Ping Tour-W TS Wedges
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)
We tested: 58° loft/6° bounce, 60°/6°, 64°/6° with Ping AWT steel shaft
Company line: "We design these for golfers who seek a high-performing, versatile option around the green and from sand. The machined face and grooves combine with a compact, teardrop head shape to improve control from any lie. A tungsten toe weight and small 'Custom Tuning Port' increase forgiveness (MOI) while enhancing head feel."
Our Testers say:
PROS: Dependable wedges for the serious player; impressive performers out of the sand; above-average distance control on solid strikes; soft feedback on full shots; misses toward the heel or toe still fly pretty well.
CONS: As good as it is from sand, testers don't have the same success from fairway lies; surprisingly, a few guys have a hard time "pinching" shorter shots.
From Golf Magazine (August 2009)
Mike Nicolette, Senior Design Engineer: "The Tour-W TS plays like our current Tour-W in the square playing position. Performance differences occur, however, when you rotate the clubface open. On these shots, the leading edge of the Tour-W TS stays tighter (closer) to the ground, for more consistent contact."
How it works: The TS (for "thin sole") gives you more freedom to play finesse shots. (At the same time, however, thin-soled clubs require greater shot precision.) A 13-gram tungsten toe weight combines with the tall, heavy hosel to shift weight farther to the heel and toe. The net effect is increased inertia, which allows the head to remain steady through impact. The black thermoplastic plug (3 to 28 grams) is used to control swingweight. Comes in 58°, 60° and 64° lofts.