“First Impressions” Review – Cleveland Golf CBX 2 FULL-FACE Wedge

In light of my recent press release that focused on the RTX ZIPCORE wedges, I feel that it was appropriate to write a review that I intended to post much sooner than this. Yet, here we are. The product being highlighted here is the Cleveland Golf CBX FULL-FACE wedge. A wedge that was released on Demo Day in January which consequently won the “Top Wedge” category for the 2020 Teezy Awards.

Before continuing. I would like to pose a question. If the majority of golfers use cavity-back irons, why do you use a blade for your wedges? Control, better look at address, or maybe because it’s all that you’ve ever known to do? Perhaps, the last point was because there were no other feasible options being available. Well, maybe the time has come to change your thinking.

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The Set-up

When it comes to the CBX FULL-FACE wedge from Cleveland Golf, there are a few things that we need to look at that makes this design perform.

Firstly, and very important to note is the fact that the CBX FULL-FACE, just by the design of its face alone, offers golfers a larger face area and more versatility on those tricky greenside shots that often plague a golfers scoring ability. How is this accomplished? Well, the larger face allows for the grooves to be extended.

A high-toe design, also allows golfers to get aggressive with their shots because the higher toe profile slides under the golf ball. Have you ever tried to hit a tempermental greenside lob/flop to a short-sided pin, just to watch the shot get flubbed? The CBX FULL-FACE wedge can help counter this “golfer’s malaise”. Also, the Cleveland Golf CBX FULL-FACE “delivers a unique half-cavity design with a cavity near the heel and solid muscle back on the toe, which pushes the center of gravity away from the heel and closer in line with strike patterns for improved consistency and feel”.

Rounding out some of the tech points about this wedge offering from Cleveland Golf is the “Rotex FULL-FACE”. Rotex Milling, Laser Milling, and the Zip Grooves that you’ve come to expect from Cleveland Golf cover every sliver of the face. Resulting in maximim versatility and maximum spin rates.

Finally, the CBX FULL-FACE features what Cleveland Golf calls its “Low C-Shaped Sole”. Optimized for open face shots (flops, lobs, and bunker shots) FULL-FACE offers Cleveland Golf’s  lowest Cleveland CBX grind to date. The grind is C-Shaped to provide relief on the heel and toe.

 

The Transition

I’d like to say that the CBX FULL-FACE won it’s category solely on the fact that they were the only wedge manufacturer that allowed you to test all facets of the short-game. But, that simply wouldn’t be true. Did it help them? Yes, it might have contributed a little bit because, I was able to see what these wedges could do in “real-world applications”. Pitching, chipping, bunker shots… Everything! An advantage over many others in the category.

Aesthetically speaking, the CBX FULL-FACE wedge is a nice-looking wedge. While it may not be a classic forged blade, the “Gun Smoke-ish” finish I found to be eye-pleasing. If there’s a knock, it’s that this is the only finish. For me, I really like the finish. The heel to toe length appears to be longer than some but, it’s a small price to pay for the forgiveness and the “groovy face” of this wedge. Speaking of the face, I actually was pretty enamored with the face at first glance. I think much of that has to do with all of the grooves and the height of the toe.

Initially, I had fun chipping with the 56º model. Just working on chips, and I have to be honest. I was very impressed with how this wedge performed. Intentionally, I hit a couple of shots fat and the forgiveness was on full display. Even these misses provided excellent results, and these were results that I know would not have been possible with other wedges. Also, the spin characteristics were on full display as golf balls (Srixon Q Star Tour) routinely checked up. But then, I decided to switch things up and have some serious fun. I put the 64º wedge into my hands. Until now, the most loft that I’ve ever tried was a 60º, regardless of who the manufacturer was.

