Today continues our blog series on the advantages of the 588 Forged Wedge. Last week, we focused on the timeless shape of the wedge, which has won 26 majors and over 330 PGA Tour events since 1988. This week, we want to educate you on the 588 Forged’s grooves, specifically some of the finer points that are often overshadowed or overlooked when discussing wedge grooves.
So, let’s “Face The Facts” about wedge grooves (pun intended!)
Did you know that grooves function like tread on a tire? The purpose of a groove is to channel moisture and debris away from the contact surface to improve friction. With a car, that means better handling on the road, with a wedge it means that optimum groove dimensions allow for optimum control of spin. The 588 Forged Wedge has the maximum groove dimensions allowed by the USGA; if the grooves are too small, moisture and debris (grass, dirt, etc.) won’t be channeled away as effectively, meaning less spin control.
Cleveland Golf has been the leading innovator in groove technology for over a decade. Since the release of the 900 Wedge in 2000, Cleveland Golf has set the industry standard in wedge face consistency. Along with that, the Laser Milled face is truly one of a kind. Laser Milling, originally introduced on the CG15 wedge and later added to other CG wedges, allows for even more spin and control of the wedge thanks to optimal surface roughness, which also improves friction.
Milling is taken to new heights at CG. After our club builders mill the grooves into the wedge, we fill them with a protective, wax-like material. This material insures they maintain their original milled shape throughout the other manufacturing processes such as sandblasting and polishing (this also keeps them shiny… see for yourself next time you’re in a golf shop). Since they aren’t touched at all after milling, we can mill them right at the USGA’s limit without worrying that they will change shape and become non-conforming. No other company can make that claim, so no other company’s grooves are as pristine as ours.
So, readers, when it comes to face technology, Cleveland Golf is truly unmatched. No other company can do what we do with grooves on the face of a wedge, and at some point we just need to FACE the facts!