Blades are quickly becoming a thing of the past… companies are finding new ways to make clubs that have blade-like feel and looks while providing the forgiveness of a cavity.
Even the best players in the world are looking for a bit of forgiveness… they can’t be perfect all the time! Cleveland has been a leader in this new market and the CG2 irons are their most recent entry.
The biggest technology in the CG2’s has to be Cleveland’s new CMM metal. CMM metal is one of the softest metals out there and it provides great feel. I won’t get into the in’s and out’s of CMM but basically it’s less dense than traditional steel and it dampens out some of the vibrations created when the golfer hits a ball. The CG2 is a pretty nice looking club and Cleveland has done a nice job combining a blade and a cavity back. The top line and sole are thin, the cavity is there but it’s not huge, the offset is minimal and the finish is appealing. 99.99% of the Cleveland CG2’s I sell are steel… there is a graphite option but I don’t know why someone would want to dampen any feel with graphite here. The stock shafts available are great… the ever-steady Dynamic Gold steel and the Grafalloy Blue graphite. Cleveland also has a great custom department and the CG2 has a lot of other shaft options.
Overall, our our testers and customers liked these irons. They are fairly forgiving (in comparison to other “players” irons that is), they hit a low to mid ball, they are nice to look at and the shaft options are solid. Are they amazing? No. Are they great? Maybe. Are they good? Yes. They are a solid “players” iron but nothing, besides their amazingly soft feel, really stood out with our testers. Everything was “ok” with them and I would say they might rank in the top ten or fifteen best “players” irons of 2005. Try the CG2 for yourself… if you are a fan of a soft iron… you might have found a winner here!
Overall Rating – 70%
Target Handicap: 10 and under, although any good ball striker might want to try them
Ball Flight: Low to Mid
Construction: CMM metal
Stock Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel, Grafalloy Blue graphite