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Cleveland CG16 irons, Black Pearl vs. Satin Chrome

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I recently had an iron fitting at my local PGA Superstore and I have decided to purchase a set of Cleveland CG16 irons.  I have found that I can purchase a new set off of Ebay (from a reputable seller with a ton of positive feedback) for a considerable discount.  My only decision now is whether I want the Black Pearl or the Satin Chrome.  From everything I have read and been told, the only difference is the look.  The prices are basically the same, so it seems like its just personal preference.

Does anybody know of any reason why I may want one over the other?  The Satin Chrome is nice and classic looking, but I kind of like the look of the black pearl for something a little different.

Thanks.

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I bought my CG15 wedges in the black pearl for the look.  The black pearl finish does wear on the sole and leading edge of the club face and impact position.  Something to keep in mind if that would bother you after a while.  It probably wouldn't be nearly as bad on the standard set of irons mind you.

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Originally Posted by babyworm

I recently had an iron fitting at my local PGA Superstore and I have decided to purchase a set of Cleveland CG16 irons.  I have found that I can purchase a new set off of Ebay (from a reputable seller with a ton of positive feedback) for a considerable discount.  My only decision now is whether I want the Black Pearl or the Satin Chrome.  From everything I have read and been told, the only difference is the look.  The prices are basically the same, so it seems like its just personal preference.

Does anybody know of any reason why I may want one over the other?  The Satin Chrome is nice and classic looking, but I kind of like the look of the black pearl for something a little different.

Thanks.


good question? i was wondering the same thing. anyone know if the black pearl is a tour version, or if it is just look difference

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Just looks.. Black Pearl will show signs of fading in the color.. But it takes a while and I don't mind the faded look. Chrome would be your best bet if you don't want a 2 tone looking set of irons.

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Both CG16 and CG16 Tour irons come in Satin Chrome and Black Pearl. Satin Chrome doesn't reflect sunlight like the shiny chrome will.

My X20 Tours get the same effect with a "brushed nickel" finish. An added benefit of the satin and brush finishes: they don't show bag wear as much as the shiny chrome will.

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Originally Posted by WUTiger

Both CG16 and CG16 Tour irons come in Satin Chrome and Black Pearl. Satin Chrome doesn't reflect sunlight like the shiny chrome will.

My X20 Tours get the same effect with a "brushed nickel" finish. An added benefit of the satin and brush finishes: they don't show bag wear as much as the shiny chrome will.


Satin chrome doesnt reflect light like a more traditional chrome will.  Personally, its satin chrome all the way for me.  Some people like the nickle will rust over time but I personally dont.

Last summer I gamed a set of Bridgestone J36s in black nickle finish and no matter how good I was about wiping the moisture off of them and oiling them after my round, they still started to rust after a while.  Nope, not a fan.

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Plain chrome all the way for me....I play the CG16s....

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I've got the CG16 in Satin Chrome and my dad has the Black Pearl. The Black's are nice but I'd say Chrome all the way.

My 588 RTX wedges are Black Pearl which along with my black woods and hybrids gives the set a nice colour balance.

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