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The new Cleveland Golf CBX Zipcore wedge delivers forgiveness and a wide sole for more consistent contact and plenty of spin to those that struggle around the green.
Check out the new CBX Full-Face 2 wedge HERE
Cavity back wedges are becoming a standard offering from most OEMs, but just a few years ago, this was a brand new idea. Cleveland was at the forefront then with their CBX wedge, and they continue to push the cavity back wedge with their latest, the CBX Zipcore wedge.
At address, the new CBX Zipcore appears slightly larger in size to its counterpart, the RTX Zipcore. The top line is thin and not cumbersome as is typically seen with cavity back irons. The edges are soft and rounded which is different than sharper edges of the RTX Zipcores. However, the offset is closer to what I have seen in a blade wedge, which I think most players will prefer.
The sole has some width to it and is shaped based on the loft. While there isn’t a visible cavity in the back of the wedge, the beefiness tells me its gonna be a more forgiving club and I will have no issue moving through turf.
The developers at Cleveland Golf did a great job of creating the feel of a blade inside the cavity-back CBX Zipcore. Good contact yielded a low pitched “snap” even on strikes outside of the sweet spot. Cleveland attributes this new feel to a TPU insert that helps with vibration dampening. This also explains why feedback on mishits was not harsh at all. In fact, the CBX Zipcore seemed to mute the vibration you get in your hands when you get away from the center. It felt almost automatic on every shot.
The idea behind Cleveland’s CBX Zipcore lineup is to give golfers more help in their wedge game similar to a cavity back or game improvement iron. Although this isn’t a new concept for Cleveland Golf, a few changes came into play for 2022. The MOI (moment of inertia) is higher from heel to toe and further up the face, causing less rotation and twisting no matter where you strike the ball. This translates to more consistent spin and distance, which we all could use.
As I took the CBX Zipcore through its paces, I consistently found the wide sole to be helpful. Having a wide sole can certainly help avoid folding sod over your ball. Cleveland offers multiple soles in the CBX Zipcore wedge. The traditional V-sole is in the 44 to 52 degree wedges. The C-Shaped sole in the 58-60 lob wedges makes it easier to open the face. The S-shaped sole is for the 54-56 degree wedges for a mix of full shots and chipping around the green.
The real surprise for me was that the spin numbers were comparable to a blade wedge. This can be attributed to what Cleveland named “Utilizip Grooves” which are sharper, deeper, and closer together. By packing the grooves together more tightly, Cleveland was able to put two more grooves on each club face.
I could see a wide variety of players inserting these wedges into play for 2022, in particular mid-high handicap players who struggle from 125 yards and in. Better players may gravitate towards using a CBX Zipcore in a gap or sand wedge for full swings while a higher handicapper may incorporate a full lineup of CBX Zipcores for forgiveness from any lie.
Check out the new Cleveland CBX 4 ZipCore wedges HERE
The Cleveland Golf CBX Zipcore wedge appears sleek at address with a thin top line and sharp grooves for lots of spin and control. However, the wedge’s wide sole and forgiveness are what separates it from the rest and gives average players more opportunities to score well.