Golf News – July 15, 2019

PING Introduces Glide 3.0 Wedges

PHOENIX, AZ – In developing the new Glide 3.0 wedges, PING’s engineers took a grip-to-grind approach, re-designing every component of the club to create a higher-spinning, more forgiving, lighter overall design that offers multiple sole grind options to custom-fit golfers of all skill levels.

The tour-proven Glide 3.0 wedges are available for custom fitting and pre-sell beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

Improved Feel and Forgiveness
In the Glide 3.0 wedges, PING’s engineers put a premium on the feel and forgiveness by leveraging the multi-material construction that combines a 431 stainless steel head with a larger and softer elastomer Custom Tuning Port (CTP) insert. Similar to the popular i210 irons, the additional volume of the CTP allows for a larger insert covering more of the back of the face, resulting in activation of the elastomer at impact to produce a soft yet solid feel. The new, patented cavity design and larger CTP expand the perimeter weighting to increase the MOI and position the center of gravity higher to yield lower-launching, higher-spinning trajectories for more control.

Precision-Milled grooves
Patented wheel-cut grooves developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams enable grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005″ edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) feature an extra ½ groove at the bottom of the face for added spin and are milled to a .004″ edge radius with a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.

A Focus on Fitting
With an emphasis on expanding the wedge sole options to better custom-fit golfers, PING engineers crafted four differentiated sole grinds in the Glide 3.0 series. Each is designed to best match a player’s angle of attack and typical turf conditions while providing performance and versatility on full and partial shots around the green.

Grind Options

  • Standard Sole (SS) Grind: (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)
    Mid-bounce sole with heel relief. Engineered for golfers with a moderate angle of attack. Exceptional performance in a variety of turf and sand conditions. Fits most golfers.
  • Wide Sole (WS) Grind: (54°/14°, 56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)
    Most forgiving through the ground. Round and cambered sole with significant bounce. Recommended for golfers with a steep angle of attack who typically play in soft turf and sand conditions.
  • Eye2 Grind: (54°/10°, 56°/10°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)
    With the high toe design pioneered by Karsten Solheim nearly 40 years ago, it matches the original Eye2 SW sole/face profiles and narrow hosel transition for the ultimate in bunker performance and touch shots near the green.
  • Thin Sole (TS) Grind: (58°/6°, 60°/6°)
    Facilitates precise shot-making and versatility from tight lies. Extreme heel relief with PING WRX-inspired bounce grind. Ideal for firm conditions and a shallow angle of attack.

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AHEAD’s Kate Lord Unveils Spring 2020 Women’s Apparel Lineup

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Kate Lord’s Spring 2020 collection is the ‘strongest ever,’ according to AHEAD CEO Anne Broholm.  Kate Lord women’s apparel from AHEAD is debuting two stylish fashion groups with an array of pieces designed for on- and off-course activities. The first peek at the full collection will be at the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, Aug. 13-14, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Heathers will make a strong return in Kate Lord’s Spring 2020 offerings.  The two new groups include polos, skorts, and a quarter-zip pullover.

  • Scarlet, White, True Navy. Whether trying to be patriotic or seeking a classic color palette, the Scarlet-White-True Navy combination is bold. The color group features sleeveless and short-sleeve polos, multi-dot and gingham skorts — including the Hillcrest, a timeless print for everyday wear— and the Jennings quarter-zip pullover with gingham panels.
  • Iris, Ballet, True Navy. This soft, feminine palette rocks a modern, edgy twist with a strong watercolor pattern. The Lorna short-sleeve side panel print features a sleek neck line with pattern-coordinating side panels.

Three new mid-layer styles are part of the line: Melissa, a full-zip mesh accent jacket; Flow, a half-zip heather pullover; and Jessica, a full-zip stripe accent jacket. The Jessica promises to a best seller, Broholm predicts, as it is reinvented from Kate Lord’s popular Meghan quarter-zip with internal stripe accents.

Broholm also holds high hopes for two new pieces: the Coastal full-zip lightweight stretch woven jacket, and the Monterey funnel neck fleece pullover. The Coastal jacket provides a flattering feminine silhouette with luxurious material perfect for any golfer, and will debut in white, navy and black. The Monterey fleece will be available in grapefruit, navy and white.

The new Spring 2020 Kate Lord lines, AHEAD men’s lines, headwear, and accessories, all will be showcased in booth 602 at the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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