This driver is so light, it comes with a leash for you to tie around your wrist. (Not really, but the driver is one of the lightest ones on the market.) It weighs in at a willowy 290 grams. Wait.. Where have I seen that number? ...
Cleveland Golf Clubs | Irons, Wedges & Drivers
How did this company establish and maintain its presence among some of the biggest names in golf? How did this manufacturer procure and maintain the claim of producing the #1 wedge in the golf world? How did a company started by one man and his namesake grow to a company boasting over 350 employees?
Answer: Friends that are able to give serious support and resources.
Roger Cleveland was his name. Producing and selling golf clubs starting in 1979 was his game. His company started off mainly being known for producing only replicas of classic golf clubs from the ’40s and ’50s. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that Cleveland Golf was able to truly start expanding their research and development with newer products when Rossignol (the ski manufacturing company) purchased them. At that time, they were finally able to invest in some new products called VAS woods and irons. Sales grew.
It always helps to have some pros use your stuff and win. Do you remember Cory Pavin who won the Open in 1995? Cleveland does. That really established the company as a viable competitor — but not enough. By the end of 1996, finances became an issue again.
In 1997, Greg Hopkins took a leadership role, and sponsorships for world class players such as Vijay Singh increased sales five-fold by the end of 2005.
Quicksilver bought the assets of Rossignol, and for a couple of years not much happened. Then, in 2007, SRI Sports (a global company with more of a vested interest in golf and more than enough capital) bought Cleveland, and the company finally had some support and resources to continue innovating and growing product awareness. That company of course is also currently known as Srixon.
Why is the Cleveland wedge so popular? Often you see the same statistics, specifics, and even copycat designs of other clubs and brands. Why Cleveland? Ask golfers who use them, and often they will tell you the same thing — they aren’t quite sure, but they can sure hit the Cleveland better than other wedges. Weight? Balance? Shape? Probably all factors, but whatever Roger Cleveland originally did — it worked well. Just take this one for instance. Fantastic club.
More Than The Wedge
Thanks to the support that Cleveland has received from their parent companies, they have really expanded their expertise into other clubs — especially drivers like the Launcher which are traditionally for amateurs — but rattled around in a 2003 PGA Champions bag.
Check out some other clubs and products by a company that has truly stood the test of time.
Read all of our Cleveland reviews below:
Ultralite in Golf Digest 2011 Hotlist
Gunmetal Blade, Progressive Offset Tour Action w/ Steel Shaft
Cleveland Golf first introduced the TA (Tour Action) moniker in their wedges, which had a nearly cult following on the PGA and other pro tours. The TA7 irons were rolled out in 2002 -- yet another in a series of TA inspired iron sets.
What sets ...
Launcher 460cc Ultra Light Club w/ Mitsubishi Diamana Red 44 Shaft
The (simplified) formula for distance potential of the golf club striking a golf ball is: M x S2. (For the formulaic challenged, M Mass and S Speed). Thus, the way to hit the ball farther is to increase either the Mass (weight of the club) while maintaining ...
Gunmetal Clubhead w/ Foam Shaft to Lessen Fatigue
If Batman played golf, these would be his clubs. They simply look bad to the bone. Gunmetal. Are you serious? Is that AC/DC playing as I rip my four iron out of the bag and spit as I address my shot?
Rock it, baby. Come on.
On a ...
Chip Pitch Approach & Recovery Clubs w/ Variable Loft Angle
The term "niblick" has been around for hundreds of years, but was largely discontinued near the turn of the 20th century when iron sets became more uniform in size, shape, loft, and -- most importantly -- application. Used to describe everything from a 4-iron to a pitching wedge, niblick is ...
UltraLite RH w/ Mitsubishi Red 44 Graphite Shaft
Driver technology: an area that could send a NASA engineer into orbit, much less the average golfer just looking for 10 more yards on his tee ball. Cleveland golf makes another entry into this market with the Cleveland Launcher DST Driver.
This driver features what Cleveland calls "MaxCOR Face ...
New 2011 Mens Golf Club, Super Light Teardrop
This driver has received liposuction! That's right; the good folks at Cleveland are taking more weight out of their 2011 drivers. The theory is: lighter is longer. Duhh! When was the last time you saw a beer-bellied couch potato outrun a ninety-pound Kenyan ...
