Expert Review: Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin WedgePublished on 04/24/2023 · 7 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2023.
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 February of 2023.
The Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin Wedge is great for players of all skill levels. The new HyrdaZip technology increases spin in wet conditions and the rough. With many custom options, this wedge will increase spin and control for all players.
About the club I own
- Model: 2023 Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore
- Loft: 58
- Bounce: Low
- Grind: Standard
- Finish: Tour 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: Semi-steep
- When I bought the wedge: February 2023
- Days tested: 30+
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator mostly, but I have also hit some chips on practice greens and bunkers.
- Weather Conditions: Clear, cold, warm, mild winds, and rain
- Green Conditions: Bent and bermuda grass with firm and fast as well as softer slow greens
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted to upgrade my wedges from my old set that has lost grooves. I was looking for a wedge with a heavier weight and raw finish, and this wedge was exactly that. I also wanted to find a wedge that could be used to create all styles of shots.
Why I chose this club
I chose the RTX 6 Tour Satin wedge because it checked all of the criteria I was looking for. In addition, the wedge came in a raw finish to prevent the sun's glare, and the low bounce option opens the face to hit any shots required around the green.
What I love about it
- Feel: The RTX 6 provides a great soft feel and control around the greens. Longer shots also feel amazing with a compact, strong, soft feel that gives me confidence every time I have this wedge in my hand. One of the best parts of this wedge is the feel around the greens. I have felt fully in control of the spin, allowing me to hit spinning shots and bump and run.
- Spin: This wedge certainly lives up to the hype for me. I notice increased spin from the rough and other unfavorable lies such as divots, pine straw, and sand. Furthermore, I notice a lot of spin from the fairways, which allows me to create high-spinning and controlled shots. Finally, the RTX 6 has a lot of spin around the greens, which I certainly had to get used to because I have never felt I had this much spin on short shots.
- Bounce: I have a low bounce in my 58-degree loft and love it. I love how the club sets up very low to the turf. I can open the face to hit high flop style golf shots and forward press to hit a bump and run shot. This bounce has been great so far, allowing me to manipulate the clubhead in any way necessary to score better.
- Around the Green: I have no complaints about the wedge so far around the green. I have increased confidence when hitting shots around the green because I trust the club will spin when I need it to.
- Full Shots: I do not hit full shots with my lob wedge very often because I like to keep a shorter swing with my wedges. However, when I need to hit a full shot, I get a lot of spin and control and have no complaints about how the club performed.
- Shaft Feel: I have the Project X 6.5 shaft in this wedge, which is a heavier shaft than most would use in a wedge. However, I love this shaft because it helps me flight the ball to have a lower launch angle to feel maximum control over the spin and distance of my wedge shots.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This wedge looks great in all finishes and has a very traditional wedge clubhead that also looks great. I love the Tour Satin finish because it creates a very good looking shiny wedge.
- Grip Feel: I have the Golf Pride MCC midsize grip in the red and black colorway. I love the red color, but more importantly, I love the control I get from this grip. The MCC is a multi-compound material with a cord at the top of the grip to increase control in all weather conditions. The lower portion of the grip is made of a rubber material to maximize feel and control.
- Innovation: The RTX 6 Zipcore is very innovative. This wedge includes the already-seen Zipcore technology to increase spin from the fairway. Additionally, the wedge has the HyrdaZip technology to increase spin from all lies, fairways, rough, sand, and even wet conditions. I noticed this the first time I started hitting shots from the rough because I was actually able to spin the ball back on the green.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Launch: When I first got this wedge, I felt that it launched too high, even with an extra stiff low spin shaft. I like to hit most of my wedges at a lower trajectory because I feel more in control of spin and distance. I added some lead tape to the top of the wedge to move the CG (center of gravity) higher on the clubface to help lower the launch angle. Ever since I did that, I have been in love with the launch angle that helps create a mid-low ball flight.
- Forgiveness: The RTX 6 wedge is extremely forgiving without having a massive sole or topline. However, the low bounce option makes little room for error when striking the golf ball. As a result, I would recommend most players stay away from the low bounce option unless they have a very shallow swing and know they like the low bounce.
Best Shot with this Wedge
The best shot I hit with the RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin was an approach shot on a short par 4. The par 4 is only 360 yards, so after a solid drive, I ended up 55 yards from a tucked-back pin in the fairway. The pin was in the smallest portion of the green, protected by a bunker in front and thick rough behind. I chose to hit my 58-degree RTX 6 and took it right at the pin. I played a low-flighted golf shot roughly 53 yards to clear the bunker, and the ball took one bounce and then spun to stay right next to the hole. This left me with a short 4ft putt for birdie which I thankfully made.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin Wedge is in the category of the top three wedges on the market this year. The other two competitors are the TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 and the Titleist SM9 wedges. The RTX 6 performs just as well as its two competitors, and I had more spin from the rough and bunker than both the MG3 and SM9. The RTX 6 is roughly $169.99 without any customization. Meanwhile, the TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 and Titleist SM9 cost around $179.99 without customization. Ultimately, the decision comes down to which look one prefers, as all three of these wedges are amazing and the best on the market. I personally bought the Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin because it was the best value coming in $10 cheaper and increased spin from bad lies.
The Cleveland RTX 6 Zipcore Tour Satin Wedge will help players increase their spin out of the rough, sand, and wet conditions. This wedge feels amazing and will give all players more control and accuracy around the greens to shoot lower scores.
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