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  • Ping Glide 3.0 Wedges

    Not exactly a well kept secret, but these became official today. Here is the release with some info.

    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.

    The tour-proven Glide 3.0 wedges are available for custom fitting and pre-sell beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

    “In the Glide 3.0 series, we’re broadening the appeal of our wedges and providing more differentiation within our own line and the rest of the marketplace,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “We approached the design with a goal of creating higher-spinning, great-looking wedges that also deliver more forgiveness with the improved feel from our other proven technologies. Every detail in the Glide 3.0 is designed to improve short-game performance, from the longer grip for choking down to the Hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish that helps the wedge glide through the grass.”

    “From a fitting standpoint, we engineered four distinctly different sole grinds, including an Eye2 sand-wedge-inspired option, to ensure that trained PING club fitters can properly match a Glide 3.0 to a golfer’s swing and playing conditions,” Solheim said. “We’re excited about getting it into golfers’ hands. It had a win its first week on the PGA Tour when Nate Lashley used one in his amazing and inspiring victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.”

    Improved Feel and Forgiveness
    In the Glide 3.0 wedges, PING’s engineers put a premium on the feel and forgiveness by leveraging the multi-material construction that combines a 431 stainless steel head with a larger and softer elastomer Custom Tuning Port (CTP) insert. Similar to the popular i210 irons, the additional volume of the CTP allows for a larger insert covering more of the back of the face, resulting in activation of the elastomer at impact to produce a soft yet solid feel. The new, patented cavity design and larger CTP expand the perimeter weighting to increase the MOI and position the center of gravity higher to yield lower-launching, higher-spinning trajectories for more control.

    “The Glide 3.0 wedge is a great blend of a players-style design and game-improvement technology,” said Solheim. “At address, it provides the clean look of a tour-style wedge. We’ve added some offset based on tour player feedback to provide a more captured look. At the same time, we’ve increased the perimeter weighting and improved the feel with the softer insert material to ensure golfers have the forgiveness they need to play with confidence on approach shots. The combination of those attributes really sets the Glide 3.0 wedges apart and gives them a much broader appeal.”

    Precision-Milled Grooves
    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.”

    Grind Options:
    Standard Sole (SS) grind (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)
    Mid-bounce sole with heel relief. Engineered for golfers with a moderate angle of attack. Exceptional performance in a variety of turf and sand conditions. Fits most golfers.

    Wide Sole (WS) grind (54°/14°, 56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)
    Most forgiving through the ground. Round and cambered sole with significant bounce. Recommended for golfers with a steep angle of attack who typically play in soft turf and sand conditions.

    Eye2 grind (54°/10°, 56°/10°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)
    With the high toe design pioneered by Karsten Solheim nearly 40 years ago, it matches the original Eye2 SW sole/face profiles and narrow hosel transition for the ultimate in bunker performance and touch shots near the green.

    Thin Sole (TS) grind (58°/6°, 60°/6°)
    Facilitates precise shot-making and versatility from tight lies. Extreme heel relief with PING WRX-inspired bounce grind. Ideal for firm conditions and a shallow angle of attack.

    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,” said Solheim. “We’ve 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.”

    Specifications:
    Multi-material construction: 431 stainless steel head, elastomer insert, Hydropearl 2.0 finish
    Available in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black is standard.
    Swingweight: D2 – D4, depending on loft
    Stock grip: PING 360 Dyla-wedge Lite in three sizes (Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32")
    Stock steel shaft: PING Z-Z115 Wedge made by Nippon

    Stock graphite shaft: Alta CB Red (SR, R, S)
    Aftermarket shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R300, S300), Nippon Pro Modus Tour 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X)
    U.S. MSRP: $160 per club w/steel shaft; $180 per club w/graphite shaft

    In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

    Driver:
    Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
    Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
    Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
    Fairway Wood:
    JGR
    Hybrids:
    Launcher HB
    Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
    Wedges:
    CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
    Putter:
    #7S
    Balls:
    Chrome Soft X

  • #2
    Just not my favorite looking wedge
    Captain, Team THP in the 2018 Grandaddy
    #100Birdies10kLaughs

    Team THP:
    PhillyV (The AssCap), ArmyGolf, dacatalyst41, Shanewu, BlueHen2006, KEV, mpeterson, Boder, Phil75070, rogt, ttucliffhanger, dazeedmonds

    In my Shadow Fuse or Alpha Convoy Grandaddy cart bag:
    Driver: EPIC Flash Sub Zero, Project X Smoke, 6.0
    FW: EPIC Flash, Project X Smoke, 6.0
    Hybrids: Apex 3h & 4h, PX Catalyst 6.0
    Irons: Apex Forged '19, UST Recoil ZT9 460, F3
    Wedges: 54* MD4 and 58* PM Grind 2.0, UST Recoil 95, F3 (tipped)
    Putter: Toulon Memphis
    Ball: Chrome Soft CS Truvis and ERC

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    • #3
      Looks great. It will be interesting to see the testing on these. Ping makes some great stuff.


