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Breaking down Cleveland’s CBX ZipCore, RTX ZipCore wedge lines



When it comes to wedge design and choosing the right wedge for your game, there have never been more options.

More choices and more new technology, however, mean that its important to make sure you have the right information when you set out to purchase a new high-lofter.

Fortunately, Cleveland Golf’s Product Manager Casey Shultz was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about the company’s duo of wedge lines.

GolfWRX: Before we dig into the technology, who is the CBX ZipCore for? Who is the RTX ZipCore for?

Casey Shultz: CBX ZipCore is designed for your average golfer who can really benefit from added forgiveness in a wedge that looks at address like those they have played their whole life. RTX ZipCore is designed for the better player with a well-developed short game that can take advantage of the added versatility the line brings to improve their shot-making capabilities around the greens, while still experiencing added forgiveness and consistency over what can typically be found in a blade wedge.

GolfWRX: From a technology standpoint, what’s the story behind the CBX ZipCore?

CS: CBX ZipCore is filled with forgiveness technologies to help you out on every shot. It is designed with a hollow cavity and ZipCore material to shift weight for ideal CG and MOI properties. This along with the wide Dynamic Sole Grinds offered on each loft ensure consistent performance no matter how you strike the ball. All this forgiveness comes along with the newest Rotex face featuring the sharper, deeper, and closer UltiZip grooves for maximum spin performance.

GolfWRX: OK. Same question for you on RTX ZipCore…

CS: RTX ZipCore is the first product we introduced with our ZipCore technology, a low-density material within the hosel that helps to shift the CG and raise MOI, adding spin, enhancing control, and boosting consistency all within a traditional blade style shape. This wedge also has the newest Rotex face design with the sharper, deeper, and closer UltiZip grooves for maximum spin performance. On top of this, a new heat treatment process has been added to ensure these grooves stay sharp and this spin continues round after round.

GolfWRX: Some golfers seem to feel “a wedge is a wedge is a wedge” or “wedge technology hasn’t evolved since Gene Sarazen.” Do you hear this a lot? What do you say to this?

CS: I would say this couldn’t be further from the truth! I do, however, think this commentary is somewhat complimentary to our designers and engineers as they have managed to pack all this technology into products with the aesthetic appeal that a somewhat traditional wedge shaping brings, especially in our RTX line. The improvements in forgiveness, spin, and uniquely designed grinds for certain shots and conditions have been incredible over the last few generations of designs. I think this perception is mainly since, intentionally, these performance and technological development are hidden within the confines of a good looking, confidence inducing shape more than other clubs in the bag where technology is often more visible.

GolfWRX: How does tour pro testing and feedback influence Cleveland wedge designs?

CS: Tour testing and feedback has a big influence on the design of our wedges, especially when it comes to grind offerings and appearance at address. We constantly are making modifications to the grinds for tour players and take notes of what works and what doesn’t and work this feedback in to future designs as well as custom grinding options available in our Tour Rack program. Players on tour also have a trained eye for what they like to see from a wedge at address, so we always design and validate our wedges with this perspective in mind before finalizing a product.

GolfWRX: Getting a bit more granular: Can you briefly explain the bounce offerings on the RTX ZipCore?

CS: For RTX ZipCore we offer 3 bounce offerings, LOW, MID, and FULL, designed to fit all different kinds of playstyles.

The MID bounce is our catch all, offering our V-Shaped sole design for superior turf interaction for all kinds of different attack angles and lies you may find yourself in. This is available in loft offerings ranging from 46-60, a great option for a wide range of players.

The LOW on the other hand is a more specialized grind designed for those who are looking for maximum versatility in higher lofted wedges. Available in 56-62 degree lofts, this grind is perfect for those who like to play open faced shots around the greens or have a shallower attack angle as its reduced bounce helps the wedge to slide under the ball with ease.

Finally, the FULL sole is the highest bounce offering in the lineup with a traditional, unmodified sole design. This added bounce in this grind makes it perfect for lies in the sand or rough or for players who have a steeper attack angle as it is resistant to digging. It is available in 54-60 degree lofts and is also the most similar to the performance some players are used to from more classic wedges.

