Ping has announced the latest upgrade to their premium Glide wedge range with the introduction of the Glide Forged Pro, which has already been spotted in the bags of Ping staffers Bubba Watson and Viktor Hovland on the PGA Tour this season.
Whilst the Ping Glide 3.0 Wedge released back in 2019 had a little more of a game-improvement feel to it, the Glide Forged Pro follows in the footsteps of the Glide Forged wedge in providing a sleek, better players' option with maximum feel and an array of grind and sole customisations.
To provide the levels of precision that these golfers are after, the Glide Forged Pro features a smaller 8620 carbon steel head with machined grooves for predictable and more consistent results.
The Tour-preferred head shape features a similar level of offset to the Glide Forged, although it is shorter from heel to toe and has a thinner hosel to provide a more compact look which is favoured by 'shotmakers' looking to make the most from their scoring clubs.
The wedge has fully machined, steeper wheel-cut grooves as well as a wider first groove to help catch those shots which are struck low on the face.
A new Emery face blast gives it a new level of friction (similar to the raw finish we have seen in the recent TaylorMade Milled Grind and Callaway Jaws models) and ensures consistent launch and spin numbers in both wet and dry conditions.
The Glide Forged features two stock grinds, allowing you to be custom fitted for the loft and sole grind combination which best suits your angle of attack and the turf conditions that you most commonly play.
The 'S' grind features a moderate bounce with a traditional sole shape that has a rounded lead edge and relieved trail edge and heel. This is the wedge that should have the widest appeal to golfers and is relatively versatile for manipulation and across different conditions.
The 'T' grind, available between 58° and 62° has a narrower sole with around 3° less bounce than the 'S', making it a much more versatile option around the green for those golfers who like to show off their creativity around the greens.
Ping has also included a special edition Eye2 Toe option - a 59° wedge which features the brand's iconic Eye 2 high-toe shaping.
With 1.5° less bounce than the 'S' grind it should appeal to those golfers who appreciate the high-toe models which also catering for those golfers who are old enough to remember the original Eye 2 models!
If all of that is still not enough, further customisation is available through the Ping Wrx service which offers eight more grind options for golfers who have very specific requirements from their wedges.
The Glide Forged Pro wedges are available with both steel and graphite shafts with lofts ranging from 50° to 62°, complete with a Golf Pride grip equipped with Arccos technology to track and analyse your performance.
They are priced at an RRP of £199 per wedge for steel shafts, and £209 for graphite shafts.
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