Expert Review: Cleveland Launcher UHX Utility IronPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2020.
Tee shot with the Cleveland UHX. All photos courtesy of Scott Bryant
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2020.
The Cleveland Launcher UHX Utility Iron is aimed at the mid to higher handicap golfer looking for a long iron replacement and isn’t necessarily comfortable with a “traditional” style hybrid club.
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 Cleveland Launcher UHX utility club
- Loft setting: 20 degrees, fixed
- Shaft type: Nippon 8950 GH
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 90
- Handicap: 18
- Experience: 30 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: High fade
- Golf ball used: 2022 OnCore Elixr
- Club swing speed: 95 mph
- When I bought the club: September 2020
- Days tested: 30 days
- Where I’ve used it: Golf course
- Weather and wind conditions: Used in all normal weather conditions.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I really liked the look of the Cleveland Launcher UHX. However, since I don’t get along well with traditional hybrids, I wanted to see if this would perform better for me.
Why I chose this club
As I’m a little better with my irons than my woods, this club seemed a perfect middle ground for me. I searched for other utility irons, but this was the most affordable and suited me best.
What I love about it
- Distance: Distance is very solid with the Launcher UHX, particularly on mishits. This is likely due to the hollow design allowing the face to flex and adding spring.
- Forgiveness: This club has above-average forgiveness, due in large part to the hollow-bodied design. The beveled sole helps improve turf interaction.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft feels very smooth and launches effortlessly.
- Shaft Performance: Solid mid-high launch is standard for this shaft, as it was designed.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This is a very nice-looking club that instills confidence.
- Launch Angle: The club lives up to its name: Launcher. With a wide sole, low and deep weight distribution helps get the ball up.
- Other: I found the Launcher UHX to be better for people like me, who prefer a more “iron-like” design for their hybrid/utility club.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The club only seems to give feedback when I put a terrible swing on it.
- Sound: The sound of the club is nothing bad and nothing special.
- Workability: I could not work the Launcher much outside its intended design of a high draw.
- Adjustability: The club is a fixed hosel design and not adjustable. That’s fine for me, but some may want that feature.
- Grip Feel: The grip is a basic all-weather design. I changed it out immediately.
- Spin: Spin is not the strong suit of this club. It launches the ball high and straight.
- Other: If one doesn’t like offset in their clubhead, this design may not suit their eye. There is a generous amount of it here. It took a little getting used to for me.
Best shot with this club
I took the Launcher UHX with me to one of my favorite local courses, with two holes where I knew I would use it. On its maiden voyage, I put it to about 2 feet on a 170-yard, uphill par 3. Needless to say, I was impressed.
Value for the money vs. other options
For the money, I don’t think any name-brand offerings can compare to this club for its intended audience and purpose. But, having played the TaylorMade Ironwood, I believe this club holds its own.
I’m impressed with this Cleveland offering, and my friends who have hit it feel the same. It’s a perfect replacement for difficult-to-hit long irons and cumbersome “traditional” hybrid clubs.