Most golfers use cavity-back irons, and they have for more than 25 years. They use them because the improved weight distribution offers forgiveness that can't be found in a muscleback iron. The same principles behind cavity-back irons carry over today into hollow-body irons designed for maximum distance and forgiveness.
Despite all those advances with modern irons, the overwhelming number of golfers play with wedges designed for far better players. The tour-shaped wedges don't offer a ton in the way of forgiveness for the average player, who frankly needs it particularly so with the partial shots they've hitting with wedge in hand.
That's why Cleveland Golf came out with CBX cavity-back wedges. Taking what they learned from the first generation, the company has announced the CBX 2 line of wedges, hitting stores Aug. 30.
The Cleveland CBX 2 wedges feature a hollow-cavity design, sporting a hollow chamber near the heel and a heavy weight placed in the toe with the goal of maximizing moment of inertia in a wedge. The weight also helps push the center of gravity out toward the toe, a feature called Feel Balancing Technology geared to help players with a CG closer to where more players strike the ball on the wedge face.
The company has also placed a Gelback TPU insert in the body for vibration reduction and proper feedback at impact. Rotex Face Technology features laser milling between the grooves to maximum spin and control, while the Tour Zip grooves are sharp for imparting more spin on the ball.
Cleveland claims an average golfer will find the sweet spot 25 percent more often with the CBX 2 wedges compared to tour-styled wedges.
The line features three sole-grind options, arranged by loft to provide the versatility a golfer most commonly needs in each loft range. The V-shaped sole is available in 46-52 degree heads. The S-shaped grind is in 54- and 56-degree heads, while the C-shaped sole is in the 58- and 60-degree heads for heel and toe relief.
The Cleveland CBX 2 wedges are priced at $140 each for steel shafts for men and wedges for women, and $150 each for graphite shafts for men.