ClubTest 2015: Ping Glide Wedge

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On the Range: Ping Glide Wedge

Ping Glide Wedge

Category: Wedges
Price: $130, steel; $150, graphite
WE TESTED:
54°/SS (standard sole), 56°/SS, 58°/SS, 60°/SS, 54°/WS (wide sole), 56°/WS, 58°/WS, 60°/WS, 58°/TS (thin sole), 60°/TS. All with CFS wedge steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Three sole options—wide, standard and thin—fit a broad range of swing types and course conditions.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Slides through rough and sand—a helpful, high-flying wedge with a strong bunker game; three sole widths sync with a wide range of styles and courses; the wide sole packs a lot of weight low, making it a prime game-improvement option; the thin sole opens up easily around greens.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Highly corrective on misses; once you find which sole works best for you, it cuts cleanly through the turf with little effort and minimal digging, making it easy to judge; the Glide wedges generate a good amount of spin.
FEEL: Feedback is informative without feeling critical; little sensation on mis-hits; cavity-back is a useful, steady design—one of the more stable wedges tested; cast head gives off a good approximation of a forged feel on solid strikes; overall, a step up for Ping.
LOOK: Maybe Ping’s best-looking wedge to date, with a soft satin finish and a basic teardrop shape with ample perimeter weight; simple and straightforward over the ball—nothing standing in the way of you hitting a good shot; looks sleeker at address than it does in the bag.

Ping Glide Wedge
Michael Chini

CONS

Some stronger players couldn’t find the finesse they demand in a wedge; slightly oversize head turns others off; the Glide can be a little tough to gauge on partial shots.

BOTTOM LINE: The Glide maintains Ping’s commitment to versatility and ease of use. Finding the right sole for your game is key—talk to a pro and take these for a test-drive before you buy.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Ping Glide Wedge

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