Expert Review: Cleveland CBX Zipcore WedgePublished on 04/24/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge which I purchased with my own money in April of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Jon W.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wedge which I purchased with my own money in April of 2022.
The Cleveland CBX wedges have changed the way I look at my short game. They are designed for someone who needs some extra forgiveness around the green, and boy do they provide it! Long gone are my days of chunking it short, or flying it over the green.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Cleveland CBX Wedge
- Loft: 50°, 54°, 58°
- Bounce: 11°, 12°, 10°
- Grind: V, S, C
- Finish: Satin
- Average Score: 88
- Handicap: 16
- Experience: 5 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Golf Ball Used: Srixon Soft Feel
- Angle Of Attack: Steep
- When I bought the wedge: April 2022
- Days tested: 20 days
- Where I’ve used it: On various courses throughout the Atlanta area, at the range, and on a simulator
- Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny, but a few wet days as well
- Green Conditions: Thick cut and moderate green speeds
How it performs
What I was looking for
The reason I was in the market for a new wedge, is the same reason everyone is looking for a new wedge… I was struggling around the greens and needed some serious help. As much as I love the game of golf, I don’t practice as much as I should on shots within 100 yards, and it showed in my game. I needed a wedge that introduced another level of forgiveness that my blade-style wedges could not offer.
Why I chose this club
The online reviews spoke volumes of the forgiveness of this wedge. I also have colleagues that use and recommend it, so I knew I was on the right path in choosing it. I considered every brand out there, but I chose the CBX because I know how much focus Srixon/Cleveland puts into their technology, and being that I play their Zx5 irons, I also knew that they build a quality product. I chose the CBX over the RTX due to the added benefit of serious forgiveness in the CBX. I don’t feel confident enough to play blades through my irons, so why would I play them in my wedges?
What I love about it
- Launch: I enjoy the height I get on these wedges, and the stopping power on the greens.
- Forgiveness: The hollow cavity design allows for great shots, even when my hit is a little thin.
- Feel: I love the feel of a clean hit on these wedges, and do not get punished as much on a miss hit. You do lose just a bit of the “crisp” feel on a center hit that you get with a bladed wedge
- Spin: The spin provided by the Ultzip grooves is incredible. It provides instant feedback when it hits the green and stops exactly where I want it to without rolling off the back of the green.
- Bounce: The added bounce and sole on the CBX really helps to glide through the turf, even when I hit a little behind the ball.
- Around the Green: Around the green is where these wedges really shine. Whether in a bunker or short sided, the forgiveness of the CBX allows for great shots to those of us who are not the best ball strikers.
- Full Shots: Although I don’t use my 58° for full shots, the 50° and 54° allow for great control and feel when trying to hit those shots inside of 100 yards.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I love the look of the cavity-back design and gell back. They give me a lot of confidence looking down at the ball as well.
- Innovation: Cleveland has put a lot of R&D into this wedge line, and it shows. I think the cavity-back design, along with the Zipcore technology, which puts a “core” in the bottom of the wedge that runs in the hosel and provides a great center of gravity, give me the best of both worlds in control and forgiveness.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: It is not impossible to hit a bad shot with these wedges, they just really help to minimize them, but if you’re big into shaping shots, you may miss a bit of the workability from longer distances with these wedges.
- Cleaning: Cleaning the back of the wedge can be a little difficult, but no worse than a typical cavity backed game improvement iron.
Best Shot with this Wedge
I was in the left side bunker, with my brother already on the green, on a par 3 at our local course recently. At this point, in my past, I would have either fluffed it and maybe gotten out of the bunker, or hit it thin and sailed it over the green, while yelling FORE!! I pulled out my 58°, opened the face just a bit and attacked the sand with confidence. The ball floated into the air and landed three feet from the pin, rolling to two feet, for a tap in par. One of the greatest feelings in golf!
Value for the money vs. other options
Wedges these days can get very pricey, so the CBX comes in at a very competitive price for a great deal of value. To be honest, if I knew the results I was going to see with this wedge, I would have been happy to pay anything.
Overall, I could not be happier with the Cleveland CBX wedge set. I have been able to produce shots that I have not in the past and that brings so much confidence to my game.
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