Thanks to an amazing Shoulder Tap from THP, I will be reviewing 3 amazing Cleveland Wedges: the RTX3, the CBX, and the Launcher HB SW. All 3 models are 56 degrees. I will be testing them during rounds and in practice sessions both at the course and in practice areas. Full swings, half swings, bunker shots, pitch shots, chip shots, you name it, all will be tested. Focus will be on performance, forgiveness, versatility, feel, and everything else I can think of.
The RTX3 is the V-MG, 2 dot, in the black finish, that looks awesome. It has the standard Dynamic Gold shaft in wedge flex.
The new CBX is the 56 degree, with 12 degrees of bounce. It has the Dynamic Gold 115 shaft in wedge flex.
The new Launcher HB SW has a graphite Miyazaki C Kua Graphite Shaft in stiff flex. Very cool blue color shaft.
Very quick info about my short game as its relevant to testing. Current handicap index is 6.1. I would say that I have a fairly good overall short game, the weakest part is probably my bunker game where I can hit some great shots or some awful ones at any given time. I would say that I am a medium-low spin player. I am not a guy who spins wedges backwards very often, more of a hop and stop or a bit of roll out.
So I got these in-hand late Friday night, and had an early morning tee time the next day. I decided I would put the CBX straight in the bag for the round. I hit about 5 full shots with it on the range, and that was the extent of my practice with it before the round. The biggest thing I noticed right away is the ball flight. This wedge launches high. Way higher than a bladed sand wedge. In fact with my first full swing on the range, I think I even said out loud "Woah". Being a guy who doesn't launch the ball overly high generally, this excited me. I handed it to another of my playing partners, told him not to look at it, and just hit it. He had the exact same reaction. He laughed and said man does that thing go high. So I was off to the 1st tee, new CBX in the bag. Will be posting pictures and results of all the shots I used it for in a minute, but a few pictures of the clubs first.
Also, if anyone has any questions, please fire away and I will answer them as soon as possible. Hope everyone enjoys this review.