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2020 Official Member Review: Cleveland RTX Zipcore wedges


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Another day in paradise today.  Short game area was rather full when I got there today.  But the chipping green was empty.  I normally do not chip with a PW/46° club, but it was blowing like the gales of November out there (that’s for my Yooper friends)... 

 

Anyways, I found the Zipcore to perform rather well on the chip shots.  A nice firm, authoritive connection between ball and club.  My phone was on 1% at the time, so I didn’t even attempt to take any pictures.  But from 15 yards, I was putting them in the friend zone for a gimme. 
 

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My new wedge actually came in last Thursday night but I couldn't play with it until we adjusted the shaft length. My husband helped me and we trimmed it down 1" Friday night. It took until today for m

I'm not accomplished enough as a player to hit all or even most shots consistently to be able to answer this but I wanted to know also. In the past most of my shots to the green had quite a bit of rol

Got out to the Range yesterday. Did a little Chipping and hit some Full shots.. Here it is compared the the Cobra King Black wedge both are in 58* Mid Bounce/Versatile..  It Seems to be sli

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On 8/11/2020 at 8:24 PM, artful_golfer said:

The reason we decided to blow the grip on was because I'm not sure if 1 inch off is enough. We can remove this grip and reuse it. But we had so much trouble that my husband did plead with me to "just do it the normal way". We first tried a hacksaw on the shaft but it didn't even leave a scratch on that shiny steel. I was desperate to keep trying when my husband remembered our Dremmel tool. It got quite hot but worked.

Great work on the video and shaft length modification!  Did you just match the length of your current wedge(s)?

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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

Great work on the video and shaft length modification!  Did you just match the length of your current wedge(s)?

Thanks. It was a guesstimate and leap of faith. My husband questioned me 3 times "do you really want 1 inch off, you know you can't change it?" And every time I replied I was sure that it was a good length to start with. I compared the length of the men vs ladies avg wedge shaft length on the Cleveland website. From that I knew I needed to trim at least 1 inch. All of my 4 wedges are Cleveland men's and all have been trimmed 1 inch. I have a tendency to grip down to the middle-to-lower part of the grip on all of my clubs anyway so the lengths work for me. I say they work, but I don't have anything else to compare them to know any difference.

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I've had some tougher than expected bunker shots recently and have made some really surprising and fantastic saves. ball comes out with a lot of spin and comes off the face really nice.

I've also kind of figured out how to hit a check down zipper that hops and and stops - did it on 18 today with a 54 from 82 yards and was able to make the birdie putt for my only birdie of the day.  🙂 

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I've had some tougher than expected bunker shots recently and have made some really surprising and fantastic saves. ball comes out with a lot of spin and comes off the face really nice.
I've also kind of figured out how to hit a check down zipper that hops and and stops - did it on 18 today with a 54 from 82 yards and was able to make the birdie putt for my only birdie of the day.   

You had several really good *zippy* shots around the green! Bunker play was awesome.


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2 hours ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

I've also kind of figured out how to hit a check down zipper that hops and and stops - did it on 18 today with a 54 from 82 yards and was able to make the birdie putt for my only birdie of the day.  🙂 

What is a check down zipper that hops and stops?

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Got out for a quick 9 last night, played my normal round and since the course was empty I dropped 10 balls on the 9th fairway at various spots and played them all into the green.

During the round I hit 4 shots with my RTX ZipCore *50 wedge.

First let me say again, this is a completely different club since I got it set to my specs, I put my old wedge shaft into it which lengthened it by 3/4” and had it bent 2* up. This got rid of the extreme toe strikes that I was seeing and eliminated the big block to the right...just goes to show the importance of getting fit for every club in the bag.

1st shot - 89 yards to a back pin on a small ridge, narrowed my stance, moved the ball all the way back and made a “9 o’clock” swing for you Pelz guys ....trapped the ball so it came out low with a medium high trajectory with LOTS of spin....it landed about 25 feet short of the pin took one bounce and checked HARD! it basically stopped dead after the first bounce and left me 12 feet up the slope for birdie.

2nd shot - 112 yard to a pin tucked over a bunker on the left side of the green. Lined up about 20 feet right of the pin made a full swing. The ball launched very high with a slight draw it cleared the bunker landed just short of pin high took 2 hops and then spun back a few feet to the left leaving me a 17 foot birdie putt.

