Expert Review: Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face Tour Satin WedgePublished on 05/28/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest option of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Al El Kordi-Hubbard
About this Review: This review is my honest option of the wedge, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
The Cleveland RTX Full Face Tour Satin Wedge is surprisingly awesome. The look is far more aesthetically appealing than traditional full-face wedges with a high toe and overall odd shape. This wedge's performance stacks up against similar wedges, making this a fantastic wedge for all skill levels. Compared to the previous year’s model, there are no drastic differences in design or technology. The head shape and grooves are nearly identical, and as far as performance goes, I don’t notice any differences between the 2021 and 2022 versions.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face Tour Satin Wedge
- Loft: 56°
- Bounce: 9°
- Grind: C Grind
- Finish: Tour satin
- Average Score: 72
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 24+ years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Golf Ball Used: Titleist Pro V1x
- Angle of Attack: Normal to steep
- When I bought the wedge: September 2022
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: Indoor on GC Quad, outdoors on a grass range, and chipping green at Lakewood Country Club
- Weather Conditions: Warm and mild, low humidity
- Green Conditions: Bent grass, moderate firmness, fast
How it performs
What I was looking for
I have been looking to replace my Vokey with a wedge with similar versatility, better spin, and more forgiveness.
Why I chose this club
The Cleveland Golf RTX Full Face Tour Satin Wedge hits all the areas I have been looking for. The full-face grooves and ZipCore technology provide very consistent and forgiving strikes. In addition, the moderate bounce and head design allow for a lot of versatility on different shots around the green.
I considered the Callaway Jaws full face and the standard Cleveland RTX non-full face wedge. However, they didn’t provide the amount of versatility and forgiveness I was looking for.
What I love about it
- Launch: The launch of this wedge has a nice moderate flight to it, making it easy to control the distance and not get affected too much by the wind.
- Forgiveness: The RTX Full Face wedge has a lot of forgiveness. Having grooves across the entire face gives a lot of spin on shots hit off-center. Additionally, Cleveland has given this wedge their ZipCore technology, which moves the center of gravity more to the center and higher up the face, allowing for better spin and distance control on mishits and out of the rough.
- Feel: This wedge has an amazing feel to it. The wedge has a super soft feel that provides great feedback. When I clip it perfectly, I know right off the face.
- Spin: The spin on the RTX Full Face wedge delivers from greenside to full swings. I typically get around 9,000rpms on my full swings with my Vokey sand wedge. I get similar numbers with the RTX Full Face, and at times I get a touch closer to 10,000rpms.
- Around the Green: Chipping and pitching with this wedge is easy, whether it’s off a tight lie, out of the rough, or out of the bunker. The head design allows me to play a variety of shots depending on what the demand needed is.
- Full Shots: Full shots with this wedge are easy to control. Full shots fly inconsistent distances with other wedges due to variances in launch and spin. The RTX Full Face is incredibly consistent in making full shots a breeze.
- Shaft Feel: The RTX Full Face has a Dynamic Golf Tour Issue wedge shaft. This is my preferred wedge shaft, so I absolutely love that. The shaft has a solid feel and launches the ball a little lower, making full-swing shots easy to control.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetics of this wedge are actually really good. In the past, I’ve used other full-face grooved wedges, and they mostly have all had rather odd head shapes with a very high toe. The RTX Full Face has a slightly higher toe than other non-full-face wedges; however, the toe and top line are more rounded, making it look really great. Additionally, the tour satin finish looks incredible. It has a beautiful chrome look but doesn’t give any issues with glare out in the sun.
- Grip Feel: The grip is relatively basic, which I prefer. I get plenty of traction and firmness to really feel in control of the club.
- Innovation: The ZipCore Technology, Ultizip grooves, and new heat treatment are all amazing innovations from Cleveland Golf. ZipCore takes weight out of the heel and moves it into the center and slightly higher up the face. This gives the RTX a lot of consistency and forgiveness. The Ultizip grooves are sharper, deeper, and spaced more closely together, allowing for more grooves on the face and more spin. This is what gives this wedge its incredible spin consistency. Finally, the new heat treatment makes the wedge more durable and takes longer for the grooves to wear down. This means I’ll see the consistency, spin, and forgiveness benefits much longer than with my old wedges.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Bounce: This wedge is only available in the 9° bounce option. While this allows for some versatility, it may not be ideal for everyone. I personally prefer a lower bounce because the courses I play on tend to be drier and firmer.
Best Shot with this Wedge
The best shot I’ve hit with this wedge was during testing. I worked from shorter chips to 50 or so yard pitch shots when I took the wedge outside to the short game area. The 50-yard shot is slightly uphill and over a bunker at our facility. This shot can be really challenging to control the spin on for me. The first shot I hit from this yardage, I clipped perfectly. It landed about two yards short of the hole, took a bounce, and stopped on a dime. I followed that shirt up with two more very similar ones after.
Value for the money vs. other options
At around $160, this wedge is a phenomenal value. The RTX has better spin, forgiveness, and aesthetic than similarly priced full-face wedges like the Callaway Jaws. Compared to a more expensive full-face wedge like the Edel, the RTX gets very similar spin and launch numbers without worrying about all of Edel's different customization options.
Overall, this wedge is top of the class. It unlocks a whole world of consistency and spin that most other wedges cannot provide.