Nonconformance prompts Cleveland recall

Senior Writer

Cleveland Golf is the latest company to conduct a voluntary conformance test for one of its driver models.

The company announced May 28 that a limited number of right-handed HiBore XL 10.5 degree drivers may not conform to the U.S. Golf Association’s Characteristic Time test standard, which measures for excessive spring-like effect in the club face.

Cleveland is the fourth manufacturer since March to uncover a variance in its manufacturing process that has caused the problem. All other lofts of the right-handed model and all left-handed HiBore XL drivers, as well as all other models have been tested and conform to USGA standards.

Consumers who have purchased a questionable club can call 1-800-999-6263 or register on the company’s web site and return the driver to Cleveland’s manufacturing facility in Huntington Beach, Calif., for testing.

Drivers deemed conforming will be marked with an engraved “CG” on the heel of the driver and shipped two-day air at the company’s expense. If a driver does not meet the USGA conformance parameters, Cleveland will send a conforming replacement. The testing program is scheduled to run through July.

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Adam Schupak is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail

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