Cleveland wedges have long been a favorite on every professional Tour, and the new 588 RTX 2.0 models were influenced heavily from a design standpoint by players like Graeme McDowell and Hideki Matsuyama. The result of that feedback are wedges that Cleveland engineers believe will meet the needs of any recreational player, regardless of ability level.
The low-bounce grind design in the 588 RTX 2.0 lineup was created for players who like to be creative around the greens, with maximum heel and toe relief making it possible to play a vast array of shots. The one-dot model comes in lofts between 54 and 60 degrees and will work well from firm turf and sand conditions and for players with shallow angles of attack.
Available in lofts ranging from 46-64 degrees, two-dot models are standard-bounce grinds that will work well from all turf and sand conditions and for players who have a neutral angle of attack. They combine the best of both worlds in in the 588 RTX 2.0 line in terms of forgiveness and versatility.
The three-dot wedges equate to a full-sole grind, which will work especially well for players who have steeper angles of attack and from softer turf and sand conditions. Additionally, the constant sole utilized in these models makes it easier to play full shots from the fairway or when opening the face.
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The 588 RTX 2.0 line features three unique face technologies that have been incorporated to increase spin, especially from the rough. The wedges come in Black Satin and Tour Satin finishes, as well as various custom finishes. Additionally, there is a CB (cavity back) model available. Those wedges have a slightly larger footprint, wider soles that make them easier to hit, and additional perimeter weighting for increased MOI. Also of note, Cleveland engineers say they have seen a shift toward Tour players using more bounce in their wedges and are encouraging recreational players to experiment with more bounce, which they believe makes it easier to control the ball.
“It’s kind of been trending that good players think they should play a low-bounce wedge, but our Tour staff does a great job of telling young, talented players that bounce is your friend and it’ll help you control the ball around the green.” –Pat Ripp, Cleveland/Srixon Golf Research Engineer.