Irons Test 2014: Cleveland 588 Altitude
Cost: £449 steel £499 graphite
Tech: With this hybrid iron set, Altitude irons feature a bendable hosel to adjust lie angle, and can be easily interchanged with 588 MT and TT models at no extra cost.
What we said... James Ridyard: “The face has loads of bulk behind it. A heavy head but light 85g shaft increased clubhead speed but didn’t feel particularly well balanced. It has a very different metallic sound and clicky feel but sends the ball out there. Forgiveness levels were sky high but the topline is too chunky.” Adam Holdgate: “I don’t like how chunky head makes me feel like a beginner, but found it easy to strike well. The flight was very high and I lost out on distance. Lower swing speeds may appreciate what it offers more.”
Pros: High flight and forgiveness ideal for low swing speeds.
Cons: A little too large.
The numbers: Looks: 7 Feel: 7.5 Forgiveness: 8.5 Workability: 7 Distance Consistency: 9 Dispersion: 9
TG Rating: 8/10
Details: 7-iron loft: 31° Left-handed: Yes Set: 5-PW Contact: www.clevelandgolf.com