One of the many unexpected effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the number of people taking up golf. As lifestyles have changed, the appeal of the game has increased and with it the number of players looking for golf clubs. If you fall into this category and don’t want to invest in the different areas of the bag individually, one of your options is to opt for a set like this from Cleveland Golf.
Let’s start with what you get for your money. In total there are 10 clubs including a 10.5˚ driver, 3 wood, 4 hybrid, 6 SW irons and a putter. The woods and putter all have head covers and there is also a smart stand bag. For the majority of people new to the game, this is more than enough to get started and the set composition also makes sense from a distance spread perspective.
We wanted to see if it was one of best golf sets on the market, so I tested the clubs on a TrackMan launch monitor at Kings Golf Studio and took them to the West Hill golf course to see how they performed.
Irons were the standout performers in this set. Aesthetically, Cleveland has done a good job of delivering something that looks generous and inspires confidence behind the ball without being too bulky. There’s a lot of shelving appeal here, too.
The performance impressed me equally. I tested this set with regular graphite rods (which wouldn’t be my usual spec) and found iron shots incredibly easy to steal. There was also a lot of distance – for example, my average carry distance with the 7-iron was 175 yards (which would be up there with my own set of adjusted irons). Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Irons). Equally important, the distance discrepancies were striking. My launch monitor tests showed around 10 yards between irons (which also suggests there’s good ball-striking consistency to be had here too).
The antlers have a simple look that works well too. There is a clever contrast between the silver face and the black crown which highlights the loft on offer. For me, the 5 wood was the best performer among the woods offering powerful ball flights and an average range of around 240 yards. The driver is slightly offset (great for those who struggle with a slice) and through impact delivers a fairly loud, high-pitched sound. For me, the feeling was not as powerful as my usual pilot, the TaylorMade Stealth Plus and in terms of distance, it was about 20 meters shorter in the air. Since I was equipped for the TaylorMade (which is also one of the best premium golf drivers on the market), I thought the Cleveland Launcher XL Lite in this set held up pretty well.
At the bottom of the bag, Cleveland again opted for a traditional-looking heel-toe putter. It might lack the bells and whistles technology of some of the best putters on the market but for a set designed to meet the needs of a range of different golfers, it seems like a smart move. It’s also worth saying that I played well with this putter in my testing on the course.
Finally, you get a very smart stand bag – which offers a nice point of difference from another very capable package set, the TaylorMade RBZ SpeedLite. It has enough storage for the vast majority of things you’ll want to take with you on the course without being too big (and becoming too heavy to carry). This caps off what looks, feels and behaves like a premium package.