Martin Hopley
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If you think the Cleveland 588 RTX CB wedges look similar to the previous CG16 wedges then you would be right. The shape of the head and the cavity back design are a continuation of the CG16 style. The main differences are the small medallion in the back of the 588 RTX head and the stabilising bars in the back of the face.

The aim of these is to increase the forgiveness and stability of the clubhead. Whilst you do not really associate or need a lot of forgiveness with wedges, they do their job well and the wedge has a nice solid feel right across the face and the impact sound is lovely.

The other main difference is the extra scoring on the face of the wedge that is there to improve spin. Cleveland were the first to do this on the CG15 and many others have followed suit since. The circular pattern behind the score lines between the grooves provides a bit of extra roughness that you can feel as you move your finger down the face and it works well on the course and out of sand.

The CG16 design was popular on Tour for its performance out of bunkers and the Cleveland 588 RTX CB wedges continue this fine performance with the slightly wider sole complimented by a subtle heel and toe grind. At present there is only the mid bounce option with the 2 dots on the sole, which is a little disappointing. The CG16 had low bounce versions of the higher lofts and hopefully that will come in due course for the 588 Rotex.

Both the satin chrome and black satin finishes look clean and classy, although the black satin finish will wear quite quickly to show the silver steel underneath if you like that sort of thing.

Overall this is a very good wedge that better players right up to 20 handicappers should try as it combines performance and value for money with a little more forgiveness than the 588 forged wedge.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge - Product Details

Launch UK15 November 2012
Launch USA15 November 2012
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
MaterialSteel
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexWedge
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Classic shape .. versatile with a lot of spin July 2013

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