Martin Hopley

The 46 inch shaft on the Cleveland CG Black Driver is a quarter of an inch shorter than the XL 270 driver and it is very light and manageable. You would expect a shaft this long and light to be too whippy but the excellent Miyazaki construction gives it a nice firm feel and rigidity to perform as well as any more traditionally weighted shafts on the market.

The CG Black driver has a taller crown that slopes down more steeply down the Speed Crown Design to the back of the head that is also longer front to back than the XL270. At address it does look bigger and more similar to the SL290 and the dark colour scheme looks very classy.

The rear weight screw certainly helps the ball get airborne with a slight right to left flight so if you have a slower swing speed or hit your driver too low then the CG Black driver could be ideal for you. For those with more standard swings, then the Tour version with lower lofts and slightly heavier shaft options would be better.

The only negative was the sound from the larger head which was a little piercing on occasion, but if you like making an audible statement on the course then this driver is for you.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
Overall Rating - 4 stars:
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Cleveland CG Black Driver

Cleveland CG Black Driver - Product Details

UK Launch01 February 2012
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 12°
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff
Manufacturer's WebsiteCleveland Website

User Reviews

December 2012

This season I switched to the Cleveland CG black driver, which was the first modern generation ‘oversized headed’ drivers I have owned.

The first thing that I noticed was the additional distance and better ball flight I was gaining (consistently around 20 more yards). Also the look and feel of the club is fantastic.

I do find that compared to previous drivers I have struggled slightly with consistency. When I had a bad swing with my old driver, I could usually feel where the mistakes were (usually pushing the ball right), and subsequently try and correct the problem throughout the round. The CG Black is extremely light and incredibly easy to swing, but I do find that on any given swing I could be pulling the ball left or pushing it right, because of the clubs light weight I find it hard to gauge where I am going wrong in my swing. Saying that when you connect with this club the results are fantastic.

Overall I am very happy with this club, but I do think my swing speed may be better suited to club with more weight in the head. For players looking for a great feeling club and purely more distance I would highly recommend it.

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