Cleveland CBX Full-Face Wedge Review

For this Cleveland CBX Full-Face wedge review, we took the innovative model on the course to assess every aspect of performance

Cleveland CBX Full Face wedge review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

This CBX Full-Face wedge is well worth a try if you're struggling with short-game confidence. The full-face grooves allow golfers who perhaps aren't as accurate to produce consistent levels of spin approaching and around the greens, while the C-shaped sole offers plenty of versatility.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent levels of forgiveness

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    Versatile sole design

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    All-over spin

Reasons to avoid
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    The looks take some getting used to

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Cleveland CBX Full-Face Wedge Review

Cleveland is a brand that’s built a stellar reputation for making some of the best golf wedges, and the Cleveland CBX Full-Face has only added to that. We’ve come to expect innovation, performance and premium looks from Cleveland and this model delivers on all three of those fronts. Despite the recent trend towards slightly unconventional wedge designs in recent times, the CBX Full-Face will take a bit of getting used to visually. As the name suggests, the grooves cover the entire hitting area and extend all the way out to the toe, which is a break from the established norm. 

That said, the logic behind this extended groove coverage is sound. Amateur golfers certainly don’t hit the middle on all chip and wedge shots and additional grooves mean more spin on off-centre strikes and more protection against poor contacts. When the trade off for one of the most forgiving wedges on the market is spending a few holes getting used to the new looks, it’s a no-brainer.

Cleveland Full-Face wedge review

The Zip grooves themselves impart maximum spin and sit on Cleveland’s Rotex-milled face to offer significant levels of control. There’s also a psychological effect, too, with the full groove coverage and high toe instilling confidence over those testing short-game shots. The finish is a premium dark grey/graphite that’s effective at repelling glare from the sun. 

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The forgiveness levels in relation to the strike are also impressive, aided by the versatile C-shaped sole. It helps turn potential duffs into decent strikes and increases confidence from tight lies, which gives you the belief to be slightly more adventurous. You’ll also notice a cavity on the back near the heel and a muscleback-style mass near the sole. These combine to offer increased forgiveness and bring the centre of gravity closer to the typical impact location for improved consistency.

Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x