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Cleveland Launcher DST Review

November 12, 2018 |

Build it light for a longer flight. A lighter club means greater club head speed which will propel your ball further down the fairway. This basic principle is at the heart of Cleveland’s Sub 300g technology, and the Launcher DST brings it all together.

Beware, though, as this is not the big bopper for the newbie. Cleveland has matched a Mitsubishi Diamana Red 45.75 inch shaft weighing in at a mere 47 grams. If you haven’t mastered a solid, fundamentally sound swing the extra length will simply allow a deeper exploration of the surrounding wooded countryside.

With that said, though, the good golfer might just love this bat. With a total weight of only 292 grams, almost 10 percent lighter than the standard driver, the Launcher DST still maintains a D4 swing weight, giving it a presence in the hands that is amazing considering its actual heft.

The head appears traditional, as that has evolved. With a maxed out 460cc volume and a familiar pear shape, there is very little crazy design flash that would suggest the innovation that this driver represents. If anything, the appearance of the club is deceiving, not striving for attention from the bag. It may even be just a bit boring. If your bragging rights are greatest at the beginning of your round as you unload your trunk rather than when the scores are added up, this may not be your club. However, if you are the last man standing after splitting fairways all day with bombs from the tee, try the Cleveland Launcher DST.

There are a few models available to try to dial the lightweight champ to your game. There is a draw model that closes things down by 3 degrees, and the pro tour model goes the other way, building in a fade and pairing down the head size to 430cc and sporting a slightly heavier and half an inch shorter Diamana White shaft.

The design principle behind the Cleveland Launcher DST could not be simpler, and they have pushed the envelope to achieve a super lightweight driving machine that could feel like the right stuff in the hands of the golfer that knows how to use it. Take a peak at our selection of Cleveland Drivers to see if you find a match for your game.

Cobra ZL Driver Review

The new Cobra ZL driver is the latest from the golf juggernaut, and it is one of the few clubs refusing to turn its back on carbon-fiber technology. It’s still early in the shelf life of this club to know whether Cobra has overcome the reputation carbon-fiber has for being brittle, but they have addressed the other knock the material carries, and that is the high pitched “ting�? it is noted for at impact. Frequency tuning has brought the sound down an octave or so. Frequency tuning has also pointed out how superficial the concerns are of the club buying public. Would I be willing to pick up 10 extra yards if my club suddenly intoned Culture Clubs greatest hits on impact? Alright, that might be too big a penalty to pay, but you get the idea. Cobra has also gotten rid of its characteristic dimples, a fad that had run its course along with the mullet and shoulder pads for women’s dresses.

The ZL hosel is adjustable to three different settings; open, closed or neutral. Unlike some competitors that have made such adjustments nearly unlimited, the simple three position option is a welcome one, leaving the golfer freed from endless fiddling and with more time to hit balls off the mat. There is also a weight screw in the back of the sole plate that helps to dial in more or less loft, maybe impacting trajectory by the factor of a half degree of loft.

The head blends a carbon-fiber crown and sole with a titanium body and 6-4 titanium face, making for a light head that has plenty of COR and MOI and probably lots of other acronyms that I’m forgetting.

Top it off with a too long 46 inch Adila shaft and you have a very expensive, high-tech club that looks great in the bag and on the tee, but probably not so much on the scorecard. Distance claims which accompany every new driver introduction are dubious and the bulk of golfers will find the shaft too long to control while the hosel mechanism will make the choices of changing out the shaft very limited.

Guess I’ll keep looking for Boy George to get me 10 more yards.  Great deals are often found on Cobra Drivers when looking online, take advantage.

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