Bridgestone
Page 1 of 9 1234567 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 123

Thread: The Wedge Test - Review Thread

  1. #1
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts

    The Wedge Test - Review Thread

    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.
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  2. The Following 21 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    dsw1519 (08-21-2017), DufferToo (08-21-2017), hackernation (08-21-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), JB (08-21-2017), KEV (08-21-2017), lazychicken (08-21-2017), lopsta5 (08-21-2017), mesaman777 (08-30-2017), Michigan Slice (08-21-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), RadRob (08-21-2017), Rambler (08-21-2017), rickterp (08-23-2017), russtopher (08-21-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), Sox_Fan (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  3. #2
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    The Wedges



    The shafts




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  4. The Following 14 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    afwcardinal (08-23-2017), captaincaution (08-21-2017), DufferToo (08-21-2017), hackernation (08-21-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), JB (08-21-2017), mesaman777 (08-30-2017), Nappy (08-25-2017), ozzman (08-21-2017), pjleduc (08-21-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  5. #3
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts


    RTX3 at address



    CBX at address



    Launcher HB Sw at address




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  6. The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    afwcardinal (08-23-2017), DufferToo (08-21-2017), hackernation (08-21-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), JB (08-21-2017), Nappy (08-25-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  7. #4
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    So on the course with the CBX, It didnt take long before it made its first appearance.
    On #2, a long par 3, I missed the green and ended up in the bunker. As you can see from the picture, mid-length shot to a narrow part of the green. Had a perfect lie.



    I decided to play this shot with a pretty square face since I needed to carry it a ways. It splashed through the sand perfectly, landed just past the pin and rolled out to about 8 feet as shown. Score 1 for the CBX from the bunker.




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  8. The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    afwcardinal (08-23-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), RNG (08-21-2017), robrandalgz (08-24-2017), russtopher (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  9. #5
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    A few holes later on #7, a brutally long par 4, I found the front right bunker again. A fairly similar shot to the previous one, maybe a few yards further. Again had a perfect lie.
    Here is what I was looking at



    Since the last shot had gone well, I decided to play it the same way, mostly square face, but swing just a touch harder. It came out a bit higher this time, landed about 6 feet short of the pin and ended up here. Yup I'm liking the CBX from the sand.




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  10. The Following 17 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    afwcardinal (08-23-2017), Canio (08-21-2017), hackernation (08-21-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), jdtox (08-21-2017), Kenomikes (08-25-2017), McLovin (08-21-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), Papatortuga (08-21-2017), RNG (08-21-2017), robrandalgz (08-24-2017), russtopher (08-21-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  11. #6
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    A few holes later it was time to see how the CBX did on full swings. I laid up to about 90 yards on a par 5 and had this shot.



    Was playing slightly downwind, put a good swing on it and this was the result. Notice the very short rollout from the pitch mark. The courses greens were very firm and fast. On most courses I think this would have stopped almost immediately. Again a surprisingly high ball flight which I loved.




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  12. The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    afwcardinal (08-23-2017), hackernation (08-21-2017), IceyShanks (08-21-2017), J4U (08-23-2017), mesaman777 (08-30-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), robrandalgz (08-24-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  13. #7
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    So unfortunately for testing purposes, those were the only 3 shots I hit with the CBX during the round. Had my best round of the year and didn't miss many greens. It passed with flying colors. 2 great results from the bunker, which is an area of my game that is not always the best. 1 really good full swing from the fairway. I love the look at address, its big enough to be really confidence inspiring, but not clunky. Loved the high ball flight.

    So after the round I headed over to the range with all 3 of the wedges for full swings. My very quick thoughts on each.

    RTX3: Really nice feel, mid flight. Seemed to the eye to be spinning a lot in the air. Was easy to hit.

    CBX: High ball flight. Still a really nice feel. Seemed to go further than the RTX3. Crazy easy to hit.

    Launcher HB: High ball flight. Was expecting a "harder" feel off the face, but I was wrong. Felt similar to the CBX, not quite as soft as the RTX3.

    A quick fun test that I could do entered my mind. I walked over to the first fairway, and put down 6 balls (all Chrome Softs). I planned to hit 2 shots with each wedge, to see which club went the furthest on full swings, and to get an idea of distance control. Results below.
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  14. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    McLovin (08-21-2017), mesaman777 (08-30-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), OITW (08-21-2017), RNG (08-21-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  15. #8
    Team THP for Life
    mpeterson's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    20,147
    Member
    17872
    Handicap
    9.5
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,172
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    15,639
    Thanked in
    7,421 Posts
    That HB actually looks quite nice at address. Looking forward to seeing how this testing goes.
    Proud member of Team THP in the 2018 Granddaddy with

    Driver: Epic Flash With Custom HZRDUS Smoke
    Fairway: Epic Flash with Tensei Blue 75
    Hybrids: '19 Apex 3h and 4h with Catalyst 70
    Irons: Apex Forged 5-PW w/ Elevate 95
    Wedges: MD4 48-54-58 w/ Modus 105
    Putter: Stroke Lab Three
    Ball: Chrome Soft X

    Thanks to PX and THP for an incredible Handcrafted Experience!

