Cleveland RTX 2.0 Wedge Review | Let’s Take a Spin

We all know how important it is to stick it close from 125 yards and in. So, if you are working on improving your scores and have more chances for birdie, it is absolutely crucial to be proficient with your short clubs. There is no way around it.

Most people use one club for a certain distance. Whether they hit 7 iron from 150-175 or a hybrid from 190-215, most of the time these shots are played the same way. But what about the shots when 3 yards offline is the difference between a good chance for birdie or forcing an up-and-down to save par.

Every shot is different. There’s no doubt that they can be played multiple ways, but a lot of the time each shot calls for a certain technique depending on your lie and the size of the green. This dictates how much spin is imparted on the ball and the trajectory it must take for maximum control. In simpler terms, the versatility of your clubs plays a huge role in your short game.

Here is a quick look at what Cleveland offers with their new RTX 2.0 wedges.

“The evolution of the 588 RTX 2.0 wedges began by enlisting some of the best players in the world and discovering the challenges they face, week in and week out, from 125 yards and in.” said Adam Sheldon, Brand Manager for Cleveland Golf. “Our extensive research identified increased versatility as a common need for all golfers, regardless of ability level. This need for increased versatility led to the development of new 588 RTX 2.0 wedge’s three distinct wedge grinds. Offered in two different head designs, these wedges really do optimize the short game for players of all abilities.”

We had the chance to test the RTX 2.0 wedge in the form of what I believe to be the most versatile model of their line up; a low bounce, 56 degree wedge with a trailing edge sole grind. We put it to the test to to find out how well it performs under several types of lies and how it feels to play with it.

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LOOKS

This particular RTX 2.0 wedge features a classic blade design. A well rounded club head shape that looks forgiving and a leading edge that is easy on the eyes. A gorgeous black oxide finish helps take away some of the glare from the face to prevent those awkward moments when the sun is right on top of you and you can’t see your ball.

Quality is definitely a priority for cleveland. It features lasered grooves and face milling that gives you confidence to spin the ball. Compared to other wedges on the market, the RTX 2.0 is not lacking on looks. This wedge is just plain sexy.

FEEL

A nice tacky grip makes the connection between you and the club. Strikes are solid and they sound great. You can actually hear a slight zip when the ball jumps off the face.

A True Temper wedge shaft give you that familiar hefty feel. Overall, the wedge feels awesome. I attribute the great feel to the looks of the club and knowing that it is a good quality product. Nothing out of the ordinary though.

Blindfolded, I doubt I could tell the difference between this and a Vokey or Taylormade wedge.

PERFORMANCE

We know that with the new groove rules wedges are designed to spin less than they used to. This wedge spins the ball more than enough. Spin is most noticed on shorter chips as you see it checks faster than my old grooved wedges. There is definitely something to having a wedge with plenty of texture. On clean tighter lies the ball spins pretty much like the older models although I did notice more spin out of rough lies with the old groves compared to the RTX, but it’s slight.

The sole grind worked great with tight lies as I expected it to. Obviously, you should go with a higher bounce for bunker shots. The wedge has plenty of relief behind the toe, which makes it the best part of the grind, as you can open the face a lot more. Overall, the wedge performed excellently.

If you are looking for some guidance… I’m a strong believer in bounce, I know most of us can wedge it like ‘Lefty’. The more loft you have, the higher your bounce should be. The steeper your attack angle, the more bounce you should have. I recommend leaving about a 4 degree gap between your wedges. In my case, I know my P is 48 degrees with hardly any bounce. So, my wedge selection would be 52 degree with a lower bounce, 56 degree with medium bounce, and a 60 degree wedge with a high bounce sole grind.

OVERALL

Cleveland Golf has a long and prestigious track record in the world of wedges. It is not a surprise that they are able to improve as years go by. Not just by providing more technology in their designs, but by giving the buyer multiple options to best fit their needs.

So, there you have it. If you’re looking for a quality wedge with versatility, good spin capabilities and a name you can trust, check out the RTX 2.0. Of course, there are plenty of other brands out there which will also perform great. My best advice is go out and try one out before you buy it. The best equipment is also one that you feel comfortable using and fits your skill level as well. Make your shots count!

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