The 64º CBX FULL-FACE was a blast. It provided me the most fun that I’ve ever had around a green. Flops were easy to execute, even from the tight lies of the dormant grass that layed greenside. Greenside pitches stopped on a dime. And then there were the bunker shots. The traps at Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge contain sand that is very “soft and fluffy’ in nature. Just thinking about those bunker shots with the CBX FULL-FACE wedge brings a smile to my face. Into the wind, my shots came out of the sand with ease and shots to a tough short-sided pin saw fantastic results. I didn’t mind chewing on a little grit from the blowback to get those type of results.

Forgiveness-wise. I’ll keep this talking point short and sweet. These are without a doubt the most forgiving wedges that I’ve had the pleasure of swinging.

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The Finish

The CBX FULL-FACE wedges were very much deserving of the Gold Medal in the Teezy Award voting. There isn’t anything that these wedges can’t do to help golfers and their short game regardless of what your handicap might be.

The wedges look smart, feel great through impact, and impart boatloads of spin. Of course, this latter point depends on your ability to hit down on the ball. But, say you hit one a little thin or fat, you’ll see satisfactory results. I highly recommend these wedges to anybody looking to add some help to their golf bag on the low-end.

The CBX FULL-FACE wedges come in only one finish and only in four lofts. These lofts are 56º, 58º, 60º, and 64º respectively. All models have 10º of bounce and remember, bounce is your friend. Shafts offered are in both steel (True Temper Dynamic Gold 115 in Wedge Flex) and Graphite (Rotex Precision Wedge Flex).

For a more in-depth look at these wedges wedges from Cleveland Golf, please visit the Cleveland Golf website.

 

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SIK Putters Staff Professional Bryson DeChambeau captures Top 5 Finish at Genesis Invitational and WGC – Mexico Championship

Say what you will. Love him or hate him, Bryson DeChambeau has had consecutive Top-5 finishes two weeks in a row. DeChambeau finished with a share of 5th Place at the Genesis Open and this week lost by one at the WGC-Mexico Championship. SIK Putters playing a vital role.

Thanks to Joe Wieczorek from The Media Group for sharing this release. Please read for more details on putters from SIK Golf (Study In Kinematics).

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PINELLAS PARK, FL) – SIK Golf, (S)TUDY (I)N (K)INEMATICS, announced today that PGA Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, captured a T-5th Place Finish on the PGA Tour this past weekend at The Genesis Invitational held at the Riviera Country Club in Palisades, CA.

Bryson DeChambeau, commonly referred to as “The Professor” and “The Mad Scientist”, is probably best known for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length, but what most people don’t know is that he’s captured all five of his PGA TOUR victories, and in excess of $14 Million Dollars in earnings, using a SIK putter!
DeChambeau fired rounds of 68, 70, 69 and 69 to finish at 8 under par for the tournament and grab his second Top 10 of the 2020 season as well as a paycheck for $318,990.00. He is currently ranked 16th in The Official World Golf Rankings.
“We’d like to congratulate Bryson on his Top 5 at The Genesis Invitational,” said, SIK Golf’s COO, Marc Cerio. “Bryson found out about SIK’s Descending Loft Technology in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. When he saw the data on the Quintic Ball Roll System with a SIK putter in his hands, he was instantly hooked. We’re very proud to have him on our Staff and we’re excited to see what the rest of the 2020 season holds for him.”
About SIK Golf’s Descending Loft Technology™
Descending Loft Technology™ is SIK Golf’s patented putter face technology. They have four flat surfaces that are milled into their putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.
The DLT planar face is superiorly unique amongst its’ peers. Custom putters from SIK Golf not only ensure individualization, they truly “Change the Way You Roll”. It is a literal game-changer for players and duffers alike.
SIK Golf’s mission is to make you a better putter, not just sell you one.

For more information about SIK Golf, visit www.sikgolf.com.

“First Impressions” Review – AXIS 1 Golf Tour-S Putter

Have you heard of AXiS1 Golf? If not, I’m really hoping that by the end of this article, you will have heard of them and you’ll give their putters a look. I’d like to extend many thanks to Phil Long for giving me the opportunity to test and review the Tour-S putter from AXiS1 Golf.

Mr. Long is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for AXiS1 Golf.

