Expert Review: Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face Tour Rack WedgePublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
The Cleveland RTX Full Face Tour Rack Wedge is great for all types of short games. Ideally, it is for a golfer who wants to spin the ball into the green on full approach shots and play with more spin around the green on 5-15 yard chip shots.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 Cleveland RTX Full Face Tour Rack Wedge
- Loft: 56 degrees
- Bounce: 9
- Grind: C Shaped
- Finish: Chrome
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Titleist Pro V1
- Angle Of Attack: Normal
- When I tested the wedge: December 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather Conditions: Indoor
- Green Conditions: Indoor Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a wedge that offered a maximum spin on full approach shots and shots around the green, as I wanted to see how it compared to my Titleist SM7.
Why I chose to test this club
I tested this club against the Mizuno T22 and the Cleveland CBX wedges and found them all comparable in terms of forgiveness and consistency, but I thought the spin was best on the T22.
What I love about it
- Launch: The launch angle is low and creates a lower-flying shot into greens and on chips, which is key in its ability to spin and fly shots closer to the pin so more pins can be attacked.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness is solid, as off-centered struck shots fly almost (less than 10 yards difference) as far center-struck shots.
- Feel: The feel is rated high because when striking both chips and full wedge shots, the face gives instant feedback about where it is struck.
- Spin: The Cleveland RTX’s spin is optimal for those who want to check the ball on approaches and from just off the green, especially those who play a lower-running shot.
- Bounce: The bounce is nine, meaning it is forgiving and best-suited for the low to mid-handicapper who wants to clip their shots off of tight lies.
- Around the Green: Checks incredibly quick on high and low running spin shots, allowing me to carry the ball closer to the pin and be more aggressive.
- Full Shots: Lands softly and will spin when playing on nicer, higher-end greens but not as much on cheaper, less manicured greens.
- Innovation: The full-length Ulti Zip grooves and high toe profile allow for more spin and consistency on both short and long shots.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetic appeal is basic. It could have been heightened to be a sharper, sleeker look.
Best Shot with this Wedge
I was chipping at an indoor facility and consistently got the ball to check on low and high chip shots around the green, which proved to me that the Cleveland RTX has legit spin.
Value for the money vs. other options
The RTX is very comparable to the other wedges I tried, including the Mizuno T22, Cleveland CBX, and Titleist SM8. However, the Cleveland RTX offers more spin capabilities and will outperform the others around the green.
The Cleveland RTX will help the average amateur golfer be more precise on full shots, but where it stands out is around the green with its feel and spin capabilities and would benefit the scratch-to-low handicapper the most.