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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge Review 

 February 23, 2016

By  Michael Todt

Cleveland have undoubtedly been a leader in the wedge industry for decades and as our Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge Review reveals, nothing has changed!

We reviewed the Cleveland 588 RTX as part of our Best Golf Wedges Review.

Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge

Our Assessment 

Cleveland have been associated particularly with wedges for decades and that is for good reason. A consistent Cleveland head design has stuck through the years and whilst not much has seemingly changed, Cleveland have stepped up to the plate in providing some of the meatiest grooves on the market.

 The 588 RTX is available in two finishes being tour satin or black satin and a variety of sole and head designs including one 'cavity back' option for the slightly higher handicap player. Around the greens we found the 588 RTX also allowed maximum versatility and that was primarily due to the excessive spin imparted even from a very short distance of less than 15 yards… this makes short-siding a tad easier to recover from, particularly on firm fast greens.

 Many of the world's best players opt for Cleveland if their contracts allow and the 588 RTX is superb. Workability. Versatility. Spin. And beautiful trajectory on all shots make it a rock solid value for money option.

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Pros

  • Exceptional value for money for a tried, tested and trusted piece of golf equipment
  • Extended longevity in terms of grooves and how long they are ‘playable’ for
  • Crazy spin and allows you to check the ball quickly even from a close distance after you’ve ‘short-sided’ yourself

Cons

  • ‘Chews’ your golf ball each and every shot so may be a bit costly in terms of regularly buying golf balls!

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$129.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand

Lie

64°

Right Handed Lofts

46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°, 64°

Left Handed Lofts

46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°, 64°

Material Finish

Tour Satin or Black Satin

Length

35 – 35.5 inches

Shaft Type and Name

True Temper Dynamic Gold

Grip

Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Manufacturer's Website

Official Video

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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedges Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

A consistent Cleveland head design has stuck through the years and whilst not much has seemingly changed, Cleveland have stepped up to the plate in providing some of the meatiest grooves on the market. The 588 RTX is available in two finishes being tour satin or black satin.

The grooves may not be to everyone’s liking as they are 16% larger than it’s predecessor. What that does is obviously tear into the ball and perhaps you’ll be running through more golf balls per round than ever before.

The milled face is evident at address and perhaps the only negative for the purist’s sake is perhaps too many ‘stamps’ on the back of the club-head, but nothing overboard.

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Image Credit: Official Cleveland Image

Build Quality

The 588 RTX has a Rotex finish which is a rough, milled face that is designed to impart a lot more spin on the ball in comparison to the smoother club-face.

 The milling and roughness do contribute to the longevity of the club though, which is great news for most golfers as normally wedges are in need of a change after roughly 9 months to a year in our opinion due to wear and tear.

Control / Feel

Superb feel and probably the best feedback of any wedge tested and that is easy to analyze. A slightly off-center strike or slightly low on the club-face impact results in a ball flight not as pure as a center strike.

The spin is decent on off-center strikes and that’s perfectly normal, but wow – when you strike these in the meat boy do they spin!

If talented enough you would be able to do just about anything with these wedges and that is what most players love.

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Image Credit: Official Cleveland Image

Performance

When hitting full shots we got a feel of complete compression on the back of the ball and felt as though the ball was ‘stuck’ on the club for a split second longer than usual.

At the same time if really swinging at it hard the grooves can do some serious harm to a golf ball!

Around the greens we found the 588 RTX also allowed maximum versatility and that was primarily due to the excessive spin imparted even from a very short distance of less than 15 yards… this makes short-siding a tad easier to recover from, particularly on firm fast greens.

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Image Credit: Official Cleveland Image

Value for Money

The Cleveland 588 RTX is the best wedge you will find anywhere on the market for the price you paying. The end.

Top class spin and feel. Accurate distance control. Extended longevity and a solid overall aesthetic look. There’s a reason they’ve been around for so many years – it’s because golfers trust them and are happy with what they offer. Get your hands on one of these wedges and you won’t be sorry.

Michael Todt


Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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