Womens Golf High MOI & COR Extra Large
This is Cleveland's HiBore designed specifically for the ladies. It is the biggest one Cleveland makes. It is 17 percent larger then the Hibore XL with 13 percent greater MOI.
This is by far one of the most forgiving drivers you will swing. I like the looks of ...
Progressive Offset Oversized Face, Recommended for Senior Golfers
My father is looking to upgrade his set of old Big Bertha Irons, so I recommended these Cleveland Hibore XLi irons. This set is really cool, and now I'm starting to worry about him beating me with them.
The irons are very forgiving -- designed with an ...
Diamana Ultralite Red Shaft
This Cleveland Launcher DST has very similar technology as the DST Driver. The dual rail system helps the hybrid stay stable when going after it in the rough or any other lie. In addition, it helps reduce turf drag and improve contact.
The hybrid has a parabolic leading edge. ...
Milled Golf Clubs, Satin Finish
Here's a simple "no bells or whistles" blade putter. How can you not love this? Cleveland brings us this simpleton putter. And after looking at all the crazy mallet designs that are out on the market, you can almost hear the putter saying "stop whining ...
Right or Left Handed
You found it. This is one of my favorite wedges out there. Actually, I'm not that original; this is one of the most popular wedges on the market. Let me tell you why.
First, the CG15 is just pleasing to look at. I like the Black Pearl ...
CG7 Black Pearl
Look Ma!! It's LASERS! Cleveland used lasers to mill the face of these game-improving irons. It gives the surface area a roughness designed to maximize spin.
I'm not a huge fan of this blocky-looking, cavity-back-style iron, although it does have some redeeming qualities. For one, the ...
Mitsubishi Diamana Red Shaft
This Launcher DST Fairway Wood is designed to be light and long. In fact the Mitsubishi Diamana Red shaft is 43-1/2 inches and weighs 64 grams. The clubhead is also very light with its 0.55-millimeter crown. The clubface is oversized and plasma-welded.
The 3-wood comes in three lofts: ...
Shaun Micheel 2003 PGA Tour
Anybody remember the 2003 PGA Championship won by Shaun Micheel? "Shaun who," you ask? With a one shot lead on 18, he almost holed out his 7-iron from the rough, leaving it just two inches for the win!
Mr. Micheel had one of these Cleveland Launchers in his ...
Extra Large Clubhead
This driver really is a monster! Cleveland has maxed out the USGA limits for dimensions (5" x 5".) Good thing for the USGA, or we'd all be swinging drivers the size of toaster ovens!
This is one of the most forgiving clubs out there and Cleveland's broadest hitting area. ...
CG12 RTG + DSG | Narrow Sole w/ Adjustable Bounce
Wedges: not just for golfers anymore. THEY ARE NOW A LIFE SAVING DEVICE! (Just ask Tiger.)
If you do plan on using this club for golfing, you are going to love these zip grooves. Man, I've got to get me some ZIP GROOVES, BABY! This wedge puts tremendous spin ...
Chrome Carbon Steel Grooved
This is a gorgeous looking chrome-colored Cleveland Wedge. The 588 is a tour-quality wedge. It has DSG (Dynamic Sole Grind) design. When opening the clubface at address, this allows for the leading edge of the club to remain close to the ground. In addition, it has a ...
Black Gunmetal 900
Here's a gorgeous wedge from Cleveland. It's so pretty -- I'd just like to have it in my living room as an ornament. I could lean it up against my Jack Nicklaus statue.
The black gunmetal design is super slick and has a very soft feel. This wedge is "FormFORGED" ...
Large Club Face XLS
Holy cow! This is a huge freaking driver. This XLS driver is slightly smaller than a tennis racket. If you can't hit the ball with this colossal thing, then you might want to get your eyes checked.
This monster driver is 17% bigger than the HiBore XL and has a 13% ...
Black Pearl CG14 Low Bounce
If there's one thing Cleveland makes extremely well, it's the wedge.
I have toted a Cleveland sand wedge ever since I can remember, and it is still truly one of my favorite, most confident clubs to hit. Yes, even out of the sand.
As I ventured out for some window shopping this week, ...
Reinforced Ball Carrier
It's... a bag. With "Cleveland Golf" on the side. Oh, and it's red. It has handles and some side-vent zippers. Did I already say that it's a bag?
This product is an example of something I would not find practical at all. I'm not sure if the price ...
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