Launcher Ultralite SL290

460cc but weight is only 290 grammes and available in 9, 10.5 and 12-degree options. Fitted with Miyazaki C.Kua 43 series graphite shaft in four flex options. Also available for left-handers.

By Bob Warters on Wed, 9 Feb 2011 - 12:02

Our score:   
Overall: 
4
I have never enjoyed a return to the game after a lay-off so much, thanks to the feel and trajectory the SL 290 gave me.

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PRICE: £239.00     YEAR: from 2011

They say that playing only intermittently - and who hasn't during the bleak winter we've experienced? - your short game suffers most.

While that may be true for many of us, the driving can also takes a hit to your confidence. Fortunately I had the opportunity to try the SL 290 version of the latest Cleveland Launcher Ultralite series - and hit the ground running!

This is the mid-weighted model between the TL 310 version - aimed at low-handicappers and professionals - and the XL 270 and XL270 Draw models, for mid to high handicappers. But it suited me to a tee!

With a minor adjustment to my stance to keep the hands behind the ball at address to overcome a tendency to forward press and de-loft, from the first thaw setting in I was hitting the ball sweetly and accurately and with a high draw with which I was not familiar!

I have never enjoyed a return to the game after a lay-off so much, thanks to the feel and trajectory the SL 290 gave me.

No doubt the eight lucky winners of the competition we're due to run shortly on the Golfmagic Forum, will jump at the chance to win one or other of the three Ultralite Launcher drivers we're giving away.

The secret is all in the fitting process, matching the graphite shaft to the different head and swing weight. The regular 45.75-inch Miyazaki shaft certainly seemed to compliment the weight of the SL 290 head and delivered a consistent strike that suddenly found some extra yards I'd been lacking pre-Christmas.

User Reviews

Overall Review

Any regular users on this forum will know I won this club as part of a Golfmagic/Cleveland Golf competition so cost was not an issue. I feel this club is relatively easy to use and has added 20-30 yards on my previous expectations and reduced shot dispersion. Along with the lighter weight technology getting fitted is a must (a stiffish 5674). And I think is one of the reasons of my improved performance. The extra shaft length has not been an issue and none of my golfing buddies have seemed to notice. Overall a good game-improvement club that if current performance is anything to go by. Will help me reduce my current handicap.

Rating Breakdown
Performance
Quality
Value

Strengths

Longer and straighter ball flight. The smile on my face when the ball goes where I expect it too. Unfussy look of clubhead when teeing up. The sound of the club when hitting the ball well. Forgiving. Playing the second shot with a shorter club.

Weaknesses

Difficult to shape the ball on demand. Flight a tad high when playing in the wind.

Overall Review

Brilliant. I'm a firm advocate of, for higher handicappers, that driving is the most important part of the game. You must get the ball long and down the fairway. This is the club that can do this for you. I've never, in six months, had that thought where you're not confident of your driver doing the business. I just reach for it everytime. The only reason for the 4/5 for value is I really think golf club manufacturers charge silly prices for their latest products. This is no reflection on this club tho.

Rating Breakdown
Performance
Quality
Value

Strengths

Looks great, now that won't help your driving, but come on the things got to look good in the bag. Nice and light, so you don't feel as though you've got to heave the thing when swinging, so promoting a smoother takeaway and therefore smoother strike at the ball. I've got the "draw" version and it's virtually corrected my slice, well as long as I don't get panicky over long hole and keep a smooth swing. It's also added a nice 20 yards to my better drives!!!!! which is no bad thing eh?

Weaknesses

I'm not sure the grip is right and am going to have it redone before the start on the new season.