ClubTest 2022: 3 Cleveland wedges tested and reviewed
This year’s ClubTest is bigger and better than ever. To help you make sense of the mountain of high-tech new clubs on the market, we put all of the latest offerings from the top golf club manufacturers to the ultimate test. Below you will find the test results and complete reviews of three new Cleveland wedge models.
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CLEVELAND WEDGE REVIEWS
Cleveland RTX ZipCore
We tested: 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°
Our take: The RTX wedges have long been a popular wedge among our staff and club testers, so when we heard Cleveland was going to retool an already-good thing, we were eager with anticipation to see what the company came up with. Enter the RTX ZipCore, the best RTX wedge we’ve tried. It has a balanced feel, a consistent trajectory and a soft feel—the three must haves in a solid and trusty wedge.
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Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges
The details: The low-density ZipCore material shifts the CG to a more optimized location while at the same time raising the MOI, adding spin and improving consistency across more surface are of the clubface. Also comes with Utilizip grooves for added spin and a heat treatment designed to improve durability. Comes in three finishes (Tour Rack, Black Satin and Satin.)
Cleveland CBX Full-Face
We tested: 56°, 58°, 60°, 64°
Our take: Who said high-lofted wedges can’t be forgiving? The CBX Full-Face is exceptionally forgiving thanks to a full-face of grooves, making it easier to generate spin on open-faced shots. Its versatility makes it fun to use but lest we not forget, it’s also a great wedge for preventing fat/chunked shots. We found it a challenge to chunk it unless we deliberately took a ridiculously steep swing.
Cleveland CBX Full-Face wedges
The details: The high-toe profile/extended toe portion makes it a cinch to hit open faced shots with added spin. Which speaking of spin, the Rotex and Laser Milling and Tour Zip Grooves cover the entire face as well for even more gripping power and maximum versatility. Underneath is a half-cavity near the heel and a solid muscle back on the toe to move the sweetspot where it’s most needed. The low C-shaped sole is also optimized for open-faced shots.
Cleveland CBX ZipCore
We tested: 44°, 46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°
Our take: A great wedge is only as great as you are, right? So might as well choose one that makes you better and prevents fat/thin/skulled and chunked shots. Better yet, the CBX ZipCore hides the technology on the inside of what looks like a traditional wedge. Lest you not be fooled, though. This wedge feels and performs like no other, offering extra forgiveness in a compact shape that hides all its tech at address.
Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedges
The details: A high MOI is achieved via a ZipCore material in the hosel for a precisely placed CG and a higher MOI. Additional technology includes a Hollow Cavity design with weight in the toe for a more balanced feel and added forgiveness across the clubface. Lastly a Gelback TPU insert softens vibrations for a better feel. Comes in three different wedge grinds for a custom fit.