Cleveland CG15 Wedges Review
Cleveland Golf has been producing fine quality wedges for over 25 years and they have logged over 300 wins on the PGA Tour, including 25 majors. Since they’ve been in business, they’ve sold over seven million wedges. They’re touting the new Cleveland CG15 Wedges as the best performing wedge ever produced.
The Cleveland CG15 wedges are a traditional players shaped wedge similar to their earlier predecessor, the CG12. It’s designed with a patented precision laser milled face texture to maximize surface roughness and spin. Coupled with the zip grooves the CG15 has the best and most effective spin technology ever developed by Cleveland Golf.
The laser milled face on the CG15 wedges is created by using the precision accuracy of a laser to add four perfectly calibrated texture lines between each zip groove exactly to the conforming USGA roughness limit. The additional surface roughness optimizes ball-to-face friction and maximizes spin providing greater control for any wedge shot.
The Cleveland CG15 Zip Grooves are a breakthrough in milling technology that creates the maximum conforming width and depth resulting in 25% bigger grooves with pristine edges. They’re also available in Tour Zip Grooves for those competing at the highest level.
A new feature in the CG15 Wedges is the “S” shaped sole. This sole grind creates a constant sole width from heel to toe, accomplished by adding some material near the heel of the club and removing some material from the toe of the club. The constant sole width increases bunker performance without sacrificing versatility. The narrower toe on the wedge reduces turf contact and drag whilst the wider heel reduces digging and increases forgiveness on open faced shots.
An alternative to the “S” Sole is the DSG (Dynamic Sole Grind). DSG is the removal of material from the back bottom edge of the clubface. This material reduction turns the Cleveland CG15 into a super low bounce wedge and allows players better contact on open faced shots due to the lower leading edge.
Aside from the DSG, there are three bounce options for the Cleveland CG15 Wedges; low, standard and high bounce. The different bounce options are denoted by a series of dots on the clubhead. one dot for low, two dots for standard and three dots for high bounce.
Here’s a pretty good explanation of golf wedge bounce I found on golfequipmentsource.com
Bounce is the angle that is made by the metal built-up on the sole of the club and the front edge of the club. This is known as the golf wedge bounce angle.
Players can use this to their advantage by matching the amount bounce on their wedges to the grass and soil conditions of their home or favorite courses they like to play. They must also match this club set up to their individual styles of swings.
As a general rule of thumb if you play on a course with a harder turf and firmer sand in the traps you should be using wedges with less bounce. The lower amount of bounce will help the clubs leading edge dig down easier into the turf and through the rest of the shot.
On the contrary if you play on a course with softer turf conditions and fluffy sand then you should be using wedges with a little more bounce as this will help prevent the club digging to deeply into the ground thus causing the dreaded fat shot.
In terms of selecting your golf clubs to suit the style of your swing there is also a general rule to follow. Golfers with a steeper or more upright swings will tend to do better with a little more golf wedge bounce because it will prevent their clubs from digging too deep in the ground on the downswing.(also known as “Diggers”) On the other hand those players who have a flatter, more sweeping swing will fare better with wedges with a little less bounce. This will help avoid skidding off the ground with the club and making contact with the middle of the ball. This is otherwise known to golfers as skulling or blading a shot (known as “Sweepers”).
If you aren’t sure which category you fall into there’s a simple way to find out. Just go to your local driving range or practice area and hit a few balls with your higher lofted clubs. Then take a look at your divots and use Mother Nature as your own form of technology. If you’re taking long deep divots this is a sign of a digger. If you’re taking thin shallow or even no divots at all then this is a sign of a sweeper.
Once you recognize your swing type and course conditions it is fairly simple to decide on the amount of golf wedge bounce angle that you need. With this information you or you local pro should be able to fit your wedges perfectly to your game and you’ll be on your way to shooting lower scores.
Cleveland CG15 Wedges offer a variety of loft, bounce and lie combination’s, which are illustrated below.
The CG15′s come in a three finishes, black pearl, satin chrome and oil quenched and retail for $119.99.
For the club review, I received standard bounce 52 and 56 degree wedges and after eight rounds and just as many range sessions, I feel pretty confident in my assessment of the clubs. I hit a variety of shots (both good and bad ) with the Cleveland CG15′s and overall they’re pretty solid wedges. They have a nice soft feel to them and when hit correctly can generate some serious spin.
After playing with these wedges, I can fully appreciate the importance of hitting a wedge with the correct bounce. I have a steeper swing plane and really noticed a difference between my current Eidolon Wedges and the Cleveland CG15′s when it came to hitting from the sand. This is the one area that I had trouble getting consistent performance with. I kept hitting fat shots out of the sand, which, I’m certain you know, is really frustrating.. :) Everywhere else, however, I was pleased with the clubs performance and was able to get the ball to stop pretty much where I wanted it to.
The one negative thing I experienced during this CG15 Wedge Review is that the laser milled clubface scratches very easily. It doesn’t affect the performance of the club, it’s just an aesthetics thing. Now, for me, that’s no big deal, it’s bound to happen sooner or later, so might as well get it out of the way early so you can stop worrying about it. But for reviewing sakes, it’s worth noting that it happened for me on the 1st bucket of range balls I hit.
Overall, I think the Cleveland CG15 wedges are pretty awesome. There’s been a lot of hype about the wedges over the past couple months and I can say for certain, that it’s well deserved.
If you’re in the market for some new scoring sticks, I recommend giving the CG15′s a shot.