 

The Set-Up

For golfers not familiar with AXiS1 Golf, it is a golf equipment manufacturer that produces putters that are “torque-free” and perfectly balanced. How do they achieve this feat? More on that later.

AXiS1 Golf putters are the brain-child of inventor Luis Pedraza. Launched in 2009, AXiS1 Golf was in the news in a big-time way last year when they announced that current OWGR World #10  Justin Rose had signed with them. Fun fact. Rose has been playing AXiS1 putters since 2019.

What makes AXiS1 Golf putters unique is something that I already touched on. They produce torque-free, perfectly balanced putters. Moreover, unlike most putters on the market they don’t naturally open up, instead, the face of the putter remains square through and post-impact. Thus allowing golfers to make strokes that hold their line better.

How? Luis Pedraza accomplished marvel of golf engineering by “pushing the weight forward with a patented heel counterweight that, for the very first time, places the center of gravity right on the center of the striking face and perfectly aligned with the axis of the shaft”.

When it comes specifically to the Tour-S putter here are some of the details. The head weighs 350 grams and is completely CNC-milled from 304 Stainless Steel. Each Tour-S putter is individually balanced. Lastly, there is a stainless steel weight screw in the toe for counter-balancing purposes.

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The Transition

I was really excited to receive this putter for testing as I’ve been admiring AXiS1 Golf putters for some time. The first and last time that I saw putters from AXiS1 Golf was at the PGA Show a few years ago. On that occasion, I remember walking by their booth and I noticed the putters. Honestly, it was the shape or design that caught my eye. I meant to double-back to their booth but, I ran out of time. So I was happy to receive this “mulligan”.

 

Upon receiving my parcel from AXiS1, I was like a kid, I was consumed by excitement. So next came the unboxing. When I opened the box, the first thing that I noticed was the headcover. It’s a vivid blue (Cobalt blue maybe) and the contrasting yellow stitching really stuck out. Often, when it comes to equipment, you can tell a lot about the quality just by looking at a headcover. The headcover is very-well constructed, with a very stout velcro enclosure. I really liked the “pebble-grain” finish of the leather. The deep-etched Lamkin Grip is a perfect match.

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Removing the plastic from the head I got my first look at the head of the Tour-S. The head itself is gorgeous and it is a blade-style of a putter. I love the milling of the face. It’s sharp, and it looks quite exquisite. The rear-portion of the Tour-S is pretty clean with the branding being visible on the rear-side and a simple alignment aid.

The front of the face is where all of the magic happens with putters from AXiS1. The hosel is set in front of the face which aids in placing the center of gravity exactly in the center of the face and in-line with the axis of the shaft. Coupled with the counterweight in the toe you have a putter that is balanced and has a sweet spot like no other. 

One of the concerns that I had with the aesthetics of the design was how the Tour-S would look in the address position. There is no reason to be concerned. The very first time I put it down in front of me and behind a golf ball, I didn’t see it. Thus, in my opinion, the design is not “off-putting” (for me). I found the optics of the Tour-S interesting. The head almost seems bigger than it is, and it feels like you cannot miss the sweet spot. So it also translates into building confidence.

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The Tour-S putter might be one of (if not) the best rolling putter that I’ve tried. The golf ball feels so good off of the face. There seems to be “no skid” and the distance control with the Tour-S has been very good. I’ve rolled putts in a variety of places and on different surfaces. From the day I unboxed the Tour-S on an indoor green at “The Dome” (Harris Hill, NY), on the practice green at the YMCA Par 3 in Lakeland (Florida) where I did a lot of testing with it, and during a round of golf at Southport Springs Golf Club in Zephyrhills, FL. The results were the same, a great feeling putter that provides excellent distance control.

Off-center putts. Putts struck along the periphery of the Tour-S (heel and toe) resulted in no twisting at impact. Putts remained on-line and make no mistake. This is a forgiving putter design. It’s no wonder Justin Rose has seen the best putting stats during his career since switching to AXiS1 Golf.

