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The Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge are packed with tech to make sure that you get maximum spin, regardless of the situation. An easy-to-understand, impactful selection of soles has been made even better.
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At a glance, the new Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedges look like the previous RTX ZipCores [review HERE] and, frankly, the ones before that. But as I’ve tested them more and more, that sleeper quality has become my favorite thing. Behind the classic looks are a fleet of technologies designed to give you more spin, even from bad situations. If you’re ready to shock your opponents with your recovery shots, read on.
The Cleveland Golf RTX 6 ZipCore wedges have the classic address look you’d expect from a club that’s made it through this many iterations. It has a moderate face size and teardrop shape. You can see in the photo below that the shape changes slightly as the loft increases. The 50 degree wedge (left) has a straighter leading edge and more iron-like shape. In contrast, the 60 degree (right) has a more rounded leading edge and shape.
In the bag, the Tour Satin finish on these wedges is timeless. It’s crisp without being overly bright and shiny and will look great for a long time. The moderate branding is tastefully spread across the back of the club. An all-black paint fill enhances the classic look.
One final detail I want to call out is the milling on the toe of the face. This has no performance benefit (you’re not hitting it there, are you?) but it looks great and enhances the contrast between the grooved section and the toe.
Sound & Feel
Striking a Tour-caliber ball, the Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge produces a firm “clap.” The sound is a little lower pitched than average and moderate in volume. This is a good match with the firm, solid feel that comes through your hands.
This being a Tour-style wedge, it provides excellent feedback through the hands and ears. Unless you’re completely daydreaming, your hands will clearly convey where the ball met the face. While the audio feedback of a wedge will never be as distinct as that of a driver, there is a clear difference between the sound of a pure strike and a mishit. With the RTX 6 ZipCore, you’ll get an unvarnished understanding of the quality of your wedge game.
There’s a lot of tech to talk about with the new RTX 6 ZipCore wedges, but I want to start with something Cleveland continues to do as well as anyone: the sole. Any gear junkie knows that the sole is critical to a wedge’s performance, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed in all the different grinds and names. Cleveland excels by keeping it straightforward: Low, Mid, Full, and the new Low+. The Low (above, right) has the least bounce and the most aggressive heel and toe relief. This is ideal for firm conditions and players who want to open the club face. The Full (above, left) has the most bounce for dealing with soft conditions and steep swings. The new Low+ has the same sole shape as the Low but with two degrees more bounce.
To give players even better turf interaction, Cleveland dialed in the leading edges to match the grinds. For the Low and Low+, the leading edge is sharper. The Mid has a slightly more rounded leading edge, and the Full has the roundest leading edge. These changes will give even more digging insurance to the players who need it and more bite to those with shallow swings.
While the sole is critical, we all know that spin is what gets the people going. The RTX 6 ZipCore wedges promise more spin no matter where you are. To achieve that, they use a suite of technologies. That starts with the eponymous ZipCore which makes the wedge more forgiving and consistent. While not as obvious to the spin equation as grooves, having a stable wedge means you won’t see giant changes in spin from shot to shot.
On the face, Cleveland employs HydraZip and UtiliZip grooves. HydraZip is a combination of face treatments and laser lines designed to maximize friction and improve spin consistency. UtiliZip is Cleveland’s name for their sharper, deeper, tightly-spaced grooves.
All these zips create spin that is in the upper echelon of wedges, whether the shot is wet or dry. From short pitches to full swings, the RTX 6 ZipCore wedges put a ton of bite on your shots. What’s more impressive is that in wet testing (spraying both the club face and ball), I saw virtually no spin loss. That means you can play in all conditions and still execute your favorite short game shots.
The Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedges don’t have weight screws or fancy colors, but don’t let the classic look fool you. When you find yourself short-sided in long, dewy grass, the hidden technology in this club is going to come to your rescue. Get fit for the right lofts and soles, and you might have to answer to “Houdini” on the course.