PING Glide ES Wedge Review

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The PING Glide ES wedge combines all the great elements of PING’s Glide wedges with the legendary Eye Sole.  Very versatile and extremely easy to hit out of bunkers.

Introduction

If you read my review of the PING Glide wedges, you know that I was impressed with the amount of thought that went into every aspect of the design.  From grip to grooves to sole, the Glide wedges are engineered to provide golfers with high performance and a great fit.  This fall, PING has enhanced the Glide family further by adding the Glide ES wedge to the line up.  If you struggle with bunkers or simply want a more versatile wedge, this is for you.

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Looks

In the bag, the PING Glide ES wedge looks identical to the other Glide wedges, but there are some differences at address.  The hosel of the ES is noticeably thinner, which makes the transition to the top line a bit more dramatic.  Additionally, the leading edge looks more rounded and the toe is higher, though the differences are slight.  You can see comparison pictures of the ES and TS Glide wedges in the slideshow below.

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Sound & Feel

Just like the rest of the Glide wedges, the PING Glide ES wedge has a feel that is soft and a sound that’s very muted.  The feedback is excellent, and, as I found with the other Glide wedges, the head is heavy enough to provide control without being cumbersome.

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Performance

Available in lofts of 56°, 58°, and 60°, the PING Glide ES wedge is, first and foremost, a sand shot specialist.  The thinner hosel creates less resistance through the sand, which helps keep the club moving through the shot.  The thinner hosel isn’t going to turn Joe 30-handicap into Seve Ballesteros, but the difference is noticeable compared to standard wedges, especially in heavier sand.

The other key performance difference is the scooped sole.  From the bunker, bounce is your friend, but many players hate to see the leading edge raised up.  The Eye2-style sole helps to keep the leading edge lower while still giving the sole the ability to avoid digging.  Combined with the thinner hosel, this sole makes shots from all bunker conditions easier.

While much of the Glide ES’s appeal is its strength from the sand, what puts it over the top is the versatility.  There are plenty of sand specialty clubs, but most are very limited when you get them out of the bunker.  The Glide ES performs well everywhere.  From full swings to pitches to chips, the Glide ES gives you a boost from the bunker without making you compromise anywhere else.

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Conclusion

There are other wedges with scooped soles and high toes, but only one from the company that created the original Eye2 wedge – the PING Glide ES wedge.  By combining the unique sole and tapered hosel with all the things that make the other Glide wedges excellent. PING has created a truly superior tool for getting up and down.

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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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4 Comments

  1. david mc dowell

    hi i play 2 deg flat ping g30 irons im looking for this es sand wedge 58 deg should my sand wedge be the same lie as my irons 1e orange dot ?

    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      I think that’s a good place to start. Lie angle has a major impact on the start direction of the ball, so if you’re finding that your wedges are starting too far left or right, you might want to adjust.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Hey Matt,

    I play sm6 56* mgrind 8* as my most lofted wedge. Looking at the ES or CBX for my next wedge, I feel like I’m just ok out of bunkers and above average on tight green side lies. Am I on the right track? 10hcp 62yrs. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      There’s certainly no reason not to give one of those a try. Just make sure it’s well fit.

      Best,

      Matt

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