Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl irons

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Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl irons review. Reviews and verdict on Cleveland Golf's new set of irons

Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl irons
Golf Monthly Verdict

For us, these irons offered more forgiveness than feel. Through impact they were extremely solid, but the feel from a sweetly struck shot is not quite as pure as some other irons in this category. For the mid or high handicapper after a classic-looking set, but without giving up on forgiveness, the CG16s are a must-try. From long irons to wedges these offer consistent strikes. 
Often a problem for forgiving irons, but we were surprised by how much control they offered. We suspect this comes from a flight that is high but strong throughout the set. 
The initial launch angle was high, but the shots did not lack distance in difficult conditions. The strength of flight is a real plus for any year-round golfer looking for a new set. PGA pro verdict Straight out of the box this set had a quality look. The laser-milled groove 
design enhanced the visual appeal, as did the gun-metal finish. Where as some sets look better in the longer clubs than the short ones, the head shape here looked good throughout the set with no irons looking out of place. They produced a 
quite fantastic, high-launching flight 
that really impressed. (John Jacobs)

At address, the mid and long irons in the Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl set look forgiving. The topline is thick enough to inspire confidence without seeming too bulky. We liked seeing the cavity in the mid irons at address. By noting the loft of each club on the sole these irons have stand-out shelf appeal. We especially liked the Black Pearl version as it promises a classic look with modern technology.

We tested the stock Traction 85 shaft and were impressed at the strength of flight on offer from such a forgiving iron. It felt stable through impact and increases the overall appeal.

The CG16 irons should blend seemlessly into the wedges. At address the wedges look to have a sizeable hitting area and continue the feel of forgiveness from the longer irons. The CG16 wedges are priced at £105 per club.

The lofts of the CG16 irons have been strengthened to help provide greater distance. However, by marking the exact lofts on the sole, Cleveland say players should find more effective gapping. The laser-milled face and zip grooves seen in previous irons and wedges return here to offer high levels of spin control. The thin face design should also help improve overall distance.


Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X