Today kicks off a four week blog series that will highlight the key features and benefits of the 588 Precision Forged Wedge. The series will feature write ups covering the subjects of: Shape, Feel, Performance and the Forging Process. There will be a new post every Wednesday from now until February 22nd. Today we will focus on the shape of the wedge.
The 588 Wedge, originally introduced in 1988, has long been accepted as the industry benchmark in wedge craftsmanship. There truly has never been another wedge that has rivaled this one. A massive part of the success the 588 has had, both commercially and on tour, has come because of the shape of the wedge. Our researchers here have narrowed down the top features of the shape into five points:
Ideal Face Area – Slightly higher heel and toe sections in the 588 create a larger club face to inspire confidence, yet the wedge’s relatively compact design still maximizes playability and shot-making.
Superior “V” Sole Design – The 588 has an intermediate sole width that narrows at the heel and widens at the toe, a versatile construction that suits full fairway shots and firm turf conditions while also accommodating greenside shots from thick rough and bunkers.
More Effective Bounce – A cambered sole allows the bounce of the 588 wedge to work more effectively. The bounce progressively decreases from the leading edge to the rear of the sole, promoting smoother, more consistent turf interaction and optimal feel.
Precise Flange Size – The flange on every 588 model is crafted specifically to enhance performance. Flanges on 48- and 52-degree wedges are smaller to complement the lower bounce angle that’s ideal for full fairway shots and long pitches, while 56- and 58-degree offerings have a larger flange for optimal playability from sand and rough.
Optimal Leading Edge – The 588’s subtly rounded leading edge promotes a natural visual transition when opening the club face for high, soft shots. Plus, the leading edge is set slightly ahead of the hosel at address to enhance turf interaction out of the rough.
So what does this all mean for you as a player? It means that the shape of the 588 Precision Forged Wedge is truly about getting the job done. It means a wedge that will preform more consistently and at a higher level. It means that you are more likely to have a “watch this” moment with your buddies. Speaking of that, do you have a “watch this” moment with a 588 Wedge that you want to share with us? We would love to hear them.