How Do Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges Get You More Spin?

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Clevelnad RTX-4 wedges

Cleveland has created their most tour authentic wedges, the RTX-4. The RTX-4 wedges focus on giving better players more spin, great feel, and versatility around the green. We explore and explain the design features and technology that go into the RTX-4 wedges and why there’s so much excitement around them.

Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges: The Facts and Features

Rotex Face Technology

RTX-4 rotex face technology

RTX-4 wedges are all about producing more spin. The 4th generation Rotex Face technology is the engine behind these spin machines, with improvements in several areas. The main grooves on the face are Cleveland’s Tour Zip grooves. The grooves are sharper and deeper than ever before, knifing through grass, sand, and water to deliver consistent spin.

In between the main grooves are Laser Milling lines, a common feature in several Cleveland wedges. The lines create more face roughness and friction for added spin. In this version, the laster milling is more durable for long lasting spin control.

Closest to the face is Rotex Face Milling. The swirl pattern is milled in line with where wedge shots are generally hit, most visibly on the toe. You’ll notice that those lines are deeper than in previous models. Cleveland did this to give you more control on open-faced shots, which are often hit toward the toe.

Progressive Shaping

rtx 4 wegdes progressive head design

Better players prefer a certain look to their wedges when they address the ball. With inspiration from PGA Tour players, the RTX-4 wedges have a compact blade shape and minimal offset. They also boast progressive shaping through the lofts. Low lofted wedges are more compact with a straight leading edge. As loft increases, the head shape progresses toward a traditional wedge shape and rounded leading edge.

The head shape isn’t the only feature that progresses in the RTX-4 wedges.

Progressive Feel Balancing Technology

rtx 4 wedges feel balance technology

Center of gravity (CG) is important to the feel and flight of a golf club. Golfers want to control the trajectory as they get closer to the green. RTX-4 wedges offer Progressive Feel Balancing technology that adjusts the center of gravity by loft, placing it in the optimal position both vertically and horizontally. Feel balancing requires pulling weight out of the hosel, which moves the CG towards the center of the club face.

The muscle back on club changes by loft, further optimizing the CG location, helping produce any shot, from a low, checking shot to a high flop shot.

Sole Grind Options

Cleveland RTX-4 wedge grind options return to more traditional options, with 4 to choose from. The sole grind options include Full, Mid, Low, and the new X-Low.

Full

rtx-4 full grind

The Full sole grind adds bounce when the club face is opened, perfect for bunker and rough shots. Golfers with neutral/steep attack angles will want to check this grind out.

Mid

rtx-4 mid grind

The Mid grind is also great for those with a neutral to steep attack angle, best out of medium to soft conditions. It’s a great all-around wedge and provides stability on full shots as well as open-face pitch shots.

Low

rtx-4 low grind

The Low has a traditional “C” shape, benefitting golfers who play the finesse game and have a shallow angle of attack. It’s an extremely versatile grind that works well for open face and flop shots in medium to firm conditions.

X-Low

rtx-4 x low grind

New in the RTX-4 wedges is the X-Low sole grind. If you’re a shallow swinger who likes to hit extreme flop shots, even on the firmest, tightest lies, these need to be on your radar. Available only in the 58 and 60-degree wedges, it has just 3 degrees of bounce, the lowest ever offered by Cleveland in a wedge.

Other Notable Features

RTX-4 wedges come in 3 finished, Tour Satin, Black Satin, and Tour Raw. The Black Satin has a new, more durable PVD finish, keeping it look fresh. The heavier stock True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft helps in controlling ball flight. Other True Temper, KBS, and Nippon shafts are also available at no upcharge.

How much will Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges help your game?

Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about the RTX-4 wedges, the only decision left is which finish and grind are best for you. Reach out to one of our PGA Professionals if you need clarification on anything related to these wedges.

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Top 10 Features of Mizuno JPX 919 Irons

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JPX 919 irons

For much of its history, Mizuno’s bread and butter has been making high-quality irons. From classics like the MP-14 and MP-33 to the modern MP-18 and JPX lines. Historically, the MP line has been geared towards the better player and the JPX line towards the player seeking forgiveness. Mizuno’s response to the success of the JPX 900 line, the JPX 919 irons, improves on several fronts.

