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Cleveland 588 Custom Driver, Fairway Woods and Hybrids

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Cleveland Golf’s new 588 Custom driver <<< See Full Review Here >>> is more adjustable than the company’s recently released 588 Altitude driver, and has more weight positioned lower in the head to raise launch angle and lower spin.

The 588 Custom is an all-titanium 460-cubic-centimeter design with an adjustable weight in the rear of the sole that allows golfers to fine tune swing weight. The driver’s adjustable hosel has 12 different settings, with a 3-degree range of loft and lie adjustability and a 4.5-degree range of face angle adjustability.

It is available in lofts of 9 and 10.5 degrees, and comes stock with a 45.5-inch Matrix 6Q3 shaft (R, A, S and X flexes, D5 swing weight).

Cleveland 588 Fairway Wood

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Cleveland 588 Hybrid

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Cleveland is also releasing 588 fairway woods and hybrids that like the 588 Custom driver have enhanced variable face thicknesses to maximize distance on center strikes and offer more forgiveness on mishits, as well as rear sole plugs and advanced wall constructions that push the clubs’ center of gravity lower in the club heads.

The fairway woods are available in lofts of 14, 15.5, 18 and 20.5 degrees with a Matrix 6Q3 shaft (R, A, S and X flexes, D5 swing weight). The hybrids, which incorporate Cleveland’s Gliderail sole (two rails with subtle center keel on the sole to decrease turf drag), are offered in lofts of 18 (H2), 20.5 (H3), 23 (H4) and 26 (H5) degrees with Matrix’s Ozik Altus shaft (R, A, S and X flexes, D4 swing weight).

All three clubs will be available at retail on Feb. 7. The driver will sell for $349.99, the fairway woods will sell for $199.99 and the hybrids will sell for $169.99.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forum.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forum.

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  2. Shawn

    Jan 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Guys read the specs on these clubs. Literally exactly the same as the custom xl just a face lift.

  3. Bill

    Jan 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Good looking club. If it performs, I’ll take a look. Also like the new Wilson driver…both appear to be good value quality clubs.
    Looking forward to hitting them both

  4. BigBoy

    Jan 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Callaway Razr……

  5. Golfinray

    Jan 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I think Clevelands are maybe the most under rated clubs. I think their quality is high and price is decent. Don’t see why more people don’t hit them.

  6. Jeremy

    Jan 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I remember that Driver, it’s a Srixon Z Star reboot.

  7. Loop

    Jan 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    They are very good value clubs. Mid and up caps won’t go wrong here.

  8. llamont

    Jan 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    In my opinion, Cleveland is underrated in the woods department. The Launcher 270UL/290SL/310TL/and fairway woods were great clubs as was the Classic line of woods.

    • Tim

      Jan 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I have to agree… I’ve tried to kick my TL310 out of my bag and still can’t beat it after 3 years of trying every other driver on the planet. I have not tried the 588 as I want to stay with a sub-460cc driver..

  9. NOPE

    Jan 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    These wont sell like the rest of their woods. Their wedges remain solid but their woods and irons really don’t sell that well.

  10. Dwaine Ingarfield

    Jan 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Looks very sharp.
    Dwaine Ingarfield

  11. sam

    Jan 8, 2014 at 2:15 am

    id take all 3 game them for 2 rounds than trader them for taylormades new light speed thats coming out tomorrow to replace the jet speed. .. well probably…

  12. Buzzkill

    Jan 8, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Good grief. I hope the sound is worthy and not that high-pitched crap.

  13. paul

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I like the glossy head look. but i am biased, my own head is quickly becoming glossy and smooth as well.

  14. kev

    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Sir there is nothing in your wallet

  15. chomper

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Nothing special here, should of stopped with the tl310 or the classic 310

  16. A

    Jan 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Cleveland Golf have decided to rename its company to 588 Golf. lol

  17. Shawn Smith

    Jan 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Those are some nice looking clubs! Perfect mix of classic and modern!

  18. DIRK

    Jan 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    (throws wallet at local golf store) Take it all!

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Should you be using a blade or mallet putter?

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‘Should I use a blade or mallet putter?’ It’s a frequent question, and here we will provide you with our essential guide to help you decide.

Blade vs Mallet: Which style suits you?

As far as golf equipment goes, your putter may be the most critical item in your bag. That’s why it’s crucial to know the key features of both blade and mallet putters and what they are designed to provide so that you can closely identify which style of putter your stroke and game require to help you lower your scores.

Blade Putter

Scotty Cameron Blade Putter

The traditional blade putter features a sweet spot positioned closer to the heel and designed to offer maximum feel to golfers on the greens

A blade putter contains a traditional head shape and is a favorite amongst golf ‘purists’. Blade putters are heavily toe-weighted with a sweet spot positioned closer toward the heel. This sweet spot position is because the shaft connects to the club head of the blade at the heel or sometimes center of the blade. This heavy toe-weighting and heel sweet spot means that blade putters will typically suit players who have an arc in their putting stroke.

Mallet Putter

TaylorMade mallet putter

A mallet style putter gives players stability and balance in their stroke.

The more modern style mallet putter is a flat-stick with a larger head. The heads come in various shapes and sizes, and because of the size, a lot of the weight is often distributed away from the clubface so that players find plenty of stability and balance in their stroke. 

The ‘game improvement’ style of the mallet putter means that the larger sweet spot will help players who struggle to strike the ball directly in the center of the face, and the added weight in the clubhead is designed to prevent the putter twisting during the stroke.

Mallet putters also offer additional aid when it comes to alignment, offering more prominent features than a blade such as longer or added lines and can also benefit golfers who struggle to hit putts hard enough due to its heavier weight.

