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51 minutes ago, TBT said:

Well my Thursday got better really quick, there was an early morning ring of the door bell and I find this sitting on the porch!

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I will be testing a 50* RTX ZipCore wedge with mid bounce. It will be compared to my current gamer, a Cobra King PuR wedge.

Here are some comparison photos I took this morning
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From the back they look similar in shape
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Face view, the shape is similar but the ZipCore has 18 grooves compared to only 17 on the Cobra and the ZipCore has the toe groves where the Cobra doesn’t.

It will be interesting to see if there is a noticeable improvement in toe strikes (not that I EVER do that emoji849.png)

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At address the ZipCore has a little less offset but again to my eye the shape looks very similar.

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The ZipCore is fitted with new version of the DG spinner wedge shaft. I’ve played the old version of this shaft in my higher lofted wedges before with decent success, but since I use my 50* wedge for a lot of full swing shots my Cobra has the same shaft as my iron set, a UST Mayima Recoil F4.

I’ll be paying particular attention to this during my testing to see the difference between the 2 shafts.

I am hoping to get a practice session on a launch monitor this weekend and a full round in on Sunday.

As always feel free to ask questions!


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Very nice write up.. This will be fun. 

 

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Cobra F8 irons 5-GW KBS tour 90 stiff shafts

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Dang those look pretty. If y'all keep zipping those back, I might need to unzip the wallet!

 

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Titleist TS2 - 4 Wood

Titleist 915H and 818 H1 Hybrids

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Bettinardi HLX 3.0 54 and Taylormade Hi-Toe 58

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1 hour ago, Shankster said:

A white truck will be delivering... wait, maybe a yellow truck, FedEx leases some Penske trucks here... anyways, the 46° ZipCore that I have decided to call Dr. Evil will be here today.  Hopefully they have the Delorean today so I can get out on the practice area with it.

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I was relaxing after a morning round when I saw a note from FedX. It said a package was delivered today at 4:02 pm. Well, as it was 4:24 pm, I strolled to the front door, maybe 10 steps from where I was in the bedroom, and there it was....
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My new Cleveland RTX Zipcore wedge...

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Wow what a beauty!

I went to set it up on ShotScope only to find it was not there. I fired a quick email to support and within an hour,I gots reply that it has been added and I could add it tomorrow. Great ShotScope Customer Service!

BTW, it was only a week ago that we stated what wedge we wanted, then “Walla” it magically appeared at my doorstep. Again, great Cleveland customer service!


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Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Wilson D7 GW(48*) & SW(54*) Cobra King F8 LW(58*)all wedges have Recoil 460 regular shafts Putter: 33" Bellum-Winmore 707 putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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7 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

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Obviously, these are Dr. Evil approved.  I had forgotten about that scene!!!  Hahahaha.

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38 minutes ago, Shankster said:

Obviously, these are Dr. Evil approved.  I had forgotten about that scene!!!  Hahahaha.

I was hoping to get to use that at some point during this review, thank you for the perfect opportunity to do so. 

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I am beginning to think that someone knew that this wedge was in the FedEx truck and hijacked it’s almost and no sign of them... still says out for delivery.

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I hit a few shots in the short game area today

 

The range was closed because there was nobody to pick up the balls

 

 

Hit several 30 -40 yard low checking pitch shots to a back pin placement using Srixon Z Star.

 

It definitely has a different sound than the Cobra I’ve been playing, I’ll try to get some audio later.

 

I hit 10 shots with the Cobra and gathered up the balls and hit 10 with the ZipCore. The ZipCore definitely produces more spin as the ball was checking on the second bounce then rolling out a few feet.

 

When I hit that shot with the Cobra I would get 2 full bounces, sometimes 3 before it really checks.

 

Once I made the adjustment to carry the ball a few yards further I was hitting them inside 5 feet about 85% of the time and I holed out once!

 

 

 

 

I’m hoping to get on a launch monitor this weekend and get on the course on Sunday.

 

 

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20200807_172721.jpeg.b34b5fc1fbdfde4ed46f2e634242092d.jpeg In the words of jittery Jerge, "Letttsss ggoooo"! My plan is to take it straight to the course this week and I am going to drop an extra ball everytime I need to hit my 54. My current 54 is a brand new Honma TW-W World, which has maybe 200 shots on it mostly off of a mat so very fresh grooves. Itll be a pretty straight up comparison. Anything in particular the good folks out there want to see during this testing?

 

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Nice job guys!


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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

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I’m taking my RTX ZipCore 60 Full out for a spin today in my men’s club event. I’ll be using it at the ranges I typically do, and will definitely report back on the, ahem, zippiness . More pics coming, but here are a couple of the ZipCore 60 and RTX 60.
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How’d it handle?


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Titleist 917D2 10.5

Mizuno JPX EZ 3W, 14U

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid 18.5

Titleist 816 H1 23

PING G30 5-PW

Cleveland RTX 3.0 50/10 V-MG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 54/14  V-FG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 58/12 V -FG

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Interesting initial practice session with the 46°.  It was rather windy, around 10-12mph, so what a time to try the knock down.  Oh my gosh can this thing lower the ball flight on command.  75 yard shot that looked like a 2 iron trajectory but stopped on a dime. The was with a left to right wind.

Moved over to the longer approach shot, took it all the way back to 150, and full sent some of them, directly into that wind.  I came up 10 yards short of the 150, but into the wind it didn’t get too hung up. There was a little climb, but overall the ball stayed on a pretty mid trajectory. But a 140 yard into the wind PW?  In my dreams. 
 

Tried some 50 and in shots and my last name showed up.  Glad to get that out of the way early.  That  has been the biggest struggle since switching the to “single-ish” plane swing, the finesse shots are much more difficult. 
 

First big issue is the sound of the shaft, as I reported in other wedge reviews, this spinner shaft is supposedly close to the S400 I had in the Hi-Toe, and a little heavier than the S200’s I had in the King wedges. The feel/sound is not good.  The wedge head itself sounds and feels great, but the shaft makes a hollow sound... don’t like that one bit.

 

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Par 4 #7 at Pebble Creek today from 70 yards out after I put the 58* Zipcore into play. First swing of the Zipcore....

 

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Up close at the 70 yard shot from the Zipcore......and yes, I made the birdie!

 

Wow was this a great feeling wedge! Was gaming a Q Star with the Tampa Bay Lightning logo.....Go Bolts!

 

 

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Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Wilson D7 GW(48*) & SW(54*) Cobra King F8 LW(58*)all wedges have Recoil 460 regular shafts Putter: 33" Bellum-Winmore 707 putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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I looks like the V sole grind is less prominent in the new zipcore vs the RTX 4's that I have from testing last year.  Are you guys seeing the same thing and do you think it's a help or hurt in terms of turf interaction? 

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Driver: PXG 0811 X Gen 2
3 Wood: Taylormade SIM
3 Utility Iron: Srixon U85
4i – AW: Taylormade P760
SW: Vokey SM7 M Grind
LW: Cleveland RTX 4 X-Low
Putter: Ping Vault Oslo

 

 

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23 minutes ago, goaliewales14 said:

I looks like the V sole grind is less prominent in the new zipcore vs the RTX 4's that I have from testing last year.  Are you guys seeing the same thing and do you think it's a help or hurt in terms of turf interaction? 

I hadn’t really paid attention to it actually.  But thinking back, it did feel different than the other clubs do through the turf.  I was taking a bigger divot than normal with a PW.  Not sure where the V-Sole fits into that equation.  

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