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The PING Glide 2.0 wedges upgrade the spin and consistency from the original Glide wedges. Four different soles to fit every condition and swing.
Two years ago, when I reviewed the original Glide wedges, I complimented PING for being unafraid of complicated features. They were designing an entirely new wedge and weren’t afraid of getting into the details of why it was better. With the Glide 2.0, the pitch is simpler: more spin, more consistently.
The Glide 2.0 wedges carry forward the clean aesthetic of the original Glide. At address, you see a medium-sized club face, a slightly rounded leading edge, and no offset. The ES (Eye Sole) wedges are a little more unusual in their shape, but that’s part of their appeal.
In the bag, these wedges look professional. The loft and bounce are engraved on the toe, and the back of the club says only “Glide 2.0” and the sole designation.
Sound & Feel
Just like the rest of PING’s recent offerings, the Glide 2.0 wedges feel soft and solid. The impact sound is muted, but there’s excellent feedback on the strike quality through the hands.
Since amateurs golfers dream of nothing so much as spinning a shot back, PING decided to upgrade the grooves on the Glide 2.0 wedges. The grooves are set to the loft – optimized for full swings in the 46-52, for pitches in the 54-60 – and deliver 350 RPM more spin on full shots. Where it gets more interesting is on the pitches: PING claims the Glide 2.0 spins 200 RPM more on dry pitches, and they claim the amount of spin won’t change on the Glide 2.0 whether it’s wet or dry!
I decided to put these claims to the test. First, I tested the Glide 2.0 against the current king of spin mountain, the Epon Tour Wedge. The Glide 2.0 went revolution for revolution with the Epon. Next, I got a spray bottle and tested the spin with a wet ball and club face. Sure enough, the Glide 2.0 put up the same spin numbers whether it was wet or dry. The spin and the consistency from the Glide 2.0 are really impressive.
The other thing that needs to be discussed is the selection of soles. There are four options: Thin Sole (TS), Standard Sole (SS), Wide Sole (WS), and Eye Sole (ES). The idea is to give every player, and every turf condition, a sole that is optimal. The differences are pronounced, so choosing the right one is important. If you have any trouble in the bunkers, the ES is a must – the concave sole jumps out of the sand and makes sand shots a piece of cake.
When you make a wedge as good as the Glide, it can be tough to make it better. PING found a way by making the Glide 2.0 wedges higher spinning and more consistent. Just as important, the four sole options allow you to fit the club to your swing, not the other way around.