The Cleveland Launcher XL Halo scores high marks for the versatility it provides golfers on the course. It's easy to hit out of any lie, performs exceptionally well on mis-hits, and gets the ball up in the air quickly.
Easy to hit from any type of lie
Provides naturally high launch conditions
Forgiving on off-center strikes
Impact sound is on the louder side
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Cleveland Launcher XL Halo Hybrid Review
The Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybrid has been designed for maximum forgiveness and, thanks to some impressive technologies, it’s a club that can save you from disaster in various on-course predicaments: The specific focus in the design process was to help golfers escape poor lies with power and accuracy (which explains why it made our guide on the most forgiving hybrids).
The Halo features Cleveland's XL head design. Larger than most hybrids, it has an MOI of 2,961 - the most ever in a Cleveland Golf hybrid. MOI is ‘moment of inertia’ and is a measure of the club’s stability and resistance to twisting at moment of impact. Three Glide Rails on the sole help keep the clubface straight for better strikes, regardless of lie quality. Gliderail technology has been developed to help golfers cut through rough and turf without loss of speed or power.
The Halo hybrid also utilizes Cleveland’s Rebound Frame, a flex zone in the face and a second flex zone in the body of the club that sequence together to direct impact energy into the ball to maximize ball speed and distance. The HiBore Crown Step reduces the height of the crown, helping lower the center of gravity and increase launch height.
An eight-gram weight has been placed in the end of the grip to act as a counterbalance, meaning more controlled power from the same effort put into a swing. If you’re after even more control, then the Cleveland Launcher XL Halo Hybrid is available with Accuracy Build, which is a custom configuration aimed at maximizing precision. In this setup, the club is half an inch shorter and without counterbalance.
The Halo is available in four lofts ranging from 18 to 27 degrees. It’s a highly versatile club to have in the bag. Although its main selling point is its effectiveness from poor lies, it also performs brilliantly from the tee and the fairway. It’s a highly forgiving, stable and powerful club, one of the best golf hybrid clubs on the market.
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