Expert Review: Cleveland Golf CBX2 Black Satin WedgePublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wedge which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Roger Flores
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wedge which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
The Cleveland CBX2 Wedge is an amazingly easy club to hit; no chunks here! I never struggle to get the clubface on the ball no matter what shot I’m hitting. That is the quality I want when I’m struggling with my wedges.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 CBX2 wedge
- Loft: 54 degrees
- Bounce: 12 degrees
- Grind: Standard
- Finish: Black Satin
- Average Score: 77
- Handicap: 8
- Experience: 35 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway Chrome Soft
- Angle Of Attack: Normal and steep
- When I bought the wedge: December 2021
- Days tested: 90 days
- Where I’ve used it: I’ve used this club on all types of courses. From TPC to small munies. Tall grass and thin lies. Practice greens and at home
- Weather Conditions: Normal, windy and sometimes light rain
- Green Conditions: Bent grass, bermuda grass, and poa annua
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a wedge that was easy to hit under any condition. I also wanted a very forgiving club that would inspire confidence on shots where I had to save par. Lastly, I needed a club that I wouldn't leave the ball in a bunker with.
Why I chose this club
I chose the CBX2 for its ease of use mainly. When I demoed the club it was so easy to get in the air. I hit a few other clubs for comparison. The Callaway Mack Daddy CB and the Cleveland Smart Sole. The CBX2 had by far the best results for multiple types of shots from full shots to chips and bunker shots.
What I love about it
- Launch: I am never concerned that I won’t get the ball in the air with this club. I can control the launch angle very easily by the way I position the ball and club.
- Forgiveness: This club has the most forgiveness of all the wedges I compared with it. Especially on really thin misses.
- Spin: I was actually really surprised with how much spin was put on the ball. It is very easy to hit low biting chip shots.
- Around the Green: I’m amazed at the way the ball always seems to land close to the pin with a variety of shots, including flop shots, normal pitches, and lower shots where I needed the ball to bite. Even on slight misses the club performs well.
- Full Shots: One of the things I love about this club is using it for full shots. The ball flies high and lands cushiony soft with minimal rollout. It’s like throwing darts.
- Shaft: The stock shaft is a Dynamic Gold 115 wedge flex, which pairs very well with the ability of the club head. This shaft is not too heavy or doesn’t feel as stiff as other wedge shafts.
- Innovation: The CBX2 is designed for ease of use. The large sole and weight distribution are spot on for providing everything I need in a wedge. Cleveland has maximized weight around the perimeter, as well as added weight down low, to get the ball in the air.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I love the satin black finish. The club doesn’t scratch easily, which is great when your clubs are rattling around in the bag. One minor drawback on the aesthetics front is that the sole does look a little wider than a typical wedge.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The feel of the club took a bit of getting used to. I wasn’t expecting to get the feel of a solid forged blade and I didn’t. Shot’s feel a little clicky, but I can’t argue with the results. I will say that the impact feels pretty solid all over the face.
- Bounce: With the design of this club it’s hard to criticize the bounce because the wide sole does so much good. BUT, it does make it challenging to hit open face shots, which are sometimes needed. At address it looks and feels a bit awkward, Which can affect confidence in pulling off the shot. Note that this is not an issue in bunkers where you need to open the face, since you are typically hitting behind the ball.
Best shot with this wedge
My confidence in this club comes from countless shots I had, which required a unique shot to get up and down. My favorite recollection of a gratifying shot was one where I smoked one long off the tee but alas, I was under a tree and still a hundred yards out. The green was small so a bump and run didn’t feel like an option to me. What I wanted was a low biting shot that was gonna stick. I placed the ball back in my stance and hit hard down on the ball. It took off like a rocket. I was sure it was gonna roll off the green but it didn’t. It took two small hops and glued itself a foot from the pin. Money and the bird!
Value for the money vs. other options
In comparison to the other wedges in this “game improvement” wedge category, such as the Callaway Mack Daddy CB and Cleveland Smart Sole, this club is definitely worth the cost compared to other wedges, if not for anything, the performance.
Overall this club is capable of expanding the variety of shots you have in your bag. Especially the ones I always wanted to pull off with a typical blade-style wedge but had trouble doing so.