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September 18, 2011

Cleveland's brings back the iconic 588 wedge

Posted at 8:00 PM by David Dusek

The last thing the engineers at Porsche want to do is mess around with the 911. Give it a more-powerful engine, add ceramic brakes, tweak the suspension…fine, but the guiding principle is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Today's 911 looks very similar to the first one that rolled out of the factory in Stuttgart, Germany, back in 1964.

When Cleveland Golf recently decided it was time to update the 588 wedge—so named because in 1988 it was the company's fifth wedge offering—it took the same approach. The 588 has been used to win 26 major championships and 335 PGA Tour events, and it's not a stretch to say that the club is the foundation of the entire company.

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With an updated logo, the back of the new 588 has received a facelift, but the shape of the club and the form it takes at address have not been altered at all. Still forged from 1025 carbon steel to give it a soft feel, the new 588 has Cleveland's Tour Zip grooves for the first time along with the company's new laser-milled surface-roughness treatment. First applied to the CG15 wedges, the tiny lines etched into the club's face are designed to help maximize spin.

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"This treatment helps to create a lot of friction between the ball and the face on every shot, from the rough and from the fairway," says Scott Carlyle, Cleveland Golf's business unit leader for irons and wedges.

The 588 Forged wedges will be available in lofts ranging from 46° to 64°. "We've provided all these lofts so you can optimize the gap spacing between every wedge in your set," Carlyle says.

The 588 will also be available in low-, standard- and high-bounce offerings to ensure you'll have the ideal amount of bounce for the sand and conditions you face most often.

Both the satin chrome-finished and mirror chrome-finished 588 Forged wedges will come standard with a True Temper Tour Concept wedge shaft for about $140. Look for them to arrive in pro shops in November

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August 12, 2011

Winner's Bag: Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 6:31 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher UltraLite TL 310 (10.5°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 61 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 83 shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Project X XHB6 shaft; Mashie TM3 (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C Kua 105 shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (52°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabretooth
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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My Bag: Jerry Kelly at the 2011 PGA Championship

Posted at 2:03 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher TL310 (8.5°) with an Oban Devotion 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906F4 (13°) with a Graphite Design Pershing 75 X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Launcher DST (15.5°) with a Miyazaki CKua 83 X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG1 Tour (3-PW) with Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (53°, 60°) with Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts
PUTTER: Cleveland Classic 3
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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May 29, 2011

Winner's Bag: Keegan Bradley at the HP Byron Nelson Championship

Posted at 8:10 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher UltraLite TL 310 (10.5°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 61 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala 83 shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Project X XHB6 shaft; Mashie TM3 (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C Kua 105 shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (52°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabretooth
BALL: Srixon Z-Star

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(Photo by LM Otero/AP Photos)

May 22, 2011

Winner's Bag: David Toms at the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Posted at 9:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Cleveland Launcher DST (10.5°) with an Aldila Rip 60 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher DST (15°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Silver 83 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°, 20.5°) with Project X HC1 shafts
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with Project X 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Clevland CG16 (54°, 60°) with Project X 6.0 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Dinero Tycoon
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland/Never Compromise clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

April 03, 2011

No course puts wedges to the test like Augusta National

Posted at 10:00 PM by David Dusek

Mickelson-Masters-2010-Beck_600x450 Instead of hacking chips and greenside pitch shots out of long, gnarly rough, as they do in a U.S. Open, the competitors at the Masters are forced to perform acts of short-game heroism off tight lies.
 
Really tight lies.
 
"Augusta National and the Masters put more of a premium on technique than a U.S. Open," says Roger Cleveland, who as chief of golf club design at Callaway Golf makes the wedges for three-time champ Phil Mickelson (right) and 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, among others.
 
Cleveland notes that under U.S. Open conditions, the ball sometimes buries in the rough and other times sits up. Regardless, pros can swing steeply with a high-lofted wedge and pop it out like a bunker shot.
 
