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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Travisty

    Jul 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Does this mean the iBlade’s are coming out with an update soon??

  2. Tony Load

    Jul 13, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Took a big sh*t this morning!

  3. James Sinclair

    Jul 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Iam curious to see how many lofts they come out with the 3.0 eye 2 head

  4. Beau

    Jun 27, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Really reminds me of the ISI nickels. Happy to see them go back to this sort of design.

  5. Jame223

    Jun 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Can’t believe they haven’t remade the eye 2 irons with added modern day technology. Would be a gold mine.

    • Dan W

      Jul 9, 2019 at 3:36 am

      Ping will still make a set of Eye 2 irons if you want. They are a bit more expensive than the current irons but are available. Call Pings customer service. If you have an old set just give them the serial number on the hosel and they’ll duplicate them, or you can order a set custom. I think they’re $180 per iron.

  6. Alex

    Jun 26, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Pings PM grind.

    • Darrin Lygrisse

      Jun 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      So being that Phil had Callaway copy his old Ping wedge to make the PM grind I would say you have it backwards. How about Callaways Eye2 grind?

    • Travisty

      Jul 16, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      So many people have no idea when it comes to golf clubs. Phil had Callaway copy his old Eye2 wedge when it was deemed non-conforming. Ping was the original that was copied.

  7. DaveyD

    Jun 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    That Eye2 wedge is the Oyster’s Ice Skates.

  8. jon

    Jun 25, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    ive got all ping clubs except a PM lob wedge, they nearly got me with that eye2 wedge then they forgot to put the grooves all the way out to the toe.

    • HDTVMAN

      Jun 26, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Exactly! I am all Ping except for my Callaway 54° & 58° 2.0 PM Grind’s which just replaced my original PM Grind’s. So many sand & lob shots hit out on the toe, and having the grooves extended is a savior. The angled grove in groove and second bounce on wide open shots is the “Cats Meow”! TM’s “Hi-Toe” is a copy and cannot be compared to the original PM wedges. If Ping extended the grooves they would go in my bag when they go on sale in August.

  9. Doug

    Jun 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Eye2 = Swiss Army Knife

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What are SQAIRZ golf shoes and can they really help you hit the ball farther?

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SQAIRZ golf shoes are the sport’s latest footwear designed to provide golfers with the one thing every player wants: the ability to hit the ball farther.

The brand’s shoes have been independently scientifically tested by numerous organizations, including Golf Laboratories Inc. and Terry Hashimoto, Co-founder of BodiTrak, (who are one of the top golf pressure mapping manufacturers), with the results showing that SQAIRZ help golfers excel in a number of key areas.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The data

There are two connections in golf; your hands to the club and your feet to the ground. Your feet and the interaction of the shoe on the ground provides the energy to produce swing speed. Arguably, the feet to the ground is most important connection when considering balance, stability, and swing speed.

Terry Hashimoto tested the performance of over 200 golfers of all experience and levels for months wearing their current brand and then wearing SQAIRZ golf shoes. While using some of the top swing analysis software and devices such as BodiTrak, SwingGuru, and Ernest Sports, the data showed that SQAIRZ shoes have the most surface area connection with the ground of any golf shoe on the market, and this increased surface area resulted in a greater energy exchange with the ground, better balance, and weigh distribution/transfer, the key to generating more swing speed and distance.

What results did that increased surface area in connection with the ground yield? Vast gains for all wearers of SQAIRZ shoes in vital areas pertaining to distance in the game, including swing speed, carry, ball speed, and smash factor.

The average gains for those 200 golfers wearing SQAIRZ shoes compared to other brand’s footwear was an average of an 8-yard extra carry distance, 13mph increased ball speed, 11 degree increase in hip rotation, and a greater smash factor of 7%.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The technology

At the heart of the design behind the technologically advanced shoes is the patented squared toe.

The interior design of the square toe allows the golfer’s toes to sit comfortably in the shoe, with a wider base and a heel stabilizer designed to provide enhanced balance and stability. The square toe also allows golfers a unique freedom for their toes to sit naturally with a full range of motion and noticeable feel for the ground.

