CLEVE­LAND RTX-3 WEDGES

KEY TECH Mul­ti­ple new tech­nolo­gies com­bine to im­prove feel, spin and dis­tance con­trol AIMED AT Com­pre­hen­sive loft and sole grind op­tions to suit ev­ery golfer HOW MUCH £99

Golf Monthly - - Rory Mcilroy -

Re­plac­ing a prod­uct that de­liv­ered real value and qual­ity is al­ways a tough ask, but with the new RTX-3 wedge, which fol­lows on from the 588 RTX 2.0, Cleve­land looks to have earned a pat on the back.

The new model comes in lofts from 46-64° and boasts a raft of up­dates, in­clud­ing some­thing Cleve­land is call­ing Feel Bal­anc­ing tech­nol­ogy.

This is where saved weight from the hosel area has al­lowed the cen­tre of grav­ity (CG) to be shifted nearer the mid­dle of the face where it can help re­duce vi­bra­tion to im­prove feel. It also helps to stop the head twist­ing on off-cen­tre hits for bet­ter for­give­ness and dis­per­sion.

An­other up­date is the tweak­ing of the grinds to give them more lead­ing-edge bounce. This helps the head move through the turf faster for more con­sis­tent speed and there­fore more pre­dictable dis­tance.

As with the 588 RTX 2.0, there are dif­fer­ent bounces and grinds to suit dif­fer­ent needs, in­clud­ing the V-LG (low-bounce sole grind), which has a thin­ner sole for firm turf con­di­tions and those with a shal­lower swing. The V-MG (mid-bounce sole grind) is suit­able for a wide range of play­ers and lies, while the V-FG (full sole grind) is a for­giv­ing de­sign ideal for softer ground con­di­tions and those with a steeper at­tack an­gle.

New Tour Zip Grooves are deeper and nar­rower, with sharp edges to help pre­vent fliers from the rough and to boost spin from deeper green­side lies.

A 2-pass mi­cro-milling pat­tern and laser-milled lines be­tween the grooves also in­crease fric­tion and max­imise sur­face rough­ness re­spec­tively to boost spin fur­ther.

The RTX-3 wedge comes in a black satin fin­ish with added dura­bil­ity and a tour satin fin­ish, with an RRP of £99. It is on sale now.

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