Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge Review - Golf Monthly technical editor Joel Tadman reviews the new Ping Glide 2.0 wedges
Ping Glide 2.0 Wedge Review
Precision-milled grooves vary in design depending on the loft. From 54˚ to 60˚ the grooves feature a shallower side wall, a sharper edge radius and two additional grooves compared to the 50˚ and 52˚ models.
A hydropearl chrome finish helps repel water for more consistent spin from different lies. It comes in four sole designs: thin sole, standard sole, wide sole and eye sole.
Golfers seeking excellent spin control and versatility around the green
The finish on the Glide 2.0 wedge matches the iBlade and i200 irons perfectly, creating better visual continuity in your set. Minor design changes include extra grooves on the higher-lofted wedges, no signature Ping notch in the hosel, the numbering moving from the sole to the toe and the bounce number being included.
While the shape or versatility doesn’t appear to have changed, Ping has really gone to town on improving the levels of spin golfers can generate when hitting into the green from close range.
This especially comes into its own on chips and short pitch shots from the semi-rough with the higher-lofted wedges, where direct comparison testing against the old Ping Glide wedge showed a little extra bite on the second bounce.
Launch monitor testing on the Foresight Sports GC2 on 75-yard pitch shots with the 54° wedge also showed a lower launch angle and more backspin than the original Glide wedge, showing that the new groove configuration and numeration is helping grip the ball’s cover more effectively, although some of the improvement in numbers could be down to slightly cleaner grooves and a better strike.
There’s no Dyla-wedge grip included this time, which was longer and provided reference points when gripping down, but I don’t think this will be missed and it certainly doesn’t detract from what is an excellent and improved offering from Ping in the wedge category.
Golfers can now create a more precise wedge-set make-up and generate more spin from different lies. The four sole grinds provides the versatility golfers are looking for while the look and feel is consistent with compact iron models in Ping's range like the iBlade and i200.