Rose set career bests in Total Putting (13th), Putting Avg. (5th), Overall Putting Avg. (3rd), One-Putt Pct (3rd) and 3-Putting Avoidance (8th)  – As per a press release from AXiS1 Golf

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The Finish

If you’re looking for a putter that might genuinely help you make more putts, you may want to have a look into putters from AXiS1 Golf. The Tour-S has performed great through testing. A consistent roll and a solid-feeling strike every time. The stability through impact leads to predictable distance control. No twisting on strokes off of the heel or toe whether the stroke was manipulated or not. The Tour-S putter is a winner.

The Tour-S has a retail of $399.99 USD. For more information, please visit AXiS1 Golf.

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Lilly Pulitzer Launches Honda Classic Capsule

It’s Valentine’s Day. A day of love. When you love someone or something it means that you care.

Lilly Pulitzer. This was a booth that stood out in my mind from the 2020 PGA Show. Even though I didn’t stop I vividly recollect the bright, cheerful colours and the neon signage that lit up the booth.

Lilly Pulitzer is an apparel brand, that offers men and women’s golf apparel and more. Recently, Lilly Pulitzer introduced the “Honda Classic Capsule” which is offered in 13 different styles. The prints have a variety of images incorporated into them including palm trees, golf clubs, and a golf course. Everything that you might think of when you think of SoFLA golf.

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Most notably, Lilly Pulitzer is donating $51,000 towards “Honda Classic Cares”. An organization that “supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders”. If you’re planning on attending the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens please visit their “pop-up” shop that Lily Pulitzer will be setting up.

For more details, please see the press release below as shared by Tatum Murray of Allison Brod Marketing + Communications.

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Lilly Pulitzer launched its latest Print with Purpose – the Honda Classic Capsule Collection.This year’s Honda Classic print is available in over 13 best-selling styles and golf necessities for women and men and features the iconic Honda Classic golf course – complete with golf clubs, palm trees and the rolling Florida green golf course.

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Whimsical and sporty all at once, this collection is for the first time golfer or the golfing pro and of course, the golfing spectators. With this Print with Purpose, Lilly Pulitzer is supporting Honda Classic Cares with a donation of $51,000 toward the organization. Honda Classic Cares supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. Last year, the Honda Classic Tournament raised over $5.1 million dollars which supported over 75,000 children in need.

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Are you planning to attend this year’s Honda Classic Tournament in Palm Beach from February 24th – March 1st? We would love to have you join us at the Lilly Pulitzer Pop-Up tent – a colorful cabana complete with a bar, curated pop-up shop, interactive photo booth and prime viewing opportunities of the 10th green and 9th tee. Let us know if you’re attending the tournament and are interested in stopping by!

 

 

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Knuth Golf’s Introduction Of New High Heat 257+ TGS Metalwoods At PGA Show A Big Success

I won’t lie. The Knuth Golf High Heat 257+ TGS hybrid was very impressive at this year’s 2020 PGA Show Demo Day. Prior to this year, I had never made swings with their products. While the 3 fairway metal was solid, I was very impressed with the hybrid. There will be a “First Impressions’ review posted at a later date. The High Heat 257+ TGS hybrid emerged as a “Hidden Gem”. It might have been the most abused piece of golf equipment at the Demo Day as well.

For more details on the success of the 257+ TGS metalwoods and their PGA Show week please see the full release below shared by Jen Dixon from the Jamison Golf Group.

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BONITA, CA (February 6, 2020) — Knuth Golf introduced a new model to its award-winning line of High Heat 257+ metalwoods, the High Heat 257+ TGS to the golf industry at the recent PGA Merchandise Show, and the response can be summed up in one word:

Amazing.

The High Heat 257+ TGS features the novel Turf Glider Sole Technology (“TGS”) on the sole of the fairway woods 3, 5, and 7 and hybrids  # 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It is designed to make it easier for amateurs to get the ball airborne for significantly more distance, even from challenging lies and divots.

