04/16/2016

All 14 clubs in your bag are important of course but some more so than others. 

I’m guessing, for instance, your wedges get a lot more use than your 4-iron or maybe even your driver does.  It’s nothing to be embarrassed about.  Even the best pros in the world miss greens from time to time. 

The key to their success and the key to lowering your handicap is an improved short game.  How many strokes do you give away around the greens during an average round?  2?  4?  6 or more?

Cleveland Golf company has a solution for saving those strokes from 100 yards in.  Introduced last year, the Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedges offer your solution no matter what your handicap is (or should be).

Todd Harmon the president of Cleveland Golf calls it their most advance wedge to date. 

It’s an update to the Cleveland 588 Rotex wedge that was debuted in 2012.  That was the first specialist cavity back wedge. To prepare for the 2.0 version, Cleveland did their homework by consulting with major champions Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell to find out what they needed to improved their game.

They then, also looked at the factors you and I face that make the difference between par and double bogey.  Cleveland spent long hours at the range analyzing data and sought input from well over 100 players of all skill levels.  A common concept emerged:  versatility. 

So with that in mind, the goal then wasn’t to change what they had done in the past, but instead make it more versatile with advanced spin technology and more control. 

The 588 RTX 2.0 wedge has progressively varied sole design and a loft ranging from 46 to 64 degrees, and can be ordered in either a blade or cavity back design. In addition, you have three different sole design options to choose from, easily identified by Cleveland’s dot labeling. 

The full sole (3 dots) has a higher bounce angle and is ideal for softer conditions or if you have a steep attack angle in your swing.  The two dot sole is considered the standard bounce grind and ideal for a wide variety of playing conditions or players with a neutral attack angle.  The one dot is a low bounce club, ideal for firm conditions or playing out of wet sand, and for those with a shallower attack angle.

The Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 also comes with steeper grooves and are as sharp as the USGA will allow.  This means less dirt and grass on your club and more spin on the ball during the moment of impact.  With the 56 and 60 degree wedges even the average golfer can generate a lot more spin on the ball.

Improving your game doesn’t come without a price, of course.  The Cleveland wedges run about $129, but your return on investment could be great. A new driver can easily run double or triple the price. 

Bombing long drives is great, but if you can tighten up your game from 100 yards in, you’re going to cut strokes off of your score.

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Here’s a review on the wedges from Mark Crossfield at Mark Crossfield golf: