Reviewed by Colin Steele
- 21 handicapper
- 95 MPH driver swing speed
- Colin upgraded from ping G series, old battered and missing weights
Review in short
Blended iron sets are becoming more popular in the game and these Cleveland Launcher UHX irons fill this space for mid-high handicapper perfectly. Hollow bodied long irons and cavity back mid irons provide an ideal combination of forgiveness and distance. With Cleveland you know that you're getting the best quality materials out at a great price, so why not give these a try?
Why I play these irons
I was looking for an easy launching set of irons at an affordable price. I don't want flashy clubs, I want clubs that are easy to hit and the Cleveland Launcher UHX irons tick all of the boxes for me. They are a combo set which gives me the best of both worlds, hollow bodied long irons and cavity backs in the mid to low clubs. This works perfectly for me.
I really like the finish on these clubs. They just look classy and there's no hint of glare, even in the brightest sunshine. As these are a blended set, you'd expect there to be some different in the look of the 5 iron and the pitching wedge, but it's barely noticeable down by the ball. They have a compact look to them, but reading the specs, I was surprised to see that they are actually bigger than most irons out there.
Having the loft stamped on the sole of the club is something that Cleveland have done for a long time but it was new to me. I really like the bold red numbers for the lofts which contrasts nicely with the bigger club number stamped in black.
Being game improvement clubs, the top-lines are actually really modest. It looks like Cleveland have added mass to the back of the clubs to make the top line thinner which is a bonus for me as I'm not really looks focused.
Sound and feel
With the hollow body 5 and 7 irons, the sound is a deeper "thwack" than the rest of the set. All of the clubs feel soft except the wedge which has a lot more feedback. You would expect this from Cleveland who are famous for their wedges. On mid range shots and bump and runs, you don't get the feel you would from a blade, but hey, we're not pros!
I gained around 5-10 yards with every club. Yes the lofts are stronger than my previous set, but I haven't seen a trade off in terms of accuracy. My dispersion has definitely improved.
The Launcher UHX long irons feature an HT1770M steel face, a steel that’s rated ‘high strength.’ That makes it resilient enough for a variable thickness pattern. This pattern is thinner on the toe and perimeter but thickest near the heel, which makes the club faster across the face and longer on every shot.
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Price for the set
$914 4-AW (steel)