Following the launch of Cleveland

Andy Roberts
Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Introduced in 2000, the 900 Form Forged wedges featured a loft and bounce selection system that allowed golfers a simple way to select wedges for their own short games.

After extensive Tour testing, the 900 wedges, available in a Gun Metal finish to reduce glare, were designed with game-changing Computer Milled U-groove scorelines that were precision milled to exact specification optimising spin for any condition.

The 8620 soft carbon steel 900 wedge was also the first to provide a low-bounce option in 54, 56, and 60-degree lofts, suiting players with shallower attack angles or those who played most of their rounds in firm conditions.

This option has remained a staple of Cleveland Golf wedges, and a high-bounce option for soft conditions and those with steeper attack angles was introduced in 2004.

In 2006, a new 588 wedge called 588 DSG was created with a Dynamic Sole Grind.

When golfers opened up the 588 DSG at address, the Dynamic Sole Grind allowed the leading edge to remain closer to the ground than the original 588.

This advancement offered greater versatility to hit high and soft flop shots around the green and adequate dynamic bounce to remain effective in soft conditions.

On top of that, a wide, bunker-specific Recovery Sole was introduced in the 588 RS wedge. This game-improvement feature, says Cleveland, prevented the head from digging into the sand too deeply.

Later in 2006, the CG10 burst onto the scene and soon established itself as one of the best feeling wedges the company has ever built.

In blind tests worldwide, the CG10 was an overwhelming favourite with many for it’s soft pure feel and sound at impact.

The CG10 featured Carbon Metal Matrix (CMM) which contained 17 times more carbon than traditional steel to enhance vibration absorption at impact and provide a softer, more responsive feel.

Cleveland then launched its more forgiving CG11 in 2007, before unveiling the CG12 in 2008 which was fuelled with exciting new Zip Grooves. Suitable for the pro golfer, the sleek CG12 reduced turf interference and enabled consistent ball striking and shot making.

The introduction of innovative Zip Groove technology featured consistent milling of each groove to maximum conforming dimensions. The absolute integrity of these grooves, says Cleveland, was maintained by the application of a proprietary coating to each groove for protection during the face sandblasting process.

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