PING Glide 4.0 Wedge Review

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The PING Glide 4.0 wedges continue to build on one of the best wedge lines in golf.  Four meaningfully different soles.  Excellent spin.  Very forgiving and consistent.

Introduction

The Glide series of wedges is classic PING.  These were some of the first wedges to focus on forgiveness in the short game, but they don’t crow about it.  They overdeliver on consistency with a great looking all-business aesthetic.  Glide wedges have figured prominently in my bag in the past, so I was eager to see what’s new for the fourth iteration.

Looks

The PING Glide 4.0 wedges carry forward the no-frills aesthetic of previous generations.  At address, you see a compact club face with a rounded toe and leading edge.  The lack of full-face grooves is almost surprising in today’s wedge market, but traditionalists will appreciate the clean look.

As you change lofts, you will notice that the shape of the Glide 4.0 changes.  The lower lofted wedges look more iron-like with a shorter heel.  As you get toward the higher lofts, the head becomes much more rounded.  Above is a 54 degree wedge, roughly the middle of the range.

If you want something more unorthodox, PING offers the E grind which mimics the old Eye2.  You’ll immediately notice the high toe, extremely rounded leading edge, and “blended hosel.”  PING offers the E grind at 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees.

In the bag, the Glide 4.0 is ultra-clean.  The geometry of the elastomer insert is mirrored by a thin black line – the only ornamentation on the back of the club.  “Glide 4.0” is tucked high in the toe, near the loft and grind stamping on the sole.

Sound & Feel

Especially for a forgiving wedge, what stood out most to me is the excellent audio feedback from the PING Glide 4.0.  On center, this wedge is very quiet.  Strike the ball off-center and impact gets noticeably louder.  No shot every feels harsh, but the sound immediately tells you when you’ve missed your mark.

Solid feel has always been a trademark of the Glide wedges, and that’s true in the 4.0, too.  The club feels strong behind pure and mishit shots.  Your reward for striking it well, in addition to the quieter impact sound, is a softer feel in the hands.  This isn’t a wedge that’s going to elicit words like “buttery,” but centered strikes are satisfying.

Performance

For Glide 3.0 [review HERE], PING did a “grip to grind” redesign.  The Glide 4.0 is a refining of those bigger changes.

One thing that has carried forward is the menu of four grind options.  In my opinion, this is one of the things that PING does as well or better than any other OEM.  They offer four meaningfully different soles without overwhelming the golfer with choices.  The four options are S (Standard), W (Wide), T (Thin), and E (Eye2).  The S Grind, available in every loft, has trailing edge and heel relief and is the “do everything” option.  PING’s W Grind is a full sole for more resistance to digging and performance in the sand.  The T Grind is the thinnest sole with the most relief, but it has higher bounce at the leading edge.  This is a great option for players who want to get creative with their short game.  Finally, the E Grind has a concave sole that, in grass or sand, feels like nothing else.

The words I would emphasize when describing these four soles is “meaningfully different.”  You don’t need to have Tour-level feel to notice the way that the W Sole resists digging or how easy it is to open the T Sole.  In the bunker, the E Sole absolutely shines, though it’s very playable in a variety of situations.  For me, having the S Sole in the gap wedge, W Sole for the sand wedge, and T Sole for the lob wedge is a perfect mix.  No matter the conditions, I have a club that I can pull confidently.

When I got the Glide 4.0 wedges to the launch monitor, the first thing I wanted to see was how they spun.  The Glide 3.0 tested as one of the highest spinning wedges available, so I was eager to see if the Glide 4.0 could match that.  With its milled grooves and new Emery face blast, it did.  It’s also worth noting that PING didn’t just add spin thoughtlessly.  In the lower lofted wedges (52 degrees and below), they milled grooves to optimize spin on full swings.  The higher lofted wedges have different grooves that maximize spin, especially on shorter shots.

Another thing that stood out on the launch monitor was the consistency of the Glide 4.0.  I could easily hear when I hadn’t struck a shot well, but the results barely showed it.  Ball speed and carry distance were remarkably predictable.

Finally, I want to note PING’s use of the Lamkin Crossline 1150 grip.  This grip is 11.5″ long, noticeably longer than your standard grip.  For players that like to change their hand position to control distance, this adds more versatility to the wedge.

Conclusion

The PING Glide 4.0 wedges continue to be extremely hard to beat.  They provide high level performance in all areas of the short game from full swing forgiveness to spin on touch shots.  You get a variety of soles that are meaningfully different without being overwhelming or complicated.  Finally, the selection of stock shafts and fitting options is second to none.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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12 Comments

  1. Stephen Gengaro

    Very interesting review. How do you think forgiveness compares to Edison? Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Stephen,

      I think they’re comparable in terms of forgiveness. Your personal feelings might depend on your more common misses.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. I was looking at the Edison wedges, but with shipping 485 with shipping, that’s not Fiona happen. I will stick with my Ping’s

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      Not sure how price is the deciding factor – the Edisons are $15 less per club.

      -Matt

  3. Hi Matt! Great review!! You top pick is Vokey SM9 or Ping Glide 4.0 and why?
    Thanks,
    Joe

  4. Nice review but you left off one important factor – price. These wedges are more expensive than other large manufacturers and significantly more than the previous generation. Ping was always a great engineering golf company that sold their products for reasonable prices, but now all of their recent club introductions come with an incredibly high price tag (re: i59, i525, etc.). Not sure what they are doing and as loyal Ping player I’m concerned. So instead I went out and bought a couple of Glide 3.0 wedges at much reduced pricing and am very happy.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      The price is listed under “Price and Specs”.
      $199 is not out of step with other major OEMs.

      -Matt

  5. Dana Horton

    Matt: Can you get just a head and do your own shaft? Edison allows it. Any other wedge makers who do?

  6. Hi, you wrote “In the bunker, the E Sole absolutely shines, though it’s very playable in a variety of situations. For me, having the S Sole in the gap wedge, W Sole for the sand wedge, and T Sole for the lob wedge is a perfect mix. ”

    So is it your opinion that the E, or W sole is more suitable for sand/bunker use?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      It depends on the player, but both are very good. The concave sole on the E has an extra bounce/jump out of the sand that I enjoy, but some players may find that a bit unusual. There’s probably something to be said for the kind of sand you play, too. If your bunkers are very hard/heavy/compact sand, you might actually want the S or T sole.

      Best,

      Matt

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