- Paul Graham-Fielding
PING GLIDE 2.0 WEDGE - CONTROL YOUR SPIN & CONTROL YOUR SCORE
Everyone likes to impress their playing partners with huge drives and towering irons, but so many amateurs lose strokes on a hole through poor wedge play. There so are many shots to be gained or lost around the green, wedges are your "scoring" clubs, so if you’re looking to make gains you should be focusing here. Directly correlated to scoring better with your wedges is the ability to control the spin of your ball - spin when you want it, and release when you need it. Ping's Glide 2.0 wedges help control the spin so that you can control your score.
The latest iteration – the Ping Glide 2.0 wedge - are a refinement of the original Ping Glide product. The redesign has different grooves, more grind options and no bending notch. The wedges look cleaner and impart more spin to the golf ball.
Ping didn't drastically change the looks which was a good call, since the Glide line already offered great aesthetics both in the bag and at setup. The slight tweak to the cavity gives the 2.0 wedges a little more angular look, apart from this change the cavity, tuning bar, the logos, and head shape are virtually the same.
With spring coming and lots of golf in Europe on firmer fairways to be played I wanted to test out the turf interaction, so I tested the lower bounce option in the 58* Ping Glide 2.0 wedges which has the Tour Sole. The first time in the bag was at Celtic Manor and it came into play straight away, it clipped the ball very cleanly off tight lies with a fantastic feel thanks to the tuning bar across the back of the cavity. While they are cast, they have a much softer feel because of the vibration damping design.
The Ping Glide 2.0 wedges really shine in the spin department because of the new improved grooves, they’re sharper and closer together for increased rotation of the ball. While more spin is always nice, the control of that spin is even more valuable. These wedges can be manipulated to hold up or roll out. While all wedges can do this by your swing, these are some of the best at consistently doing exactly what you want. The high spin rates are awesome on longer precise shots or tight chips that need to stop quickly, being able to dial the spin back for long pitches is a nice feature too.
Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor Ping Glide 2.0 58* Wedge
· Spin: 10056 rpms
· Launch Angle: 56.0*
· Dispersion: 2.8 yds
· Club Head Speed: 80.9 mph
· Ball Speed: 81.4 mph
· Total Distance: 87.9 yds
· Carry Distance: 86.1 yds
Ping tweaked a very good wedge to make the Glide 2.0. The new options and better grooves really help control the spin even more than the previous version. If you are looking for an off-the-rack wedge that offers great spin, good feel and excellent control, the Ping Glide 2.0 wedges might be your best option.
If you Control Your Spin, you can Control Your Score