For those who want a true tour experience, we also offer a Tour Rack program for grind customization. This allows players to select specific leading edge and sole grind modifications to create a grind with their preferences and wedge game specifically in mind, just like the players on our tour staff.

GolfWRX: Let’s talk about building a bag for a second. For the average golfer wondering if s/he should carry 2 or 3 wedges (or 4), what do you suggest and is there a standard gapping you advocate for?

CS: I would recommend sticking with a 4-6 degree gapping between your wedges. The first thing you need to decide when setting up a wedge mix is where you want to start in the GW area. Knowing the loft on the PW in you iron set is key. For example, those with a 44 degree PW, a gapping of 48, 54, 58 can work well or tighter wedge gaps of 48, 52, 56, 60 is possible for max precision if you have room in the bag for 4 wedges. For players who want true wedge performance in this club, replacing this iron with a 46 degree or, in our CBX ZipCore line, even a 44 degree wedge can be a great place to start. A 4-wedge set of 46, 50, 54, and 58 could make a lot of sense for these players. The closer you are able to make the gaps between your wedges the easier it is to be precise attacking the green from different yardages, so I would generally advocate for as many wedges as you can fit in your 14-club set to set up as many easy looks for birdie as possible.

If you are limited to say two wedges due to how the rest of your bag is set up, I recommend some players emphasize versatility in their sand wedge loft over a removal of a gap wedge. Choosing a grind that allows you to open the face in a sand wedge can give you similar performance around the greens to what you could find in a lob wedge and essentially fill the role of both of those clubs. It can be harder for some to find a filler for the yardage gap that will exist if you don’t include a gap wedge in your set than a replacement for the greenside performance of a lob wedge.


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  2. Srksi

    Jun 15, 2022 at 7:03 am

    I can’t play golf with cool graphics on the back of the wedge! Face pics or pics at address???

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TOUR REPORT: Collin Morikawa debuts new TaylorMade “P7CM” prototype irons



Welcome to this week’s Tour Report from Albany in the Bahamas for the 2022 Hero World Challenge. The week started with an unfortunate update from tournament host Tiger Woods, who was forced to withdraw from the event due to pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

As reported by, Woods will not seek surgery, instead opting for a “stretch and relax” approach. He still plans on playing in the upcoming PNC Championship and The Match, however, and we also got a brief look at his current golf swing, as I’ll get into below.

Aside from Woods, there were a few notable gear updates from the Bahamas, including Collin Morikawa debuting two brand new iron models, Corey Conners finally switching drivers, and Tony Finau showing off one of the coolest custom staff bags I’ve ever seen. Justin Thomas made yet another putter change, as well.

Let’s dive into this week’s Tour Report from Nassau, Bahamas.

JT makes yet another putter change

After making several putter changes throughout 2022, the Justin Thomas putter saga ultimately came full circle, ending the year with the same putter that he started off the year with. Before moving into several different 1-of-1 long-neck Scotty Cameron T5 prototype putters, Thomas began the year with a Scotty Cameron X5 Tour Prototype with a short flow neck. And that’s what he had in the bag at the 2022 Hero World Challenge this week, as well.

Also, here’s your reminder that Thomas’ custom Titleist 621.JT Forged irons have zero offset, and they’re bone chillingly intimidating to look down at from address.


Justin Thomas’ full WITB from the Bahamas

Morikawa’s new TaylorMade prototype irons

Typically, Collin Morikawa doesn’t change irons unless he’s playing in extremely firm turf conditions over in Scotland. This week, however, he debuted an entirely new combo set, including TaylorMade “P7CM” prototype short irons (7-PW), and new “P7MC” long irons (5 and 6).

As we highlighted in our Equipment Report over on this week, Morikawa worked closely with TaylorMade to dial in his new P7CM irons, which are obviously named using his initials. While the irons have a similar look to the company’s previous P7MB blade irons, they appear to show a combination between chrome and raw finishes.

