Cleveland RTX-3 wedge
Web: www.clevelandgolf.co.uk Price: £120 Tested by: Kit Alexander ‘The clubhead feels great gliding through the turf and I’ve felt the bounce save me a few times’
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to wedges and the RTX-3 profile is clean and simple to look at. I love the straighter leading edge as it helps me square the face up and sits tight in behind the ball. The raw finish doesn’t reflect any sunlight.
Great through the turf
I was custom fitted and I’m absolutely confident with my bounce and grind. The clubhead feels great gliding through the turf and I’ve felt the bounce save me a few times when I know I haven’t struck it as crisply as I’d like. The grind also keeps the leading edge tight to the turf when I open the blade, which I love.
I’ve been using these wedges for about eight months. The grooves were extremely spinny when they were new but they are noticeably less sharp when you look at the face now and I’ve noticed a drop-off in spin. This wear happens with all wedges but it goes to show the importance of keeping your grooves clean and sharp.
I know wedges aren’t really about how far you can hit them but you don’t want a massive dropoff and distance gap when you move from your irons into the wedges. They are impressively powerful for a specialist forged wedge and give me a smooth transition from PW down.
I find it pretty easy to control the flight and distance, and I usually rely on these wedges to make a good score – whether it’s approach shots or saving par around the greens. That being said, I do have the occasional shot that comes a little out the toe and loses distance on pitches and spin on chips.