2015 Ultimate Product Reviews: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges

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Each spring I look forward to learning about all the new products out there. It gets me pumped to get back on the golf course! This year I thought it would be fun to do my own product reviews. I did a few video reviews and it quickly occurred to me that I am only one guy, while there are people out there that have been perfecting the art of testing clubs for years. So starting last week with the Cobra Fly-Z irons, I compiled all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope these ultimate product reviews are as helpful to you as they are for me!


Club Name: 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin Wedges
Brand: Cleveland
Price Point: $129.99
Specs: 46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62°, 64°. Wedges come stock with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Wedge shaft or Cleveland’s 90-gram Rotex graphite wedge shaft.

Summary

From Cleveland: “The evolution of the 588 RTX 2.0 wedges began by listening to some of the best players in the world. Working in cooperation with elite tour staffers like Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, and Hideki Matsuyama, our engineers were able to pinpoint the challenges players face from 125 yards and in and seek out solutions to help them score better. Throughout the entire development process, our tour staff tested and provided feedback to ensure that the 588 RTX 2.0 was the best wedge on tour. Our Rotex face technology literally changed the face of spin in golf last year. Rotex 2.0 takes spin control to yet another level. 15% sharper grooves and a new micro-milled Rotex face pattern give these wedges the most surface roughness the USGA will allow. It’s Spin 2.0.”

Special Notes

The Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedges are available in lofts of 46 to 64 degrees in Cleveland’s Black Satin and Tour Satin finishes. All clubs are available in right and left handed. The 588 RTX 2.0 wedges are available in three soles designs: 1 DOT (low bounce grind), 2 DOT (standard bounce grind) and 3 DOT (full sole).

The Low Bounce Grind is available in lofts of 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°.
The Standard Bounce Grind is available in lofts of 46°, 48°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°, 62° and 64°.
The Full Sole Grind is available in lofts of 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°

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You can buy the clubs directly by visiting the Cleveland Golf website.

THE REVIEWS

1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. Every player wants as much spin as possible on shots hit from the rough. Cleveland’s idea was to sharpen its groove edges and add multiple levels of surface roughness to the space between the grooves. Three sole grinds and 18 loft options mean there’s a wedge to meet just about every need, and Cleveland’s wedge-fitting app helps handle the decision- making for you.

2. Golf Magazine: Like it. The Low Bounce grind is best for players with a shallow angle of attack or very firm conditions, while the Standard Bounce grind is aimed at those who have a “normal,” angle of attack and desire the highest level of versatility from a variety of playing conditions. The Full Sole grind offers the highest amount of effective bounce and is best for players with steep attack angles or those who tend to play in soft conditions.

3. Golf WRX: Like It. The new grooves are the fourth generation of the company’s “Tour Zip Grooves,” and are 8 percent deeper than the previous version and have sharper side walls to channel more grass, dirt and moisture from the clubface for cleaner contact. The 588 RTX 2.0 wedges also feature Cleveland’s new Rotex 2.0 face pattern, a two-pass micro milling pattern that offers more face roughness. The third step in the process is the company’s Laser Milling technique, which pushes the surface roughness of the wedges to the USGA’s legal limit to create more spin on pitch and chip shots, according to Cleveland.

4. Hacker’s Paradise: Like it. With a focus on versatility and meeting the needs of every player, the RTX 2.0 wedges come to market with abundant options that are still somewhat easy to sift through. By including a fully stocked cavity back line, Cleveland has effectively doubled the number of choices available to consumers and shown that one doesn’t necessarily have to sacrifice greenside creativity when in need of a little forgiveness.

5. Golf Magic: Love it. Those looking for a wedge that imparts maximum spin on all shots will surely want to give the 588 RTX 2.0 a try, whether they’ve previously been fans of Cleveland’s wedges or not. The innovative groove and face technology in Cleveland’s 588 RTX 2.0 wedge make the club a serious consideration for mid-to-low handicappers, and the the CB version will appeal more to the higher capper. Cleveland Golf has essentially doubled the number of choices available to its fan base and shown that one doesn’t necessarily have to sacrifice creativity around the greens when in need of a little forgiveness. That will prove a big plus in that camp, no doubt.

6. Bunkers Paradise: 4.9 out of 5. A nice tacky grip makes the connection between you and the club. Strikes are solid and they sound great. You can actually hear a slight zip when the ball jumps off the face. A True Temper wedge shaft give you that familiar hefty feel. Overall, the wedge feels awesome. I attribute the great feel to the looks of the club and knowing that it is a good quality product. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Blindfolded, I doubt I could tell the difference between this and a Vokey or Taylormade wedge.

7. Golfalot.com: Like It. Having allowed golfers to pick the style of wedge they prefer, Cleveland has taken versatility a step further by creating three distinct grind options for the 588 RTX 2.0 to maximize performance based on turf conditions, players individual preferences and skill levels.By progressively altering the sole design in line with the bounce of the club Cleveland can offer an array of bounce and loft combinations to let players choose the best wedges for their games.

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