HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – April 29, 2013 – Cleveland® Golf/Srixon® congratulates staffer Will Wilcox for his victory at the will_wilcoxWeb.com Tour’s 2013 South Georgia Classic.  Wilcox, a 26-year old from Birmingham, AL, was able to control his nerves to shoot a 1-over 73, finishing four strokes ahead of his nearest competitor.  Wilcox’s win on Sunday was his first victory ever on the Web.com Tour.

“This is just surreal,” Wilcox said. “I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life.  I’ve just made some big changes in my life. That’s what I needed to do – and [need to] continue with.”

During his previous round on Saturday, Wilcox shot a course record 9-under par 63, five shots better than anyone else in the field.  Wilcox’s round included hole-outs from 135 and 193 yards away, on two of the most difficult holes.

Wilcox earned $117,000 and moved from No. 55 to No. 3 on the Web.com Tour Money List for 2013, putting him in a great position to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. Fellow Cleveland® staffers Zack Sucher and Michael Putnam both finished in 2nd place at -11 (277).  All three players used Cleveland® 588 Irons, Cleveland® 588 RTX wedges, while playing Srixon® Z-STAR balls. 

Wilcox played a Cleveland® Classic XL Custom driver (10.5°), a Cleveland® 588® MT (3) iron, Cleveland® 588® Forged CB irons (4-PW), and Cleveland® 588 Precision Forged wedges (52°/58°), while playing a new Srixon® Z-STARTour Yellow ball with SpinSkin technology, which will be released this August.  Wilcox also wears a Cleveland® hat, a Srixon® glove and carries a Cleveland® bag.




HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – April 29, 2013 – Srixon® congratulates staffer Inbee Park for her victory at the 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout. Park cemented her position as the World #1 by securing her third win of the 2013 season. The victory also marks the sixth of her young LPGA career. Unlike her win earlier this month at the Kraft Nabisco, Park had to come from behind to earn the victory.

“Today, coming into the final round, I was two shots back, and I didn’t really think about winning so much,” Park said. She needed to make a birdie on the 18th hole to pull out a one-shot victory at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas; shooting a final round 4-under par 67.

Park, the 24-year old South Korean, has taken the LPGA by storm this season, winning three of the seven events she has played in and adding another Top 5 last week at the Lotte Championship. She currently ranks in the Top-5 in nine different categories on the LPGA Tour, including Scoring Average, Birdies, and Money Earned for 2013.

Park currently plays the new Z-STAR™ with SpinSkin™ technology, which will be released this August. This victory marks the 27th Professional win worldwide with this model of the Z-STAR™ and the fourth in only two weeks. Park also plays a XXIO® 7 driver, XXIO® Forged irons (5-PW) and Cleveland® 588® wedges (47°, 51°, 56°). Park wears a Srixon® hat, glove and shoes, and carries a Srixon® bag.


Steal Of The Day: TaylorMade RBZ Tour S Fairway 3 Wood $129


Today’s steal of the day comes from Deal a Day Golf where you can get a brand new TaylorMade RBZ Tour 3 wood for $129 instead of $229. Available in regular and stiff flexes but with limited quantities so better act fast before its gone!

Brand New TaylorMade RBZ Tour S Fairway 3 Woods.

The Taylor Made RocketBallz fairway wood uses breakthrough technology to boost the clubface COR to an extreme.

The Speed Pocket in the sole boosts ball speed dramatically for more distance. The Thick-Thin Crown design creates lower CG to promote higher launch for more distance.

The low/forward CG promotes a higher launch and low spin.

The white crown and black face makes alignment easy and eliminates glare on top. This fairway has increased 17 yards to most players’ current woods.

