Ping launches Glide 2.0 wedge

PING Glide 2.0 golf wedge has sharper grooves and milled faces for extra spin and control.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017

 

PING's new Glide 2.0 wedges have greater precision milled faces and sharper groove edges compared to any club the brand has produced before.

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This results in a golf club offering maximum spin and trajectory control, allowing players to get up and down more often.

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"The new Glide 2.0 wedges represent a major breakthrough in performance for a number of reasons, but it’s the new grooves that are most exciting," said John A. Solheim, PING chairman & CEO.

"As many golfers are aware, we have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to evaluating and designing grooves. We worked closely with our tour staff to improve every aspect of the wedges.

"The players have been very pleased with the increase in spin rates, overall trajectory control, including lower ball flights, and the consistency of the carry distances.

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"Around the greens, they’re impressed with the turf interaction and how the ball is reacting off the face to give them the precision they need to hit it closer.

"They’ve also commented how much they appreciate the refined, compact look. When you set the club down - whether it’s a full swing or a touch shot around the green - you’re confident you can play the shot. Plus, the feel and sound are incredible," Solheim said. 

"Most of our tour players, including Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, have already converted to the new wedges. Together with the multiple sole grind options, the new Glide 2.0 wedges offer all golfers a tremendous opportunity to improve their short games."

A wheel-cut milling process allows PING to manufacture grooves with a sharper edge radius, increasing ball and club interaction.

The grooves and side radius are made in varying degrees depending on loft to offer maximum performance.

By spacing the grooves closer together, the lower lofted irons are able to slip in one additional groove, with higher lofted irons adding in two grooves.

Testing on Tour players showed spin rate increases of 1,000-1,500 rpm on partial shots, and more than 500 RPM on full shots.

The new wedges are finished in a hydropearl chrome finish, which repels moisture for reduced sole friction.

SS GRIND  (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)

An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers.

WS GRIND (56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)

Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent the sole from skipping into the ball.

TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°)

A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high.

ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)

Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile along with the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind.

The Glide 2.0 wedge’s grip and shaft are specifically designed to improve short game performance. The Dyla-wedge grip, which is ¾-inch longer and features a reduced taper, allows golfers to grip down for more versatility and trajectory control. To promote lower launch with enhanced feel, the custom-engineered AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft is optimised in weight (118g), flex and balance. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge.

Glide 2.0  shaft options

- Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 Wedge

- Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)

- After-market shaft options (no upcharge): Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100)

Price: £130 per club w/steel shaft; £140 per club w/graphite shaft

 

 

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