We recently conducted our Ping Glide Wedge Review and were very impressed with what we learnt about this simple yet beautiful club.
Ping Glide Wedge
A cast offering available in three different sole grinds and caters to a decent sized market. The Ping Glide wedges are some of the best feeling wedges we've tested and look as well as sound beautiful. Apparently Ping designed this club from the hands down starting at the grip and lengthening it by 0.75", which allows for more versatility. The Glide wedges are exceptionally rounded and actually beautifully designed in our opinion. The added weight to the perimeter of the club-head improves the MOI (Moment of Inertia), which improves the distance hit on off-center strikes. The Glide wedges are offered in three different sole widths - thin sole, standard sole or wide sole. Obviously each of these will have different effects on the golf ball, but what doesn't change across the board is the exceptional feel that these wedges have... beautifully soft, but solid at the same time.
Pros and Cons
- Cast wedge that feels like a forged offering
- Soft muted sound at impact
- Convenient, well thought out grip markings for any level of player
- Varying sole width options can be confusing to decide which best suits
|Product Details||Ping Glide Wedge|
|Handicap Range||Low to Medium|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left|
|Right Handed Lofts||47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Left Handed Lofts||47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Lie||64° – 64.25°|
|Material Finish||Standard Cast|
|Club Length||35″ – 35.50″|
|Shaft Type and Name||CFS WEDGE|
A closer look at the technology and build in the Ping Glide Wedge Review – Video Length 03:38
Ping Glide Wedge Review
The technology behind the Ping Glide Wedge and what makes it different from it's competitors
Ping Glide Wedge Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
The Ping Glide is a cast offering and not forged like most others, but this takes nothing away from how good this wedge really is. Apparently Ping designed this club from the hands down starting at the grip and lengthening it by 0.75″, which basically allows for slightly more versatility.
The standard grip also has finger markings to aid in positioning the hands correctly at address.
The general feel amongst most non-Ping players is that Ping clubs are a touch ‘squarer’ and sharper than others, but the Glide wedges are exceptionally rounded and actually beautifully designed in our opinion. It also comes with a generous size head to increase playability and forgiveness.
What Ping have done is minimize the cavity where it resembles a blade, but also added weight to the perimeter of the club-head – this improves the MOI (Moment of Inertia), which improves the distance hit on off-center strikes.
The Gorge grooves have stuck around and this time the groove depth and angle varies according to which loft wedge you are using so the higher the loft the deeper the grooves. This increases the backspin imparted at impact allowing for maximum versatility.
One very interesting thing regarding the build is that Ping engineers have found in detailed research that a chrome plated club moves more water away from the face at impact – subsequently the satin chrome finish of the Glide is 220% more consistent than the Tour Gorge wedges and that’s how the name was derived.
Control / Feel
The satin chrome plated 431 Stainless Steel used in these wedges provides a beautifully soft muted feel at impact and one of the biggest selling points for us in any wedge is the feel. If it doesn’t feel great then you’re almost wasting your time putting it in your bag.
Even though not forged, these wedges still feel as though they are. Feel and feedback is decent across the face and for the better player it’s unlikely you’ll be missing the center too often with these, but if you do then distance control is still fair and you won’t be losing more than a couple of yards.
Outstanding performance and this is without doubt the best wedge that Ping have ever manufactured. The Glide wedges are offered in three different sole widths being thin sole, standard sole or wide sole.
Obviously each of these will have different effects on the golf ball, but unless you know exactly what you want or you are fitted by a professional then always opt for the standard sole.
The thin sole has little bounce and allows for tremendous versatility so would be a second choice and lastly the wide sole is ok for the average player, but it increases potential for mis-hits and ‘duffs’ particularly in softer conditions.
Value for Money
Ping have stepped up to the plate here and offered a superb wedge that has beautiful feel, sound, distance control, versatility and longevity.