Following the launch of Cleveland

Andy Roberts
Fri, 16 Nov 2012

On the original 588 53-degree wedge, Diadic - meaning being part of a group of two - was used as an indication and reminder for players to play a ‘Dual’ or ‘Gap’ wedge in addition to simply playing a sand wedge.

Introduced in 1990, Diadic marked the first major gap wedge on the market and introduced golfers to the scoring benefits of tightening yardage gaps between wedges and short irons.

Two years later, eyebrows were raised when the 792 VAS hit the shelves – a wedge featuring perimeter weighting for greater forgiveness on off-centre hits.

The VAS wedge - meaning ‘vibration absorption system’ - comprised of a low deep centre of gravity and extreme offset hosel that increased playability.

And then due to popular demand and Tour success, Cleveland Golf was left with no alternative but to launch its Raw Tour Grind wedge in 1996 - an unchromed, special grind version of the 588.

The head was designed to rust over time and the club, featuring unpainted U-grooves for increased spin, was soon to be revered for its versatility, superior feel and resistance to glare.

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