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Ping Glide Wedge Review 

We recently conducted our Ping Glide Wedge Review and were very impressed with what we learnt about this simple yet beautiful club.

The Ping Glide Wedge is a world class offering, and is the reason why it appears in our Best Golf Wedges Review.

Ping Glide Wedge

Our Assessment 

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.

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Pros

  • Cast wedge that feels like a forged offering
  • Soft muted sound at impact
  • Convenient, well thought out grip markings for any level of player

Cons

  • Varying sole width options can be confusing to decide which best suits

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Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$129.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand

Lie

64° – 64.25°

Right Handed Lofts

47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

Left Handed Lofts

47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

Material Finish

Standard Cast

Length

35″ – 35.50″

Shaft Type and Name

CFS WEDGE

Grip

PING DYLA-WEDGE

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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.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Build Quality

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.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Performance

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.

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Image Credit: Official Ping Image

Value for Money

Right in line with the Cleveland 588 RTX Review, the Ping Glide Wedge is in a mid range price bracket and is a solid option for any low handicapper.

Ping have stepped up to the plate here and offered a superb wedge that has beautiful feel, sound, distance control, versatility and longevity.

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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