Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl Irons
May 6, 2012
Purchased this set of Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl irons after loads of research in reviews and write ups on the internet. The reviews spoke of a very forgiving iron that delivered extra length and more forgiveness when contact was 'less then optimal' and I have to say that basic assessment has been delivered in loads.
The CG16 Black Pearls are a nice looking iron at address. They're no blade but their black matt finish and laser milled face is a really nice look. I optioned a stiff shaft as my swing is quite strong off a handicap of 11.
After two full rounds, the first of which was a bit rusty to start with but throughout the round the feel of these clubs was just getting sweeter and sweeter. The first iron shot in the second round with the clubs set the scene. The contact was sweet, the distance was long and direction not too bad. Throughout the round, these irons just got better and better as the feel between hands and club got more in sync. The closing shot into the 18th with a 9-iron from around 135 metres was sweet, into the heart of the green, stopping nicely and finishing up with a regulation two-putt par.
I recommend these irons to anybody who has tried the blades and even forged clubs that couldn't quite make them work consistently. Mid-handicappers will love these for their forgiving sweet spot and the control you get with the laser milled surface like the Cleveland range of wedges (which I bought to accompany these irons and perform just as nicely).
At the end of the day, in just the second round with the new irons, I managed to play to handicap for a net 72 at my home course in Malaysia on a day with no carry due to heavy overnight rain and could only say thanks to the Black Pearls!
Pros:Forgiving, long and sweet contact, even if a little off the sweet spot.
Great looking irons.
Control and spin with the laser milled surface, even with long irons into the green.
Cons:Right now, not a damn thing!