ClubTest 2014: Ping Tour Wedges
Ping Tour Wedges
WE TESTED: Standard sole (SS) in 50°/12°, 52°/13°, 54°/13°, 56°/13°, 58°/10°, 60°/10° with Ping CFS steel shaft; Wide sole (WS) in 56°/13°, 58°/10°, 60°/11° with Ping CFS steel shaft; Thin sole (TS) in 58°/6°, 60°/6° with Ping CFS steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Wide sole (WS) is for steep swings and soft conditions. Thin sole (TS) suits shallow swings and firm conditions. Standard sole (SS) is for the balance of playing conditions and swings.
PLAYABILITY: Good ability to control and vary trajectory on full shots and pitches; the Ping Tour gets the ball out of just about any lie in the rough; grooves provide a lot of bite; bunker shots check up nicely.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Spot on—easy to land shots where you want from varied lies; very solid on shorter approach shots from the fairway; reliable on chips and pitches.
FEEL: Very stable, with a pleasant, compressed feel at impact; surprisingly soft when the ball comes off the clubface; good balance and feedback lead to precise results around the greens.
LOOK: Clubhead looks equally good open or square; the combination of a traditional shape and a high-tech cavity make it appear playable and forgiving at the same time; most panelists like the dark, anti-glare finish.
Head is a little lighter through the swing than some guys prefer; industrial look isn’t everyone’s favorite; despite various sole width options, a few testers dig in too deeply on occasion.
BOTTOM LINE: The Ping Tour offers a marginally different look from many others, along with precise greenside performance.
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