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PING believes Glide is the most versatile and consistent wedge line the company has ever produced. Glide wedges were engineered from the grip to the sole to help golfers of all ability levels improve their short games. The line includes four different sole options, each designed to work well for a specific type of player and different types of course conditions. Additionally, the grooves were designed to deliver varying spin characteristics depending on loft, and a special, longer grip has been utilized to make it easier for players to “grip down” for more control. Glide wedges come in lofts of 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees. They also come with a 118-gram CFS wedge shaft that is designed to produce lower launch angles for greater control.
|Lofts||47, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Sole Options||Thin Sole, EYE2 Sole, Standard Sole, Wide Sole|
|Shaft||CFS Wedge Steel, 118 grams|
|Click the Enter Custom Specs tab above for premium shaft/grip options|
Golfers of all ability levels and swing types. With four different soles to choose from, the right choice in a Glide wedge will work for anyone. That said, understanding who the soles were designed for is the key to making the right choice. The SS (standard sole - medium bounce) is the most versatile option and will work well from varying turf and sand conditions and for players with moderate angles of attack. The WS (wide sole - high bounce) is perfect for someone with a steeper angle of attack or who plays at courses with soft sand or turf conditions and heavy rough around the greens. The TS (thin sole - low bounce) is a good choice for players who have a shallow angles of attack and play from firmer turf and sand conditions. And finally, the ES (Eye sole) was designed to excel from bunkers and offer versatility around the greens.
Glide wedges are available with four unique sole shapes, each of which will work well with different swing types and turf conditions. For players who have shallow angles of attack or who typically play at courses with firm turf and sand conditions, the TS (thin sole) is a great option. For steeper angles of attack and soft turf and sand conditions the WS (wide sole) will work best, while the SS (standard sole) is a great fit for players with moderate angles of attack and from varying turf conditions. And finally, the ES (Eye sole) offers versatility on all shots played from around the green and especially from bunkers.
A 16-degree sidewall is utilized in wedges with lofts between 47 and 54 degrees to keep from having too much spin imparted on full shots, while a 24-degree sidewall is utilized in lofts between 56 and 60 degrees to create more spin on shorter shots.
The stock grip on Glide wedges is 3/4 of an inch longer to allow players to grip down on full shots or shots around the green to better control trajectory.
The finish used in the Glide series creates softer feel but also features more friction, which provides greater consistency and spin when playing in wet conditions or from heavy rough.
“When we started working on this project, we brought in a number of our Tour players and started going through what are the design qualities for the sole that are going to help them hit different types of shots, as well as look at different types of players and develop soles that are going to help them play to their best potential.”
Ryan Stokke, PING Design Engineering Manager
“The second I hit my very first one it went off on the right target line and just felt so much better than the current (wedges) I’m using. The first thing that stood out to me was the just sound of it coming off the clubface. I’m hitting them a little further, probably carrying the sand wedge a good 5-10 yards further than I’m accustomed to.”
TGW customer Anthony, 12 handicap, live testing at PING, 3/7/16
“They’re fantastic. What I can tell you about the Glide wedges and from what I’ve seen is that they don’t wear out as quickly.”
TGW customer Barton, 1 handicap, live testing at PING, 3/7/16
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