The hallmarks of strong wedge play are consistency and control. With Cleveland's RTX-3, you can expect that kind of quality performance from almost any kind of lie. The location of the club's center of gravity (CG) is closer to the middle of the face than in previous models -- it's 4 mm from dead center, whereas the CG was much more toward the heel in the 588 RTX 2.0.
Moving the CG sounds simple, but it's no easy feat. How'd they do it? By thinning and shortening the hosel, which saved a total of 9 grams. Pushing that extra weight to the toe and rear of the head means greater head stability, more consistent spin and tighter dispersion. And this means you'll be shooting lower scores a lot more often.
Also, a new V-shaped sole has more bounce along the leading edge to help the head slip through turf faster. The V-sole design comes in three grinds: the narrow-soled V-LG has low bounce for firm conditions and players with a shallow attack angle; the V-MG offers mid bounce for a broad range of players and course conditions; and the wide-soled V-FG has full (or high) bounce for soft conditions and a steeper attack angle. The V transition is closest to the leading edge in the low bounce (one dot) option and farthest back in the full bounce (three dots).
In addition, Tour Zip U-grooves, which are deeper and narrower than in the 588 RTX 2.0, help boost spin on full and partial shots. Two more face treatments also increase friction at contact. Laser-milled micro-grooves combine with an updated mill pattern across the face -- the 46° to 52° lofts have a straighter pattern for full shots, while a more angled pattern in the 54° to 64° matches the swing path on open-face shots.
The cast RTX-3 comes in a blade (made from 8620 carbon steel) and a cavity back (431 stainless steel) in three finishes: Black Satin, Tour Satin and Tour Raw. Previously, the raw (unfinished) heads were available as custom orders only. $130; in stores September 16.