So far, Cleveland’s new product line for 2011 has been a bit lackluster with the exception of the Mashie Hybrid as well as the CG16 irons and wedges. Last week we were lucky enough to get our hands on the new Cleveland CG16 Tour irons and I walked away fairly impressed. As usual, the irons are not earth shatteringly different than the previous models, but the CG16 does look and feel more refined. This player’s set is designed for the golfer who demands solid feel, accuracy, and workability without sacrificing too much forgiveness. After a few swings in the net, it was evident that the CG16 encompasses all of these attributes. The cavity is quite modest however it is undercut which improves ball speed, distance on mis-hits, and accuracy. The tour-inspired shape promotes confidence at address with its progressive offset and cog location, thin top-line, and dark glare-free finish. As good as this club may appear and perform, my only complaint is that it is not forged. For some reason (most likely cost), Cleveland has steered away from making forged clubs and I think they are doing themselves a dis-service. The games best players want the best, and let’s face it, forged irons simply feel better! In an increasingly competitive market, Cleveland needs to show up to the gunfight with a little more than a pocket knife. On the other hand, the Cg16 is still a great performing iron and to Cleveland’s credit, their castings are quite good. The CG16 Tour irons will be available for shipment mid-February.
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