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      Ben S
      Hailing from North Aurora

      WITB:
      Smoke Wagon: G 10.5 with Diamana Blue (JDM version) 73X
      Fairway: G 3 wood - 14.5 with Tour 80 or Axivcore Tour Red 89 in X
      Hybrid: CBX 119 - 18* with EvenFlow Black 6.0
      Irons: 4-P MP-30 all weighted to D5 with DG x-100's
      Wedges: 50, 54, 58 - XW1 or Glide 2.0's 50/54/58 with DG S300 or Scratch 50/54/58 in DD grind
      All non putter grips: Dri-tec Midsize
      Putter: Black Carbon by BC-1 flame finish with or Evnroll ER-5 with gravity grip
      DLX White Cart Bag

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      • #4
        They sound like very solid options. I like the simplicity of the head without a bunch of badging or extra stamping.
        Driver: GS53 10.5 w/ Accra TZ6
        FWs: GS53 3W & 5W w/ Helium 5F4
        Hybrid:
        VKTR 22* w/ iRoD 75
        Irons: PTx Pro 5 - PW w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
        Wedges: Equalizer 50, 54, 58 w/ Recoil 780 ES SW
        Putter: BHB03
        Ball: B330-RX / Tour B RX

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        • #5
          Man I wish they stayed with the 8620 CS they had in the 2.0 stealth instead of reverting back to the 431 SS. Stealth felt better to me than the normal glide 2.0. With that said, plenty of options here and something I be certain to give a look at.
          Want to know what's in my FlexTech Bag Here ya go!

          Cortex w/Aldila Rogue Silver 125 Stiff
          G410 5 wood
          Steelhead XR Heavenwood
          Apex 4 & 5 hybrid
          Apex '19 Combo 6-AW w/Catalyst 100 6.0
          New Level M-Type 56 & 60
          Spider X

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ddec View Post
            Man I wish they stayed with the 8620 CS they had in the 2.0 stealth instead of reverting back to the 431 SS. Stealth felt better to me than the normal glide 2.0. With that said, plenty of options here and something I be certain to give a look at.
            If I was a betting man I would say they will end up releasing the Stealth again.
            In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

            Driver:
            Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
            Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
            Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
            Fairway Wood:
            JGR
            Hybrids:
            Launcher HB
            Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
            Wedges:
            CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
            Putter:
            #7S
            Balls:
            Chrome Soft X

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            • #7
              The 3.0 and Eye2 will be on the must try list. Sometimes how they look in pictures compared to in-person are very different. I always like the "original" Eye2.
              Driver- G400 Max Alta 55/Ping Tour 65
              Fairway- King F7 Pro 65
              HYB- G400 19* Alta 70 R flex
              Irons- CF16 5-PW Recoil F3
              WedgeMIM 54* KBS HI-REV 2.0 125 S
              Wedge-Milled Grind 56* Aerotech i95
              Wedge- CBX 58* Aerotech i95
              Wedge- Stealth 2.0SS AMT 2.0 wedge

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              • #8
                Am I the only one that finds it odd they skipped 48* in the standard sole offering?
                "I'm kind of amazed that people actually toast their PopTarts. They're perfect, right out of the wrapper. Except the unfrosted ones, they're never perfect and always a slap in the face to America." - blugold

                Bag: 3.5
                Driver: Z565
                Fairway: Rocketballz Stage 2 3w
                Utility: Exotics 2 Ironwood
                Irons: JGR HF2 4-P
                Wedges: CBX 48, 52, 58
                Putter: Tyne H
                Ball: AVX

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                • #9
                  I like what I see, but I may wait on the stealth to come out (if it does)
                  F9 Driver - 9*
                  F9 Fairway - 14.5*
                  F9 Irons - 4-G (Modus 105s)
                  KING Black Wedges (52*, 56*, 60*)
                  Stroke Lab #7s

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                  • #10
                    They don't fit my eye but neither did the previous generation

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                    Driver: Cobra King F9 speedback 10.5* driver (yellow), tour length UST Helium 5F4 stiff shaft
                    Fairway: Cobra King F9 speedback 3-4 wood (avalanche white) with Atmos blue 7 stiff shaft.
                    Cobra King F9 speedback 5-6 wood (avalanche white) with Atmos blue 7 stiff shaft.
                    Cobra King F9 speedback 7-8 wood (avalanche white) with Atmos blue 7 stiff shaft.
                    Irons: Cobra Forged TEC Black 5i-GW. Nippon Modus3 Tour 105 stiff shafts.
                    Wedges: Cobra King black wedge 54* (bent to 55*), Versatile grind. Nippon Modus3 Tour 105 stiff shaft.
                    Cobra King black wedge 58* (bent to 59*), Versatile grind. Nippon Modus3 Tour 105 stiff shaft.
                    Putter: Odyssey Exo 7 counterbalanced
                    Ball: ProV1x / TP5 / Snell MTB.

