Ping Tour wedges with Gorge grooves

Ping Tour wedges with Gorge grooves

Ping Tour wedge
Ping Golf

From Golf Magazine (October, 2012)
Ping officials say the Tour wedge generates as much spin on shots out of the rough as pre-2010 wedges (before the rules change) with more shot-to-shot consistency. Its new “Gorge Grooves” increase spin by 600 rpm versus Ping’s Tour S wedge and decrease launch angle by 1° in fairway lies. Three bounce options include: Standard in 50° loft, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°; Thin sole in 58°, 60° (for firm conditions or sweeping swings); and Wide sole in 54°, 56°, 58°, and 60° (higher bounce for softer conditions or steeper swings).

From (August 14, 2012)
In the days leading up to the PGA Championship, Angel Cabrera and Miguel Angel Jimenez and several other Ping staff players added the company's newest Tour wedge to their bags.

What sets this wedge apart from previous Ping wedges is its new groove, which Ping is calling the Gorge groove. The company mills the grooves itself.

"Buy managing the process and the tooling ourselves, we're able to ensure the optimal size and shape of the grooves for generating more consistent spin and trajectories for confident shot-making," says Mike Nicolette, Ping's senior product designer.

The new Ping wedges are available in three different sole widths. The WS, or wide sole, is ideal if your home course has soft sand, or if you aggressively hit down on the ball and tend to dig into the turf and make deep divots. The TS, or thin sole, is the thinnest sole, which is ideal for golfers who tend to sweep the ball off the ground and make small dovits, or who typically play courses with firm sand. The SS, standard sole, is the most versatile and falls in between the WS and the TS.

The Tour wedges are made from 17-4 stainless steel, available in lofts between 47° and 60°, and are designed with a slot behind the face that houses a dampening cartridge that enhances feel.

The Tour will cost $140 with CFS steel shafts and $167 with graphite shafts.

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