Clean lines and smaller-looking driver head form.
Largest face area Cleveland has ever made.
Ultrathin face produces reassuring "thwack" upon impact.
No discernible gain in distance over other current drivers.
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
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.
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.