Club: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin Wedge
Loft Setting: 52° 56° 60°
Dot System: 3 Dot
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold
There is no better testing ground than a links course to put a wedge system through its paces because you need to play so many different shots around the greens with the tight-cropped fairways, pot bunkers and heavy rough. Then of course there are the 100-yard shots in every type of wind imaginable – downwind, into the wind, crosswinds and the many variants in between.
The technology behind Cleveland’s 588 wedge system is there to help you in every situation you could come up against, from 100 yards in and with each type of shot you want to play, and with the dot system they have made it simple for you to understand.
The 3 Dot – which were the 52° and 60° wedges I tested – gives you a high bounce, allowing the club to glide through most surfaces. If your short game is your weakest area, these are the wedges I would recommend you use. They are versatile, so you can open the face when playing from bunkers and coming out of roughs, but they also give you that consistent sole width that helps you on full shots into the green.
The 2 Dot – the 56° wedge I tested – is your standard bounce, which helps you in most conditions. The combination of having a trailing edge grind and the medium bounce it offers gives you that versatility. If you have a neutral angle of attack – not too steep and not too shallow – into the ball, this would be the option for you.
The 1 Dot – option is the low bounce grind that has a trailing edge. This is for players who are more aggressive in their shot making around the green and have a shallow swing plane – it is the perfect wedge if you play on a links-type course with tight lies.
The best way to go would be a combination of dots to help fill your gap wedge system; 15% sharper grooves and a new micro-milled face are achieved with the new Rotex face pattern, which helps give these wedges the maximum surface roughness allowed by the USGA.
If you are looking for a wedge system that can cope with the toughest surfaces, the deepest pot bunkers and tough, tangly lies in deep rough, I would suggest you give the Cleveland 588 2.0 a test.
I loved the feel and the classic teardrop blade design, and boy does that ball stop quickly. Obviously the tight-cropped links fairways helped, but I felt in total control with these wedges in my hand. I have to say the short game isn’t my strongest area – I do like a knife now and again – and I certainly feel I benefited greatly from playing with the Cleveland wedges this week. I am sure you will feel the same once you have given them a test run.