Cleveland update iconic 588

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Cleveland have up-graded their famed 588 wedge – but cautiously, taking into account the philosophy that “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

Cleveland have up-graded their famed 588 wedge – but cautiously, taking into account the philosophy that “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

The 588, named simply because when it was launched in 1988, it was Clevelend’s fifth wedge.

Ultimately it was to become Cleveland’s most iconic piece of equipment, the club having been used in 26 major triumphs and in 335 US PGA Tour victories, and in truth, the core piece of equipment around which the Cleveland club and equipment range was built.

The new 588 has an updated logo and the back of the head has received a facelift, but the shape of the club and the form it takes at address have not been altered in any way.

Still forged from 1025 carbon steel to give it a soft feel, the new wedge has Cleveland’s Tour Zip grooves for the first time along with the company’s new laser-milled surface-roughness treatment.

First applied to the CG15 wedges, the tiny lines etched into the club’s face are designed to help maximize spin.

“This treatment,” said Scott Carlyle, Cleveland Golf’s business unit leader for irons and wedges,”helps to create a lot of friction between the ball and the face on every shot, both from the rough and from the fairway,”

The 588 Forged wedges, Carlyle advised, will be available in lofts ranging from 46° to 64°.

“We’ve provided all these lofts so you can optimize the gap spacing between every wedge in your set,” Carlyle he added.

The 588 will also be available in low, standard and high-bounce offerings to ensure you’ll have the ideal amount of bounce for the sand and conditions you face most often.

Both the satin chrome-finished and mirror chrome-finished 588 Forged wedges will come standard with a True Temper Tour Concept wedge shafts for a RSP of about $140 and are expected to start reaching the pro shops in November.

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