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Cleveland CG7, CG7 Tour Black Pearl Irons

Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl irons
CG7 Black Pearl (left) and CG7 Black Pearl Tour

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)

CG7 Black Pearl
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 3-PW with Flightspeed steel shaft

Company line: "Precise laser-milled face texture increases surface roughness to maximize spin. Groove integrity is maintained by applying a proprietary coating during the faces and blasting process. A one-piece, injection molded, lightweight, viscoelastic insert covers the entire perimeter of the cavity and base of the head to provide vibration dampening."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Black finish, multi-material rear and laser-milled micro grooves make it worth a try; high, straight, consistent shots are the order of the day; functional performers from tight lies and rough; well-suited for players who fight a fade or slice; generous helping of directional forgiveness; fly higher than most in its class; soft shaft and dampening system knock out harshness; black finish and mini grooves make it stand out from the pack.

CONS: Gives up some playability (little chance for cute finesse shots) to gain more of a preprogrammed flight; testers want to experience more life off the clubface; shorter than some others; black finish looks aged after two weeks of testing.

From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
Boo Weekley talks CG7 Black Pearl irons: "The CG7 Black Pearl irons make firin' at pins as easy as shootin' fish in a barrel!"

From Golf Magazine (November 2009)
The CG7 BP has the same chassis as the existing CG7 irons. The differences, of course, are a new finish (rich-looking black pearl) and a laser-milled clubface and grooves. These grooves, in fact, are the same aggressive "zip" grooves that you'll find on Cleveland's popular wedges. Expect to get loads of spin from the CG7 BP, particularly with the shorter irons.

$699, steel, $799, graphite
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Tell us what you think of the CG7 Black Pearl Irons in the comments area at the bottom of this page.

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)

CG7 Tour Black Pearl
Category: Better-Player Irons
We tested: 3-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft

Company line: "Precision 'zip grooves' and our surface roughness technology combine to maximize spin within the new USGA guidelines. 'Gelback' technology is a one-piece, injection-molded lightweight insert that provides vibration dampening across the entire face."

OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Finesse shots are a breeze due to ample spin and well-balanced short irons; among the top-rated clubs for playability; adequate distance overall; clubhead cuts through turf and rough with ease, enhancing the ability to manufacture shots; when new, the black finish and compact head provide a confidence-inspiring package.

CONS: The gunmetal finish wears off too quickly; the vibration dampening cavity design seems to limit truly precise feedback; zip grooves across the entire set appear to magnify sidespin.

$799, steel
clevelandgolf.com

Tell us what you think of the CG7 Tour Black Pearl Irons in the comments area at the bottom of this page.

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