It's been a while since Ping has put out a fully forged wedge. The company wanted to get back in that game, creating the Glide Forged wedges, made from 8620 carbon steel to create a high-spinning blade-style wedge with a softer feel.
The company worked with Louis Oosthuizen and coaches Stan Utley and Todd Anderson on the design, aimed to offer versatility of play for approach and touch shots. The sole design features a rounded leading edge and more heel-to-toe camber for more options and creativity. The tapered hosel is designed to offer an easy transition from swing to contact in grass or sand.
The grooves are precision-milled and wheel-cut, as introduced in the Glide 2.0 wedge. These grooves have a sharper edge radius, increasing interaction with the ball at impact to impart more spin. A tungsten toe weight is designed to offer more forgiveness for off-center shots, too.
Golfers can customize their Glide Forged wedges through Ping's website, including custom graphics, stamping and paint fills. There are multiple shaft and grip options, too. Golfers can then take these designs to a local Ping fitter to get dialed in before placing an order.
Here are the custom options:
- Back-of-wedge graphics: Mr. PING logo, American flag, Arizona desert scene, Boomerang
- Stamping options: Up to three characters (A-Z, 0-9) in one of three locations (toe, center or heel); Two characters applied in scattered fashion; Mr. PING logo scattered
- Paint-fill options: Black, gold, brown, orange, purple, red, blue, yellow, green, white, silver, maroon
The Ping Glide Forged Wedges are available in six lofts (50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees) in 10 lie angles, with stock offerings being the True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 in steel and the ALTA CB (Soft R, Regular, Stiff) in graphite. Several aftermarket options are available with no upcharge. The wedges will sell for $218 per wedge in steel and $233 per wedge in graphite.