  • Brand New. Factory Sealed. Still in Plastic!
  • Mens – Right Handed
  • Model: TaylorMade RBZ Tour S Fairway 3 Wood
  • Matching TaylorMade RBZ Headcover Included
  • Shafts: Matrix Ozik, Xcon-7 RBZ Graphite
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Graeme McDowell Takes Home a Victory at Hilton Head

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – April 22, 2013 – Cleveland® Golf/Srixon® congratulates staffer Graeme McDowell for his victory at the 2013 RBC Heritage held at Harbour Town Golf Links. Despite difficult conditions yesterday on Hilton Head Island, in South Carolina, McDowell held on to win the tournament in a one-hole playoff. Battling swirling winds and a four-shot deficit to start Sunday’s round, McDowell rallied to take a one-shot lead into the 72nd hole. McDowell’s only bogey of the day came on the final hole of regulation, forcing a sudden death playoff. On the first hole of the playoff, he struck his approach to within 15 feet and two-putted for par and his second career victory on the PGA Tour.

“This game kicks more often than it gives you a pat on the back,” said McDowell. “It’s hard to win. I guess the weather was what the doctor ordered. I needed that to get close to the leaders.”
McDowell, from Northern Ireland, shot a final round 69, one of only three scores in the 60s among the 70 who teed off Sunday, to finish at nine-under par (275). McDowell’s victory is largely due to his ability to scramble around the greens. He finished No. 1 in scrambling for the event, making Par or better on 19 of 24 missed greens (79.17%), and maintained his position as the No.1 Scrambler on the PGA Tour in 2013.

In addition to his impressive scrambling statistics, McDowell also ranked inside the Top 10 this week Driving Accuracy (T5), Strokes Gained Putting (6th) and Greens in Regulation (T7). This win also propelled McDowell back into the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings (8th).

McDowell played a Cleveland® Classic™ driver (9°- Miyazaki™ Kusala Indigo 56X), a Cleveland® Launcher FL fairway wood (14°- Miyazaki™ Kusala Indigo 72X), a Cleveland® 588® MT (3) iron, a Cleveland® 588® TT (4) iron, Srixon® Z-TX™ irons (5-9), Cleveland® 588™ Precision Forged wedges (48°/52°), and a Cleveland® 588™ RTX wedge (58°), while using a new Srixon® Z-STAR™ XV prototype ball. McDowell also wears a Srixon® hat, a Srixon® glove and carries a Srixon® bag.

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Steal Of The Day: Cleveland Golf- CG16 Black Pearl Irons $399


Today’s steal of the day comes from Rock Bottom Golf where you can get a brand new set of Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl 4-PW irons for $399.99 instead of $699.99. They are also offering FREE SHIPPING that will help entice you even more to get a great set of irons to replace your current old beat up ones in the bag now.

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Laser Milled grooves now available on irons, get maximum spin on every shot in your bag

Need some extra oomph in yer game? The Cleveland Golf CG16™ irons are designed with a lighter overall club weight and longer club length for maximum distance. The large, thin face allows for increased COR and maximum ball speed that will produce distance that competes with any iron set in the market but with increased control.

  • Authentic precision Laser Milled Face and milled Tour Zip Grooves optimizes spin and shot consistency especially from the rough
  • Large thin face for increased ball speed, wide sole for consistent turf interaction, and full cavity back design with undercut for high MOI
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Graeme McDowell wins the 2013 RBC Heritage

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2013 RBC Heritage Champion Graeme McDowell wearing the Tartan Jacket.

Despite difficult conditions yesterday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC, Graeme McDowell won the 2013 RBC Heritage in a one-hole playoff over Webb Simpson. Battling swirling winds and a four-shot deficit to start the day, G-Mac came out victorious in a legendary final round, taking home the Tartan Jacket and his first official PGA Tour victory since 2010.

Graeme played a phenomenal final round, in large part due to his ability to scramble around the greens. He finished #1 in scrambling for the event, making Par or better on 19 of 24 missed greens (79.17%), and maintained his position as the #1 Scrambler on the PGA Tour in 2013. A year ago, McDowell was 174th on TOUR in scrambling, but with a dedication to improving his short game and a new 588 RTX wedge with ROTEX face technology in his bag, he has greatly improved his ability around the green.

