Review: Cleveland 588 Irons: Altitude, MT and TT
Cleveland 588 Altitude Irons
These are Super-Duper-Game-Improvement Irons. Each one, even the 8-iron looks like a hybrid. They have a forged face with a big wood like body as the back of the club. If you love your hybrids and really struggle with irons, this is the perfect set for you. The three irons I had all were very easy to hit and hit the ball very high. Even with their high launch I didn’t notice any serious ballooning issues.
While they do have a forged face which feels good, obviously they feel a little hollow. This isn’t a surprise because of their design, but it isn’t exactly what the better golfer is looking for in their irons. On the other hand I gave them to my wife to try for a couple rounds and she actually hit them quite well, even with Traction stiff flex shafts, probably because they are lighter weight steel shafts at 85 grams. I think that with a woman’s shaft in them she might have hit them even better. I see these fitting a new golfer, a very high hand handicap golfer, or a senior golfer looking for loft and easy to hit irons. They have a pretty healthy off-set which does help the golfer that might put these in the bag. They aren’t for me, but there are many golfers that would benefit from using these.
Cleveland 588 MT Irons
These were that mix between a distance iron and a game improvement iron yet in a decent looking package. I might see a better golfer using the 3 and 4 iron of this set kind of like a hybrid. They are easy to hit, elevate the ball nicely and feel pretty solid. These are clearly aimed at the high to mid high handicap golfer. These too have significant off-set to help fight the right side, but look in many ways like a normal iron.
Cleveland 588 TT Irons
I felt that these irons were plenty long still. I hit them about as far as any iron I have played, but the trajectory was flatter and more pleasing to my eye. I could see playing these irons in my bag without too many adjustments needed. They come stock with Cleveland Traction 85 shafts. They have a fairly deep undercut sole which still has a tiny hollowness to it, but much more solid and still fairly forgiving with ample perimeter weighting.
I can’t say that any of these will be going in my gamer bag, since I only have a 3-iron, 5-iron and an 8-iron, but I think a number of golfers could benefit from a full set of these in their bag. They have good feel, only slightly hollower, and amazing forgiveness. The three sets were designed to be interchangeable too, so you could make a combo set. Altitude in the long irons, MT in the mid irons and TT in the short irons. From Super Duper Game Improvement Irons to a Forgiving Players irons, the Cleveland 588 iron series have something for everyone.
+Easy to hit
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