Expert Review: Cleveland Launcher UHX Utility Iron

Published 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.
Scott Bryant, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Scott Bryant

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.

My take

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

About me

  • 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

Test conditions

  • 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

Forgiveness
5/5
Launch
5/5
Distance
4/5
Feel
4/5
Sound
3/5
Workability
3/5

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.

Final verdict

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.

Scott Bryant, Golf Expert
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