Cleveland 588 TT irons
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The highest compliment an accomplished golfer can give his irons is to say they're dependable and predictable. With the 588 TT irons, Cleveland set out to make a set worthy of such praise.
The 588 TT irons are classic perimeter-weighted irons intended for mid- and lower-handicap players. They have mass positioned in the heel and toe to provide a touch of forgiveness on off-center hits and help resist twisting. A thin, forged, stainless steel face insert helps broaden the sweet spot and create more ball speed, but the 588 TT irons are not as forgiving as either the 588 MT or 588 Altitude irons.
While Cleveland made the blade height constant, the 588 TT blade lengths shorten as the set progresses from long to short irons. Combined with the perimeter weighting, this should make the long irons slightly easier to hit while giving better players more control with the mid- and short irons.
Cleveland designed a polymer and aluminum badge for the back of each 588 TT iron, which soaks up unwanted vibrations and enhances sound and feel at impact.
Designed with a relatively compact sole and beveled trailing edge, the 588 TT irons also have a relatively thin topline.
The 588 TT irons are designed to seamlessly integrate with the 588 MT and Altitude irons to create personalized combo sets. The 588 MT irons launch the ball higher, so a combo set utilizing MT long irons with 588 TT mid- and short irons might appeal to some players.
When they were first available, the 580 TT irons cost $699 with steel shafts.