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Renegar RX12 Wedge Review

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by marrigo

Pros:
The super cool looking sole lowers the leading edge while maintaining bounce, making for an exceptionally playable wedge from all sorts of lies. Surprisingly high spin for a cc wedge. The black head with white shaft is a real eye catcher. Reduced offset a nice plus. Opens up nicely for flop shots.

Cons:
The traditional blade may be a bit too unforgiving for higher handicap players in the lower lofts (48*/50*). The logo up shaft may be a distraction for some. High end graphite shaft ups the price beyond most other popular wedges.

Bottom Line:
I’m a believer. I was incredulous when asked to review these and actually almost turned down the opportunity. After playing them I have to say they are a a top notch wedge that offers a solid feel, high spin, exceptional playability from all sorts of lies (but gets better the closer you get to the green), and looks cool doing it.

CLICK HERE TO DISCUSS THE RENEGAR RX12 WEDGE IN THE FORUMS


Review:
If this wedge looks somewhat familiar it’s because its designer, Bob Renegar, was also responsible for the Solus wedge, which had somewhat of a cult following. The Rx12’s patented sole lowers the leading edge without reducing bounce. What’s also interesting is that all the wedges share the same specifications except for loft: Length= 35.5 inches, Lie Angles = 63.5 degrees, Swing Weights = D-4, Total Static Weight = about 452 grams. The heads are made for 431ss and have “V-43 Double Milled” USGA conforming grooves that are designed to provide the sharpest legal groove edges and a maximum number of edges. Club head lofts available are 48*, 50*, 52*, 54*, 58*, and 60*. All of the wedges also come with a high bend point, very stiff tipped graphite shaft made by Aldila and Lamkin 3-Gen grip that are an inch longer than standard to allow you to choke down without having to grip the shaft. The head is cast from 431ss and can be bent for lie with a bit of effort (I bent mine 4* up- actually bent it 6* up {oops} then back to 4 up).

Looks:
The Rx12 just looks flat out cool. First time I took them to the course my playing partners all complimented the look of the wedges. The black head with white lettering and white shaft certainly gets your attention, not to mention the special milled sole. After 4 rounds there’s no sign of the finish wearing off. They look great at address with none of the white lettering or logo visible (that was a concern when I first saw them). Reduced offset was a pleasant surprise. The CNC Milled Club Face has visible micro mill marks (if you look close) that, along with the “V-43 Double Milled Grooves”, allows for maximum face roughness creating square groove like spin. The white shaft was not at all distracting, nor was the shaft logos that are positioned up on these wedges. Admittedly some could find the logo up distracting but nothing a quick heat, pull, turn, and epoxy wouldn’t cure.

Performance/playability:
I tested the 50*, 54*, and 58*,which are the same lofts as my current set. After several rounds of testing I have to say they’re on to something here. On normal full swing shots I noticed only minor differences from what I’m used to. In general they tend to fly a little higher, longer, and as accurately as my current wedges. This is probably due to a combination of things including the longer and slightly lighter (105g) shafts. Pitch shots also tended to fly just a bit higher but checked nicely when struck crisply from the fairway. Where these wedges really start to excel is close to the green. From fluffy greenside rough and bunkers the effective bounce really helps get the ball upand out, so much so that I needed to dial back after experimenting in a greenside bunker and watching ball after ball effortlessly blast out of the sand. You would expect that with that kind of bounce that tighter lies would be an issue but that’s where the cool looking sole comes into play (apparently it’s there for more than just looks). The lowered leading edge makes crisp contact a cinch and the ball checks nicely. They open up nicely and the leading edge stays low to the ground letting me hit nice gentle flops on command.

Feel:
I normally play forged wedges so was expecting these cast wedges to be “clicky”, instead I was surprised to find that these have more of a soft sounding “thunk”. Isuspect the combination of the 431 stainless head and the shock absorption ofthe graphite shafts is the reason for the nice solid feel. Although the Rx12 Wedges have a nice soft feel there is still enough feedback to let you know where on the face you hit it. The graphite shaft does not feel whippy at all actually it feels pretty darn stout and stable. The D4 swing weight really feels great on delicate shots; you can really tell where the head is at all times. Overall these offera very solid feel especially when considering these are cast heads.

Overall bottom line:
There’s lots and lots of option outthere as far as wedges go without much to differentiate them except for brandnames. The Renegar Golf Rx12 Wedges set themselves apart with their unique soledesign that keeps the leading edge low while maintaining effective bounce. The design works like a charm with these wedges exceling close to the green and from all sorts of lies. The unique sole, black head, and white shaftlooks awesome and really gets the conversation going with your foursome. Looking for a something different, versatile,that isn’t a brand name and looks cool, then these are the ticket.

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. John Kadman

    May 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would like to purchase a 52 degree wedge with the composite shaft!!