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In addition to his phenomenal scrambling stats, he ranked inside the Top 10 this week in Driving Accuracy (T5), Strokes Gained Putting (6th), and Greens in Regulation (T7). This win also has propelled G-Mac back into the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, currently sitting at #8 on this list. Aside from Graeme’s victory, fellow CG Staffer Jerry Kelly finished in 5th Place and led the field in Driving Accuracy at 82.14%. We want to congratulate Graeme, Jerry, and the whole Cleveland Golf staff on a tremendous week!

SOURCE:  Cleveland Golf

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Nike Athlete Suzann Pettersen Secures Playoff Victory

-Pettersen wins with Nike’s new VR_S Covert driver- Suzann win

BEAVERTON, Ore. (April 21, 2012) – Nike Athlete Suzann Pettersen, secured a playoff victory at the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.

Pettersen won with 14 Nike clubs in the bag including the new VR_S Covert driver with the Nike FlexLoft adjustability system set at 10.5 N (Neutral). The stunning red driver features a cavity back design, distinctive and simple FlexLoft adjustability system, and NexCor face. Petterson’s victory is her second win this season using the innovative VR_S Covert driver.

Pettersen fired 26 birdies and produced an average of 26 putts per round using her Nike Method Putter. The Nike Method franchise features Nike’s polymetal groove technology, generating a faster forward roll at impact for increased accuracy.

Pettersen expressed about her play, “It felt like I executed four good rounds under par in very different conditions.  I’ve been feeling good with my putter, so I said to myself, ‘you know what, you might make a few errors but you’re going to have plenty of opportunities to make birdies.’”

Pettersen also played with Nike’s new 20XI X ball featuring Nike’s RZN Core technology.  This groundbreaking technology provides a lighter, faster and more responsive core than rubber core technology. RZN technology allows for less spin off the driver and more spin off the wedge, creating greater distance and control.

With her recent switch to the combination of the VR_S Covert and new 20XI X golf ball, Suzann has picked up an average of 18.5 yards off the tee since her last win at the Mission Hills World Ladies’ Golf Championship.

Pettersen wore Nike Golf Apparel from the Performance line and new footwear launching this fall.


Pettersen’s Nike Golf Arsenal

Driver: Nike VR_S Covert 9.5 degree

Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/13-degree

Hybrid: Nike VR_S 18-degree

Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (4-5), VR Pro Combo (6-PW)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro 48-degree, 52-degree and 59-degree

Putter: Nike Method Core 3i

Ball: Nike 20XI X

Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Women’s Collection

Nike Golf’s 2013 PGA Tour Victories

  • Tiger Woods – Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • Tiger Woods- WGC Cadillac Championship
  • Scott Brown- Puerto Rico Open
  • Tiger Woods- Torrey Pines
  • Russell Henley- Sony Open

Nike Golf’s 2013 International Victories

  • Scott Jamieson – The Nelson Mandela Championship (European Tour)
  • Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)

Nike Golf’s 2013 LPGA Tour Victories

  • Suzann Pettersen- LPGA LOTTE Championship

Nike Golf’s 2013 Ladies International Victories

Suzann Pettersen- Mission Hills World Ladies’ Golf Championship



Mizuno has announced an evolution of its Infinity Wave plate Golf Shoe – due for May release in Europe.

Mizuno’s premium golf shoe – the Mizuno Genem Elite combines the feel of a fine grain leather upper, with the powerful stable swing base of Mizuno’s Infinity Wave plate and IG4 spikes.  The Mizuno Genem DryStyle features the same sole technology, with a high end Japanese synthetic upper.

The Infinity Wave plate is drawn from Mizuno’s renowned running technology, producing the stable, durable cushioning needed to avoid foot fatigue on long rounds. The Infinity Wave plate configuration has the added advantage of inbuilt lateral stability, creating a powerful golfing platform. The Wave plate is aided by an additional lateral rib structure and forefoot stabilizers.

