By: Dylan Thaemert
50 Words or Less
Cleveland CBX Full-Face is the newest addition to the company’s well-rounded stable of wedges. Designed specifically to get golfers out of tough spots around the green.
Not all wedges are created equal and with the Cleveland CBX Full-Face, that is evident from the very first look. With a higher toe than normal and grooves that cover the entire face, the look can be a bit jarring at first. But is the unusual look worth the trade-off when it comes to performance? Find out in this review.
The unique looks are the first thing you notice about the Cleveland CBX Full-Face. The toe is noticeably higher than your average wedge, and the grooves extend all the way from heel to toe. The blade length appears a bit longer than most. It’s definitely unusual at first but in my experience, you get used to it.
The other aspect of the club that stands out is the color. The club head is a dark gray, almost graphite color that minimizes glare and looks really sharp in the bag and at address. Overall, this is a very handsome looking club.
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel are reminiscent of what I experienced when I tested the Cleveland CBX 2. The ‘tock’ sound at impact is in the lower register but by no means dull. There is plenty of feedback on quality of strike.
If you open the face and catch the ball off the toe, you can feel a solid strike thanks to the club’s half cavity design that has a cavity near the heel and a solid muscle back on the toe side of the sole.
The CBX Full-Face is designed for a specific purpose, and that is evident in the fact that the lowest loft available is 56°. I found the club to work wonders when I put myself in tough situations. From bunkers, from short-sided lies in both rough and short grass, and from 40 yards and in with not much green to work with, I got consistent performance that left me feeling like I was getting up and down with more regularity than I was previously used to.
Just to test it out, I gave myself a few straightforward shots from a clean lie in the fairway. While it absolutely does the job, the way the grooves cover the entire face wasn’t ideal for me when it comes to alignment and confidence on full swings.
One of the most fun parts about golf for me is getting creative around the greens. It’s visualizing the launch angle, trajectory, and roll out of these shots, and playing them with less than a full swing. In the art vs. science camp, you can count me as a full-on artiste. I found that with the higher lofted wedges, this club gave me a higher level of confidence and more consistent results on a variety of creative wedge shots.
I like continuity at address. I never thought I would have a set of wedges that doesn’t match, but after spending some time with the Cleveland CBX Full-Face, it’s going in the bag as replacement for my “traditional” lob wedge. The confidence it gives me to get creative around the greens is a welcome surprise, and I can honestly say I no longer dread missed greens the way I did before.