CLEVELAND 588 RTX 2.0
PRICE: $130, steel
WE TESTED: Low bounce: 56°/8°, 56°/10°, 58°/6°, 60°/6°, 60°/8°; Mid: 52°/10°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 58°/12°, 60°/10°; High: 56°/14°, 56°/16°, 60°/12°, 60°/14°. All with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Three distinct sole shapes optimize the effective bounce for low-, mid- and high-bounce players.
LOOK: One of the best — the sleek blade lives up to the 588 standard; the black and satin finishes look great; exotic face-milling pattern can spin it; the cavity-back (“CB”) version sets up like the blade from above.
FEEL: Offers good, medium balance — heavy enough to dig the ball out but light enough to make adjustments on the fly; impact is crisp and clean; the CB presses mute on misses, while the blade reports feedback with a delicate touch.
DISTANCE CONTROL: High marks — optimum spin opens up options; you can punch it in with zip or float one up with next to none; the CB saves testers a few yards off the heel and toe.
PLAYABILITY: Gives the green light greenside — both models can do it all; no problem clipping it clean or opening the face to deploy the bounce; easy to adjust ball flight, even out of sand.
Feel is just below the buttery best — a touch metallic, could use a little more cushion; despite low-, mid-, and high-bounce options, some guys want a more tricked-out sole to bail them out; black finish wears fast.
BOTTOM LINE: An understated, attractive wedge that’s strong in all areas. Plus, the CB option yields a bit more forgiveness with little downside to speak of.