Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons – Review

I’ve been playing the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons for almost two months now and I’m hooked and wish I could justify the cost of purchasing a new set of irons! I’m inclined to send them an email saying the demos were lost in the mail… :)

Playing with the Cleveland CG7′s has been an interesting and baffling experience.. I’ll explain later in the post.

The Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons feature pretty cool, game enhancing  Zip Grooves technology which is also found on Golf Digest’s Hot List gold rated Cleveland CG15 Wedges. This technology is the consistent milling of each groove to maximum conforming dimensions. The integrity of the grooves is maintained by the application of a proprietary coating to each groove for protection during the face sandblasting process. The resulting Zip Grooves are pristine, shiny and Cleveland Golf’s biggest, most precisely milled grooves ever.

My favorite piece of technology in the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons is the laser milled club face. Using the precision accuracy of a laser, 4 perfectly calibrated texture lines are milled between each groove exactly to the conforming roughness limit. This breakthrough surface roughness application optimizes ball-to-face friction and maximizes spin under the Rules of Golf. Not to mention that they look way cool!

Feel comes in the form of 360° Gelback Technology; a one piece injection molded lightweight visco-elastic insert that covers the entire perimeter of the cavity and the base of the club providing vibration dampening across the entire face.

Superior Distance is the result of Dynamic Microcavity Technology; progressively sized microcavities for optimized CG location in each head. This technology allows movement of discretionary weight lower and deeper for increased distance, ball speed and accuracy. This is similar to what they did in the Cleveland Launcher DST Driver where they moved nine grams of weight from the clubface and put repositioned it low and deep into clubhead to create a deeper center of gravity for higher MOI and reduced side spin on drives.

Heel / Toe Muscle Weighting in the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons provides Forgiveness with 6% greater MOI than traditional irons for maximum performance on off center hits.

I think the black pearl finish and the black inserts on the CG7 irons look freaking awesome and I affectionately refer to them as my Batman gamers. :)

Alright, so back to my experience. In my bag, I’m wielding a set of 2009 TaylorMade Burner Irons that were custom fitted to me at the TaylorMade Performance Lab. These clubs are also a lot of fun to play and I hit them very well.

As you can see by the table below, they have the more modern/aggressive lofts which should equate into greater distances than a set of more traditional lofted clubs like the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons. In addition, they have longer shafts which again, should equate into greater distance.

My experience with them is the opposite… I’m hitting the CG7′s between one to two clubs longer than the Burner Irons and I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out why. I sometimes have the propensity to over-analyze things like this..

Burner Irons

CG7 Black Pearl Irons

I put an email in to Cleveland regarding this and here’s the response I received.

Actually, our CG7 Black Pearl irons are build with more “traditional” lofts than the Burner’s (which are about 2 deg stronger, almost a club) than typical irons. In some cases, the lower loft actually reduces carry distance for players – in addition to being less consistent on dispersion. What probably happened is that the CG7 Black Pearls were just a better match (as they are for many players) as the CG7s are designed as an “all-around” club (good distance/accuracy combination).

I have trouble with the concept that certain clubs are a “better match” than others, but I have no other explanation for why I’m getting so much additional distance from the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons.

If anyone has any insight, please leave a comment and shed some light on the subject.

Here’s a pretty funny story about the clubs.. I’m one of those players who avoids the hitting the low irons, anything below a 5I usually gets replace with a hybrid. The demo set I received included a 3I and I thought to myself “If I can hit this club, it’ll be a testimony to these clubs.” Well, it was a par5, my drive went about 280 yards leaving me about 210 to the green. With a deep sigh, I thought to myself, ok, well, here goes nothing… 3W (now permanently in my bag) is the Cleveland DST Launcher Fairway Wood which travels about 220 yards and my 3H travels about 190 yards. I took a generous amount of practice swings and pured the 3I which overshot the green by about five yards.. Ended up parring the hole, but man I had an awesome Birdie op!

So yeah, Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons = awesome, they look great and are easy to hit (coming from a high handi) and if you’re like me, you are most likely going to see some increased distance on all of your irons.

While I was researching the technical specs on the clubs, I noticed there’s a $100 off + free dozen golf balls coupon for the CG7 Black Pearl Irons on the Cleveland Golf website.

The coupon is good for in-store only and ends July 31st, so if you’re interested don’t wait too long..

  14 comments for “Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl Irons – Review

  1. DF
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    Can you talk about how they actually played? Feel, performance, etc? As for your question, lower lofts equal more spin and harder to control for most players. This review sounds a little PRish

  2. DF
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    After reading your review again, my last commment was a little harsh. While I do think there is more PR in here, I understand that you need that to get the clubs sent to you. I assume they were sent to you free of charge. I guess my issue is I am on the fence about these irons and am struggling to find a review. I would like to know more about ball flight, shaft performance, forgiveness, spin rates, wear, how the head and shaft work together, and more. I know that its your article, but some of us are really looking at these clubs and want more info.

  3. Lscott
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    I looked all over the Cleveland site and did not see the offer you mentioned. Do you have a link to it? The only promotion on the Cleveland site like the one you mentioned expired 12/31/2009.

    Thank you

  4. at

    Try this Cleveland Summer 2010 Promotion and thanks for reading!

