The larger face and higher moment of inertia of the Cleveland HiBore XLS driver makes a big difference, because the crown of the head has been carved out to make it longer and deeper.
Not only does this increase the forgiveness, but it also makes it much easier to align the club at address. In this position the HiBore XLS driver does look very good and at impact it gave a powerful strike and solid sound.
In our tests, the forgiveness across the face was very good and the trajectory was strong too. We prefer the Tour version, but Cleveland tour players David Howell and Vijay Singh are both using the standard head Cleveland HiBore XLS driver in 9.5 loft to get that little extra carry and less roll because that suits the regular tour courses more, so the choice is yours!
Overall Rating - 5 stars: