Pros: Great feel and a great shape from address.
Cons: The graphics are very busy on the back of the wedge and grip.
Overall: The 588 Forged Wedges have a great look that can be customized by each golfer through My Custom Wedge on Cleveland’s website. They also have outstanding feel with several bounce options to fit each golfer and their varying needs.
Amazing is the easiest way to sum it up. Cleveland offers a wide variety of bounce options to help with our varying needs. I play a wide variety of shots with my wedges and every shot I attempted these wedges executed to perfection. Out of the sand, especially, and fairway bunkers, these are fantastic. I have found that the spin off of these wedges is up there with anything on the market today.
Looks and Feel
I went with the Black Pearl finish on my wedges and it is fantastic. It has a bit of shine to it but has a muted face due to the milling on the face. After three weeks of play, it does show some wear on the face and sole however the finish has stood up very well.
The wedge head itself has a very round profile which suits my eye perfectly. The only negative I have found with these wedges is in the looks department, however. The graphics on these wedges are just to busy for my tastes. Cleveland should have gone simple instead of putting so many logos and writing on the wedge.
I do not need to see laser milled outlining the faces of my wedges. I prefer a nice clean look and this somewhat takes away form an otherwise great looking wedge. This however can be customized through the Cleveland My Custom Wedge program as well.
The wedges are forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, which provides great feel. The area the Cleveland 588 really shines is the Tour Concept Shaft. They feel fantastic and really help keep the ball flight down a touch but they increase spin at the same time. It is a great alternative to the Dynamic Gold Spinner.
If you are looking for a wedge that you can hit almost any shot with and has an outstanding look then the Cleveland 588 should be on the top of your list. Cleveland has done a fantastic job bringing custom options to the average consumer. It is a trend the wedge industry is starting and it is something that will be a huge help in finding the “perfect” wedge.
You can build your own custom wedges and check out all the options at http://www.cleveland…/mycustomwedge/
Review by L. Bolt