On this page you’ll find a detailed assessment in our Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other wedges we have recently reviewed.
The newly released Glide 2.0 is an update of the original Ping Glide Wedge, which was a popular choice for many golfers. So what’s changed?
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Ping Glide 2.0
Ping have brought in minor changes to the original Glide by focusing on two things in particular. Firstly the groove edges have been sharpened and one additional groove has been added to the lower lofted wedges in order to increase friction and improve launch angle, ball flight and maximize spin. The second factor is Ping have given you four different sole grinds with each matching separate angles of attack and divot characteristics in order to make your wedge game as easy as possible. The Glide 2.0 looks and feels good and serves great value for money whether you are a low or mid handicap player.
Pros and Cons
- Despite being slightly simple it is beautiful from every angle – particularly that of the address position
- Superb ball flight and launch angle primarily due to the sharpened groove edges and the water repelling hydropearl finish
- Wide variety of lofts, lies and sole grinds to choose from each providing their own unique fit to your ball flight and angle of attack
- Good value for money coming at a suggested retail of $140 and less than some major competitors
- Would be nice to have black satin or matte black option for Ping wedges. Many other manufacturers do it and it just provides that little extra spice in a trusted authoritative brand that golfers are searching for
|Product Details||Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||46°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Offset||0.03″ – 0.06″|
|Lie||64° – 64.5°|
|Length||35.00″ – 35.50″|
|Swing Weight||D2, D3, D4|
|Shaft Type and Name||Project X, KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, CFS Graphite, AWT 2.0, KP 95|
|Grip||Ping Dyla-Wedge, Ping 5L, Ping 5L Cord|
|Manufacturers Website||Ping Golf|
Ping Glide 2.0 Detailed Review
The Glide 2.0 wedge clubheads have been cast from 432 Stainless Steel and provide a quality look with the water repelling hydropearl finish. The grooves have been made with a sharper edge radius thanks to a Ping engineered wheel-cut milling process.
The precision milled grooves have also been spaced closer together allowing for one more groove to be added to the lower lofted wedges. This obviously allows for more control and spin on fuller shots into the green.
The Glide 2.0 is available in four different sole grinds with each targeting a different angle of attack and divot trend. These being the SS, WS, ES and TS. The SS grind is the standard option that will fit most golfers (or those that just don’t want to spend too much time in trying to work out what their ideal match is.
The WS is suited to those with steep angle of attacks whereas the ES is suited to players looking for exceptional shot making from the tightest toughest lies.
Lastly the TS was inspired by the Eye 2 wedge and allows for the ultimate in bunker performance and overall performance with the refined leading edge.
Control & Performance
Ping have worked with their tour professionals in order to manufacture a wedge that delivers in all aspects. One of the most important factors being a lower ball flight with increased trajectory control.
The lower ball flight is primarily a result of the sharpened groove edges and being slightly more packed on the clubface.
I am all for a lower wedge flight. It makes it that much easier to do a whole host of things! Keep it on target, control distance, get the ball closer to the hole more often. Wedges are where you trim shots off your game and lower your handicap.
As the name suggests it gets through the ball and turf exceptionally well at impact providing very little resistance. We tested all the sole grinds and lofts, but I stuck to the SS grind as I generally have the ‘middle man’ angle of attack and divot depth.
The spin was very impressive and had no trouble at all in stopping a 60 yard shot within a couple of feet of where my ball was landing on firm fast greens. Slightly longer shots I could spin back very easily each and every time – even if my strike wasn’t absolutely centered.
The Glide 2.0 was engineered from grip to clubhead as was the original and it’s 0.75 inches longer than standard. This allows for added versatility and shot making. It doesn’t seem like a major benefit or perk of any wedge, but once you’ve felt and experienced it yourself you’ll realize how handy it actually is.
The hydropearl finish does repel water off the clubface and out of the grooves also providing additional spin on even short wedge shots.
Design & Appearance
Very similar in design to the original Glide and you won’t be able to tell the difference when looking at it from any angle at address position. I’ve always said this, but I really enjoy the look of the Glide and Glide 2.0 and Ping cannot be faulted on this front.
The hydropearl finish is almost expected nowadays from the leading manufacturers and is leaps and bounds better than the ancient outdated chrome finish.
Not just in appearance, but also in feel as mentioned above. The sole of the club has been ‘cleaned up’ with only the loft and bounce imprint showing at the very toe of the sole.
The back of the club is plain and simple with only a marginally bigger step than its predecessor which runs parallel to the sole.
My only minor gripe is that Ping could do with a black satin or matte black equivalent finish to just spice things up a bit. Like the Vokey SM6 wedges for example available in three different finishes.
Value for Money
There’s a whole lot of bang for your buck in the new Glide 2.0 wedges and struggling to com up with many (if any) negatives.
The price point is very reasonable at $140.00 suggested retail and being available in a wide variety of lofts, lies and sole grinds is beneficial to the more serious golfer – or even just a keen golfer who likes to have the correct piece of equipment suited to him or her.
It looks good, it feels good and it performs exceptionally well. This being due to sharper edged grooves, which increases friction and improves trajectory and launch angle.
The lower lofted wedges have an additional groove which now allows for more surface interaction at impact and improve spin and shot control.
If you’re looking to purchase the Glide 2.0 then I suggest taking 5 minutes to do Ping’s Flight Web test to see what they recommend and set yourself up for a renewed wedge game!