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to mpeterson For This Useful Post:

    Lions81 (08-21-2017)

  17. #9
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    2 shots with the RTX3 (yellow balls), CBX (white ball), Launcher HB (truvis)



    I felt I put a good swing on all 5 shots I hit. Unfortunately had a group come to the first tee so only hit 1 shot with the CBX. Here are the results. The CBX went the furthest, the RTX3 was in the middle, and the HB Sw was the shortest. Really impressed by the distance control of each.




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  18. The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    IceyShanks (08-21-2017), mesaman777 (08-30-2017), Nappy (08-25-2017), obedt (08-21-2017), RNG (08-21-2017), robrandalgz (08-24-2017), shanewu (08-21-2017), Snickerdog (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  19. #10
    #DamageDone
    Sox_Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    South Georgia
    Posts
    36,557
    Member
    9583
    Handicap
    5.2
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    17,375
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    24,784
    Thanked in
    12,216 Posts
    Great initial analysis Lions. The CBX already looks to be a viable option for you judging from the 3 on course shots you showed. Looking forward to your future posts about your testing.
    Driver: GS53 10.5 w/ Helium 5F4
    FWs: GS53 3W & 5W w/ Helium 5F4
    Irons: PTx Pro 4 - PW w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
    Wedges: Equalizer 50, 54, 58 w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
    Putter: BHB03
    Ball: B330-RX / Tour B RX

  20. The Following User Says Thank You to Sox_Fan For This Useful Post:

    Lions81 (08-21-2017)

  21. #11
    Pure Michigan

    jdtox's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    18,016
    Member
    5944
    Handicap
    El Hosel
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    11,705
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    15,818
    Thanked in
    6,904 Posts
    Good stuff so far Damien. I agree with you on the RTX3 the ball does seem to spin a lot in the air. Not sure if its shaft or face related though.
    Morgan Cup 2020 Captain #TeamParadise
    F9 - Masters Edition Camo
    F9 fwy 3/4, 5/6 - Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 70s
    King F9 4i - KBS C-Taper Lite
    King Forged CB/MB Flow Set 5-GW - KBS $-Taper
    King Black Wedges 54V, 58WL


    Newport 2


  22. The Following User Says Thank You to jdtox For This Useful Post:

    Lions81 (08-21-2017)

  23. #12
    #DamageDone
    Sox_Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    South Georgia
    Posts
    36,557
    Member
    9583
    Handicap
    5.2
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    17,375
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    24,784
    Thanked in
    12,216 Posts
    If the CBX had a black finish, or the RTX3 had a white satin finish, don't know that I could tell the 2 models apart at address.
    Driver: GS53 10.5 w/ Helium 5F4
    FWs: GS53 3W & 5W w/ Helium 5F4
    Irons: PTx Pro 4 - PW w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
    Wedges: Equalizer 50, 54, 58 w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
    Putter: BHB03
    Ball: B330-RX / Tour B RX

  24. #13
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Sox Fan View Post
    Great initial analysis Lions. The CBX already looks to be a viable option for you judging from the 3 on course shots you showed. Looking forward to your future posts about your testing.
    Thanks. I was very impressed by it. I am one who always appreciates a higher ball flight, even with wedges, and that was probably the thing that stuck out to me the most so far. That and it somehow made me a better sand player, which is rare for me. A fluke or a common theme? We'll see.
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

  25. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Lions81 For This Useful Post:

    Sox_Fan (08-21-2017), tequila4kapp (08-21-2017)

  26. #14
    Grinder


    #Cookie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    DFW, TX
    Posts
    73,564
    Member
    4430
    Handicap
    11.6
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    18,555
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    33,812
    Thanked in
    13,899 Posts
    Great feedback so far and impressive results with the CBX from the sand.

    I still can't get over how good the HB look....want badly.
    Driver: G400 LST
    Fairway: EX9 Tour 15*
    Hybrids: 816 H1 19* & 23*
    Irons: JPX EZ Forged 5i-GW
    Wedges: CBX 54*/60*

    Putter: Select Newport 2

  27. The Following User Says Thank You to #Cookie For This Useful Post:

    Lions81 (08-21-2017)

  28. #15
    Major Champion

    Lions81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Member
    20738
    Handicap
    GAM 5.9
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3,666
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    10,173
    Thanked in
    3,219 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by mpeterson View Post
    That HB actually looks quite nice at address. Looking forward to seeing how this testing goes.
    I agree. It looks slightly different in the toe area, but the top line is definitely slimmer than I expected it to be.
    In My 2016 Grandaddy Bag
    Driver: Epic Flash
    FW: M4 3HL
    Hybrid: G400
    Irons: Apex 19
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 54S & 58S
    Putter: Black #7S
    Ball: Chrome Soft

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •