- Large sweet spot
- Easy to fit correct model to player swings
- Extra weight rear and low helps stabilize head
- High MOI keeps shots on line
- Loud sound at impact
- Headcover difficult to remove and replace even with EZ Grab assist
It's a Monster
This one, as the name implies, is a monster.
The high-launch, low-spin mantra that has been the backbone of driver design is taken to new heights with the Monster. The advantage of this year's model is more of an emphasis on MOI or moment of inertia, the resistance to twisting at impact. The USGA limitation of a 5900 rating is pushed to the limit with extreme rear and perimeter weighting of 24 additional grams.
The length is a whopping 46.5 inches thanks to a Made by Fujikura Flightspeed shaft. The stock shaft offering is the Flightspeed in all flexes and Gold (lower flight and lighter swingweight) or Red (higher flight and heavier swingweight). There are a wide variety of custom shafts from multiple manufacturers, which fit a range of golfers.
Cleveland HiBore XLS Monster Is Hot, Forgiving - and Loud
Judging from the drives that fellow club members and I hit, you pretty much just can't miss with the Monster. The sweet spot appears to have expanded to the entire face. The test club was a stiff-flex gold shafted, standard model, 10.5 degrees.
One thing that immediately stands out about the Monster is its sound. It is LOUD! A well-struck ball sounds like it has been fired from a cannon. In fact, to my eyes that is the speed at which the ball comes off the face. Very hot.
The flight of the ball seemed like it was drawn onto the sky by an engineer; meaning, it was almost a perfect version of what ideal launch angle is prescribed. With a square face and neutral weighting, I was able to work the ball into a fade with a little more effort. A fellow club member who was working on "dispersion" issues (as in excessive fade) with his current driver immediately straightened out direction and launched the ball with a very controlled trajectory.
Forgiveness is very real and very visible.
Three Flavors of Monster
With high-MOI, a choice of models to fit players' swings and a super hot and ultra-forgiving face, this version of the HiBore XLS is indeed a monster.