Do pros prefer blade or mallet style putters?

With the 2020 season in the books, we can take a look at who were the top-10 performers in the Strokes Gained: Putting department for 2020 and see what style of putter they used:

  1. Denny McCarthy: Scotty Cameron Tour-Only FastbackMallet
  2. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Yes C-Groove Tracy IIBlade
  3. Andrew Putnam: Odyssey White Hot RX No. 5Mallet
  4. Kristoffer Ventura: Scotty Cameron NewportBlade
  5. Kevin Na: Odyssey Toulon MadisonBlade
  6. Matt Kuchar: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1Blade (Wide)
  7. Ian Poulter: Odyssey Stroke Lab SevenMallet
  8. Mackenzie Hughes: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C Mallet
  9. Maverick McNealy: Odyssey ToulonBlade
  10. Bryson DeChambeau: SIK Tour prototypeBlade

Blade style 60% vs Mallet style 40%

Should I use a blade or mallet putter?

Typically, this choice comes down to feel and stroke. Your stroke, just like the stroke of a professional, is unique, and your stroke will determine which style of putter will help you perform best on the greens. Like any other club in your bag, fitting and testing is a key element that shouldn’t be overlooked.

That being said, there are two prominent strokes and identifying which category you fall into can help identify where you fall in the Blade vs Mallet putter debate..

Square-to-square stroke vs Arced stroke

Square-to-square stroke

A square-to square stroke is when the putter face is lined up square to the target, and the stroke is straight back and through. If you possess a natural square-to-square stroke, you may be more suited to a mallet putter. The reason for this is that a mallet putter is face-balanced with the center of gravity positioned toward the back of the club meaning the club is designed to stay square to the putter path all the way through the stroke.

Arced stroke

An arced stroke is when the putter face will open and close relative to the target, and the stroke travels on a slight curve. Should you possess an arced stroke, then a blade putter may be more suited for you because of the natural toe-weighting of the blade-style putter.

Other factors to consider

Feel players will also usually opt for a blade-style putter, due to the desire to feel the way the ball reacts off the putter face which allows them to have more control over their putting and to gain confidence. Mallet putters make ‘feel’ less easy to attain due to the softer inserts on the clubface.

Don’t put aside the issue of aesthetics when considering the issue too. The look of a putter can inspire confidence, and each individual will feel different when placing either a blade or mallet-style putter behind the ball at address, so choosing a style which makes you feel comfortable is an important aspect to consider.

Hopefully, you’ve now got more knowledge as to how you can find the right putter shape for you and your stroke. At the end of the day, the right putter for you, whether it’s a blade or mallet, will be the one which helps and inspires you to make more putts.

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It might be a good idea to cut down your driver

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There are a lot of ways to adjust your clubs at home with some simple tools, and one of the easiest jobs for the DIY golfer is cutting down clubs, especially cutting down a driver, and installing a new grip.

Cutting down a driver will have a number of impacts including making the driver more accurate because at a shorter length it is easier to control and make contact in the middle of the face.

PGA Tour driver length

Bryson DeChambeau testing a longer driver

On the PGA Tour, the average driver length is 45″, even though some golfers like Bryson DeChambeau with a Cobra SpeedZone and Adam Scott with a Titleist TSi4 *Prototype, have recently experimented with drivers close to the 48″ USGA limit to help pick up extra speed. Even Phil Mickelson has transitioned to a 47.5″ driver for extra speed, and has been using it on the Champions Tour and recently at The Match 3.

The longer driver theory works well for stronger and highly skilled players because of their ability to control a longer and heavier club at higher speeds, but for average golfers and most recreational players, this extra length means bigger misses and doesn’t always lead to extra speed—this is why playing a shorter length can help most golfers.

More on PGA Tour driver length: PGATour.com – Are long drivers here to stay?

Buying a new Driver

If you are buying a new driver, you can custom order any length you want through your retailer and the driver will be adjusted before final assembly. If you are buying a “stock” driver, most in the marketplace are now between 45.5″ and 46″ and many golfers struggle to control the club at those lengths. This is why many golfers choose to cut down their stock driver after purchase between 1″ and 1.5″.

What happens when you cut down a driver

When you cut down any club, especially a driver, it will feel lighter without any adjustment because you have moved the mass of the club closer to your hands. Just like a fulcrum scale used to measure mass, the closer the mass—in this case, the driver’s head gets to the fulcrum of the scale, the lighter it will “feel” to the golfer—this is called swing weight.

Thanks to adjustable drivers, it is easy to get extra weights from a manufacturer to help the driver feel the same before it was cut down, and as a general rule, for every 1″ you cut, you have to replace 12g back into the head,

To get an idea of what swing weight is, check out the video below that covers the subject.

TXG Driver length test

To see a shorter driver put to the test, check out the video by the team at TXG, where they compare a standard length 45″ driver to a 43″ driver and how they compare for distance and accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/4/20): Scotty Cameron X6, Cobra Big Tour, TaylorMade P7MC set

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member coreyl – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

If you are looking for a “big” off the tee alternative, the Cobra Big Tour 3 wood is a great option thanks in part to its larger head size and adjustable loft to get you dialed it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member JoeFrigo – Scotty Cameron X6 CS putter

The Scotty Cameron Phantom series is all about stability, and this X6 CS-center shafted model has been made even more stable with a BGT Stability shaft. With this putter, you’re going to run out of excuses for missing pretty quickly.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cameron X6 putter

Member TigerInTheWoods – TaylorMade P7MC irons

Here is an almost new set of the hottest irons in golf, the TaylorMade P7MC’s. Going from 4-Pw and ready for your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade P7MC

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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