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Testers ANNOUNCED Cleveland Zipcore Raw Wedges

How Do You Use Your Most Lofted Wedge  

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  1. 1. Tell Us The Type of Shots You Most Often Hit With Your Most Lofted Wedge..ie 58, 60 or Higher?

    • Full Shots From Anywhere
    • Any Shot Inside 60 Yards
    • Lob Shots Over a Hazard-water or bunker
    • Short Sided Chips
    • 20 to 30 yard Chips to Get Maximum Spin and Stopping Power
    • All of The Above

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First Name/City State

Scott, Shakopee, MN

Handicap: 7.8

Current Model Wedges Played: Refinished Cleveland 588 Tour Action

What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge: I play a lot of open face shots.  When opening the face when the sun is in the wrong spot, it can produce a ton of distracting glare.  I used to rust my wedges because of this until I found a custom finish that I liked from a local vendor.  

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Tyler       San Antonio FL

Index 9.8

RTX 4 Satin

Finish added spin

Driver::taylormade-small: M5 Diamana D+ 60 TX

3 Wood: :taylormade-small: M4 Tensei Pro White 70 TX

Utility: :srixon-small: U85 19 REcoil 110

Irons::srixon-small: 765 4-P KBS $-Taper 125

Wedges: :srixon-small: 785 51 KBS Tour, :cleveland-small: RTX4 55 and 59 DG TI S400

Putter: Piretti Cottonwood II

Ball:  :titelist-small: PRO V1

Bag::titelist-small: Hybrid 5

Range Finder::918457628_PrecisionPro:NX7 Pro

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Gabe - Grand Rapids, MI

Handicap - 14.5

Current Wedges: Taylormade Milled Grind 52 (bent to 50) & Cleveland Zipcore 56* Mid.

What appeals to me about a raw wedge is the softer feel and hopefully additional spin generated when it's nice and rusty. I'm especially interested in wet conditions and I currently use a stock Zipcore and testing head to head would be a fun comparison.

 :wilson_staff_small: :taylormade-small: :callaway-small:                    

PXG 0211 10.5*
Callaway Mavrik 21* 7W
Taylormade RSi1 5 Iron
Taylormade RSi2 6-PW
Taylormade PSI 50*
Callaway Jaws 54* C Grind
Wilson Staff Infinite Southside
Maxfli Tour


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20 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Testers Wanted (5)


There’s something about RAW wedges that elicits a mixed bag of reactions from golfers. Some swear it gives them more spin—that’s a topic for another day—some say they prefer the look of shiny chrome, tour satin or jet-black finish. Remember the days of one choice? 

At one time the options were so few, many took to the home version of RAW by soaking wedges in Coke and other methods to get them to rust. The last few years have seen many OEM’s offer a RAW version of their wedges. With Cleveland Golf having successfully launched the new RTX Zip Core wedges in the summer, it now is offering the wedge in the popular RAW or it is officially called Tour Rack finish.

So, we’re going to let you tell us if raw is better.   


Testers Wanted

We are looking for FIVE dedicated golfers who will  receive two wedges in the loft they choose to provide an in depth 4 to 6-week commitment to testing the Tour Rack Zip Core wedges.  Testing is open to  Right Hand golfers who reside in the US. 

To Apply please provide the following information:

First Name/City State


Current Model Wedges Played

What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge

We'll be choosing the testers next week, so check back to see if you have been selected.






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Mustafa Bazzi, MI


Handicap- 25 

Current Models- Nike SM 52, Callaway Jaws 56 (older version), Top flight Gamer tour 60

Appealing Aspects- I want nice wedges but I don’t want to spend a lot of money, raw finish, and spin.

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Shane / Bloomfield Hills, MI

Handicap: 2

Current wedges: Bridgestone j40 (Satin Chrome)

what appeals about raw finish: the look and the ability to add spin to shots 

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Chris/Leesburg, VA

Handicap: 8.2

Current Model Wedges Played:  Titleist Vokey SM7

What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge:  Love how it rusts over time.  Gives it some distinction & makes it easier for me to pick the right wedge out of the bag, instead of fumbling thru 5 wedges 😉   "Hey hand me the rusted looking wedge out of my bag."  vs  "Hey can you hand me the wedge that looks like all the other wedges except for the 58 # on top."  LOL 🙂 

WITB:  Do I like Titleist or what? 


Driver:     :titleist-small: TSR3 9* UST MAMIYA LIN-Q BLUE 6F4 - B2 setting

Fairways   :titleist-small: TSi2 HZRDUS Smoke 13.5* A1 setting

Driving Iron:   :titleist-small: U500 17* :Fuji:  Blue Ventus HB Velocore 

Irons   :titleist-small: T200 4 - 7, T100S 8 - PW N.S.Pro Modus Tour 3 105g

Wedges    :vokey-small: SM6 48*, SM9 52*, SM8 56*

Putter    :cameron-small: Newport 2

Ball    :titleist-small:  *ProV1 Left Dot

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Rob Nemec from Pittsburgh,PA

Handicap: 11.7

Current wedges: SM6 in 48, 52, and 58

A raw wedge is appealing to me because I find that the ball feels softer off the face, providing a bit more feel around the green.

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