  2. robert evans

    Aug 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So, if it was a patented design for Solus, how is it a patented design for Reneger? Consider that he sold the design to Solus who are stuck with inventory????????????????

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The five winners will receive a free headcover in the pattern that they select. Winners will be selected on Friday, so don’t wait.

Click here to enter into the giveaway and pick your favorite style.

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Member Reviews: Callaway Steelhead XR Fairway Woods

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One of the many benefits of being a GolfWRX Forum Member is exclusive access to Giveaways and Testing Threads. In this Testing Thread, we selected six members to test a Callaway Steelhead XR fairway wood built to their specs.

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The Steelhead XR has a club face made of steel for that familiar Steelhead feel. The crowns are made from J-36 carbon fiber to lower center of gravity and move it more forward; that will help it produce lower spin like the original designs that sold 2.3 million units. According to Callaway, the crowns weigh just 6 grams — that’s 20 grams lighter than Callaway’s XR ’16 fairway wood crowns.

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The Steelhead XR fairways also have a Hyper Speed Face Cup that produces more ball speed across the face, and Speed Step technology, or the raised portions on the crown, that were first introduced in Callaway XR ’16 metalwoods. They improve aerodynamics to help golfers produce higher swing speeds.

Each member completed a detailed analysis and rating of the club. You can see the full reviews here. Below, we pull quotes from the reviews to give you a feel for what this choice group of WRXers had to say. The responses have been minimally edited for brevity and style. Thanks to all of those involved in the testing!

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR (13.5 degrees)
  • Shaft Tested: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65X

“I like almost everything about how this club looks. The color combination of the dark blue against the steel face gives a nice contract. I really like how the carbon fiber looks under the blue paint.”

“At times the ball appeared to have a little too much spin and would tend to climb to a height that would be above my current gamer off the tee. It would tend to go further because of the stronger loft, however, usually about 5-7 yards. Perhaps a different shaft could help the spin, but it would need testing. The Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 Graphite X-flex is a great stock option. It has a good feel and a weight that I prefer, and I think it can keep up with higher swing speeds without issue.”

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)
  • Shaft Tested: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65X

“The appearance of the Steelhead is amazing. The shape is perfect for my eye, as I prefer a smaller profile down by the ball in fairway woods. The face is pretty deep compared to my [Cobra] Fly-Z+ I’ve been playing for three years now. The sound is amazing off the head. I never had the privilege of playing the original Steelhead fairways, but it does remind me of the original woods I played as a kid, which I think where Tommy Armour 845’s.”

“With the deeper face of the Steelhead XR, I thought I would have issues launching the ball from the deck on par 5s, but I did not see any issue. Turf interaction with the Steelhead was great. I was able to try multiple lies from the fairway, rough, and even a bunker. From the fairway I could easily control it and actually get the ball up in the air enough and with enough spin to hold greens.”

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)

“The top of this club looks awesome at address. I really liked the look of the crown that is a dark blue and shows the carbon fiber underneath. That, coupled with the silver steel face, makes it easy to frame the ball. This is a steel club so the sound and feel will be a sharper metal sound that’s accustomed to the old Steelheads. Has great swing weight and feel. Felt really easy to hit this in the tee box, fairway, or rough.”

“I really enjoyed the versatility of the 4+ with the shorter playing length, heavier swing weight, and flatter lie angle. For me, it felt like a bomber off the tee box, but it was still something I could use to get me out of less-than-ideal lies outside of the fairway —  something I wouldn’t think about with my current gamer.”

Hackster

  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 4+ (16 degrees)

“This club is all business. Longer than my 3-wood, flies higher and able to work the ball left and right. On the tee, the ball jumps forward when it hits fairway. Does not lose much distance on off-center hits.”

“Long off the fairway, just put on cruise control and fire away. I struggle in the rough with any fairway wood, so not much to compare to — that’s what hybrids are for. Love this club. Had concerns where it would fit in the bag, but easily able to replace my 14.5-degree 3-wood with the 4+. Much more versatile than my current 3-wood and longer.”

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  • Club Tested: Callaway Steelhead XR 3+ (13.5 degrees)

“This club with the lower loft of the 3+ worked well for me off the tee. It was close to my driver on distance. It seemed to launch quickly and then maintain its height. It did not balloon for me. It also really seemed to want to go straight, a couple of times shots almost seemed to correct a little in the air, particularly if I had pushed it. This club at this loft is pretty much a driver replacement for me.”

“If you are looking for a very classy fairway wood that is solid, long, with some forgiveness and doesn’t look like it was developed by a “mad” scientist, this club should be on your short list. It works well off the tee and turf. Please test and get fitted for the right loft and flex. I think this club provides most golfers with very good options that should be considered if they are looking to upgrade any of their woods.”

Discussion: Read the full responses here.

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