ClubTest 2013: Cleveland 588 MT Irons
Cleveland 588 MT Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $699, steel; $799, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-PW with Cleveland Traction 85 steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A hollow head design allows weight to be distributed for a lower, deeper CG. Blade heights progress from shallower in long irons to taller in short irons, for a repeatable, mid-trajectory flight. The forged face insert enhances feel and ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Rounded soles are good from a variety of lies, resist digging and work well from the rough; the 588 MT tends to provide a fairly high ball flight on full swings.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Above-average directional correction on mis-hits; long irons are easy to strike with real authority, and they want to fly straight.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Many testers report overall distances that are similar to their usual set with ample consistency; off-center hits carry a somewhat predictable yardage; a few guys get exceptional length on solidly struck shots.
FEEL: They feel a bit like they look—heavy and strong through the ball; softer and nicer than most Cleveland irons in recent years; some say the forged face provides a "sweet" sensation at impact.
LOOK: Large heads are imposing and inspire confidence; filled in cavities look somewhat like musclebacks, which most testers find appealing.
The thick topline, wide sole and overall large head turn off some guys; shotmakers don't give these the highest marks; the clubs don't provide quite as much feedback through the ball as a few testers would like.
BOTTOM LINE: These muscular irons provide plenty of confidence at address and a fairly decent feel at impact.
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