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                    • #11
                      This year I put a glide 2.0 54* in the bag and love it, first wedge I actually have confidence in when full swinging. I have a Callaway Forged 58 that I use around the green. It's easily the most used club in my bag and is due for replacement. I was going to get the 2.0 but after seeing some talk of the 3.0 a couple weeks ago I'm holding off until the 3.0 is released and then replacing the Callaway forged.
                      In my Sun Mountain c130S bag rolling on a ClicGear 3.5+
                      Epic Flash 10.5 ProForce V2 HL
                      Tour Edge Ex10 beta 3w
                      Big Bertha 3&4 Hybrid(19*&23*) Recoil shafts
                      Rogue irons 5-AW all black Recoil 760 shafts
                      Mack Daddy forged 58*
                      Glide 2 54*
                      Stroke Lab EXO Marxman


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                      • #12
                        I love the look of the Eye2 wedge but the rest of the lineup doesn't do too much for me. I was a little disappointed in the feel of their last lineup, hopefully they're a little better in that regard.
                        Proud Team THP alum in #TheGrandaddy 2018

                        Driver:
                        Epic Flash 10.5* w/ XT60
                        3 Wood: Epic Flash Sub Zero 15* w/ XT60
                        5 Wood: Epic Flash Sub Zero 18* w/ XT60
                        Hybrid: Apex 23* w/ 80HY
                        Irons: Apex Pro 5-AW w/ Modus 3 Tour 105
                        Wedges: 56* MD4, 60* PM Grind w/ Modus 3 Tour 120
                        Putter: Azalea
                        Golf Ball: Chrome Soft X Triple Track




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                        • #13
                          The Eye 2.0 is classic but for some reason just does not fit my eye like a high-toe or PM grind does. The 3.0 back of the wedge as well really make sit look like an SGI wedge.
                          Ft-iQ 10˚ Stock Fubuki / SL290 9.0˚ Stiff Flex C.Kua 43
                          SZ Irons 4-GW
                          X-Forged 54˚, 58˚ MD/C-Grind
                          White Hot Tour #5
                          Decibel Stand Bag
                          Any ball I pull out of my big tub.

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                          • #14
                            I'll give these a try when I decide to get fit for irons again. Things are going well and I would prefer them to release these in "stealth" again. I am sure the results from these will be solid.
                            Driver: G400 Max Alta Stiff 10.5
                            Wood:
                            Hybrid: G400 3H, 4H 70gram Alta Stiff
                            Irons: i200 5-UW Tour Regular
                            Wedge: Glide 2.0 Stealth 56 SS, 60ES Tour Regular
                            Bag: Hoofer 14
                            Putter: Sigma G 35in
                            Rangefinder: GX2i3
                            Ball: Z Star

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                            • #15
                              I got to hit the new Glide 3.0 wedges over the range last night (they're a Ping fitting range).

                              The 3.0's all swung nicely, if you know what I mean, not overly heavy or light, head wasn't too heavy either, standard shafts weren't overly stiff like some wedges I've seen and tried.

                              They all felt pretty nice at contact, that insert in the back does do something, they felt/sounded softer and springier (even with Srixon Range Balls) than my current CBX in general, could have been strike influenced admittedly. Even toe shots didn't feel too harsh and seemed to go roughly the distance. The grooves on all I tried were shedding the balls quite nicely on crisp strikes.

                              The "normal" Standard Sole was nice, I'd say a touch more forgiving than a normal bladed edge, the Wide Sole felt most like hitting my CBX wedges off the mat with the bounce/sound etc, didn't try the Thin Sole as that's not my preference....but then there's the Eye2.

                              The grip took me a few swings to adjust to visually as it's that little bit longer and looks odd at my normal grip point, but that soon disappeared when I utilised the lower grip points.

                              I know it's looks aren't for everyone, but it's basically exactly what I've been waiting for since I started playing again - Eye2 shaping and sole which I always loved in my old second hand ones, simply nothing better out of sand, but now with brand new grooves. I think Birthday and Christmas is sorted for me this year.

                              #OGHiToe
                              Brands I'm currently devaluing:

                              "Like a gimp mask made out of finest Harris Tweed by Hawkes of Saville Row"

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