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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 part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He 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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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/27/20): Mizuno woods, Bettinardi, and Cobra Big Tour

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds 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

Member Aprovenz – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

Whether you’re looking an oversized fairway wood for off the deck, our you’re a minimalist looking to reduce clubs in your bag and use it as a mini driver, this Cobra Big Tour is your ticket!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member KeithM38 – Mizuno ST driver and fairway

Why get a great deal on one club when you could get a great deal on two! These Mizuno ST200 woods are in almost brand new condition and come with HZRDUS Smoke Yellow shafts. With the price of these, they won’t last long.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Mizuno woods

Member LFreeman – Bettinardi Studio reserve

With a name like “Studio Reserve” this putter sound more like a nice bottle of wine than something you use to hit putts with. Either way, this Bettinardi is in amazing shape and ready to make its way into your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Bettinardi Studio 

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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New Wilson Staff Model CB irons for 2021

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Can you name the golf equipment company that owns the most major championship victories?

Well, if you are reading this, I imagine if you didn’t know the answer was Wilson you can probably make the connection that, yes, it’s Wilson Staff—and for you trivia buffs, the total is now at an astonishing 62, thanks to 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland.

Wilson Staff Model CB: Adding to the Wilson iron legacy

To build on the legacy of their forged irons, including the most recent Tour V6, Wilson is introducing the all-new forged Staff Model CB irons featuring multi-material construction to increase MOI and ball striking precision.

They have been designed with input from Wilson staff tour players including Tour V6 users Padraig Harrington, Kevin Streelman, and Kevin Tway to offer the looks and feel golfers expect from a pure forged cavity back.

“The Staff Model CB Irons are aesthetically pleasing to the elite player. 
– Jon Pergande Manager of Golf Club Innovation.

The technology

Improving on the previous V6 irons, Wilson engineers have repositioned a tungsten weight to the toe of the mid and longer irons versus the middle of the sole in the V6’s for additional stability while still maintaining a lower center of gravity. This helps make the long irons with less loft easier to elevate without having to go the route of increasing the size of the cavity or reducing the thickness of the face.

Speaking of the face, it is precision milled to ensure flatness and scorelines are also CNC milled to push them to the limits.

The last part of the design puzzle was to further stabilize the head—while never losing sight of the end goal to produce a forged cavity back iron that delivers the ultimate feel—and that’s where the “Tri Brace Stabilizer” comes in. In the cavity of the forged 8620 head is a 3-way cross-section connecting the heel, toe, and topline with thicker “bars.” These bars stiffen the overall cavity while simultaneously making the club feel more solid thanks to the thicker pad. This means less mass to create a better feel, and the remaining grams shaved from the cavity can be repositioned around the head to help with additional forgiveness.

The new Tri-Brace stabilizer providing a structural connection between the topline and the central impact mass we have stabilized the topline enhancing the energy transfer to the ball while also providing improved sound and feel .” 
— Jon Pergande

Price, specs, and availability

The all-new Wilson Staff model CB irons will be available starting January 15th, 2021, and will retail for $999.99.

The irons will come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips, with other options available through Wilson’s custom program.

Iron (stock) specs

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: MattM97

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of MattM97.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: MattM97

MattM97 WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ping Tour 65S (45.75″)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 Degrees @ 13)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV Green 75X (43″)

Hybrid: Ping G410 (19 Degrees) (Flat Neutral)
Shaft: Tensei CK Pro Orange 100TX (40.75″)

Irons: Srixon Z585 (4-7), Srixon (7-PW)
Shaft: True Temper AMT Tour White S300 (0.5″ Long)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (52 @ 51-10S), Callaway MD4 Raw (56-10S), Callaway PM2 (60-10PM)
Shaft: Dynamic Gold Spinner

Putter:TP Mills Trad II Handmade or SIK Pro Tour Proto

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Midsize Grey

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Bag: Ping Pioneer

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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