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For the average golfer who plays cavity back irons, and more than 80 percent of golfers fall into that category, transitioning to blade-style wedges can pose some challenges. On the flip side, many of the wedges that are now being built to match cavity iron sets don’t have all of the spin technology that players need to perform their best, especially around the green. For that reason, Cleveland decided that it needed to create a premium, cavity back wedge to meet the needs of the masses, and the end result is the new CBX wedge. While CBX wedges have the clean, classic shaping of many of the tour wedges that Cleveland has released through the years, they are packed with technology and forgiveness for the cavity back player. For starters, by using a cavity design as opposed to a blade design, engineers were able to reposition more than 70 grams of weight to the perimeter of the clubhead to maximize forgiveness. Also new with the CBX wedges is their Dual V-Sole, which features a V shape on the sole from front to back to provide exceptional turf interaction as well as a heel-to-toe V Shape that features a wider toe for maximum forgiveness and a more narrow heel for versatility. CBX wedges also feature Cleveland’s Feel Balancing Technology, a design trait that removes weight from the hosel and enables the CG to be positioned less toward the heel and more in line more with the center of the clubface. The result is improved feel at impact and a tighter shot dispersion on full shots. And finally, Rotex Face Technology utilizes Tour Zip Grooves and a milling process that in unison allow players to impart optimal spin on every shot they play. Cleveland’s new CBX wedges, all of which are mid-bounce designs, are available in lofts ranging in two-degree increments from 46 to 60 degrees. They also come stock with the choice of a True Temper Dynamic Gold 115 steel shaft or Cleveland’s lightweight Rotex graphite shaft, both of which have been selected to provide weighting more similar to what cavity back players are typically accustomed to in their irons.
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Golfers of all ability levels. While the new CBX wedges might have been designed with the average player in mind, and it’s true that they will likely benefit that player the most, their clean, compact look combined with the forgiveness and versatility they provide will also make these wedges an attractive option for better players as well. Add in the spin technology and the tight dispersion that the CBX wedges offer on full shots and there’s little doubt that this will be another popular wedge for Cleveland, which has long been an industry leader in this space.
See what TGW staff members had to say after testing the new Cleveland CBX wedges.
Weight has been moved away from the hosel to position the CG more in line with the center of the clubface, which improves feel and tightens shot dispersion.
Provides exceptional turf interaction as well as the versatility needed to play different types of shots around the green.
Tour Zip Grooves are deep and narrow to maximize spin from all lies, while the micro-milling pattern utilized on higher-lofted wedges (54-60 degrees) is angled to optimize spin on shots played with an open clubface.
Enabled 76 grams of weight to be pushed to the perimeter of the clubhead and into a wider sole to increase MOI for improved results on mis-hits.
“Wedges that match iron sets have next to no spin technology and sole designs that are ill-equipped for the demands of the short game. Tour wedges are versatile and spin the ball but are significantly heavier and lack the forgiveness features that most golfers are used to in their irons. The Cleveland CBX combines the spin and versatility of our tour wedges with a cavity back design so golfers get plenty of control and forgiveness.”
John Rae, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf
“The Cleveland engineers deserve a lot of credit. You can see from the back of this wedge and the bottom a little bit thicker sole, the mass, the cavity, all of which are going to make these clubs easier to play, but at address (they have) a really nice shape. The CBX looks outstanding, and it feels great as well.”
Chris Wallace, TGW senior staff writer
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