Cleveland Golf has long been known as the leader in wedges in the golf industry. Their classic 588 wedges have been, and continue to be, probably the most well-known wedge in the game. Cleveland actually does itself a disservice, in that the wedges they come out with are generally so good, people often don’t see the need to upgrade unless their current set is worn out. Being my 900 Gunmetals had seen better days, it was time to explore some new wedge options. The logical choice seemed to be stepping up to Cleveland’s newest wedges- the CG10.
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I put a set of the standard bounce “two dot” satin CG10’s into my bag in 52, 56, and 60 degree lofts. Cleveland went to their “dot” system of fitting with the CG10’s; I believe in order to simplify the decision-making process. I must say I wish somewhere on the wedge they would include the degrees of bounce the wedge has. Most every manufacturer does it that way, so Cleveland is, at least, unique in their approach. A quick trip to their website will provide you with the two dot bounce information (52-10, 56-16, and 60-12.) There are also Low Bounce, represented by one “Dot,” and High Bounce, represented by three “Dots.” I was a little concerned about the amount of bounce listed for the CG-10’s, but I found they seem to feel like they have less bounce than they actually do. At no time did I find myself worrying about the clubhead “skipping” off the turf into the ball. The 60 degree wedge was easy to open up and flop despite the relatively high amount of bounce. The bounce on the 52, 56 and 60 degree felt perfect from the sand as well. I find various sand conditions at the courses I play, and they handled both wetter sand and dry sand admirably.
Around the greens, the CG10’s were an instant hit. Very quickly, I found myself trying to hole out my chips, not just get them close. The Carbon Metal Matrix (or “CMM”) material provides a soft, cushioned impact with the ball. It was as though there was latency with the ball “riding” on the clubface, unlike any wedge I had played previously. I especially enjoyed chipping with the 52 degree. This “latency” phenomenon was very apparent from the fairway as well. I almost felt like I was “steering” the ball toward the pin. The impact is not as vibrant and lively as a forging, but for the purposes of a wedge, it is perfect. The delayed feeling of the ball leaving the clubface is a thing of beauty. Much like with my chip shots, I found myself going after pins just a little more on my full shots, not just trying to get it on the green. The distances were predictable and exactly as long as I would expect for the given lofts.
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From the sand, the CG10 wedges were very easy to get acclimated to. They were easy to open up and traveled through the sand brilliantly. The weight of the heads is substantial feeling, without feeling too heavy, and makes them feel like they will easily extract the ball from the bunker. I found the 60 degree was a joy for the occasional times I had short-sided myself in a bunker (ha-ha) and needed to get the ball out high and soft. There was enough bounce to keep it from digging into the sand excessively. The distance control I found with the chipping and full shots could be found with the sand play performance as well.
The grooves don’t look especially aggressive on the CG10’s, but I didn’t have any difficulties creating some nice spin on the greens with them on approach shots and shorter chips. I had one memorable shot where I spun the ball back across the hole from 100 yards out. It came back a good 12 feet and my playing partners definitely took notice.
The fit and finish of the CG10’s is top notch, as it should be. The satin finish is tasteful and does not cause excessive glare like a chrome finish. It also shows off the “grain” of the metal nicely. The sandblasted scoring area does seem to wear off fairly quickly, but that does not seem to affect the performance in any way. The CG10’s are finished with Dynamic Gold wedge flex shafts and a proprietary Cleveland rubber “Tour Velvet” style grip. The grip was my only real point of contention with the CG10’s. It had a very slick feeling to it, and felt more like plastic than rubber. The CG10 is at the top of the wedge price scale, and it would be nice if the grip was a true Tour Velvet with Cleveland logo at minimum. Replacing the grips makes for an additional expense that should not be necessary, although grips are a subjective matter, and not everyone would agree.
Cleveland continues their dominance of the wedge game with the CG10’s. Their Carbon Metal Matrix material is excellent for wedges, and I enjoyed it even more than when I reviewed their CG4 Tour irons. The feeling of being able to “steer” the ball at the target with the CG10’s is really without rival. The CG10’s seem to do everything well, and display Cleveland’s experience in the wedge game quite evidently. Again, if you have been playing Cleveland wedges for a number of years, you may already be very happy with your wedges. But, wedges wear out, and the CG10’s take the level of performance up to the next notch. Much like the name would imply, I give the Cleveland CG10’s a “ten out of ten” score. Pick up a set and fire away. It’s “Pin-hunting” season!