Expert Review: Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face WedgePublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face Wedge is great for golfers of all skill levels. The full-face groove design provides additional confidence to make a solid strike and to have spin and control even on mishit golf shots. Finally, the full-face grooves make flop shots, bunker shots, and any other shots where I have to open the face much easier.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Cleveland RTX Full Face Wedge
- Loft: 60
- Bounce: Mid
- Grind: N/A
- Finish: Black Satin
- Average Score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Golf Ball Used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Angle of Attack: Steep
- When I bought the wedge: May 2022
- Days tested: 50
- Where I’ve used it: Driving range, indoor TrackMan, and GC4 simulators, as well as various courses
- Weather Conditions: Rain, no rain, wind, no wind, warm, cold, dry, humid
- Green Conditions: Bermuda, poa annua, bent (10-14 on the Stimpmeter)
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a wedge to replace my previous lob wedge. Additionally, I wanted something extremely versatile and could be used for longer, full shots and around the greens for chipping and bunkers.
Why I chose this club
I loved the idea behind a full-face wedge and first saw it in the TaylorMade Hi-Toe. Therefore, that became my first option, but then I saw the Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face and loved the design. I tested both of the wedges against each other and ultimately chose the RTX because it performed just as well as the Hi-Toe but was cheaper.
What I love about it
- Launch: I added lead tape to the back of the golf club because I prefer to launch my wedge shots lower to have more control of distance and spin. Therefore, I love the ability to control the launch and hit both high and low-launching golf shots.
- Forgiveness: The full-face design is amazing for my confidence over a golf shot and forgiveness. The grooves across the face help to control flight and spin even on mishit golf shots.
- Spin: The RTX Full Face provides spin across the entire face, allowing me to stop the ball on command and spin it back if needed.
- Bounce: I have a low bounce because I love to have a sharp leading edge that digs into the turf, allowing me to hit very tight crispy golf shots with consistent divots.
- Around the Green: The full-face design provides lots of confidence around the greens because there are grooves throughout the entire face, which eliminates the need to hit each shot perfectly. The full-face grooves are also amazing for flop and bunker shots because there is a lot more surface area to hit the ball with, and I still get amazing spin and control.
- Shaft Feel: I have the Project X 6.5 Rifle Shaft in my wedges and love it because it helps me to keep my launch and ball flight lower to hit more controlled wedge shots.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The full-face look is beautiful, in my opinion, and gives me added confidence that I will make solid contact and hit a good shot.
- Grip Feel: I replaced the grip with a Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Grip and love it because of the control and grip it gives me on the golf club to be able to manipulate the face to be open, closed, or anything in between.
- Innovation: The RTX Full Face Wedge is extremely innovative due to the new design with a full-face groove pattern. This helps to increase spin on off-center hits and has become an extremely popular new innovation in the wedge market.
- Full Shots: This wedge is great for full shots due to the full-face grooves. This club provides lots of spin into greens and allows me to be very aggressive because I know it will spin.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: Although very consistent and forgiving, mishit shots do not feel nearly as well as a center-hit golf shot. The poor shots feel clunky compared to the soft feel of a well-hit golf shot.
Best Shot with this Wedge
The best shot I hit with this wedge was at my home course. It was a par 5, and I chose to layup and hit a wedge into the green rather than go for it in 2. The green was a two-tier green, and the pin was on the front, lower tier. I had to clear a bunker in front of the green, so I tried to hit this 77-yard shot just past the pin into the slope in hopes of spinning it down the hill. I pulled off that exact shot, hit the ball right over the flagstick about four yards past, and spun it back down the slope to roughly three feet from the pin for an easy birdie tap-in.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Cleveland RTX Full Face Wedge is one of the top full-face wedges on the market. The closest competitor is the TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3. In terms of performance, I feel that both wedges perform identically and are the best two options for a full-face groove design wedge. The Cleveland RTX full face costs roughly $160, while the TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 costs around $180 per club. Therefore, I personally chose to save some money and picked the RTX, but it ultimately comes down to which head shape looks better, in one’s opinion.
The Cleveland RTX Full Face Wedge is perfect for all levels of golfers. This club will add confidence to someone’s game on shots where they have to open the clubface, like high shots and bunker shots. Additionally, this wedge provides a lot of spin to hold greens and hit their wedges as close as possible to lower their scores.