Cleveland Launcher XL2 excelled in 3 areas during robotic driver testing

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Launcher XL2 featured the tightest dispersion of any driver that underwent robotic testing.

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For the 2024 edition of GOLF’s ClubTest, we once again teamed up with Golf Laboratories for robotic driver testing. With the help of their swing robot, we’re able to get a better picture of how each driver performs at the same speed (95 mph), delivery and attack angle in a 9-point face mapping test. The end result is an unbiased (and extremely detailed) look at where each driver model excels.

We continue with robotic insights on Cleveland’s all-new Launcher XL2 drivers. Pick up all your Cleveland gear at Fairway Jockey.

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Aim small, miss small

More ball speed is a nice-to-have, especially when it’s paired with a tight dispersion. Having the ability to keep the ball as close to the center line as possible, even on mishits, is the ultimate goal for club designers. But it’s not always a reality. Pulling one performance lever generally requires sacrifices in other areas.

However, that wasn’t the case with Cleveland’s Launcher XL2 driver during robotic testing. Boasting the smallest dispersion pattern (5.1 yards) of any driver we tested on the Golf Laboratories swing robot, the XL2 is geared to keep the ball on the map — even if consistent contact isn’t one of your strong suits.

Cleveland Launcher XL2 Custom Driver

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It’s BIG and built for one thing: sending bombs down the middle. The all-new Launcher XL 2 Driver delivers more distance, forgiveness, and consistency than ever, thanks to new MainFrame technology, an improved XL design, and more. Step up and swing BIG. With Launcher XL 2, bigger just got better. MAINFRAME XL FACE MainFrame XL Face Technology uses a variable thickness pattern that maximizes flex at impact to boost distance. It also repositions weight low and deep in the clubhead for added forgiveness and consistency. XL HEAD DESIGN With an improved XL Head Design packing even more MOI than last generation, plus a low-and-deep weighting profile, players can enjoy long, high-launching ball flight with plenty of forgiveness. REBOUND FRAME Instead of giving it one flex zone, we’ve got two. With alternating flex zones acting in-sync, Rebound Frame directs more energy into the ball for speed and distance on every shot. ACTION MASS CB An 8-gram weight tucked into the end of the shaft counterbalances the club for more control without extra effort. This counterweight helps the club feel lighter on takeaway and stay stable through impact. ADJUSTABLE HOSEL With an adjustable hosel, you can fine-tune your launch angle, distance, and shot shape. Adjust your loft, face angle, and lie angle with 12 different positions. The wrench is sold separately.
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Compared to the previous Launcher XL, dispersion improved from 6.8 yards to 5.1 yards. Cleveland already boasted one of the most accurate drivers before the release of XL2, but they somehow managed to make it even more accurate with the second iteration.

As you’ll notice in the insights below, consistency is at the heart of what makes XL2 one of the more impressive drivers to go through robotic testing.

Consistent numbers

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The Launcher XL2 boasts a larger overall face profile by 2 percent (heel-to-toe) and 12 percent (top-to-bottom). Dunlop Sports

A tight dispersion goes hand in hand with consistent carry distance numbers across all 9 impact locations, which is something we saw from XL2 during testing. Toe strikes went from losing 5.9 yards (Launcher XL) to just 3.3 yards (Launcher XL2), at 95 mph, while heel strikes stayed within the median range with a distance delta of 12 yards.

Overall, the distance loss on off-center strikes between Launcher XL and Launcher was within the noise at 8.7 yards versus 9.7 yards. It remains a strong option if you don’t routinely find the center of the club face.

More of a good thing

Having already established XL2 as one of the most consistent products in the marketplace, we can confirm it’s also faster than its predecessor. With Cleveland’s new Mainframe XL face leading the way, XL2 saw carry distance increase by 5 yards (226 yards versus 221 yards) with a similar launch angle and spin rate.

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The Mainframe XL face design lives up to the hype with impressive ball speed numbers. Ryan Barath/GOLF

The numbers back up Cleveland’s claims that the variable thickness face increases the effective sweet spot for improved ball speed. With its rebound frame playing a role as well, the head can flex more efficiently at impact for a better energy transfer.

The end result is a driver that’s fast and accurate. Golfers struggling in both areas will no doubt want to give Cleveland’s latest offering strong consideration when it comes time to start the driver search.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.