Designing a wedge is complicated, but falling in love with one is simple. And I fell hard for Ping’s new Glide wedges within a matter of weeks, a feeling that hasn’t faded in the months since. I found that there’s simply no shot I can’t pull off with a Glide wedge, and fitting one to your game is as simple as it gets in today’s complex wedge marketplace.

Are you shopping for a new wedge? Here are four things to know about Ping’s Glide.

1The Simple (and Awesome) Sole Grinds

The Glide wedges are offered in three different “sole grinds,” a term that describes the shape of the sole of the club. Choosing the best sole grind for your game is the most important part of buying a new wedge. Choose the right one, and you’ll gain more confidence around the green. Choose the wrong one, and you’ll feel like you’re running a race in shoes that don’t fit.

Some sole grinds are more versatile than others, and Ping’s Standard Sole, or SS Grind, on its Glide wedges is one of the most versatile grinds on the market.

I tested four SS Grind wedges (47, 52, 56 and 60 degrees) in several different areas of the country with different turf conditions — from the deserts of Arizona to the plush turf of Michigan — and didn’t once wish I had a different grind.

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Ping’s WS Grind has a wider sole than the company’s other grinds, and for that reason it doesn’t “dig” as much.

The Glide wedges are also available in a Wide Sole, or WS Grind, which is for golfers who play golf courses with very soft conditions or those who have steeper angles of attack (AoA). For those not familiar with advanced golf swing lingo, a steep AoA generally leads to big divots.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Thin Sole, or TS Grind, which is for one of three kinds of golfers:

  1. Those who play courses with very firm conditions
  2. Those who have a very shallow AoA.
  3. Those who want maximum versatility around the greens, as the TS Grind has the narrowest sole and the lowest effective bounce.

The three grinds are very distinct, so if you test all three there’s little chance that you’ll choose the wrong one. Trust your gut, but there’s a high probability that you’ll prefer the SS Grind.

2The Soft Feel (and Forgiveness)

Cast wedges like the Glide can scare away golfers who are particular to the feel of forged wedges. And it’s true that there are cast wedges on the market that don’t feel great — but the Glide wedges aren’t one of them.

The Glide wedges are cast from a 431 stainless steel that’s softer than the 17-4 stainless steel used to make their predecessors, Ping’s Tour Gorge wedges. They also have a redesigned thermoplastic elastomer Custom Tuning Port (CTP) that is positioned behind the impact area to dull bad vibes.

The biggest benefit of the Glide’s cast, multi-material construction, however, is not feel but forgiveness. Some golfers might say that they’re not looking for increased forgiveness in a wedge, but I say, “Why not?” The Glide wedges are roughly the same size and shape of other leading wedges at address, with the benefit of a bit of perimeter weighting that you won’t notice until you need it.

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At address: The Glide wedges have a traditional profile and minimal offset.

When I hit a shot slightly off center with the Glide wedges — particularly the 47- and 52-degree models — the results were slightly better than the blade-styled wedges I’ve played in the past.

3Impressive Custom Options

Remember the Custom Tuning Port (CTP) I mentioned a few paragraphs ago? It serves the dual purpose of improving the feel of Ping’s irons and wedges, and also helps the company dial in the swing weight of custom orders.

Ping made the Glide’s swing weight, a measurement of the balance point of a golf club, lighter than previous models. The stock 60-degree model, for example, has a swing weight of D4. The decision was based on a study of golf’s greatest wedge players, which showed that many of them used lob wedges that were often lighter than the standard D5-D6 swing weight.

I wanted to try lighter wedges, too, so I made a difficult request. At 0.5 inches over standard, which usually pushes swing weight into the D6-D9 range, I wanted my wedges to have a swing weight of D3. Ping nailed it.

Ping’s famous WRX department (no relation) can handle a variety of custom requests. For more information, contact Ping. 

4A Hands-Down Approach

As I mentioned in my tech story on the Glide wedges that was published January, Ping made small tweaks to nearly every aspect of the new wedges. Some were subtle, such as the loft-optimized grooves and chrome-plated finish that both create slightly more spin. Others were more noticeable, such as a new CFS wedge shaft and Ping’s Dylawedge grip, which is 0.75 inches longer than a standard grip to encourage golfers to “choke down” on the club for more control.

The takeaway for interested buyers? With the Glide wedges, Ping covered all its bases and created a well-rounded line that offers golfers plenty of loft and grind options without overly complicating the fitting process. Maybe you won’t like the Glide wedges as much as I do, but harsh criticism of the Glide wedges will be rooted in personal preference — not performance.

If you’re looking for a wedge that achieves high marks in every meaningful category — looks, feel, spin and versatility — these are one of your top choices. And if you like the sound of a little extra forgiveness, the Glide is it.

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  1. I hit my friends glide wedges and had to go buy them. There’s nothing in the world like it.

    I have (5) Vokey wedges, (3) Cleveland wedges, (4) ping wedges (Eye 2, I3+Blade, Tour W, and I25), and a bag of old school wedges. NOTHING can begin to compete with the feel, accuracy, and repeatability of these wedges. Just beyond belief!

    Any negative feedback on these are simple put, written by the competition.

  2. Worst wedge I have ever played and the custom order was bludgeoned by ping…… wrong lye, wrong shaft, no cushion insert, wrong grip. After finally getting it back it sucked! Hard clicky feel and with the stock shaft it doesn’t offer near enough swing weight. I had them back weight and back grind the thing and it was still a pile of junk! Gorge with s-400 is much more consistent.

    • Either you are the most unlucky person on the planet, or you are a liar. The most likely explanation is that you are a liar. Would love you to post the wedge serial number of your wedge for all of us to see. This serial number will have all of the supposed adjustments that you claim to have made.

  3. Tested the ws in 60* and this actually not bad. Likely similat to the K grind what Vokey offer. likes the idea with the longer grip although something to get used to

      • I didn’t read the article, don’t have to, I already know what it says.” The new Glide wedge is Ping’s most innovative wedge ever. The unique sole grinds offer superior performance in all playing conditions and for varying swing types. The new design gives superior performance and feel compared to our previous model. The new Glide is manufactured from the best quality materials available and out performs even more expensive forged clubs ( they always say that cast clubs feel and perform the same as forged) Sound about right?
        Sorry if I offended any infomercial fans or salesmen out there, How can you trust a “review” when they all say the same thing?

  4. Not a huge surprise that you went with the SS grind. I think that our rep told us that about 90% of Ping’s staff went with the SS. These wedges do have remarkable consistency in regards to distance control as well.

  5. I like the looks of that heel grind on the SS sole. I’m a wedge hoe so maybe i’ll try one out. Currently, I use Vokeys for full shots & pitching and the mack daddy tour grinds for chipping.

  6. I’ve never really like any of the Ping wedges I play Sm5’s and actually like the Mizzy T5 even better..on looks alone grabbed one of these out of the demo bag and took one swing and it was good all around ..swung nice..felt great and didn’t have any kind of funny grab to the mat I guessing because of the sole design …I play the Apex MB with project x 6.5’s so going to test these wedges again to see if there’s a weight / swing issue to match my set

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