Martin Hopley
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The larger face and higher moment of inertia of the Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour 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 Tour driver does look very good and at impact it gave a powerful strike and solid sound.

The HiBore XLS Tour boasts a more traditional and compact pear shape and has a longer Tour length hosel. Its 2 degree open face and toe biased weighting helps give better players more workability and increased distance.

We have tested the Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour version and think this is the pick of the three models, especially for better players.

The feel and sound was stronger and the trajectory a little lower than the standard version, so if you play in the wind or on firm courses, then this is the one for you.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour Driver - Product Details

Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
MaterialTitanium
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexX Stiff, Stiff, Regular
Manufacturer's WebsiteCleveland Website

User Reviews

Stevef
July 2008

I switched from the 2007 Hibore XLS 9.5 to the Hibore XLS Tour 9.5 (Fit On Red S) despite having said I wouldn't get caught up in the hype and change driver this year. So far, I'm glad that I did. I usually hit a high ball so the first thing I noticed was the trajectory from the Tour model is much more penetrating. I'd say I've picked up about 10 yards of carry and a little extra roll. Bonus! The sound at impact is more muted than the XL which is in itself not a bad thing but I'm still getting used to it...by comparison it sounds like you didn't flush it but the ball mark (and result) shows that you did. Actually this is my only criticism so far - it's a little harder to 'feel' your mishits than last year's model. The club feels beautifully balanced and you can definitely work it each way, but to be honest I'm really surprised how forgiving it is. The amount you can work it either way is actually less than the regular XL from last year - not that I mind, in fact I'm grateful (!) but I was surprised by that since initially I was worried that, since it's the tour model and sets up a couple of degrees open, maybe it would be easier to lose it to the right. Not so. Despite my cynicism about just how much technology can improve at this point, I'm pleasantly surprised. I don't mind eating humble pie when the result is drives that are longer and straighter. Love the club so far and I'm happy with the purchase. I don't doubt that the TMs and Callaways out there aren't just as good but I DO doubt that they're worth $100+ more. This one's a winner.

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