Higher-spinning, more forgiving, lighter design to fit golfers of all skill levels
In developing the new Glide 3.0 wedges, PING’s engineers took a grip-to-grind approach, re-designing every component of the club to create a higher-spinning, more forgiving, lighter overall design that offers multiple sole grind options to custom-fit golfers of all skill levels.
To allow players to get the ideal amount of spin, Ping designed the Glide 3.0 wedges with different grooves based on each club’s loft. The pitching wedges and gap wedges (46, 50 and 52 degrees) have narrower and deeper grooves, like an iron’s grooves, because players usually hit them from the fairway and rough on full-swing approach shots. The sand wedges and gap wedges (54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees) have broader and shallower grooves. They do a better job of moving water and debris off the face on greenside chips, pitches and bunker shots.
Specs & Availability
Price: $160 each with Ping Z-Z115 wedge shaft and Ping 360 Dyla-wedge Lite grips; $180 each with Ping Alta CB Red griphite shafts
Specs: Cast 431 stainless steel with elastomer insert
The tour-proven Glide 3.0 wedges are available now for custom fitting and pre-sell at authorized PING golf shops around the world.
Improved Feel and Forgiveness
Ping’s newest wedge, the Glide 3.0, was designed to not only provide golfers at every level with more spin and greenside versatility but more forgiveness as well. To achieve that, the company borrowed technology from one of its newest irons.
In the back of the Ping i210 irons is a large Custom Tuning Port, a chamber filled with a soft elastomer. It’s so soft you can press into it with your thumb. Look behind the new Glide 3.0 wedges and you will see the same CTP. By filling that area with elastomer, Ping can achieve two important things.
The elastomer soaks up excessive vibrations created at impact to enhance feel. The more significant benefit, however, is that filling the area with elastomer, which is lighter than the 431 stainless steel used to make the rest of the head, shifts more of the overall weight to the edges. That increases the perimeter weighting and makes the Glide 3.0 more stable.
Patented wheel-cut grooves developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams enable grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control.
The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005″ edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) feature an extra ½ groove at the bottom of the face for added spin and are milled to a .004″ edge radius with a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.
A Focus on Fitting
With an emphasis on expanding the wedge sole options to better custom-fit golfers, PING engineers crafted four differentiated sole grinds in the Glide 3.0 series. Each is designed to best match a player’s angle of attack and typical turf conditions while providing performance and versatility on full and partial shots around the green.
“We see tremendous opportunity in wedge fitting in general,” said Solheim. “It starts by focusing our product designs on meeting the needs of golfers of all abilities and swings. With the new sole grinds and multiple loft options, a fitter can really dial in the wedges to help improve the player’s performance based on how they dynamically deliver the clubhead and the type of conditions they typically play in. During the process, they can also determine the best combination of wedges to provide proper distance gaps between each club.”
There are four sole grinds in the Glide 3.0 family to make it easier to find an option that matches a player’s swing and typical playing conditions. The Thin Sole (TS) is made for players who sweep the ball with a shallow angle of attack or golfers who play on hard turf on courses that have little sand. The Wide Sole (WS) is more ideal for golfers who have a steep angle of attack and players who tend to play in soft conditions. The Standard Sole (SS) grind splits the difference and is the most versatile.
Lighter Shaft and Grip
The Glide 3.0 wedge’s grip and shaft have been lightened by six and five grams, respectively, contributing to an overall weight reduction of 15 grams for the entire club. The Dyla-wedge Lite grip, which is ¾-inch longer than a traditional grip and features a reduced taper, allows golfers to choke down for more versatility and trajectory control. The PING Z-Z115 wedge shaft is made by Nippon and custom engineered with a lower balance point closer to the tip to provide lower launch with more control and enhanced feel.
The lighter overall weight allows the Glide 3.0 to better blend into a golfer’s full set and help them swing the club easier. Ping also reduced the head weight by approximately four grams while maintaining our traditional wedge swing weights to ensure golfers still benefit from the clubhead feel they need to play with control and precision.”
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