A new rounded heel support, lifts and cradles the foot, while thicker forefoot padding reduces pressure to the areas most pressured through the swing.

Mizuno’s Mito Yozawa explains, “Our Wave technology has been the driving force behind Mizuno’s rising popularity amongst serious runners for the last ten years.  Unlike previous cushioning technologies, the Wave plate also has inherent natural stability and maintains its performance over a longer period.

“A reconfiguration to suit golf meant that the same Wave technology can give a really well cradled, supported fit for the long walk round a golf course.  At the same time it stops any lateral movement – storing all your swing power from the base up.”

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Steal Of The Day: Cleveland Men’s CG16 Black Pearl Wedge $79


Today’s steal of the day comes from Golf Galaxy where you can get a brand new Cleveland CG16 Black Pearl Wedge for $79 instead of  $119.99 available in a handful of lofts. So if you have wanted the CG16 but didn’t want to pay top dollar than this is the deal for you.

Based on the shape of the tour proven CG14™ wedge, the CG16™ has a hint of offset and is slightly larger for added forgiveness. The face features the same spin maximizing technology featured on the CG15™ wedge – Tour Zip Grooves™ in combination with Cleveland® Golf’s breakthrough Laser Milled™ surface roughness technology. Using the precision accuracy of a laser, each face features four perfectly calibrated texture lines milled between each groove exactly to the conforming roughness limit. This surface roughness application optimizes ball-to-face friction and maximizes spin within the Rules of Golf.

Laser Milled Face
More precise and consistent surface roughness than alternative methods.
Optimal surface roughness to maximize spin.
Tour Zip Grooves
Precise milling technology preserves edges and maintains perfect groove consistency.
Maximizes allowable groove dimensions while conforming to 2011 USGA groove requirements.
Tour Proven C Sole Design
Wide constant width sole from heel to toe combined with heel and toe grinds.
Improves bunker performance while maintaining shot-making versatility.
Wedge Cavity Back
Perimeter weighting and geometry to deepen center-of-gravity and increase MOI.
Improved stability and forgiveness on off-center hits while maintaining signature “Cleveland” feel.
TRACTION Shaft for improved feel
Engineered from Tip to Grip to improve FEEL, the stiffness profile of Cleveland Golf’s TRACTION shaft reacts to the flex demands of any wedge shot.
The tip section is slightly softer – improving feel and responsiveness.
Stiffness was increased in the mid and butt sections of the shaft to assure optimal launch conditions and consistency on full shots.
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Product Review: Cleveland 588 RTX Wedges


While checking out the new wedges on the market, I was able to test the Cleveland 588 RTX blade style wedges and the resultscleveland satin chrome 58 were remarkable. I tried the Cleveland 588 in the Satin Chrome finish in the following lofts and specifications:  52 degree (two dot), 56 degree (two dot) and 60 degree (two dot).

If you are a player that is seeking a club that will allow you to spin the hell out of the ball then you are in luck, and I would suggest you read the rest of this review. Golfers, be prepared to hit one of the best wedges I have played with in years and get ready to add a new family of clubs into your bag.

Product Details:

Welcome to the new face of spin. 588 RTX Wedges combine the legendary performance of 588 with added forgiveness and the breakthrough Rotex Face – Cleveland Golf’s most advanced spin technology ever.


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Developed closely with tour players, these U-Grooves are more precise and 16% larger to maximize spin on critical scoring shots – especially out of the rough, sand and in wet conditions.

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Advanced surface roughness technology is now more durable and dimensionally optimized for even more friction at impact. This helps generate even more spin on chips, pitches and partial shots from any lie.


Directionally milled face pattern adds roughness and imparts maximum spin on open-face wedge shots where impact tends to be closer to the toe.

Spin is generated by friction. The more friction there is between the ball and the clubface at impact, the more the ball spins. Having cleaner contact and a rougher surface on a wedge clubface increase friction. The Rotex Face on Cleveland Golf’s new 588 RTX wedges has three technologies that promote cleaner contact and add surface roughness.

