Ping's Glide wedges have been a solid performer, but the company has come up with a spin-off of the 2.0 series which aims to deliver a Tour-desired look with a head material sure to deliver softer feel.
The Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges are made from a 8620 carbon steel head to give that touch better players (frankly, all players) love. The Stealth finish reduces glare and also makes the head seem smaller. Ping says its use of a QPQ (Quench Polish Quench) process adds durability to the finish, which eventually is going to wear off some if you hit it enough, but it'll take a while.
Ping has also added what is starting to proliferate in 2018 wedges: a wheel-cut half-groove near the lead edge on the 56-, 58- and 60-degree wedges designed to increase spin and control from all conditions, particularly with shots struck low on the face. The wheel-cut milling process is Ping's unique facet of this feature, as it delivers a sharper edge radius, creating more friction through more surface contact with the ball.
As we've also seen take shape in wedges, the grooves are different sizes based on loft. In the 46-, 50- and 52-degree models, the grooves are milled with a 20-degree sidewall and a .005-inch edge radius, optimized for full shots. The grooves on the 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree models are milled to a .004" edge radius and a 28-degree sidewall to deliver more spin for those partial, touchy shots.
There are four sole grinds to fit golfers:
- SS grind: An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail-edge relief for versatility. Ideal for moderate attack angles, and it fits most golfers.
- WS grind: Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. Designed to prevent too much digging.
- TS grind: Based on the half-moon grind, the TS offers heel relief for open-faced shots to eliminate fear of striking with the leading edge.
- ES grind: Eye 2-inspired sole design with the classic dish profile and the tapered hosel. Designed to perform out of bunkers.
The Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges are available for $150 per club in a variety of steel shafts and $175 per club in a variety of graphite shaft choices. The line is available in