Scoring Gear: Cleveland RTX4 Wedges / Srixon Z-Star Golf Balls PDF Print E-mail

 

Cleveland wedges and Srixon Z-Star golf balls. It's a pairing that just fits

like Bacon & eggs, peanut butter & jelly and of course wedges & spin. Very

few brands in the industry are in this rarified air. Cleveland wedges have

been a staple of the best players in the world for decades, and the new

RTX 4 has only bolstered Cleveland's shortgame presence on worldwide

tours. Paired with the latest Srixon Z-Star tour ball makes for a serious rival

to the industry leading Titleist Pro V1 and Vokey (SM7) wedges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two things stood out to us when we met with the Cleveland/Srixon team

in January at the PGA Show - first, these shortgame sticks looked so damn

good in all of the 3 different finishes (Tour Satin, Black Satin, and Tour Raw),

I wanted a set right immediately. Secondly, the choices of grinds and bounce

options means there is a wedge for every type of player and turf condition.

Specifically, four distinct sole grinds that allow you to customize your set,

brilliant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondly, the choices of grinds and bounce options means there is a wedge

for every type of player and turf condition. Specifically, four distinct sole

grinds that allow you to customize your set, brilliant.

 

 

 

 


 

 

4th generation Rotex Face provides sharper Tour Zip grooves for max spin

in every condition for precise accuracy and distance control. A more durable

laser milling pushed right to the conforming edge is inline with most players

strike pattern - increasing spin stopping action on all types of shortgame shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV, hard to believe that 2019 marks the sixth

generation of the brand's premium tour ball line. Both Z-Star and Z-Star XV

feature 4th generation Spin Skin (w/SeRM) and a new FastLayer core. Z-Star

offers a mid compression 3-piece construction providing performance validated

on professional tours around the world. 338 dimple urethane cover with a 90

compression. Z-Star XV offers the same tour proven performance in a 4-piece

ball at 102 compression also featuring a 338 dimple urethane cover. Both balls

come in choice of Pure White or Tour Yellow.

 

 

 

 


 

Testing:

The great thing about Cleveland/Srixon's line is the plethora of different

choices for what best fits you and your game. After testing both tour

golf balls my choice was the softer feeling Z-Star. I'll sacrifice a yard

or two for a softer feel with the wedges and putter. During on course

testing I noticed almost no difference in distance of the tee, and no

more than two to three yards of carry distance off the irons. Around

the greens is where I place the highest priority. Z-Star gives a quieter

less clicky sound than the XV. If you're a faster swinger who likes the

feel of a higher compression ball and wants to squeeze out every yard -

the XV might be your choice. Bomber Cameron Champ who leads the PGA

Tour in driving distance, plays Z-Star XV.

 

We tested the RTX 4 Wedge in the 56 degree mid bounce (satin finish), a

great model for normal everyday conditions. The grind provided versatility

for nearly every recovery situation. The stock True Temper Dynamic Gold

Tour Issue shaft is superb for controlling trajectory on full and partial

approach shots. Impressive on all chips, pitch, lob and greenside sand

shots - just what you'd expect from a Cleveland wedge. The latest edition

of Rotex Tour Zip grooves gave superb stopping power even on firm and

fast putting surfaces.

 


 

Summary:

It's often difficult to compare brands of tour level golf balls and wedges

in an effort to differentiate which brand is best for your game, clearly

the choice is somewhat subjective when choosing a new ball and set of

wedges. After spending several rounds and shortgame sessions testing

the latest from Cleveland/Srixon, the only question is which RTX4 and

Z-Star ball will you choose? Both the Cleveland RTX 4 line and Srixon

Z-Star golf balls can be considered on the value side of premium tour

gear when you consider the price point of other brands is now around

$179 per wedge and $50+ per dozen.

 

Cleveland RTX 4 Wedges MSRP $139

Srixon Z-Star (XV) Golf Balls MSRP $39.99

 

For more info:

Cleveland Golf: https://www.clevelandgolf.com/

Srixon Golf: https://www.srixon.com/