Here are the top 10 features of the Mizuno JPX 919 irons, namely JPX 919 Tour, JPX 919 Forged, and JPX 919 Hot Metal.

Top 10 Features of Mizuno JPX 919 Irons

1. Garin Flow Forged HD

Mizuno Grain Flow Forged HD

Mizuno brings back their patented Grain Flow Forged HD forging process for the JPX 919 Tour irons and extends the process to the JPX 919 Forged irons. This unique process puts a higher density (the “HD” part of the name) of the continuous grained 1025E mild carbon steel in the impact zone, boosting Mizuno iron’s already legendary feel.

2. Stability Frame Design

Stability Frame design in each of the JPX 919 irons pushes more weight towards the toe for added forgiveness. It also moves the CG low and deep for higher launch. The Stability Frame in each of the JPX 919 models varies based on giving the best performance in each.

In the JPX 919 Tour, the hidden Stability Frame moves the CG to the center of the face, making it easier to shape shots. It also lowers the CG in the mid and long irons, producing higher ball flight.

The Stability Frame in the JPX 919 Forged and JPX 919 Hot Metal puts more weight in the toe than the JPX 919 Tour. This added forgiveness where many mishits happen help improve your scores.

3. Pearl Brush Finish

JPX 919 irons pearl brush finish

A pearl brush finish on each of the JPX 919 irons reduces glare and softens the look of the irons.

4. Smaller Profile in the JPX 919 Tour

jpx 919 tour compact look

Designers took the compact look of the JPX 900 Tour irons and streamlined it in the JPX 919 Tour. The top line of the JPX 919 Tour is 10% smaller than the JPX 900 Tour. This allowed designers to slightly widen the sole (by 5%) for higher launch, especially in the long irons.

5. Back Milled Face

jpx 919 forged back milled face

Mizuno came up with a new way to mill the cavity of the JPX 919 Forged irons, coming from the sole up versus from the top. This technique makes the cavity bigger, leading to a larger area of unsupported face, which creates higher COR and ball speed for distance. According to Mizuno, they’ve doubled the COR (amount of energy transferred to the golf ball) area over JPX 900 Forged, leading to a near-driver-like .810 COR (driver limit is .830).

6. Boron in the JPX 919 Forged

jpx 919 forged boron

Also boosting ball speed in the JPX 919 Forged irons is the addition of boron to the 1025E mild carbon steel. Using boron makes the steel 30% stronger, letting designers use less steel to make the face thinner. A thinner face bumps up ball speed and distance without sacrificing the legendary Mizuno feel.

7. Chromoly 4140M

jpx 919 hot metal chromoly 4140M

Chromoly 4140M is again used to construct the body of the JPX 919 Hot Metal irons. The benefit of this material is the resulting multi-thickness face. The outer portion of the face is thinner so mishits aren’t penalized by a lack of distance. The middle of the face is thicker, giving flushed shots consistent performance and feel.

8. Seamless Construction

jpx 919 hot metal seamless construction

Another unique and new construction technique used by Mizuno is the seamless construction of the JPX 919 Hot Metal irons. Cast clubs are made from multiple pieces. Putting these pieces together can be a challenge and affect how the club performs. Mizuno takes a one-piece cupped face and seamlessly welds it to the rest of the body. Doing this not only ensures high ball speeds but also gives feedback like a player’s iron.

9. Sound Ribs

jpx 919 hot metal sound ribs

To improve the sound of JPX 919 Hot Metal irons, sound ribs were placed near the top line. The ribs reduce vibrations and yield a deeper, confidence-inducing thud at impact.

10. Modified Scoring Irons

Game improvement irons are usually big and bulky as a result of their added forgiveness. JPX 919 Hot Metal irons buck that trend. Long irons are larger for forgiveness. As you move down the set, the heads become more and more compact, giving scoring irons more control.

Are You Feeling the JPX 919 Irons?

Those are the top 10 things you need to know about the Mizuno JPX 919 irons. If you want to learn more about them, pick the brains of our PGA Professionals. We also want to hear what you think of these clubs. Leave a comment and weigh in with your opinion!

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TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids: 3 Models To Fill Any Distance Gaps

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TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids

“More Tour players are adopting utility clubs to bridge the gap between their longest iron and shortest fairway wood. GAPR provides innovative options for players to confidently hit a specific yardage with a specific trajectory.”

-Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods

TaylorMade originally introduced the rescue hybrid to the market in the late 90’s as a club to help golfers that struggle hitting long irons. Generally, hybrid clubs are more forgiving than loft-equivalent irons and help deliver consistent distances between irons and fairway woods.

The Carlsbad, CA company has now introduced the GAPR hybrids, further working to bridge the gap between your shortest fairway wood and longest playable iron. Between the 3 models to choose from (Lo, Mid, and Hi), golfers of all levels can find a GAPR for their game.

Let’s take a closer look at each model, covering the technology, look, and golfer they’re are made for.

TaylorMade GAPR Hybrids

GAPR Lo

GAPR Lo

The GAPR Lo was first made public at The Open Championship at Carnoustie, where keeping shots under the wind is at a premium. At address, the GAPR Lo looks the most like a driving iron, compared to the Mid and Hi. Due to its shape, the CG is low and forward for a more penetrating ball flight. The iron-like shape also lets you shape shots easier

GAPR Lo back weight

A screw-in weight is inserted into the back of the head to help lower CG, aiding in the club’s playability. Note: This weight is fixed and is not user changeable.

This club benefits high swing-speed players and better players that want to flight and control their shots. The GAPR Lo comes in lofts of 17, 19, and 22 degrees which, combined with adjustability, allows a ton of options so players can find the perfect distance and ball flight to fill the gap(s).

GAPR Mid

GAPR Mid

The GAPR Mid is slightly bigger than the GAPR Lo, with a wider sole and slightly thicker profile. This wider sole gives more forgiveness and is easier to hit from a variety of lies. Weight is inserted into the sole for low, forward CG, mid-high launch and higher spin.

A deeper (taller) head and more offset also help to improve forgiveness over the GAPR Lo while still preserving a more iron-like look overall.

This club will most likely appeal to players looking for a higher trajectory and quicker stopping power than the Lo. Available lofts in the GAPR Mid include 18, 21, and 24 degrees.

GAPR Hi

Finally, GAPR Hi looks the most like a “traditional” hybrid of the GAPR group. Its profile is narrower and closely resembles the M3 hybrid in appearance with a slightly shorter head.

GAPR Hi crown

The bigger head places the weight screw even further back on the sole than on GAPR Mid, moving the CG low and back. The step-down feature on the crown also contributes to the CG location, making GAPR Hi the highest launching model in the line.

GAPR Hi face

GAPR Hi Face

The face of the GAPR Hi is more square-shaped, giving you the confidence of a larger hitting area. A more cambered sole helps with versatility from uneven lies.

GAPR Hi suits the widest range of players and comes in 4 loft options (19, 22, 25, and 28 degrees).

Now, we’ll move on to the common features found in the GAPR hybrids.

Common Features In GAPR Hybrids

TaylorMade GAPR SpeedFoam

Each GAPR hybrid model has SpeedFoam™ inside their hollow head. The material supports the thin face, amplifying ball speed for distance by helping transfer energy to the golf ball. SpeedFoam™ also gives the clubs outstanding feel. Thin-faced clubs vibrate at impact. SpeedFoam™ dampens those vibrations.

An adjustable hosel on each model allows for adjustments in loft +/- 1.5 degrees from the starting loft. This lets you dial your desired ball flight and distance.

TaylorMade GAPR Speed Pocket

A Speed Pocket on the sole of each model boosts the ball speed on shots hit across the face, especially low on the face.

Finally, the stock KBS Hybrid shaft has the lightness of graphite but has lower torque and stability like an iron shaft for accuracy.

Which Of The GAPR Hybrids Fills the Gaps For You?

To recap GAPR hybrids:

GAPR Lo:

  • Penetrating ball flight
  • Excellent shot shaping ability
  • Built for better players with high swing speeds

GAPR Mid:

  • Mid-launch, mid-ball flight
  • Slightly larger head than GAPR Lo (more forgiving)
  • Medium-width sole adds versatility

GAPR Hi:

  • Highest launching, most forgiving model
  • Head shape looks the closest to a traditional hybrid
  • Fits the widest range of golfers.

After reading about all the features of the GAPR hybrid line, you can see that there’s a model that fits any level of golfer.

Do you like what you see or do you think these are a miss for TaylorMade?  Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

If you have further questions, reach out to one of our PGA Professionals.

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