  5. at

    READ YOUR FIRST ARTICLE AND THEN READ THE SECOND ONE. GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT CAN NOT EVEN WALK FOR MONTHS
    BROKE MY LEFT LEG HEALING BUT IT WILL BE A WHILE. WANTED THESE CG7 IRONS THE FIRST
    I HEARD OF THEM AS THEY WOULD BE A EXCELLENT MATCH TO THE WEDGES. I CURRENTLY
    PLAY WITH STANDARD CALLAWAY X20 AND WAS LOOKING TO UPGRADE BEFORE THE WEDGES
    AND IRONS WITH THIS FACE TECHNOLOGY IS GONE. IS A 15HANDICAPPER ABLE TO HANDLE THE CG7 TOUR OR REGULAR AND WHAT ABOUT MATCHING WITH THE WEDGES. LOOKING FOR INCENTIVE IN
    THERAPY AND WALKING. THANKS WILL

  6. Mike
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    I have been lucky to have the opportunity to practice with a many sets of clubs through friends who either own golf retail shops or who are pro’s. I stumbled across the black pearls only by suggestion.

    They look great and caught my eye straight away. Upon picking up the clubs I felt great weight dispersion and immediately thought the club had some muscle. It certainly didn’t dissapoint. I am honestly getting 2 clubs longer which dramatically changed game for the better. The added confidence to my game due to these clubs has resulted in a 6 handicap (not bad for an 18 handicapper only 5 months ago).

    I have experienced the following from hitting the CG7 Black Pearls:

    Positives:
    + Aesthetically, the CG7 Black Pearls are classy looking clubs
    + Great weight dispersion
    + HITTING 2 CLUBS LONGER MAKING ALMOST EVERY PAR 5 REACHABLE NOW
    + Good trajectory, with plenty of air time
    + Stops the ball quickly with minimal release on normal swing
    + FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY GOLFING LIFE, I CAN SPIN THE BALL AND HAVE ONLY JUST LEARNED TO SPIN THE BALL BACK CONSISTANTLY 5 – 10 FEET.
    + Long irons are as easy to hit as short irons or should i say, I have the confidence to hit the long irons as accurately as the short irons.
    + The irons are as forgiving as most clubs but when hitting the sweet spot it just feels crisp.
    + I have found that hitting the ball skinny, I rarely loose much distance for long irons.
    + Maneuvering the ball feels easy with simple draws and for the first time, I can fade the ball now.

    Negatives:
    - The irons do show signs of wear but does not in any affect the playability of the club
    - Must take close care of clubs and not scratch much if you are worried about the look of club. (I hit a rock with a 5 iron out of bunker and can notice the scratch every time i pick it up but it doesn’t affect playability.)

    I am very happy to reccommend these clubs to anyone who wants to reduce their handicap from 20 down to single digits. HOWEVER, I DO HAVE MY EYE ON THE MIZUNO MP58 IRONS AND TAYLORMADE R9 IRONS WHEN I GET BELOW 5 HANDICAP.

    MIKE.
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  7. Mike
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    Also, I forgot to mention that I have a relatively fast swing and the shafts work in my favour for better accuracy and I reccommend these clubs go hand in hand with the Taylormade R9 Driver and 3 Wood with stiff shafts for those who have a fast swing.

  8. SEAN SHANAHAN
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    just got a set of cg7s fit for me, i dont no where your getting the extra distance from these clubs, im hitting them a club shorter shorter than my 10 year old big berthas, very dissapointed with the cg7s after reading numerous reviews including yours, i have been taking in by all the commersilism so i dont think this comment will be posted. SEAN.

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    Hey Sean,

    I’m not in the habit of censoring my readers and their opinions, I’m more than happy to post up your feedback on the clubs. Regarding your commercialism statement, not really sure where you’re going with that, but I received no compensation for the review, nor did I keep the demo clubs I hit. My opinion of the clubs was simply that, an unbiased honest appraisal of their performance. It sounds like many of the websites you visited gave similar reviews, which one could interpret to mean that they are indeed good clubs.

    How many rounds have you played with the clubs? It’s been my experience that it takes a couple rounds to break in a new set of clubs.

    You also mentioned that the clubs were fitted for you, perhaps further adjustments are necessary?

    It could also be the case that they are good clubs, but just not good clubs for you..

    Whatever the case, I’m sorry that the clubs aren’t what you expected and sorry if you feel like I’ve mislead you with my review.

  10. SEAN
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    Hi Dave, just to let you know that i brought my cg7s back to my club fitter for reassessment and he made a few adjustments and I’m happy to say that I have got my distance back to where it was before ,love them now,perhaps I was a bit to critical in my previous comments but they are the first set that i have ever had custom fit for me and I was so disappointed that perhaps i took all my frustration out on your good self.

  11. at

    Hey Sean,

    Glad to hear it! I figured it’d had to be something like that. Thanks for reading!

  12. Paul
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    I just got a set and I agree they are great cubs. The soft feel takes some getting used to. It’s funny though because I actually hit the Cleveland TA 5s further.

  13. Guille
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    Hello,
    I have moved to UK one month ago and I’m thinking about buying a second golf bag to play here. I don’t want to spend to much money in it, so I have seen an offer over the Cleveland CG7 Black Pearl 2010 irons of 250 GBP. I’m a 16hcp 26 years old. Do you think it’s a good option for me?
    Thank you so much!

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    Hey Guille,

    Thanks for the comment! To answer your question, yes, I think they’ll be a good option for you, they’re designed for mid handicaps and I’m of a similar skill level and they did great things for me. :) I’m not sure what you’re playing with now, but they’ve got a pretty aggressive loft, so most likely you’ll see some increased distance per club.

    Let me know what you decide to do!

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