Cleveland 588 Altitude irons made to fly high

Cleveland 588 Altitude iron
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The heads of Cleveland Golf's 588 Altitude irons contain internal weights that create a lower, deeper Center of Gravity to improve both forgiveness and a higher ball flight.
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Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 | 1:11 a.m.

What are the 588 Altitude irons from Cleveland Golf built for? Their name gives that answer away.

Designed for mid- to high-handicap players and other golfers with slower swing speeds, these super game-improvement irons are a blended hybrid-iron set. Every club in the set is engineered to get the ball up into the air easily for both playability and performance.

The clubs feature what Cleveland calls Full Hollow Construction. In essence, the clubheads are hollow, with the exception of internal weights that create a lower, deeper Center of Gravity to improve both forgiveness and a higher ball flight.

Each club in the Altitude set has a forged face to enhance feel and ball speed, along with a bendable hosel. To fit different swing types, the hosels can be bent up to 3 degrees upright or 2 degrees flat and the loft can be bent 2 degrees weaker or stronger.

And finally, the 588 Altitude, 588 Mid Trajectory and 588 Tour Trajectory irons can be easily interchanged to customize a set with the preferred combination of ball flight, feel and forgiveness.

The standard Altitude set includes a 4-iron through ''D'' wedge (a D wedge is a 50-degree wedge that works both a pitching wedge and sand wedge), though a 3-iron and standard sand wedge are also available. They carry a suggested retail price of $699 for an eight-piece set with steel shafts and $799 for an eight-piece set with graphite shafts. There is also a women's set.

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