By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
It seems fitting that Cleveland's latest driver offering is called Altitude. With a center of gravity that's positioned low and to the back of the head — increasing the driver's dynamic loft — the non-adjustable 588 Altitude puts a premium on launching the ball higher in the air for increased distance.
To achieve the higher launch angle, Cleveland's
R&D department used a high-strength, lightweight wall construction to redistribute
more weight towards the back of the head, increasing the launch and MOI for
added forgiveness and stability through impact.
The head weighs just 270 grams — the lightweight head helps produce higher club head speeds — but still maintains a traditional D2 swing weight. A variable-thickness face also helps produce increased ball speeds on off-center hits.
Cleveland's Altitude will be available Nov. 15 in three lofts (9, 10.5 and 12 degrees) for $300, and features a Matrix Radix shaft that's designed for a mid-high launch.