3rd shot was my first time using this wedge from a bunker, I hooked a 6 iron approach shot and hit a deep bunker on the far left of the green with the pin on the back right...so I had a 35 yard bunker shot. Set up for a chunk and run type shot.....well I got more chunk than run....ball came out soft and only went about 20 yards and landed soft with no run out leaving me a long 40+ foot putt to try and save t par. (This was definitely caused by a bad swing,,,first time hitting from a bunker with this wedge and it dug deeper into the sand than I expected)

4th shot - laid up to 104 yards on a par 5, pin was right center and in front of a small ridge. I lined up for a slight draw put a nice smooth swing on the ball...beautiful ball flight..nice tight draw...ball landed pin high and bounced into the ridge and spun back to 4 feet! Yes I made the birdie!

As I mentioned earlier there was nobody behind me since I was out late, so I dropped 10 balls (some in not so good condition) at various spots from 120 yards to 45 yards. All shots hit the green with a couple within a couple of feet.

I love the looks of this wedge, nice classic shape the grooves look great and inspire confidence at address.

I have plans to play 18 holes Sunday before my final review next week, I’ll give you a slight hint of my thoughts... I just ordered a 54* and a 58* to replace my current wedges.


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 A couple of weeks ago I met with the pro at my club to get advice on the lie of my ZipCore wedge. I have a tendency to hit low and toward the toe with all of my clubs. I wanted to know if trimming the shaft improved the lie or if it needed more tweaking.

He had me hit off a bounce board. I've never done that before, very interesting. That's the highest I've ever watched my ball soar. The result was that the mark on the tape on the bottom of my wedge straddled the center line in the same spot every time. Sorry I didn't think about taking a photo of the tape before he removed it from my club and tossed it. He said that the shorter length plus that I usually grip down to the mid-to-lower part of the grip made the lie flat so we left it as is. We only tested the ZipCore but I assume that my other Cleveland wedges would have the same results.

The mark also showed that I have a tendency to be what the pro call a "sweeper". I said yep, that's me. I rarely leave a divot.

The pro also gave me a couple of setup adjustments to improve my accuracy. My shots going where I envision I'm aiming has never been my strength. So now I have been trying to use his tips to practice my aim with my wedges (some times it helps). What can I say - I'm an inconsistent amateur!

I'm playing in a team scramble tomorrow. Two men and one woman on each team. My team is all seniors! Hopefully I will get to use my "Zippy" and see if my accuracy improvement decides to show up.

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Consistency is Key


Friday round planned.  This is the “earn the spot in the bag or not” round.  
 

I was at the range on Saturday for a bucket... got lost on my way to Lowe’s somehow, and had a car full of golf gear... how does that happen?

 

Still really consistent in the distance area, something I had it pegged as not as good as a CB gamer PW. Fairing really well, there is some real world testing from a mediocre golfer on the set vs specialty wedge. Being that it is a full swing club for me, most of the time, it really shines on well struck shots. But the slightly off shots are not punished as much as say my 58° wedge, if I miss toe or high with it, I am short of target every time. Not present with the ZipCore.

 

I will post up a post round assessment... but you’ll have to wait for a few to find out if it makes it to the tool kit permanently.

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Poking around the Cleveland website today I've got to say, the new tour rack finish and all the available customization options are intriguing to say the least! As for the test wedge, I really wish I would've went with the 60 Mid as I believe it would've yielded slightly different results for me. Just a couple random thoughts as I finish up this review!

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Poking around the Cleveland website today I've got to say, the new tour rack finish and all the available customization options are intriguing to say the least! As for the test wedge, I really wish I would've went with the 60 Mid as I believe it would've yielded slightly different results for me. Just a couple random thoughts as I finish up this review!

I've been looking also. I love the new black satin finish! Very Classy!

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Played my final round before my final review and Zipcore decided to show out a little on the 18th hole. Hit a low spinny shot to 2 feet for a par save. Had the beautiful hop-hop-stop that I've been looking for since we received these to test. Final report coming this Friday!

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You guys did incredible with your reviews. I don't have the picture taking skills or visions that you guys have. Really great job folks! 

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October 4th, 2020

What an amazing experience.  I've learned so much and actually improved my USGA handicap!  Link to full review here!:

Full Video Review to be posted in the next 48 hours. 

Thank you, again, to My Golf Spy and to Cleveland Golf and to the other testers whom helped me as this was my first review for MGS.  Well done everyone!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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