Andrew Noyce
By Andrew Noyce

You may have noticed that you don't swing the club as fast as the pro's. In fact, research will tell you that most amateurs swing the club at least 15mph slower than the players on tour.

This has an impact on your equipment and Cleveland believe that most players don't have the swing speed to do justice to most of the current drivers on the market.

Enter the CG Black 2015 driver. Cleveland's designers started by looking at the characteristics of amateur's swings that make them less efficient, and set about creating a club to help them maximise their potential.

Cleveland CG Black 2015 Drivers

Moment Of Inertia (MOI) is usually thought of in terms of how the club twists at impact, the higher number, meaning less twisting, the better in terms of keeping your clubhead square and your shots straight.

However, MOI also has an impact on how easy it is for players to swing the golf club around their body, which is the key in how professionals generate their clubhead speed.

Cleveland CG Black 2015 Drivers

Pro's are able to cock their wrists and keep the arc of the club close to the body, something amateurs struggle with, resulting in the club being further away from their centre of rotation, greatly decreasing club head speed and therefore distance.

Cleveland has lowered this 'swing MOI' in the CG Black drivers to help promote the characteristics of a pro-like swing. This results in a higher head speed and greater distance being generated with the same swing effort.

Coupled with the fact that the CG Black drivers are so light, the standard version weighing in at 260 grams and the Custom only 275g, this gives players with slower swings the best chance of maximising distance.

The CG Black drivers also benefit from Cleveland's Variable Face Technology that helps reduce loss of distance on shots that are not struck with the centre of the club.

Cleveland CG Black 2015 Drivers

With thinner areas of the face pushed to the perimeter, ball speed is maintained across impact positions and this combines with a centre of gravity pushed lower and more further to achieve a higher launch angle for optimal carry and distance.

Cleveland CG Black Custom Driver

The Custom version of the CG Black 2015 driver has an adjustable hosel that allows players to alter both loft and face angle across a range of 9° to 12°. The distinct settings means it is easy to optimise the driver to your game and by achieving an optimal trajectory players will maximise carry and overall distance. The draw face setting means that players with a tendency to miss right, the normal result for slower swingers, can straighten ball flight with resulting gains in accuracy and length.

Cleveland CG Black Custom Driver

Both CG Black 2015 drivers have also been tuned for sound and feel. Cleveland have included a Y-Shape Sound Rib into the clubs to provide the higher frequency sound that tests show is a more pleasing sound to the ear at impact and feeds into what golfers perceive as a good 'feel'.

The standard, non-adjustable version of the CG Black 2015 driver comes in lofts of 9°, 10.5° and 12° degrees, retailing at £229 whilst the Custom version retails at £279.

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Cleveland CG Black 2015 Driver - Product Details

UK LaunchFebruary 2015
UK Launch RRP£229
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women, Senior
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts10.5°, 12°
Right Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 12°
Head Volume460 cc
Weight260 grams
Club Length46 inches
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameMitsubishi Bassara E50
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
Manufacturer's WebsiteCleveland Website

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