SQAIRZ testing found that added flexibility in competitive sneaker-like golf shoes promoted inversion, the foot (weight) moving to the outside of the trail foot. This is when the golfer gets stuck on the right side (for right-handed golfers) and not being able to shift the weight back to the lead side.

With the SQAIRZ golf shoe, golfers are provided with a structured upper material often used in sports such as football and soccer to provide structure for sudden weight shifts. Along with this upper material, the outsole and midsole have been optimized for the right amount of flexibility to promote efficient energy exchange and stability. In addition, SQAIRZ has engineered a heel stabilizer that keeps the heel down throughout the swing and prevents ankle roll-over injuries on all types of lies.

There are 6 removable cleats on each shoe of which 4 red cleats target the area where the greatest amount of pressure is exerted on the bottom of the feet through the swing. 

The spikes are strategically place under these pressure points for optimum connection in the areas that require it most.

SQAIRZ shoes also feature the widest base and greatest amount of ground coverage of any golf shoe, which is proven to provide better balance and stability as well as offering an efficient braking power. 

Braking occurs towards the end of the backswing and immediately before the ball is struck. Golfers shift the weight from the trail to lead side and this optimized braking at the right time allows for increased swing speed.

SQAIRZ developed Sta-Put laces that don’t loosen or come untied during the round, with the laces containing silicone nubs printed on the top of the lace that are designed to make the “Sta-Put” once laced.

The laces feature a durable polyester material and raised silicone squares printed down the lace in a bid to comfortably form the shoe to your foot and lock it in place.

The soles of SQAIRZ shoes also contain Circular Traction Lugs designed for proper rotational movement of your feet, and the shoes are 100% waterproof thanks to a synthetic leather material that keeps your feet dry in all conditions.

In addition to the durable material, a gusseted tongue design aids at keeping water, sand and other debris out even in the worst of conditions.

Performance Conclusion:

As outlined in the independent tests, there are several notable performance highlights:

  • SQAIRZ allowed pressure to get to the trail heel portion of the foot faster during the
    backswing, generating more acceleration to the lead side quicker and creating a much
    greater “brake effect”, generating more vertical power on the lead side prior to impact
    with impressive distance gains.
  • SQAIRZ’s greater balance and stability translated to less sway and better accuracy and
    energy transfer.
  • SQAIRZ resulted in a significant increase in hip and shoulder rotation.
  • SQAIRZ eliminated inefficiencies witnessed in sneaker like golf shoes.

So, can a golf shoe really help you play better golf? The data says yes.

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Switching from blades to game improvement irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing moving from blades to game improvement irons.

WRXer ‘PlayIt’ is interested in hearing from those who have made the switch and what their experiences have been, with WRXers sharing their thoughts on the transition in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • lefthack: “I am waiting on my GI irons (Takomo 101’s). I have a blade set and am currently playing split cavities. I prefer the blades but am enjoying my SC’s. I want to see what difference, if any, it makes. I will likely upgrade my blades when the Haywood MB’s come out in lefty. No idea what my handicap is, but I shoot close to par most days (I don’t really keep score).”
  • bladehunter: “Eh. It’s a rabbit hole. Don’t expect lower scores. Will always come down to what you think feels best. It’s only going to lower your scores if you are the player who can’t get a 5 iron airborne and is afraid of a 7 iron over water. If neither of those worries you, it’s not going to lower your scores. Edit. On the flip side. It shouldn’t raise scores either. I’m not against trying it. Heck, I’m playing a set of GI irons now ( t100 ). Somebody will chime in and tell you they’re not GI. But they’re wrong. So try it and get it out of your system. I just feel like you should know that expecting to buy strokes isn’t realistic. There’s not that much difference.”
  • DeCuchi: “I’ve tried multiple times; I’m more consistent with blades. I do hit GI’s further my distances are less consistent, and the long and left miss shows up more often, though. I still have hope of one day finding a GI set that works well for me.”

Entire Thread: “Switching from blades to game improvement irons

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/18/21): Piretti Proto putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Piretti Proto putter

From the seller (@Bradh972): “Piretti prototype 62 of 100 with stability tour shaft new Piretti grip plays 35” with 1” extension comes with cover $600.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Proto putter

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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