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Cleveland Golf unveils latest wedge: The RTX ZipCore

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Cleveland RTX ZipCore

Cleveland Golf has launched its newest addition to its wedge family: the Cleveland RTX ZipCore, which features a unique, low-density core that sits at the heart of the wedge.

The ZipCore shifts the center of gravity, while also boosting High-Low MOI in a bid for added stability high and low on the wedge face. The new structure also puts more impact on the sweet spot in design to provide more consistent spin, distance and feel.

Cleveland RTX ZipCore

The RTX ZipCore wedges also feature the brand’s all-new UltiZip Grooves. Per the company, the UltiZip Grooves are 11% sharper and 7.3% deeper than previous generations, while also being 7.4% closer together for more groove contact area.

The combination of these factors aims to generate increased spin and consistent spin performance from all course conditions.

Speaking on the new wedges, Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf stated

“The new RTX ZipCore is a technological leap forward for Cleveland wedges. We’ve inserted a low-density core inside the clubhead, allowing us to create a wedge with unprecedented consistency and exceptional feel. They also feature our tour-proven grinds and most aggressive groove technology to date–all packaged in a sleek yet traditional design.”

The RTX ZipCore features a new heat treatment designed to boost durability and maintain spin performance over a long period and arrive in a Tour Satin finish.

Cleveland RTX ZipCore: Specs, Price & Availability

  • The MID Sole grind offered in 46 through 60 degrees
  • The LOW Sole grind offered in 56 through 62 degrees
  • The FULL Sole grind offered in 54 through 60 degrees

Shaft

  • True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue

Grip

  • Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet 360

Price:

  • $149.99

Availability:

  • August 14, 2020

A final note: Black Satin and Raw finishes are coming later this year, according to the company.

 

 

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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  2. Brian

    Jul 2, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Love the look but I’m not sure why. Also, no xlow grinds?

  3. Simms

    Jun 30, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Glad to see them getting away from the huge cavity back wedges they pushed the last 3 years…

    • Brandon

      Jun 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Those aren’t going anywhere. This is just the replacement for the RTX4

    • Jack

      Jul 1, 2020 at 7:14 am

      That’s the CBX line. This is the RTX wedges

  4. Cdub

    Jun 30, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Loved the RX4 with TIS400 as standard. Interesting choice with the spinner.

  5. bob

    Jun 30, 2020 at 8:36 am

    dynamic gold tour issue spinner? haha

    • Marc

      Jun 30, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Love spinner shafts in my Bridgestone J15 wedges. Did a search and couldn’t find this new shaft. Guessing it’s a new release tbd.

      Will be trying out these new wedges later in the year. Intrigued by the tech and return of 588 shape

    • Jack

      Jun 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      It’s a brand new shaft. Apparently nothing like the old DG Spinner.

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Tiger Woods swapping 5-wood for TaylorMade P770 2-iron at Pinehurst

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article our Andrew Tursky filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. Read the full piece here. 

In recent years, Woods has almost always used a 5-wood, unless he’s playing in The Open Championship at a links venue where the winds are high and he wants a lower trajectory off the tee … or when he played in the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills. However, this week at the U.S. Open the 5-wood was absent from his Monster Energy staff bag, and in its place was a 2-iron.

Throughout 2024, Woods has been using a mixed set of irons, including a 2023 TaylorMade P770 3-iron, and TaylorMade P7TW blades (4-PW), each of which are shafted up with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

Interestingly, the 2-iron he added on Monday is a 2021 version of TaylorMade’s P770 iron model, and it’s shafted up with a True Temper Dynamic Gold MID X100 shaft, which is slightly lighter and designed to launch slightly higher than his stock iron shafts. This is the same 2-iron setup that he used at the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

While it’s unclear at the moment why Woods has left his usual 5-wood out of the bag this week, it can be seen that Pinehurst No. 2 surely has more of a links-style setup than standard American courses, and bunkering around the landing areas off the tee lends itself to strategic placement of the golf ball in order to have a clean approach shot at the greens.

“Proto” wedges

Additionally, the ultradwarf bermudagrass at Pinehurst No. 2, combined with Donald Ross’ diabolical greenside chipping areas, creates a unique short game challenge for U.S. Open contestants. Woods appears to be preparing for that challenge by equipping himself with two new TaylorMade MG4 “Proto” wedges, which have different grinds on their soles than he typically uses.

Head over to PGATour.com for the full piece.

Related: Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (June)

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Edoardo Molinari WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Edoardo Molinari what’s in the bag accurate as of the U.S. Open. 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (8 degrees, B1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 65 TX

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (13.5 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 75 TX

Hybrid: Titleist TSi3 (19 degrees, B1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 HY TX

Irons: Titleist 620 CB (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (52-08F, 56-08M), Titleist Vokey Design SM10 Prototype (60-04T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 Max

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

See more in-hand photos of Molinari’s clubs here. 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Tiger Woods WITB accurate as of the U.S. Open.

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9.75)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 6 X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 7 X

Irons: 2021 TaylorMade P770 (2) 2023 TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 Mid (2), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 Raw (56-12TW Proto, 60-TW11 Proto)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (2024)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

Check out more in-hand photos of Tiger Woods’ WITB in the forums.

 

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