Cleveland 588 Altitude Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9°, 10.5°, 12° with Matrix Radix graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 45.75” shaft is 0.5 inches shorter than the CG Black for added control. Ultralight, 270-gram driver designed for maximum clubhead speed and distance.
DISTANCE: The ultralight 588 Altitude allows smooth swingers to gain head speed and pick up a few extra yards; heel and toe hits produce relatively good distance for most testers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: “Consistent” is the recurring theme for many testers; there's only a minimal penalty for directional misses.
FEEL: Testers appreciate how stable the light head feels through impact; overall weight distribution is well done -- a fine balance between feeling featherlight during the swing and super solid at impact.
PLAYABILITY: The club is easy to swing and easy to get up high; true to its name, the 588 Altitude appeals to golfers looking to get their drives in the air.
LOOK: The all-black head is uncluttered; the word “Altitude” on the crown serves as a nice aiming tool.
A few testers are thrown off a bit by the overall light weight; no adjustability features, so the flight path you get out of the box is the one you're pretty much stuck with.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-rated drivers. An easy-to-swing, lightweight stick that appeals to players with slower (and smoother) swing speeds.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - High; Spin - Mid
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