PING Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge Review

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The PING Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges add a sharp new finish, and a sharp new groove, to the successful Glide 2.0 wedge.

Introduction

I say this with love, but PING has always felt like a nerdy company to me.  More so than other OEMs, they are focused on performance over flash, substance and engineering over hype.

The new Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges goes slightly against that stereotype.  While there is a small performance upgrade in the high lofts, this new release is primarily about dropping a bada** new finish on an already-great wedge.

Looks

The dark finish on the Glide 2.0 Stealth is the big change from the standard Glide 2.0 – it’s even right there in the name.  What surprised me when I saw it in person is how dark it is.  A lot of wedges come in a dark finish, but they’re typically charcoal or grey.  This is black.

Aside from that, the Glide 2.0 is the same.  It has a clean look and a medium-sized head.  The leading edge is slightly rounded, and there’s no offset.  In the bag and at address, this is a wedge that’s all business.

Sound & Feel

The Glide 2.0 Stealth has a small cavity back and offers some forgiveness, but that doesn’t take away from the precise feedback.  Whether you strike the ball pure or mishit it, it communicates the exact location to your hands.

Centered contact with the Glide 2.0 Stealth sounds very muted.  The feel is soft but solid.

Performance

As with the standard Glide 2.0, the Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges are available in four unique sole configurations.  Shown here is the SS Grind which PING refers to as an “all-purpose, mid-bounce sole.”  This is the sole that I play for my gap wedge because it’s primarily a full and half-swing club, not one that I get artistic with.

The WS Grind is the widest sole, designed for players who have a steep angle of attack and need to prevent digging.  On the other end of the spectrum is the TS Grind.  This sole has the most heel relief so you can open up the face without raising the leading edge.  Finally, the ES Grind borrows from the Eye 2 with a crescent cut in the sole and a tapered hosel.  These characteristics make it an easy out from the bunker.

What’s new for the Glide 2.0 Stealth is the 1/2 groove in the 56, 58, and 60 degree wedges.  This groove is positioned near the leading edge to improve spin and control, particularly when you strike the ball low on the face.  All the grooves and faces are milled to precise tolerances so that you can get maximum spin.

 

Conclusion

I fear that the Glide 2.0 that’s currently in my bag is going to suffer a fate similar to my G400 driver.  Through no fault of its own, it’s being replaced by a new PING club, in this case purely for the looks.  The stealth finish is the best that I’ve seen on a wedge, and I’m eager for the snow to melt so I can have it in my bag on the course.

Buy PING Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges HERE

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Matt Saternus

3 Comments

  1. Thanks, Matt. I have last year’s version of the Glide and these have piqued my interest. My only, perhaps silly quibble? I would have asked PING to highlight the Degree # on the Wedge to make it easier to discern on the golf course, in the glare of the sun. It is not easy to tell which PING wedge I am pulling out of the bag as the number blends with the finish of the club. If I were to order them from PING or make a modest suggestion, it would be to contrast the Wedge # from the color/finish of the club. Okay, we can get on with our lives now.

  2. Picked up a Stealth 2.0 56 ES Grind – versatile off tight and flush lies, and since it is the Eye2 Grind, great out of bunkers – just open it up on the backswing and thump. Has a light yet great feel – added lead tape to get it to D4, and will flatten lie by one degree. Thinking of a 60 SS grind for my go-to around the green wedge, add another 2g of lead tape and see what happens.

    Played it off a tight lie just in front of a tall tree to the green, opened it up slightly, ball forward and over the tree, onto green. Spins well on chipping, Off flush lies, it is just so easy – very enjoyable club.

    A very different feel than the new SM7, which have a slightly heavier shaft by 4g and a slightly heavier swingweight at D5 in the higher lofts. While the ball feels quicker off the Stealths, which is pleasing, the SM7 has a heavier feel – just my impressions, and both are pleasing. Take a look at the Stealth – great grinds, design, and versatile. And because it’s 8620 steel, not stainless, the feel is vastly improved. Try them.

  3. Ping.com says the Glide 2.0 is 431 stainnless steel, the Glide 2.0 Stealth is 8620 steel – more than stealthiness, you have a softer feel in the Stealth, and the Glide Forged consists of the same 8620 steel.

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