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Cleveland Golf HB3 Irons
By Dominic Pedler - May 2010

Cleveland was one of the first companies to exploit hybrid technology throughout a complete set of irons to stunning effect. Twelve months ago we suggested the second generation HiBore XLi model was among the most forgiving sets we have ever tested. As one rival journo volunteered at a media day: “if you can't hit these, you shouldn't be playing golf!”.

Well, in the spirit of progress, Cleveland's R&D department have refined the concept still further with the HB3 which the company claims are now even lighter, faster and longer than previous HiBores. Part of this is down to latest Action Ultralite graphite shafts which are 15g lighter and have a lower kick point than those of their predecessor, promoting both faster clubhead speeds for the same swing energy and an even higher launch.

The Cleveland HB3 mid-iron

And as with the XLi, the shafts are ½-an inch longer than standard, which also explains some of the distance benefit. Yet any fears of loss of control are comfortably eased by the extremely forgiving head which now offers advanced internal weighting and an even more forgiving sole design where contouring has been subtly improved to reduce turf drag on impact.

Yes, the HB3s sport supremely chunky soles and an almost metalwood like appearance in what is a seamless transition all the way from long irons to wedge, but they genuinely deliver on their promise of easy-to-hit, hybrid-like performance.

The Cleveland HB3 long-iron The Cleveland HB3 pitching wedge

It goes without saying that the HB3 is not a set for shot-shaping purists, and the blatant game improvement features will invite accusations that this as the ultimate set for the well-heeled hacker. Don't listen to them, if you can swallow your macho pride, the reality is that the HB3 will suit golfers of any skill level who just want to make the game a hell of a lot easier.

Guide price: £499 (steel) and £599 (graphite).

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Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine



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