know would not have been possible with other wedges. Also, the spin characteristics were on full display as golf balls (Srixon Q Star Tour) routinely checked up. But then, I decided to switch things up and have some serious fun. I put the 64º wedge into my hands. Until now, the most loft that I’ve ever tried was a 60º, regardless of who the manufacturer was.

The 64º CBX FULL-FACE was a blast. It provided me the most fun that I’ve ever had around a green. Flops were easy to execute, even from the tight lies of the dormant grass that layed greenside. Greenside pitches stopped on a dime. And then there were the bunker shots. The traps at Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge contain sand that is very “soft and fluffy’ in nature. Just thinking about those bunker shots with the CBX FULL-FACE wedge brings a smile to my face. Into the wind, my shots came out of the sand with ease and shots to a tough short-sided pin saw fantastic results. I didn’t mind chewing on a little grit from the blowback to get those type of results.

Forgiveness-wise. I’ll keep this talking point short and sweet. These are without a doubt the most forgiving wedges that I’ve had the pleasure of swinging.

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The Finish

The CBX FULL-FACE wedges were very much deserving of the Gold Medal in the Teezy Award voting. There isn’t anything that these wedges can’t do to help golfers and their short game regardless of what your handicap might be.

The wedges look smart, feel great through impact, and impart boatloads of spin. Of course, this latter point depends on your ability to hit down on the ball. But, say you hit one a little thin or fat, you’ll see satisfactory results. I highly recommend these wedges to anybody looking to add some help to their golf bag on the low-end.

The CBX FULL-FACE wedges come in only one finish and only in four lofts. These lofts are 56º, 58º, 60º, and 64º respectively. All models have 10º of bounce and remember, bounce is your friend. Shafts offered are in both steel (True Temper Dynamic Gold 115 in Wedge Flex) and Graphite (Rotex Precision Wedge Flex).

For a more in-depth look at these wedges wedges from Cleveland Golf, please visit the Cleveland Golf website.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

SIK Putters Staff Professional Bryson DeChambeau captures Top 5 Finish at Genesis Invitational and WGC – Mexico Championship

Say what you will. Love him or hate him, Bryson DeChambeau has had consecutive Top-5 finishes two weeks in a row. DeChambeau finished with a share of 5th Place at the Genesis Open and this week lost by one at the WGC-Mexico Championship. SIK Putters playing a vital role.

Thanks to Joe Wieczorek from The Media Group for sharing this release. Please read for more details on putters from SIK Golf (Study In Kinematics).

Until The Next Tee!!

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PINELLAS PARK, FL) – SIK Golf, (S)TUDY (I)N (K)INEMATICS, announced today that PGA Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, captured a T-5th Place Finish on the PGA Tour this past weekend at The Genesis Invitational held at the Riviera Country Club in Palisades, CA.

Bryson DeChambeau, commonly referred to as “The Professor” and “The Mad Scientist”, is probably best known for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length, but what most people don’t know is that he’s captured all five of his PGA TOUR victories, and in excess of $14 Million Dollars in earnings, using a SIK putter!
DeChambeau fired rounds of 68, 70, 69 and 69 to finish at 8 under par for the tournament and grab his second Top 10 of the 2020 season as well as a paycheck for $318,990.00. He is currently ranked 16th in The Official World Golf Rankings.
“We’d like to congratulate Bryson on his Top 5 at The Genesis Invitational,” said, SIK Golf’s COO, Marc Cerio. “Bryson found out about SIK’s Descending Loft Technology in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. When he saw the data on the Quintic Ball Roll System with a SIK putter in his hands, he was instantly hooked. We’re very proud to have him on our Staff and we’re excited to see what the rest of the 2020 season holds for him.”
About SIK Golf’s Descending Loft Technology™
Descending Loft Technology™ is SIK Golf’s patented putter face technology. They have four flat surfaces that are milled into their putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.
The DLT planar face is superiorly unique amongst its’ peers. Custom putters from SIK Golf not only ensure individualization, they truly “Change the Way You Roll”. It is a literal game-changer for players and duffers alike.
SIK Golf’s mission is to make you a better putter, not just sell you one.

For more information about SIK Golf, visit www.sikgolf.com.

“First Impressions” Review – AXIS 1 Golf Tour-S Putter

Have you heard of AXiS1 Golf? If not, I’m really hoping that by the end of this article, you will have heard of them and you’ll give their putters a look. I’d like to extend many thanks to Phil Long for giving me the opportunity to test and review the Tour-S putter from AXiS1 Golf.

Mr. Long is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for AXiS1 Golf.

