The Hybrids Test 2014: Cleveland 588
Tech: Cleveland’s first hybrid with variable face thickness to create fast ball speeds from the middle and on off-centre hits.
What we said… James Ridyard: “Feels light and long in the shaft, which reduced control. It looks a little busy around the hosel and has a shiny finish. I like the sole design but it wasn’t overly powerful.” Joel Tadman: “I got quite a high flight. Carry numbers were decent and I like the contrast between the face and the crown. The curved bottom edge helps when hitting from poor lies.” Peter Ward: “I don’t like the glossy finish but it feels really hot out of the middle.” Ross Nichols: “The grip felt thin, was hard to control and I curved the ball a lot. But when I did catch it, I got a strong trajectory.”
Pros: Easy to align, powerful from the centre.
Cons: Light feel reduced clubface control.
The numbers: Distance consistency: 9 Dispersion: 8 Looks: 7 Feel: 7 Forgiveness: 7.5 Versatility: 7.5
TG Rating: 7.5/10
Details: Lofts: 18°, 20.5°, 23°, 26° Contact: www.clevelandgolf.com