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The Cleveland RTX FULL-FACE wedge lineup has added full face grooves and milling for maximum forgiveness and extra spin around the greens.
Cleveland Golf has long been a major player in the wedge game. They were the first company to market wedges with multiple bounce options and mill individual grooves into wedge faces. They are also consistently one of most popular wedge companies both on tour and in amateurs bags everywhere. While they weren’t the first company to extend milling out to the toe, they have designed a fully milled face with the average player in mind.
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If you like the looks of the original RTX Zipcore [review HERE], you’re going to love the full-face version. The RTX Full-Face is an extension of the original RTX line from a looks perspective. The biggest difference being the milled grooves that extend out to the toe.
In the lower lofted wedges, the shaping is a more similar to the RTX Zipcore. In the higher lofted lob wedges, the toe height is slightly extended and a bit more rounded which expands the size of the club face.
The sole and back of the club is blanketed in a brushed chrome which resembles stainless steel. It’s a very clean style overall and could blend right in with a combo set of the original RTX Zipcore wedges.
Sound & Feel
The RTX Full-Face has a firm feel to it. It’s definitely not as soft as other wedges in this category. Full shots have a low pitched “click” to them.
The difference in feedback on mishits with the RTX Full-Face wedges was hardly noticeable. It was almost as if the face had a very wide hot spot. It was hard to feel like you missed a shot, most notably on toe, as every ball felt like solid contact.
I am huge fan of the flop shot. Despite watching many a ball airmail the green, I still often attempt it because pulling it off successfully impresses even the toughest playing partners. This club truly piqued my interest for this very reason. As I took the RTX Full-Face wedges through the paces, I hit both full and partial wedge shots. However, I spent most of the time pointing the face to the sky to focus on exactly what Cleveland had marketed these clubs for – the flop shot.
Although I did not have an original RTX ZipCore wedge to compare the Full-Face with, I employed both a Titleist SM7 and a Fourteen RM4 with the same loft and similar grinds to see the differences. I will start with full shots. Overall, distance was within a few yards of each other on solid strikes. Mishits with the RTX Full-Face flew further than the others which kept distance consistent. Spin on full shots was plentiful but there wasn’t enough difference between the three clubs to draw any significant conclusions.
Around the green, and especially as I started to open the club up more, the RTX Full-Face separated itself from the other two wedges. The full faced milling helped get as much spin on the ball as possible no matter where on the face I made contact. The face grooves and micro-milling was especially useful in the deeper rough where it’s harder to get spin. As I got more comfortable, I started moving the ball out towards the toe when I opened the face up. Balls landed with plenty of stopping power as if they dropped in sand rather a green. Plus, I enjoyed looking down and seeing a grassy ball mark out on the toe where there typically aren’t any grooves. The RTX Full-Face performs exactly as advertised, and I promise there are more flop shots to come with this club in the bag.
Cleveland is not the first manufacturer to add grooves on the toe of a wedge, but they might have done it the best. The Cleveland RTX Full-Face wedges are forgiving on toe-side misses and shine around the green. If flop shots are a key part of your arsenal or you just tend to miss out on the toe, give the Full-Face wedges a shot.