Tony Leodora of award-winning Traveling Golfer TV Show named the High Heat 257+ TGS to his annual “Tony’s Top 10” list from the PGA Show.

“The best fairway woods and hybrids for the amateur golfer just got better,” said Leodora. “The addition of the new Turf Glider Sole technology virtually eliminates the possibility of hitting a ‘fat’ shot.”

Others were just as impressed.

“I saw golfers hit the High Heat 3 wood and 3 rescue clubs with its Turf Glider Sole technology which is one the latest and best technologies that really works.  You cannot hit fat shots. So if you have trouble hitting off the turf they will dig down into the ground and put you on the green every time, which is why High Heat was one of the hottest new products at the PGA show.”  – Jim Kelly, Jim Kelly’s 19th Hole

“I attended the PGA Demo day and visited Knuth Golf which has offered better technology for amateurs. This year it offered a Turf Glider Sole that is constructed so that it glides across the turf instead of digging into it behind the ball. This helps eliminate those distance-robbing “fat” shots endemic to higher handicappers.” – Gary D’Amato, WisconsinGolf.com

“High Heat’s new 2020 metalwoods with its Turf Glider Sole technology performs as advertised. I tried but could not dig it, and it is much easier to hit out of rough than any of other metalwoods including those with a rail system. This technology is amazing and will definitely help amateurs reduce their scores.” – Kay McMahan, Hall of Fame PGA and LPGA Teaching Pro 

With Turf Glider Sole Technology:
• You cannot “dig” these fairway woods even if you try, so no more “fat” shots.
• Your fairway woods and hybrids glide easily through difficult fairway conditions or the rough without significant loss of distance.
• Your hybrids will easily glide through a divot.
• You can even hit from fairway bunkers with significantly more distance.

The High Heat 257+ TGS metalwoods also feature technology from the company’s previous award-winning models that consistently receive rave reviews from media, instructors and customers:
• A center of gravity lower and deeper than major brands for consistently high ball flights with more distance and accuracy.
• Its novel 3-Trampoline Technology takes advantage of a USGA Equipment Rule allowing for the first time trampoline values higher than the center of the face’s limit of 257 for more distance on off-center hits where amateurs need it most. High Heat 257+ is the only brand that has this capability and is why it was named “the most significant new technology for amateurs in the past 25 years.”

Customer comments continue to pour in.

“With your Turf Glider 3 wood I have improved my distance by approximately 10%. I also use it more even in the rough and am hitting greens more consistently. Love the club.” —Richard Lemmey, Australia.

“I love what your new 3 wood brings to my game. It performs beautifully out of all the conditions I have played, including the rough and will fly about 210-220 consistently. Your 3 and 4 hybrids give me 180-200 yards and they get out of the rough so easily. I can also shape my shots rather easily with these clubs. Not bad for a 78 year old golfer.” —Dale Sanderson, CO.

For more information on Knuth Golf, visit www.HighHeatGolf.com or call Co-Founder Steve Trattner at 410-353-0446.

ABOUT KNUTH GOLF

Dean Knuth, a former USGA Senior Director, designed High Heat metalwoods specifically with amateurs in mind. Amateur golfers need clubs that use nearly 50 grams of discretionary weight to optimize their much different performance needs compared to Tour pros with 115+ mph swing speeds who consistently hit on or very near the center of the face. Knuth was awarded Golf Inc. magazine’s “Top Innovator” award for innovation of golf clubs in 2016.

Steve Trattner, a former intellectual property attorney for the United States Golf Association, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst for over 20 years shares Dean’s passion of helping amateur golfers enjoy the game they love.

Knuth Golf’s High Heat driver, fairway woods and hybrids have been named the “Best” in their class by several major golf media every year since they were first launched. High Heat products have also won the prestigious ING Industry Honors award for Product Ingenuity for each of its first High Heat models clubs, and then last year for its entire High Heat 257+ line of clubs with its novel 3-Trampoline Technology.