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Cleveland Classic Driver Review

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating
User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)

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Cleveland Classic Driver Sole
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The Bottom Line: The Cleveland Classic driver does have a classic look. It's modern technology in throwback packaging.

Pros
• Clean lines and smaller-looking driver head form.
• Largest face area Cleveland has ever made.
• Ultrathin face produces reassuring "thwack" upon impact.

Cons
• No discernible gain in distance over other current drivers.

Details
• Deep-face driver with low center of gravity to help launch and accuracy.
• MSRP at time of introduction: $299.
• 270- and 290-gram models come in lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees.
• Stock shafts are Miyazaki C. Kua graphites in A, R, S and X flexes.

Review: Cleveland Classic Driver

March 20, 2012 - Imagine, if you will, that a sudden wave of nostalgia washes over you – you're considering trading your white iPod for your yellow Walkman, your smartphone for your old black and white "flip phone," and ditching your car's smooth automatic transmission for "three on the tree." Cleveland Golf is unlocking some nostalgia, too, in the looks department and goes "old school" with the look of the Cleveland Classic driver, while using "new school" technology. This stunner is a nod to the days when golfers played persimmon woods and balata golf balls. The club even turns the heads of those who are jaded to the constant march of new driver models. But make no mistake - there is nothing old about this club, other than its look.

Best-known for years for its wedges, Cleveland has recently been turning up the innovation dial with its ultralight drivers. The Classic line continues that with 270-, 290- and 310-gram drivers, the 310 classified as the "tour" model. Cleveland recommends the lower weight for golfers with slower swing speeds, the higher weight for those with higher swing speeds.

Cleveland Classic Driver Face© Cleveland Golf
A deeper clubface and variable face thickness results in greater forgiveness and increased ball speed on off-center hits. In fact, the deep face breaks from what one usually sees in game improvement drivers – longer heel-to-toe measurement - and that is a nice change and a nice look. At address the club looks smaller than its 460cc measurement, and this smaller look is also something that is getting harder to find in the marketplace.

Performance on the course is very good. Solid feel and sound as befits a club whose cosmetics make it seem like it could have been played in the 1950s or 1960s. Spin and distance numbers look right about where many of the top manufacturers are placing their drivers. The club is easy enough to make mid-face contact with, as well as create fades and draws. The one drawback might be the very light static weight of the club. It makes one tend to want to aggressively go after the ball and consequently overpower the tee shot. If you tend to get quick on the tee box, look into the heavier model.

All in all, the Cleveland Classic is a very solid performer with styling that stands out from the crowd. If you've tired of the electric colors and tinky sounds from a recent crop of drivers, give the Cleveland Classic driver a try. There's no telling what that wave of nostalgia might do for your confidence on the tee.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Cleveland Rocks!, Member mmaf4200

Played w the XLS Hibore for last 4 yrs. Wanted to upgrade and liked the look of the new club. When first hitting it, I immediately noticed the different noise it makes at impact. Where the Hibore XLS was loud and pingy, the new driver has a softer more dense sound. In flight it seems to jump off the face of the club a more velosity, but I actually have not gained any distance and might have lost a little. Still to early to tell exactly but previously the XLS my drives would range from 260 - 315. So far w the classic they have been 260- 305. Maybe I have lost some distance or just not caught it right yet.... we will see!

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