Club Review: Cleveland Golf RTX-3 Wedges








by Jeffrey Reed, Editor,

When the most discerning of golfers think of Cleveland Golf, the first thing that usually comes to mind is outstanding wedges. In fact, Cleveland’s wide range of wedge offerings, and simple yet effective fitting to make sure you have the right wedge in your hands, makes the company an industry leader in scoring clubs.

I’ve started this  season with  Cleveland’s outstanding RTX-3 wedges. Early this season, when the wedge game is typically rusty at best, the RTX-3 wedges have been amongst the best clubs in my bag. They’re also the first Cleveland club I’ve ever put in my bag.

The Cleveland RTX-3 wedges are available in lofts ranging from 46° to 64° with a wide variety of sole and bounce options. Available in satin chrome (my choice), black satin and Tour raw finishes, the RTX-3 lineup uses True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge shafts.

Here’s the skinny on Cleveland’s wedge technology. Cleveland uses what it calls “Feel Balancing” to position the Centre of Gravity (CG) close to the impact zone. There are three V Sole grinds which promote leading-edge bounce, and improved turf interaction. Cleveland’s laser-milled third-generation Rotex face, and its innovative micro milling pattern, offer some of the best spin rates off scoring clubs – no matter where you hit the ball on the face of the club. In fact, Cleveland has used loft-specific milling in its RTX-3 wedges for maximum spin and control from a variety of lies.

Cleveland has always had a keen eye on the short game, so it’s no surprise the RTX-3 wedges are turning heads this season. Here’s more on their technology. Feel Balancing shifts the CG to the centre of the face, which decreases vibration and maximizes head stability at impact. A portion of the hosel is hollowed out, creating what Cleveland calls a “Hosel Microcavity.” The hosel is also slightly shorter in these clubs. Cleveland says those steps redistribute 9 g of weight into the head to shift the sweet spot closer to the centre. The result? With weight away from the hosel, the wedge promotes distance control and better feel.

The trio of V-shaped grinds in the RTX-3 really help you dial in your scoring clubs. The V-LG sole is the line’s narrowest and lowest bounce sole for best versatility in shotmaking. The V-MG offers mid-bounce. And the V-FG has a full sole design with trailing edge relief. With offerings like these, and in 46° to 64° clubs, there’s no excuse not to dial in your yardage gaps.

Starting the season, I’ve put a trio of RTX-3 wedges in the bag, including: 50° V-MG gap wedge with 10° bounce for all-around playability and versatility on full wedge shots; 54° V-FG sand wedge with 14° bounce, offering stability through turf around the green and a high, effective bounce out of the sand; and a 60° V-FG lob wedge with wide sole which I prefer for pin hunting.

I put an hour into short game practice at my home club yesterday, and couldn’t have been happier with the results. I love the weight distribution – in addition to the ball-grabbing face, that was a big factor in my decision to go with Cleveland wedges.

In fact, if a blade wedge isn’t your cup of team, Cleveland offers the RTX-3 wedge in a cavity back model for even more forgiveness.

The Cleveland RTX-3 wedges carry a MSRP of $160.

Cleveland is serious about its wedges. If you’re serious about your game, then I recommend you at least test drive these scoring machines.

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