That technique won't work at the Masters, where tight lies make it hard to get under the ball. Only crisp, in-the-grooves contact will produce the spin a player needs to control the ball on Augusta's legendary greens.
 
Equipment preparations for the Masters usually begin in Florida several weeks before the tournament.
 
Bob Vokey, who designs wedges for Titleist and works with many of the company's staff players, was busy two weeks ago at Bay Hill. "[The pros] think it's going to be firm greens, so I switched out some [wedges] of staffers like Zach Johnson and Ricky Fowler and Charlie Hoffman," he says.
 
According to the man they call "Voke," the rule of thumb is to use wedges with slightly less bounce at Augusta National. The less bounce a wedge has, the easier it is to slide under a ball resting on a tight lie. But taking too much bounce off a wedge has a downside at the Masters.
 
"Sometimes I'll be working with the player and we'll talk about taking the bounce off,” Vokey says. "But the sand there, you know, it gets kind of fluffy. If you take too much bounce off to make the club work from the tight lies, you're going to take away from the benefits you get in the soft sand.”
 
Brandt Snedeker, who tied for third at the 2008 Masters, recently asked Cleveland Golf's Rob Waters to make him a new 60
° wedge with reduced bounce in both the heel and the toe.
 
Reducing the bounce in the heel allows Snedeker to open the face more while still being able to slide the club under the ball. Taking bounce out of the toe means Snedeker's wedge won't rebound off the turf as much as it swings through the hitting area. The bounce remaining in the middle of the head is helpful when Snedeker hits square-faced bunker shots. It's a subtle detail, but an important one.
 
Roger Cleveland also says that he gets many requests from Callaway staff players for Augusta-specific wedges in the weeks leading up to the Masters. He notes that both Mickelson and Ernie Els made modifications to their wedge setups, with the tournament in mind, a few weeks ahead of time.
 
Like playing a series of practice rounds at Augusta before Masters week, Cleveland says it's one of those things that veterans simply know to do, but some rookies don't.
 
Mickelson-Masters-2010-Biever_600x450 Another strategy to increase spin and control at Augusta is to add a super-high lofted wedge. Mickelson used a 64
° wedge to get up and down several times at Winged Foot in 2006 during the U.S. Open, and a few players now carry one all the time. Cleveland warns that it's not a magic wand.
 
"You have to practice with it,” Cleveland says. “You can't just put in a 64
° wedge. I mean, these guys are incredible, but it still takes a big commitment to swing as hard as you need to swing with that club. You've got to get used to it, especially under pressure. It's difficult, which is why I think a lot of guys are reluctant to use it.”
 
Vokey notes that adding a 64
° wedge also presents another challenge: What club is the player going to take out to make room?
 
One thing that Waters, Vokey and Cleveland all agree on is the necessity of fresh grooves. Regardless of the sole grind or the loft, the USGA's recent groove rule changes make sharp grooves critical to generating spin and control.
 
Reps and club builders from all the major manufacturers will be on-site in the days leading up to the opening round of the Masters. If players need last-minute tweaks, complete back-up sets of clubs are waiting in each company's tour van across the street.
 
They can work a lot of magic on wedges in those trucks, and they’d be happy to do some tailoring too if one of their players ends up with a new green jacket.

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(Photos: top, Robert Beck/SI. Bottom, John Biever/SI)

March 28, 2011

My Bag: Boo Weekley

Posted at 4:21 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland HiBore XLS Tour (9.5°) with a Project X 7A3 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland XLS (15°) with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Red FWY X shaft, Launcher Comp (19) with an Aldila NV 85 shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Mashie (20.5°) with an Aldila NV 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG Tour (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts
PUTTER: Never Compromise Gambler Straight
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

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(Photo by Brad Barr/Getty Images)

January 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Mark Wilson at the Sony Open

Posted at 10:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping i15 (8°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRAY WOODS: Cleveland HiBore XL (13°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Graphite Design YS 85X Hybrid shafts
IRONS: Ping i10 (4-PW) with CS-Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with CS-Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

January 06, 2011

Graeme McDowell gets new irons and wedge, but keeps old woods

Posted at 10:02 AM by David Dusek

Graeme McDowell may have signed a new endorsement deal with Srixon, but a few of his old clubs made their way into his new bag. Via Twitter on Wednesday he listed the equipment he plans to use this week at Kapalua.

