NCG vs. G-Mac: Blade vs. cavity-back wedge challenge

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Our 17 handicap equipment editor takes on the 2010 US Open champion in a chipping challenge. What could possibly go wrong?

Our Graeme McDowell chipping challenge took place at Close House ahead of the British Masters.

We were keen to put the new Cleveland CBX and RTX-3 wedges head to head to see which worked best for me (17 handicap) and the 2010 US Open champion.

Cleveland CBX wedges

Cleveland say that the cavity back CBX wedges should work best for over 80 percent of golfers – those who use cavity-back irons.

RTX-3

McDowell currently uses the Cleveland RTX 2.0 wedges so – like all tour players – prefers the bladed style.

Click on the video above to see how the Graeme McDowell chipping challenge went…

McDowell, who has always played Cleveland wedges, also gave us some much-needed technique and buying advice.

What do you look for in a wedge?

“The Cleveland 588 is a classic design. I think we all remember our first Cleveland wedge. I’ve always favoured the blades there’s so much technology and loft and bounce options available. The technology the face gives loads of spin.”

What advice would you give to the handicap golfer when buying wedges?

“Before we even look at blade vs. cavity-back, I think they need to look at the bounce. Many don’t understand how to use the bounce and often they opt for too much loft. Having lots of bounce is really forgiving for the handicap golfer and it allows them not to be scared of the turf.”

What common technique faults do you notice?

“They often come from golfers trying to help the ball into the air. I like to think of a high to low action rather than a low to high one where you’re almost trying to scoop the ball up. One of my best tips for chipping is to follow through low. We want a high back-swing to a low follow-through. Stand up a little bit taller too.”

More information on Cleveland wedges can be found on the brand’s website.

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