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Cleveland Halo Hybrid

 

Appearance

 

The Halo has a scooped crown that is undeniably visible from address, very much like the Hi-Bore. This scooped out crown was a great way to make the club look a lot less bulky vs. some of the other hybrids of today, while still disguising a lot of the technology in the club. The face is somewhat deep for a hybrid based on today’s standards, mostly in part because of a sole that is rounded off to cut more easily though thick grass.

 

Playability

 

This club was made for people who can’t hit their long irons for a lick. Because of the scooped out crown, the center of gravity is located deep in the club. Thus, players will find how easy it is to hit long, high, soft landing shots with the Halo. But, while this club may benefit the inconsistent ball strikers, it could wreak havoc on a low handicapper’s game. Lower handicaps might not like its high flying ballflight, and shots can balloon because of too much spin. The key for these hybrids is to hit them like a mid-iron, not like a fairway wood, in order to get them up in the air. Players will find a lot of forgiveness with this club, but there is also some degree of workability when needed. Nice crisp click and feel at impact, no matter where on the face you hit the ball.

 

Ball Flight

 

Again, ballflight is medium-high, with spin. This creates shots that are easy to get off the ground, and land close to their first impact with the ground (fairway or green). Lower handicaps will most likely launch the Halo too high and with too much spin.

 

Overall

 

A great long iron replacement for those who can’t get the ball off the ground from long yardages. Make sure you get fit for the right shaft, in order to keep your accuracy in check. Perfect for those second shots on Par 5s, or tee shots on tight par 4s and long par 3s. But, there are hybrids out there that perform just as well, if not better, for a lower price.

 

Pros: Long distance; forgiveness; nice impact sound and feel

Cons: Not for everyone; Shape at address is a little funky; Stock shaft is too whippy and

inconsistent.

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