To produce its latest wedge model, PING set about redesigning the Glide 3.0 from top to bottom, with every component from the grip to the sole grinds offered analysed and improved by the company’s engineers.
“In the Glide 3.0 series, we’re broadening the appeal of our wedges and providing more differentiation within our own line and the rest of the marketplace,” PING President John K. Solheim said. “We approached the design with a goal of creating higher-spinning, great-looking wedges that also deliver more forgiveness with the improved feel from our other proven technologies. Every detail in the Glide 3.0 is designed to improve short-game performance, from the longer grip for choking down to the Hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish that helps the wedge glide through the grass.
“From a fitting standpoint, we engineered four distinctly different sole grinds … to ensure that trained PING club fitters can properly match a Glide 3.0 to a golfer’s swing and playing conditions.”
Despite possessing a Tour preferred appearance and having already claimed a victory on the PGA Tour, a premium was placed on feel and forgiveness improvements when developing the Glide 3.0 wedges, which utilise a multi-material design that raises moment of inertia (MOI) and delivers greater trajectory control.
The new model’s 431 stainless steel heads incorporate a larger and softer elastomer ‘Custom Tuning Port’ insert that covers more of the backside of the face and improves feel no matter where impact occurs, while also allowing for more weight to be pushed to the perimeter of the head and precisely place the centre of gravity (CG).
Loft specific, precision milled grooves, including an extra half groove at the bottom of the face for added spin in high lofts, feature sharper edges for increased spin and ball flight control in the Glide 3.0, which is offered in four varied sole grinds to expand the fitting options at the disposal of PING fitters.
In addition to standard, wide and thin sole grinds, PING has brought back one of the most famous golf club designs in history, the Glide 3.0 offered in an Eye2 grind, including the original high toe design engineered by company founder Karsten Solheim.
A longer and less tapered grip increases the Glide 3.0's versatility, allowing players to grip down the club further for a greater variety of shot options. The ‘Dyla-wedge Lite’ grip also part of a 15 gram of total weight reduction alongside the stock shaft offering and head weight to ensure seamless transition from players irons to their wedges.
Glide 3.0 wedges are available for pre-order now and are offered in lofts ranging from 46˚ to 60˚, with a variety of aftermarket shafts on offer for no upcharge.
RRP: $270 (steel); $300 (graphite).
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