Cleveland Golf’s proprietary Laser Milled technology increases surface roughness with four perfectly calibrated texture lines milled between each groove. But this only adds roughness in a uniform pattern, as shown in the graph above: The new 588 RTX wedges feature the new Rotex Face Pattern, a 3-inch circular pattern that is CNC milled across the entire clubface. By itself, it also increases surface roughness: When combined, the Rotex Face Pattern and Laser Milled technology create more surface roughness than any Cleveland Golf wedge ever: This unprecedented combination of surface roughness technologies provides more friction, helping generate more spin in the widest variety of conditions.

Product Review:

Look 8/10:

The look of the 588 is classic and has been around for a long time, making it a winner that hasn’t needed to be changed. This club looks great while addressing the ball especially in the blade style. The face of this club looks awesome with the Rotex circular grooves and milled face with larger grooves. I got the 588 RTX in a satin chrome finish but they are also available in black pearl for players that prefer the dark coloring compared to satin/chrome.

The classic look of the 588 never gets old and I give the overall Look an 8/10 rating.

Distance Control & Accuracy  9/10:

Distance control and accuracy is where this wedge shines giving players full control from 130 to a buried lie next to the green. I love how much control these wedges have, giving me the confidence to go after any pin on the course from any lie. They are incredibly impressive around the greens as well as out of the bunkers. I give the overall Distance Control & Accuracy a 9/10 rating.

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Feel 10/10:

Initially after giving the RTX 588 wedges a thorough testing on the range and course I was still a little hesitant since I have tested numerous brands of wedges throughout the year and nothing has felt better than my Cleveland Tour Action 900’s from when I played high school golf.

After taking the plastic off these bad boys and going through a large bucket of balls, I was unsure how I felt about the wedges. It wasn’t until the next day that the feeling of solid hits started coming through the grips. Now I feel that the RTX wedges have to be some of the best feeling wedges on the market.  These wedges slice through the turf with little effort giving a high ball flight that hits greens and spins like crazy. When striking the ball with these wedges you will have that softer feedback similar to a forged wedge that will allow you to dial in yardages from all over the course. I give the overall Feel a 10/10 rating.

Weighting 8/10:cleveland rtx sw

The weighting of the blade style 588 RTX that I tested feels great in your hands, more like a surgeon’s tool with maximum work-ability instead of a brick. I still believe that the Tour Action 900 was one of the perfectly weighted wedges but the 588 will not disappoint for any player looking to have a wedge that will get through tight lies to deep rough with no problems. I give the overall Weighting  8/10 rating.

Spin 10/10:

The combination of the larger grooves, laser milling and Rotex face will give you the maximum spin unlike anything on the market. With the USGA groove rule changes the manufacturers of wedges need to come up with innovative ideas to produce the same amount of spin. Cleveland is one of the leading companies in wedge manufacturing other than Mizuno and Titleist that are known as top-of-the-line wedge designers.

The 588 RTX wedges will let any golfer be able to spin the ball, back it up or check it on any green. Testing these wedges has to be some of the most fun I have ever had with wedges by backing these up all over the course. I believe that any golfers that put these in their cleveland rtx CB wedgehands will be able to enjoy pure spinability unlike anything you will find at your local golf store.

Overall Rating 45/50:

The overall performance of the New Cleveland 588 RTX wedges go above and beyond. They are so impressive that for the first time since 2000 that I have changed my wedges from my bag. The Tour Action 900 will still be one of my favorite wedges of all time but I finally have something that has blown me away enough to switch them out of the bag.

So if you are in the market for new wedges this season or never thought of trying something else then give the new Rotex wedges a try. I promise they will open your mind to a whole new experience. These wedges look, feel and perform above and beyond your expectations. Be ready to have one of the best experiences ever with how much spin you can put on any ball.

These wedges are worth every cent. Feel free to find your nearest dealer and give them a try yourself (DEALER LOCATOR LINK). 


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