Need To Know
Looks: The Monster comes in three models: Standard, Tour and Draw. The 460cc standard model speaks for itself, while the 440cc Tour model has a fade-biased weighting, a 2-degree open face with slightly reduced MOI of 5300. The 460cc Draw is 3 degrees shut at address and has a draw-biased weighting with the MOI back up to 5900. All three models come with Fujikura's new Fit-On Flightspeed shaft in Red and Gold options.
If you are already a fan of the Hi-Bore series, then the new Monster XLS will be right up your street because not much has changed. All I could spot was some additional weighting on the outside skirt of the sole, which pushes the limits of the MOI allowance (5900), making it an extremely stable and forgiving clubhead.
Feel & Performance: Sound over overtakes your perception of power and the Monster delivers a ear-splitting sound off the face, which some may find too distracting, But there's no getting away from its distance it delivers. The ball really flies off the clubface and i launched the ball a little higher than I'm used to, but with all that weight at the back, it's not surprising.
Profile of the crown made me feel like I could give it a go off the deck without a tee, and the results were superb. Not a shot that you need very often, but could impress your friends. If you like the scooped out look you'll love this, but again, I don't know whether it's a big enough improvement on the original XLS driver to encourage Cleveland fans to part with their money. The name's a bit over the top but it's not a gimmicky product.