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Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges: New finishes, custom grind options

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Earlier this summer, Cleveland unveiled the all-new Cleveland ZipCore line of wedges, which feature a low-density hosel core to reposition mass higher in the head to better control launch and spin.

Cleveland is excited to build on the success of ZipCore wedges by adding new finish and custom options to the already very popular line—both on tour and with consumers—with ZipCore Black Satin and Tour Rack Raw.

RTX ZipCore Technology recap

  • The low-density ZipCore in the hosel of the wedge head shifts the center of gravity higher and towards the toe to boost what Cleveland is calling High-Low MOI. What this means is you get less spin rate variance ( aka better spin robustness ) on shots hit both higher and lower on the face. This also creates greater control over launch which leads to better distance control.
  • New UltiZip Grooves are 11% sharper and 7.3% deeper than previous generations, while also being 7.4% closer together for more groove contact area.
  • New face heat treatment boosts durability and helps maintain spin performance over a longer period.

More photos in the forums.

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.”

Custom Sole Grind program

The biggest addition to the new RTX ZipCore line, beyond the finish options, is the new Tour Rack custom sole grind program, which allows you to fully customize, trailing edge, heel/toe relief, along with a custom leading edge.

Each wedge starts off as a standard RTX ZipCore Tour Rack—the exact same heads used by Cleveland staff players all over the worldwide tours—and then one of Cleveland’s master craftsmen grind each wedge by hand to create the perfect sole for you. This results in a unique wedge customized to cater to your specific short game.

“Tour Rack gives golfers the full tour-level experience. With the raw finish and custom sole and leading edge grinds, now any golfer can get their set of wedges built just like the guys on tour.”
-Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf

Cleveland RTX ZipCore: Specs, Price & Availability

Don’t forget if customization isn’t your thing, the RTX ZipCore comes stock in a huge variety of grind and bounce options to fit any golfer and any swing.

The stock shaft is the all-new True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 wedge “Spinner” and the grip is a Golf Pride tour velvet 360. Before custom options, the Tour Satin and Black Satin wedges will retail for $149.99 each, and the Tour Rack wedges (Right hand only) are priced at $169.99.

Wedges will be available at retail starting October 2.

More photos in the forums.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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