ClubTest 2014: Cleveland 588 Fairway Woods
Cleveland 588 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (14°), 3 (15.5°) and 5 (18°) with Matrix Ozik 6Q3 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A weighted plug in the sole pulls the 588’s CG low and deep to raise launch. An updated variable-thickness face is designed to improve ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Launches the ball without much effort; cuts nicely through the rough; more skilled players can turn shots over without much trouble.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A definite draw bias keeps slices in check; off-center hits stay the course and typically work back to the target line; practically the entire clubface produces good results.
DISTANCE: Length is consistent, if not impressive; misses get a good measure, but pure hits won’t wow you.
FEEL: About what testers expect from Cleveland woods—a traditional, sweet click at impact with little twisting through the ball and no harsh surprises.
LOOK: Again, very traditional; the 588 has a conservative black-gloss finish without any alignment aids or flashy decals; basic setup looks good behind the ball.
Several panelists lose noticeable distance compared with others tested; draw bias is not viable for hard swingers and guys who fight the left side; not the easiest club to hit cleanly—requires a deliberate tempo; nothing about the 588 woods jumps off the shelf.
BOTTOM LINE: A clean, uncomplicated wood with so-so results. It’s best for smooth swingers looking for baby draws and time-honored aesthetics.
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