 

The Set-Up

For golfers not familiar with AXiS1 Golf, it is a golf equipment manufacturer that produces putters that are “torque-free” and perfectly balanced. How do they achieve this feat? More on that later.

AXiS1 Golf putters are the brain-child of inventor Luis Pedraza. Launched in 2009, AXiS1 Golf was in the news in a big-time way last year when they announced that current OWGR World #10  Justin Rose had signed with them. Fun fact. Rose has been playing AXiS1 putters since 2019.

What makes AXiS1 Golf putters unique is something that I already touched on. They produce torque-free, perfectly balanced putters. Moreover, unlike most putters on the market they don’t naturally open up, instead, the face of the putter remains square through and post-impact. Thus allowing golfers to make strokes that hold their line better.

How? Luis Pedraza accomplished marvel of golf engineering by “pushing the weight forward with a patented heel counterweight that, for the very first time, places the center of gravity right on the center of the striking face and perfectly aligned with the axis of the shaft”.

When it comes specifically to the Tour-S putter here are some of the details. The head weighs 350 grams and is completely CNC-milled from 304 Stainless Steel. Each Tour-S putter is individually balanced. Lastly, there is a stainless steel weight screw in the toe for counter-balancing purposes.

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The Transition

I was really excited to receive this putter for testing as I’ve been admiring AXiS1 Golf putters for some time. The first and last time that I saw putters from AXiS1 Golf was at the PGA Show a few years ago. On that occasion, I remember walking by their booth and I noticed the putters. Honestly, it was the shape or design that caught my eye. I meant to double-back to their booth but, I ran out of time. So I was happy to receive this “mulligan”.

 

Upon receiving my parcel from AXiS1, I was like a kid, I was consumed by excitement. So next came the unboxing. When I opened the box, the first thing that I noticed was the headcover. It’s a vivid blue (Cobalt blue maybe) and the contrasting yellow stitching really stuck out. Often, when it comes to equipment, you can tell a lot about the quality just by looking at a headcover. The headcover is very-well constructed, with a very stout velcro enclosure. I really liked the “pebble-grain” finish of the leather. The deep-etched Lamkin Grip is a perfect match.

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Removing the plastic from the head I got my first look at the head of the Tour-S. The head itself is gorgeous and it is a blade-style of a putter. I love the milling of the face. It’s sharp, and it looks quite exquisite. The rear-portion of the Tour-S is pretty clean with the branding being visible on the rear-side and a simple alignment aid.

The front of the face is where all of the magic happens with putters from AXiS1. The hosel is set in front of the face which aids in placing the center of gravity exactly in the center of the face and in-line with the axis of the shaft. Coupled with the counterweight in the toe you have a putter that is balanced and has a sweet spot like no other. 

One of the concerns that I had with the aesthetics of the design was how the Tour-S would look in the address position. There is no reason to be concerned. The very first time I put it down in front of me and behind a golf ball, I didn’t see it. Thus, in my opinion, the design is not “off-putting” (for me). I found the optics of the Tour-S interesting. The head almost seems bigger than it is, and it feels like you cannot miss the sweet spot. So it also translates into building confidence.

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The Tour-S putter might be one of (if not) the best rolling putter that I’ve tried. The golf ball feels so good off of the face. There seems to be “no skid” and the distance control with the Tour-S has been very good. I’ve rolled putts in a variety of places and on different surfaces. From the day I unboxed the Tour-S on an indoor green at “The Dome” (Harris Hill, NY), on the practice green at the YMCA Par 3 in Lakeland (Florida) where I did a lot of testing with it, and during a round of golf at Southport Springs Golf Club in Zephyrhills, FL. The results were the same, a great feeling putter that provides excellent distance control.

Off-center putts. Putts struck along the periphery of the Tour-S (heel and toe) resulted in no twisting at impact. Putts remained on-line and make no mistake. This is a forgiving putter design. It’s no wonder Justin Rose has seen the best putting stats during his career since switching to AXiS1 Golf.

Rose set career bests in Total Putting (13th), Putting Avg. (5th), Overall Putting Avg. (3rd), One-Putt Pct (3rd) and 3-Putting Avoidance (8th)  – As per a press release from AXiS1 Golf

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The Finish

If you’re looking for a putter that might genuinely help you make more putts, you may want to have a look into putters from AXiS1 Golf. The Tour-S has performed great through testing. A consistent roll and a solid-feeling strike every time. The stability through impact leads to predictable distance control. No twisting on strokes off of the heel or toe whether the stroke was manipulated or not. The Tour-S putter is a winner.

The Tour-S has a retail of $399.99 USD. For more information, please visit AXiS1 Golf.

Until The Next Tee!!

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