Golf News – March 16, 2022

PING introduces Glide 4.0 wedges

PHOENIX, AZ – Today PING announced the introduction of the Glide 4.0 wedge series, its next generation of specialty wedges engineered to bring golfers lower-launching, higher-spinning performance into and around greens.

The tour-proven Glide 4.0 wedges are available for custom fitting and pre-sell beginning today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

In developing the Glide 4.0 wedges, PING’s engineers focused on expanding the grind and loft options to make custom fitting easier and more precise.

“The four distinctly different sole grinds, including an Eye2 sand-wedge-inspired version in four lofts, ensure that trained PING club fitters can properly match a Glide 4.0 to a golfer’s angle of attack and playing conditions,” Solheim said. “Whether fitting our tour pros or players who just prefer the look, feel and all-around performance of a specialty wedge, we have a sole grind and loft combination to match every golfer.”

8620 Carbon Steel & Activated Elastomer

The multi-material construction combines 8620 carbon steel with a larger and softer elastomer insert to provide a soft, responsive feel. The additional volume of the activated elastomer insert allows for 36% more face contact, resulting in the softer feel golfers prefer in their wedges.

“We’re using 8620 carbon steel in the Glide 4.0 because it is a slightly softer material,” said Solheim. “It makes a big difference. When we combine it with the activated elastomer, it delivers an amazing feel.”

Precisely Sized and Shaped

The Glide 4.0 features a slightly rounded, compact design that benefits from advancements to the lead edge and hosel transition to provide a captured look at address. In designing the series, the engineers made the head sizes of the “S” and “T” grind versions smaller than the “W” and “E” options.

Friction Face with Emery Blast

In combination with the precision-milled face and grooves, the new Emery face blast adds more texture to the hitting surface, creating higher friction and more interaction between the club and ball for more spin and lower launch. The 46º, 50º and 52º lofts feature wheel-cut grooves with a 20º sidewall to optimize performance on full shots. The 54º to 60º options are milled with a 28º sidewall and tighter radius for more spin and precision on finesse shots around the green and from the sand. The hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish adds to the higher spin and lower launch, especially from wet and rough conditions.

Four Grinds, More Loft Options

Four differentiated sole grinds (S, W, T, E) are designed to match a golfer’s angle of attack and typical turf conditions for improving performance and versatility on full and partial shots. In all, there are 17 grind/loft combinations.

S Grind 46º/12º, 50º/12º, 52º/12º, 54º/12º, 56º/12º, 58º/10º, 60º/10º

  • Trail edge/heel relief
  • Ample bounce
  • Rounded lead edge
  • Fits most golfers

W Grind 54º/14º, 56º/14º, 58º/14º, 60º/14º

  • Traditional full-sole design
  • Most forgiving through the turf
  • Rounded lead edge
  • Optimized for square-face and bunker shots

T Grind 58º/6º, 60º/6º

  • High lead-edge bounce
  • Half-moon sole shaping
  • Increased center bounce width

E Grind 54º/10º, 56º/10º, 58º/8º, 60º/8º

  • High toe
  • Improved lead-edge shaping
  • Dished sole and tapered hosel for bunker performance

Eye 3-Inspired E-Grind

The PING Eye2 wedge face profile inspired the “E” grind, which is distinguished by the high-toe design made popular by Karsten Solheim’s iconic sand wedge developed in the early 1980s. It features a blended hosel and dished sole design similar to the original Eye2.

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Linksoul’s “Sunflower of Peace” Make Par / Not War Charity T-Shirt

COSTA MESA, CA – As the conflict with Ukraine continues, we are devasted to see the catastrophic events happening in the country and all those who are affected by the violence. People and brands all over the world are coming together to help support and provide aide to numerous organizations, and I’m happy to share Linksoul’s Make Par / Not War “Sunflower of Peace” charitable t-shirt for Ukraine.

Linksoul is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the shirt, and any additional donation to the Sunflower of Peace organization to support their mission in providing vital medical and humanitarian aide to those affected by the violence in Ukraine.

The brand’s mission has always been to make things they love with the people they love for the better good of the community to help find peace. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Linksoul released their “Flatten the Curve” charity t-shirt with 100% proceeds supporting front line workers which surpassed a donation of over $215K.

We offer you our latest rendition of “Make Par/ Not War”… Our “Sunflower of Peace” Charity Tee. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt + any additional donation you wish to make will go directly to Sunflower of Peace in support of their mission to provide vital medical and humanitarian aide to those affected by the violence in Ukraine.

“The idea of ‘Make Par / Not War’ came from a very real conversation between John and me, regarding the ramifications of war, just after 9-11. It was never meant to be a witty catch phrase. For us it represents how we choose to live and move through this life. Meaning simply: Do your best. Find your peace.” – Co-Founder Geoff Cunningham

Sunflower of Peace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize support and aid for Ukrainian orphans, internally displaced persons, and those most affected by the current situation by providing medical assistance and other necessities.

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