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The PING Glide 3.0 wedge has been redesigned to be lighter and more forgiving. Forgiveness of a cavity back with the look of a traditional blade wedge. Very high spin. Four unique sole options.
PING has hit on a winning formula with their Glide wedges. The original Glide and Glide 2.0 combined forgiveness with great looks and feel.
So, if you’re PING, what do you do with Glide 3.0? You redesign the whole thing: new grip, new shaft, new club head. The result is higher spin and more forgiveness at a lighter weight.
PING has mastered the art of designing a wedge that’s high tech but doesn’t look high tech. The entire Glide 3.0 has a brushed silver finish, and while you can see the cavity back and elastomer Custom Tuning Port, it reads as clean and tasteful in the bag.
The three “standard” models of the Glide 3.0 have a classic teardrop shape and compact head size. Their leading edges are rounded substantially in the toe but fairly straight overall.
The fourth sole, the Eye2 Sole, has a shape all its own. Most notable is the high toe, but it also sets itself apart with the sharply sloped top line, thin hosel, and dramatically rounded leading edge.
Sound & Feel
One of the major changes that PING’s engineers made to the Glide 3.0 is making the elastomer Custom Tuning Port longer and softer. This makes the wedge feel soft and solid across even more of the face.
Impact feels crisp and solid. Depending on the ball you use, there’s a slight “click” on perfect strikes. The muted sound doesn’t provide much audio feedback, but it’s easy to locate impact through your hands.
There’s a lot to talk about here, and we’ll start with the most exciting part: spin. Thanks to a combination of factors, the PING Glide 3.0 is the highest spinning wedge I’ve tested in a long time. To be clear, putting this wedge in the bag isn’t going to magically change your game, but it does create several hundred RPM more than most other wedges.
Part of the spin equation is the new sharper edge radius on the grooves. PING also designed grooves that are appropriate for each loft. In the lower lofted wedges ( 46, 50, 52), the grooves are slightly less aggressive because those wedges are more commonly used on full swings. For the higher lofted wedges, the grooves are more aggressive to create more spin on partial shots. The higher lofted wedges also have an extra 1/2 groove on the bottom of the face to impart more spin.
There are many shaft options (see the spec sheet below for the full list), but I tested with the stock PING Z-Z115, made by Nippon. This shaft has a lower balance point and lighter overall weight. PING states that the lower balance point should provide lower launch with enhanced control and feel. Despite being lighter than my normal wedge shaft, I had excellent control and touch with the Z-Z115.
Redesigning the Glide 3.0 wedge went from “grip-to-grind” according to PING. The new Dyla-wedge Lite grip is 3/4″ longer than a traditional grip and has a reduced taper. This creates more opportunity to choke down on the club for shot making and trajectory control.
Another important element of the Glide 3.0’s performance is forgiveness. A redesigned cavity gives the Glide 3.0 a higher MOI than its predecessors which means it’s more stable on mishits. Cavity back wedges are becoming a more common choice among recreational players and for good reason: we need forgiveness, especially in the short game where every inch counts.
Finally, let’s talk about the sole. What I love about PING’s system is that it has plenty of options, but it’s also easy to understand. Each sole is meaningfully different, and I believe that most players will be able to feel the difference between each grind.
The PING Glide 3.0 offers four different sole grinds: Standard Sole (SS), Wide Sole (WS), Thin Sole (TS), and Eye2 Sole. Standard Sole is a mid-bounce sole with some heel relief. I’ve found this to be ideal for full swings as well as a strong, versatile performer in the short game. The Wide Sole is most resistant to digging, an excellent choice for players who have steep swings or who play in soft conditions. Thin Sole has maximum heel and trailing edge relief, ideal for those with shallow swings. Finally, there’s the classic Eye2 Sole. This version of the Glide 3.0 has a narrow hosel and high toe which makes it ideal for bunker play and touch shots around the green.
Standard Sole is available in every loft, Thin Sole is available in 58 and 60 degrees, and Wide Sole and Eye2 Sole are available in 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees.
High spin? Check. Forgiveness? Check. Great looks and feel? Check and check. An understandable system for fitting the sole to your swing? Check, again.
The PING Glide 3.0 wedge truly has it all. This is the most complete wedge I’ve tested, and you will certainly find a set making its way into my bag soon.