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The driver he refers to in that last message, specifically, is a Callaway FT Tour (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP 60 shaft. The hybrids are Adams Idea Pro (17°, 21°). The 17° has an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, and the 21° has an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft. His putter is from the Odyssey White Hot line.

I spoke with a representative from Cleveland/Srixon via e-mail on Wednesday. The company was aware that the 2010 U.S. Open champ might keep using some of his Callaway and Adams clubs for a while. According to the source, McDowell has been testing Cleveland's Launcher UltraLite TL 310 driver, so look for that club to possibly become his new gamer in the weeks ahead.

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September 26, 2010

Winner's Bag: Jim Furyk at the Tour Championship

Posted at 6:58 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 X shaft
HYBRID:
Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 Graphite X shaft
IRONS:
Srixon Z-TX Forged (3, 5-PW) with Apollo Hump X shafts
WEDGES:
Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°), Callaway JAWS, ( 60°) with Apollo Hump X shafts
PUTTER:
Yes! Sophia
BALL:
Srixon Z-Star X

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

September 19, 2010

My Bag: Jim Furyk at the Tour Championship

Posted at 9:00 PM by David Dusek

"I love my 60 wedge. I use it for tight lies around the greens and bunker shots, but not much out of the rough."

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DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 83 X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 Graphite X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX Forged (3, 5-PW) with Apollo Hump X shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with Apollo Hump X shafts
PUTTER: Yes! Sophia
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about ClevelandSrixon, TaylorMade, and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

May 09, 2010

Winning Clubs: Tim Clark at 2010 Players Championship

Posted at 8:35 PM by David Dusek

Tim Clark Players Sunday

DRIVER: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri (9.5°) with a Fujikura Motore F1 1.0 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade Burner (14.5°) with a Grafalloy ProLite shaft; Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus  (17°) with an Aldila RCH 36 shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19°) with a UST Mamiya Irod X shaft
IRONS:  Srixon I-404 (4-9) with Rifle 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG14 (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball Long
BALL:  Srixon Z-Star

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April 22, 2010

My Bag: Jerry Kelly at 2010 Zurich Classic

Posted at 4:07 PM by David Dusek

"Cleveland made me a new putter. It's like the one I won with last year. I bought that one at Nevada Bob's. It was $69, but I got it for $48."

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Here is a list of the clubs that Jerry Kelly, 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion, is using this week:

DRIVER: Cleveland Launcher DST (8.5°) with Oban Devotion 6 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 906F4 (13°) with Graphite Design Pershing X shaft
HYBRID: Cleveland HiBore XLS (16°) with Graphite Design YS9.1 X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl (3-9) with True Temper Black Gold X shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 (47°, 53°, 60°) with True Temper Black Gold X shafts
PUTTER: Cleveland Classic 3
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)

April 19, 2010

Winning Clubs: Jim Furyk at 2010 Verizon Heritage

Posted at 10:17 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft
HYBRID: Srixon Hybrid (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX (3), Srixon I-506 (5-PW) with Apollo Hump shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist prototype
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

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March 21, 2010

Winning Clubs: Jim Furyk at 2010 Transitions Championship

Posted at 8:59 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (9.5°) with an Oban Devotion 70 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5°) Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft
HYBRID: Srixon Hybrid (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904HB shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX (3), Srixon I-506 (5-PW) with Nippon Pro 950 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland CG15 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist prototype
BALL: Srixon Z-Star X

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway, Cleveland, TaylorMade, Srixon and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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