Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedge Review

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The brand synonymous with wedges releases it’s most comprehensive line up to date with the Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedges.  Options for color, club style, and sole lead to the perfect fit for any golfer.

Introduction

Ever since the USGA put the kibosh on machete-sharp, urethane-destroying grooves, it seems that it’s been harder to generate a ton of buzz around a wedge release.  Cleveland’s solution?  Throw the kitchen sink at golfers with the new 588 RTX 2.0 wedges.  That kitchen sink includes a new face and grooves, new sole grinds, and more custom fitting options than ever before.

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Looks

Golfers will have a number of different aesthetic options with their Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedges.  As you can see, there are both Tour Satin and Black Satin finishes in addition to blade and cavity back styles.  The blade is slightly smaller at address than the cavity back, though it’s not a huge difference.

No matter what options you choose, you’ll be getting a classic look at address: a teardrop-shaped wedge with a slightly rounded leading edge and toe.

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Sound & Feel

At impact, both the blade and cavity back versions of the 588 RTX 2.0 wedge deliver a firm, muted click.  While I would argue that the two versions feel virtually identical, I think that true club snobs might get slightly more feedback from the blade.  For the other 99.9% of us, we’ll be able to easily discern how the shot was struck by the impact feel on either club.

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Performance

Spin sells, so we’ll start there.  Cleveland’s Rotex 2.0 face technology promises more spin and more consistent spin due to three improvements.  First, the grooves have steeper walls (more volume) and sharper radii to improve spin on wet shots.  Second, there’s a micro milling on the face that’s 30% deeper and 14% wider than in the past.  This face milling increases the roughness of the face which increases friction which increases spin.  Finally, there’s laser milling between the grooves to improve the consistency of the roughness across the face.  While I don’t have an original Rotex wedge to compare the 2.0 to, I can say that the RTX 2.0 wedge did deliver very high, consistent spin when it was tested on our launch monitor.  Though we didn’t have a launch monitor when we were testing out of the rough, we were still seeing balls check up even from juicy lies.

Keeping with a staple of Cleveland’s wedges, the 588 RTX 2.0 line features the dot system for indicating the amount of bounce each wedge has.  The 3 Dot wedges, as you can see above, feature a full sole for more bounce which is necessary for players in soft conditions or those who attack the ball steeply.  The 2 Dot sole has moderate relief in the toe, heel, and trailing edge to reduce the bounce and make the wedge more versatile in a variety of conditions.  The 1 Dot sole has a more aggressive grind with less bounce for players who are very shallow into impact or those playing in firm conditions.  Ultimately, this wide range of options means that every golfer will be able to find a sole that fits their swing and their playing conditions.

To me, the most important thing about this new wedge line is the ability to get every spec dialed in for your game.  Cleveland is making an unprecedented push to make multiple head styles, shafts, lofts, and sole available to all golfers.  Cleveland has over 150 wedge fitting carts available, each with over 210 different head and shaft combinations.  Additionally, there will be over 650 wedge fitting displays with 81 combinations.  You can find your nearest Cleveland wedge fitter HERE.

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Conclusion

If you’re sick of wasting shots around the green, no one is making it easier to get the perfect wedges than Cleveland with their new 588 RTX 2.0 wedges.  At their hundreds of fitting locations, you’ll be able to try different lofts, soles, shafts, and club styles to find the optimal combination for your game, and no matter what you choose, you’ll be getting consistent spin from the Rotex 2.0 face.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. Anthony James

    Good Video

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