Cleveland Huntington Beach Putter Review

Cleveland Huntington Beach Putter Review

By Paul Liberatore

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The Cleveland CBX Wedge was designed for golfers who already play cavity-back irons to have a high-quality wedge with many of the same features. According to Cleveland Golf, about 84% of golfers play some form of cavity-back clubs. This need for a cavity-back wedge was recognized by Cleveland, and they certainly delivered: it was given a Gold rating on the Golf Digest Hot List of 2018. If you’re a player who loves the feel of cavity-back irons, the Cleveland CBX Wedge can be a great fit for your bag.

Key Features

The Cleveland CBX Wedge utilizes a unique clubhead design compared to more traditional muscle-back wedges. It has all the design features of a cavity-back iron: perimeter weighting, larger sweet spot, and better feel on mis-hits. The result is an overall increase in performance, just as you would find in your iron.

Despite the change in clubhead design, the Cleveland CBX Wedge features all the great wedge technology that Cleveland Golf has become synonymous for as the leader in wedge development. These features include the Rotex Face Technology, Feel Balancing Technology, and the Dual V Sole Grind. All of these features combine to provide every golfer the very best in feel, spin, and versatility.

A wider sole compared to the ubiquitous muscle-back wedges offers more versatility and a higher-margin-for error, especially out of the rough and from bunkers.

Design and Technology

The Cleveland CBX Wedge is designed to make every shot from around the greens all the way into short approach shots. The design features begin with a cavity-back style clubhead. At address, the clubhead looks similar to a standard cavity-back 9-iron or pitching wedge. This seamless transition creates confidence that a high-quality wedge like the Cleveland CBX will perform like your favorite short irons. The weighting in the Cleveland CBX wedge is similar to most game improvement irons, with more weight moved towards the toe than standard Tour-style wedges. The extra weight in the toe creates maximum forgiveness around all points of the clubface.

The transition is not only in the design, but also in the weight. Most Tour-style wedges have weights that are much heavier than conventional cavity-back irons. The wide gap in weight from irons to wedges can throw off your feel, leading to inconsistency. The Cleveland CBX Wedge weight transition is far more subtle and gradual, allowing you to maintain similar feels.

The Rotex Face Technology synonymous in most Cleveland wedges is utilized in the CBX. The three levels of grooves, including Tour Zip grooves, laser milling, and micro milling, work together to maximize spin from the fairway and help make cleaner contact with less debris getting in between the face and the golf ball from the rough and wet conditions. The combination of cavity-back design and a clubface that produces incredible spin rates make the Cleveland CBX Wedge stand out from the others.

The Dual V Sole design in the Cleveland CBX Wedge provides great versatility whether the face is square or open. When the face is square, the V-shape that runs from front (leading edge) to back (rear flange) keep the club from digging, especially from tight lies. When the face is open, it provides more bounce, which is ideal for bunker shots. No matter what type of shot you face, you can set the club up to make it easier with this wedge.

One of the most unique features of the Cleveland CBX Wedge is the Feel Balancing Technology. By utilizing a micro cavity in the hosel allows them to move the center-of-gravity higher in the clubface. Since many shots around the green are played from the rough or the sand where the ball is usually sitting above the ground, the higher center-of-gravity gives you more performance and better results around the area of the clubface you are most likely to make contact.


PROS

  • Cavity-back design inspires confidence when at address
  • Incredible feel and forgiveness on off-center-hits
  • Great from a wide variety of lies, including sand and the rough

CONS

  • May take a while to adjust to the non-standard design
  • Lighter shaft can make the head feel a bit too heavy
  • Although versatile, not as versatile as the muscle-back wedges

Our Experience

The Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier putter line offers excellent value and performance for golfers looking for a high-quality milled putter at an affordable price point1. The Premier line features an upgraded gray satin PVD finish compared to the standard Huntington Beach SOFT line, but the putter heads are otherwise identical.


Cleveland's Huntington Beach putters have performed well in MyGolfSpy's Most Wanted testing, including a Top-5 finish in 2017. The line offers a variety of head shapes and hosel configurations to suit different player preferences.


One tester noted that while the putter has a forgiving face and great feel, it has a "clunk" sound at impact rather than the soft sound one might expect from the "SOFT" name. However, this seems to be a matter of personal preference.


Overall, the Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier putters deliver premium performance at an excellent value, with the ability to customize the length, lie, loft and paint fill colors to make the putter your own1. At $159.99 for the Premier line and $129.99 for the standard SOFT line, they are well-priced compared to other premium putter offerings on the market

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Ideal Characteristics of the Cleveland Golf CBX Wedge for High Handicappers?

The Cleveland Golf CBX Wedge is ideal for high handicappers due to its forgiving cavity-back design, providing game improvement and effective wedge play. The club’s tour-level spin and control make it a game-changer.

How Does the Cavity Back Wedge Design of the CBX Improve Performance for Players?

Imagine a golf club that’s like a reliable friend, always there to support your game. The cavity back technology in the CBX Wedge improves shot consistency, feel, and spin control, making it a game-changer for players.

In What Ways Does the CBX Wedge Provide Improved Forgiveness and Control Compared to Other Wedges?

Improved forgiveness and enhanced control are evident in the CBX Wedge. It offers a forgiving cavity-back design, making it easier to find the sweet spot. The thicker sole and vibration-damping material provide forgiveness and better perimeter weighting.

Can You Provide the Specific Dimensions and Weight of the CBX Wedge?

Sure, the CBX Wedge weighs 0.61 kilograms and measures 39L x 5W x 4H inches. When holding it, the wedge feels soft and forgiving, and it provides excellent spin for precise control.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using the Cleveland Golf CBX Wedge?

Using the Cleveland Golf CBX Wedge has been a game-changer for me. Pros include tour-level spin and forgiveness, while cons are minimal. It’s a game-changing performance from Cleveland Golf.

Conclusion

The Cleveland CBX Wedge has combined the style of a cavity-back wedge with the innovative technology of Cleveland Golf wedges to create a one-of-a-kind wedge perfect for all golfers who prefer a more forgiving wedge that still produces incredible results. If you are ready for a wedge that will help you from 100 yards and in, the Cleveland CBX Wedge is right for you.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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