The Cleveland CG15 wedge has managed to combine the classic performance of the 588 wedge with the new technologies of groove design and sole grind.
The biggest change and the one you notice first is the laser milled mini grooves between the real grooves. Apparently the rules allow for a certain level of roughness on the face so Cleveland have laser milled lines between the grooves up to these limits to increase the amount of spin at impact.
These mini grooves combine with the Zip grooves that were in the previous CG12 and CG14 models to generate what Cleveland say is the maximum amount of spin possible within the rules.
In our tests this seemed to be borne out, but make sure you take the edge off the grooves with someone else’s balls.
The head also features an enhanced heel and toe grind to enable you to open the face more easily and this certainly does the job giving a real feel of confidence when you want to create more loft.
With pitching and chipping shots, this club was a delight to hit. It felt perfectly balanced and the feel from the Cleveland Traction shaft and the face at impact was excellent and whichever loft you use you will be hard pushed to find a better club from the grass.
From the sand, the 56 degree model seems to lack a little weight in the head for us, but that is a minor quibble as it still performs very well.
The standard Cleveland CG15 wedge does not conform to the new Condition of Competition rules for wedges, but amateurs will be able to use this for years to come and we would recommend you get one in the bag.
The CG15 comes in Chrome, Black Pearl and Oil Quench finishes and all three are classy looking and we think all golfers will be able to find a look that suits there eye.
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Cleveland CG15 Wedge - Product Details
Tricky wedge to use. Overhyped, I think.
I bought the CG15 60 degree wedge after reading that it received the highest 5-star rating (gold medal) in the Golf Digest Hot List.
I thought that the laser microgroove innovation on the wedge (in addition to the standard wedge grooves) would enable me get even more spin, therefore stop the ball faster on the greens. Eventually, after playing 4 rounds with it, I was really disappointed with its performance, having been used to the Titleist Vokey wedges for a while.
The CG15 laser micro grooves are more gimicky than functional, as they get clogged quickly and are difficult to properly clean in between shots. Hence, the wedge grooves aren't as effective in creating significant ball spin as was initially marketed. Then the CG15 head is smaller than what I'd prefer, the exact sweet-spot diffiicult to establish, and the shaft a bit too stiff. All these made it difficult to work the ball using different shots. Even replacing the cheap Cleveland grip with the Golf Pride New Decade Multi-compound grip didn't help in improving shot feel and control of this club.
In the end, I traded this wedge for a Callaway Jaws X, which is a far superior club, even better than the Titleist Vokey.
My overall assessment: CG15 is either suitable for extremely low players, or an over-hyped club. You decide which one.
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“Extremely impressive amounts of spin, plenty of stop.” – November 2010
“Great looking, will encourage you to be aggressive from rough and sand.” – March 2010
“Real wedge expert updates the CG12 and CG14.” – March 2010
“Loads of options, loved feel, spin and control.” – March 2010
“Exceeded every expectation I have for a wedge.” – March 2010