The Cleveland 588 Forged wedge is a return to the market of one of the classic wedge shapes. Having played the originals in my youth it was good to have a modern version in my hands again and the first impression is that the shape is a little different, particularly the sole which has a little less relief on the toe section of the sole than most modern wedges.
The sharper trailing edge also creates a look that implies it will be quite firm through the turf. However put it in play and the lovely balance of the head come to the fore and the performance from all types of lies and surfaces is very good. The subtle semi C-grind on the heel makes it surprisingly easy to open the face a little for tighter lies.
The head seems a little heavier and the toe is not as high as the CG15 wedge and there is also one fewer groove, albeit at the very top of the face. Compared to the CG15 the leading edge has a little less offset and curve so the 588 wedge will suit better players.
The feel from the 588 forged face is lovely and the excellent laser milled score lines between the grooves are great addition to what is a classic wedge. There are two finishes, the shiny chrome of old and a satin chrome which is our favourite and combines with the Lamkin grip to give the Cleveland 588 Forged wedge a very stylish look.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: