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
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.