Here’s what Morikawa told GolfWRX on Tuesday about the irons, and why he switched out his 4.5-year-old TaylorMade P730 blade short irons:

“They’re brand new,” Morikawa told “I’ve been using them for probably two weeks now. They’re not too far off from the P730’s that I’ve been using pretty much since I turned pro. I was fortunate enough to do some iron testing with TaylorMade – which I’ve never done – and go into the whole sole pattern, and bounce, and width of an iron. There’s nothing wrong with 730’s, I … love them, that’s why I played them for probably 4.5 years now. But there’s just certain shots here and there that come out of nowhere.”

In addition to the new blades, he also debuted new TaylorMade P-7MC irons, which have a different design in their back cavities compared to the previous iterations of P7MC irons. Morikawa said it was an “easy transition,” but we’re yet to hear more details from TaylorMade about specific technical information or possible release dates.

We’ll keep you up to date should we learn more about the TaylorMade P7MCs that Morikawa had in the bag at the Hero.

Collin Morikawa’s full WITB from the Bahamas

Tony Finau’s absolute HEATER of a golf bag

Whether you’re a Utah Jazz basketball fan or not, I simply refuse to believe anyone can say this 1-of-1 Vessel-made staff bag isn’t one of the coolest of all time. The all purple colorway, Jazz logo, and jersey-style “Finau 7” stitching on the front make this bag absolutely pop. The icy blue zipper colorway was a nice touch, too.

Finau teed it up in Wednesday’s Pro-Am alongside former NBA all-star and current Utah Jazz executive Danny Ainge, and Finau certainly did not disappoint.

@golfwrx Tursky says Tony Finau’s @Utah Jazz themed bag is the coolest bag he has ever seen. Do you agree? #golf #golftiktok #golfwrx #utahjazz ? original sound – golfwrx

According to Finau, he’s going to autograph and giveaway the golf bag at the upcoming Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz game on Wednesday. If you have a chance to become the owner of this bag, I sincerely wish you good luck.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the bag in our forums

Corey Conners finally ditches his driver from 5 years ago

Conners, who’s statistically one of the best drivers on the PGA Tour for the last several years, finally switched out his previous Ping G400 LST for a new Ping G430 LST. According to Conners, he started using the G400 LST at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he hadn’t switched it out since, although he did go through about 10 different heads throughout the 5 year stretch.

He told on Tuesday that although he actually found his previous model to produce slightly more speed, the new G430 was significantly more forgiving on off-center hits, so he gave it the nod this week at the Hero. The new driver is also equipped with a 1-of-1 UST Mamiya Linq shaft.

For more information on his switch, head over to the Equipment Report by GolfWRX.

Tiger Woods competes in the “Hero Shot” challenge, despite foot injury 

No one would have blamed Tiger if he didn’t compete in the Hero Shot challenge this year, especially being that he withdrew from the actual event. As the tournament host, however, he sucked it up to help put on a great show for the fans (and for social media).

Although he failed to advance to the second round against the five other competitors, it was still great to see his swing and enjoy the festivities.


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For those curious, he used a TaylorMade MG3 56-degree wedge for the 87-yard shot, and he was wearing Nike Metacon 8 sneakers. I took a deep dive into Tiger Woods at the Hero Shot earlier this week, if you’re looking for further insight.

Caddies everywhere, take notes

As a former club caddie myself, I fully respect this move from an Albany caddie during the pro-am. Instead of writing down the players approximate yardages in a yardage book or on piece of paper, he writes them down on a square slab and velcros it to his caddie bib for instant visual access.

This is a true veteran move. I’m questioning the yardage gapping for that particular player, because something seems off, but the point is that it’s a great caddie trick regardless.

And with that, we say goodbye to the Bahamas. Legendary GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore will be on location at the PNC, so look out for more WITBs and inside-the-ropes photos soon.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 Hero World Challenge

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (12/2/22): Ping i59 irons



At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Ping i59 irons.

From the seller (@zacharya): “PING i59 4-PW with KBS 130X and GolfPride MCC +4 standard grips. +1/2” length, standard loft and lie. There is some rock damage on the 7 as pictured but doesn’t affect playability at all.  $800.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping i59 irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Whats in the Bag

Justin Thomas WITB 2022 (December)



Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees @19.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 621.JT Forged (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 52-12F @52.5, 56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60.5 T, 60.5 K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (52-60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Proto
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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