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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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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  -  MCoz

Handicap  -     + 0.5

Current Model Wedges Played -   Cleveland RX4 SW , TaylorMade Hi Toe 60* (Tour head, raw face)

What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge  - The possibility of a little more grip and spin 

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


In the bag: Playing --- TaylorMade  STEALTH Plus 9.0 driver w/Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6S. 3wd TM SIM (set @ 16*) with Fuji Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7S. 5 wd TM SIM w/Fujikura Speeder 857TR-S (Japan made) (set @18.5*). HyBrids-Cleveland Hi-Bore #1 (16* plays like 2-Iron) W/Fuji-S Tipped 1/2"., SIM-2 Max #3* with Ventus HB Velocore 8-S,  SIM Max #4 (set @ 21.5* w/ Fuji Atmos HB Black Tour Spec 9S,  Irons TM P770 4-8i, TM P7MC 9i & PW all w/Fuji Pro 95i-S. SW Cleveland RTX-4 52/10 bent to-to 53/11* w/Dynamic Gold TOUR Issue S-400, LW- TM Hi-Toe 58 Modified-grind bent to 59* w/Black Dynamic Gold 105 S300, Putter-- BOBBY GRACE Night&Day-Custom, "M.Coz-Bandsaw Prototype". Ball TaylorMade 2021 TP5X.
 Alternates in the 5wd, Hybrids depending on what part of the country, course, climate, and conditions.e M.Coz variation.


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Brett/Hudson, Maine


Cleveland 588 51*
TaylorMade Rac 56* 12* bounce 

TaylorMade Rac 60* 7* bounce


Having never played a raw club of any kind it would be great to test these out to see playing differences. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all!

Nike Dymo 10.5 

Cleveland HiBore 18 hybrid

MacGregor 1025M 4-PW

Cleveland 588 51 gap wedge 

Taylor Made 56&60 wedges

Odyssey White Hot Rossi 2

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Andrew (Amesbury, MA)

7.6 handicap 

Current wedges played: Cleveland rtx4 tour satin 50,54,58

Appeal of RAW wedge: the concept of rust equating to more spin... never tried any raw clubs and I would be curious to see if I noticed a difference on spin on all types of shots 

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Hoffman Estates, IL

15 hcp 

Currently playing Cleveland 588 RTX

Love the clean look without having the glare. And of course, the spin 

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Ryan / Tallahassee, Florida


Cleveland RTX4 Tour Raw 50*/10, 54*/10, 56*/6 low, and 46* Titleist Vokey SM4 brushed finish

I've been playing golf (semi-heavily) now for about 2 years and am by no means an expert. My first set of wedges were a set of hand-me-down, chromed out Adams Golf wedges and was instantly not a fan. I upgraded to the RTX4 Tour Raws for one of my first big golf club investments and have loved them so far. The rusted finish, for me, has been a huge confidence booster. The darker finish contrasted with the stark white ball zeros in my focus when taking short/long shots around the greens. Also, I've noticed that the finish helps to hide minor blemishes in the face from continued use. An additional awesome but strange aspect that I love about the raw finish is the actual texture of the wedge head. I hope I'm not alone on this, but I enjoy becoming familiar with my clubs and holding them by the head prior to taking shots. The tactile texture of the finish is immensely different than the polished/brushed faces such that it feels warmer and softer to the touch versus other irons/wedge I've used. The 'feel' of the metal's texture is definitely a psychological thing for me, but it adds to the confidence boosting nature of the raw wedges.

Hope to be considered for testing the new wedges! Would love to get that Titleist out of my bag :)



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Reuben/Albuquerque, NM

Handicap: 20.1

Ben Hogan Copper 56 & Ping Red Dot Wedges

The Zipcore Raw Wedge is super appealing because; 1.) The style looks really awesome!  2.) I feel that the finish allows more accuracy compared to others and this would allow for a better feel on the approach shoots and around the greens. 

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Darien, CT

Handicap: 4

Vokey SM7’s


:ping-small: G400 Driver 10.5* Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK Pro 60 Stiff

:ping-small: G400 Fwy 16.5* Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK Pro 70 Stiff

:titelist-small: 818 H1 Hybrids 20* & 24* Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 80 Stiff

:titelist-small: TMB Irons 5 - 9 Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 105 Stiff

:titelist-small: Volkey SM-7 Wedges Black 50* & 54*

:callaway-small: Mack Daddy PM Grind Black 60*

:cameron-small: Select Newport 34"

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Kyle / Tallahassee, FL


Cleveland CBX2 50, 54, 58

I’ve used raw once and enjoyed the spin and less glare, the CBX2 are great but would love to get some more spin than what they give me

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First Name/City State - Martin / Oakland, CA

Handicap - 2.2

Current Model Wedges Played - Vokey SM5 with KBS 610 stiff; 50, 54, 60 deg

What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge - Looks super "player", uber stylish. Curious if rust changes spin characteristics? Played 588 BeCus growing up as a jr golfer, would love to give some Clevelands a whirl again 

  • :callaway-small:   Mavrik SZ 9 Deg (Fujikura Ventus Black 6x)
  • :titelist-small:   TS3 3w 15 Deg (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7x)
  • :taylormade-small:   SIM DHY Utility 2 Iron 17 Deg (Mitsubishi Diamana Thump 90S tipped 1/2")
  • :mizuno-small:   JPX 900 Tour 4-PW (KBS C-Taper 120)
  • :titelist-small:   Vokey SM5 50/54/60 (KBS C-Taper 120 / KBS 610)
  • :taylormade-small:   Spider X Chalk; 33.5"

       ...... for now!

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Scott/Avon, IN


Cleveland RTX 3 52 Mid Bounce Tour Satin

Cleveland RTX 4 56 Mid Bounce Tour Satin

I have always wanted to try out a Raw wedge that rusts, but haven't wanted to need to replace a wedge that often. Would be interested to see the difference in spin and stopping power as the face continues to rust.


I'm from Indianapolis, IN now living in Avon, I'm about a 12 handicap and have been playing for about 25 years-ish. I played in High School, but didn't take it too seriously, wishing I had now, lol. Now with 2 young kids, I get to play about once a week, and try to hit the range one other time a week. I'm kind of obsessed again right now and just want to improve, bought my irons in August after playing TM Burners for 10+ years, I have the P770's on order, got to use the Golf Galaxy 90 day play to return the 790's and get the 770's and they let me keep them until the 770's come in, though I don't think they thought it would be November before that happened😄 Have downloaded the 18 Birdies app, and have really enjoyed both the GPS and online instruction tools. Love listening to NPG and reading all of the reviews. 

Driver: Callaway Diablo Octane 9 Deg, with a Project X 6.0 Stiff Flex Shaft

3 Wood: Callaway Diablo Octane 15 Deg, with a Stiff Flex Shaft

TaylorMade Driving Iron: Hazardous Smoke Yellow Still Flex Shaft

Irons 3-PW: 2019 TaylorMade P790 Project X 6.5

Cleveland RTX 3: 52 Deg Mid Bounce S400 Shaft

Cleveland RTX 4: 56 Deg Mid Bounce S400 Shaft

Odyssey O Works #9 Putter Super Stoke Grip

Titleist Pro V1, because a course near me sells them in mint condition used for $30 a dozen. Also really enjoyed the Snell MTB Black golf ball.


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