The wedge of choice of Shane Lowry, Cleveland have unveiled the latest of its long line of best in class wedges.
For several generations of wedges, Cleveland has added surface-roughening treatments in the form of laser-etched microgrooves. Now with the RTX 6 ZipCore, Cleveland designers are combining a face-blasting treatment and different laser-etching patterns based on each club’s loft to help create more friction. Between the main grooves in the 46- and 48-degree wedges is an open pattern of lines because these clubs are usually hit from the fairway on full-swing approach shots.
By combining the new HydraZip face, UltiZip grooves, and upgraded ZipCore technologies, players can enjoy controlled spin from any lie.
“The RTX 6 ZipCore wedge may have the classic look on the outside, but inside it’s packed with three technological breakthroughs that give the advantage to the golfer and not the conditions,” says Joe Miller, product expert at Cleveland Golf Europe.
What is HydraZip?
A technology that uses dynamic face blasts and laser lines to maximise friction for improved spin consistency in dry and wet conditions. R&D testing showed 43% more spin in wet conditions with the RTX 6 ZipCore than the previous generation.
Just as crucial as spin in wet or dry conditions is consistency. ZipCore, a unique, low-density core is designed to expand the sweet spot and upgrade MOI for ultimate forgiveness, while pushing the Center of Gravity (CG) directly behind the impact zone, helping players find more consistent performance. Meanwhile, by adding High/Low and Heel/Toe MOI into every loft in the line, golfers can benefit from increased spin, distance, and control.
The RTX 6 ZipCore features UltiZip technology, assisting golfers in cutting through debris more consistently. These grooves are sharper, deeper, and tightly spaced for enhanced spin, control, and consistency.
“All the work put into this wedge, we really focused on finding the perfect balance of versatility and consistency,” Joe Miller said. “UltiZip is a notable example. Without grooves you don’t have a wedge, so we equipped the RTX 6 ZipCore with our sharpest groove radii ever, imparting more spin and control, and now golfers won’t have to worry how their wedge is going to react in certain conditions, they’ll know.”
The RTX 6 ZipCore wedge has four different sole grinds with a variety of lofts that are developed for green side creativity. LOW, MID, and FULL grind options are all available, but new for 2023 is the LOW+ grind featured on sand wedge lofts. This option offers two degrees more bounce in a C-Shaped sole, creating an extra bounce in bunkers.
The new RTX 6 ZipCore Wedges have four versatile sole grinds:
LOW: Available in 58-60 degrees
LOW+: Available in 54-56 degrees
MID: Available in 46-60 degrees
FULL: Available in 54-60 degrees
The RTX 6 ZipCore will be available mon March 17th in a Tour Satin finish with additional finishes coming later this year. The RTX 6 ZipCore is equipped with the Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue shaft and Lamkin Crossline 360 grip and will be available for an RRP of €189 Steel shaft or Graphite shaft for €199.