Review: Cleveland RTX 588 Wedge
Let’s start with the Rotex grooves. They claim to be 16% bigger. Without a microscope, I can’t really prove that claim. They also claim to have a rougher surface area, which I think this one I did noticed with a little more spin than the 588 wedges I have. Finally they have milling in the un-grooved area which is there to help create a little extra spin on delicate, open faced shots. I think this too was noticeable.
The finishing touches on this wedge are very nice. The stock shaft is DG wedge shaft. I appreciate this over a proprietary “made for” shaft. The True Temper shaft offers a consistent feel and trajectory that you can count on. I never had any spinners or weird results due to the shaft. The standard Tour Velvet Cleveland grip works well. The Black Pearl finish is still on of my favorite finishes Cleveland offers. It is a matte black that eliminates reflection and seems to hold up quite well, even with moderate bunker play. A nice little touch on this one too, was the laser engraved name on the hosel. It is always fun to have a little personalization on your wedges.
While the 588 RTX included many of the best of Clevend’s wedges, the only area where another Cleveland wedge is superior is the feel. The 588 forged are still their best feeling wedges. The 588 RTX is a close second. The cavity back design is still pretty solid feeling on center hits and not bad on off center shots, but just not quite as pure as the forged 588. I think I did see a pic somewhere of a forged 588 with Rotex grooves. That would be the winner for me in terms of feel and spin. Yet we all know the cast is going to be more durable in the long run too so it really depends on your needs. The 588 RTX will spin more and offer more forgiveness with just a slightly harsher feel.
I like were Cleveland is going with with their wedges in 2013. They are using the best of what they have made in the past to create a new really nice wedge.; the 588 RTX
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