Ping’s Glide 4.0 wedge provides lower launch, more spin
Tony Finau is particular about his holds. That’s usually how it goes when the scoring tools in your bag can make or break a week on the course. Settling for anything but the best configuration possible is not an option.
When Ping began conceptualizing its new Glide 4.0 wedge, Finau, along with other Ping’s Tour staff, were central to the design process to offer constructive feedback as the wedge came to life.
“It’s always fun to be able to have a say when a corner is created,” Finau said. “All the staff have things they want to see in a corner, myself included, and Ping somehow finds a way to give us what we’re looking for.”
“During testing I noticed it wasn’t a huge change from the Glide 3.0 I had, but it did start a bit lower with more spin. It’s always something guys du Tour are looking for. It’s what I’m looking for. I put it in the bag right away and saw results from the start.
Finau’s early comments align with the major improvements Ping has made to Glide 4.0. In an effort to reduce overall launch for control purposes and increase greenside spin, Ping added an Emery blast texture to the face and grooves to generate more friction and club-to-ball interaction. The end result is a noticeably lower launch with more spin.
The 46, 50, and 52 degree lofts feature wheel-cut grooves with a 20-degree sidewall designed to handle spin on full shots, while the 54-60 degree offers milled grooves with a 28-degree sidewall degrees and tighter. radius for more zip around the green and from the bunker. Ping’s hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish improves spin in wet and harsh conditions by displacing moisture on impact.
In recent head-to-head testing between Glide 3.0 and Glide 4.0, GOLF equipment experts saw a massive improvement in spin (and low launch) on half and three-quarter shots, with spin increasing up to 3,000 rpm with a lower 5-6 degree launch window.
To give the wedge a softer, Tour-esque feel, Ping changed the head material to 8620 carbon steel and added a larger elastomer Custom Tuning Port (CTP) in the back cavity for increased weighting of the wedge. perimeter. Enlarging the overall size of the CTP also allows for 36% more face contract, compared to Glide 3.0, to deliver solid acoustics and feel at impact.
Subtle changes have been made to the overall size and shape of the head – along with improvements to the leading edge and hosel transition – to provide captured insight into address. The compact, slightly rounded design is designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of the iron set, which the best players will appreciate.
“Narrowing the profile works really well on the Tour because it helps the wedges blend in with a lot of the players best sets,” said Jacob Clarke, Ping Senior Design Engineer. “From that pitching wedge, whether they’re playing a Blueprint, an i59 or an i210, it’s a really seamless transition profile-wise.”
According to Clarke, around 65-70% of Ping staff currently play one of the four Glide 4.0 grinds in the lineup without any modifications – a testament to the work that went into bringing each grind to life.
“I would even say that some of the grinds that didn’t come straight out of the box only have some heel relief, so it’s not like everyone is making massive changes to the head,” said Clarke. “What is important to remember is that better capture with ground impacts directly affects trajectory. That’s why it’s so important that every grind is perfect.
The S-Grind provides trail edge and heel relief with ample rebound and a rounded leading edge that accommodates a wide range of game types, while the T-Grind brings back the classic half-back shape -moon designed around relieved heel-toe and trailing edge sections. relief. The T is ideal for players who manipulate the wedge – especially the lob wedge – around the green in tight turf conditions. Both the S and T grinds feature a smaller head profile for more confidence and versatility.
The most forgiving wedge on the turf, the W-Grind offers a traditional full sole design with a rounded leading edge and a profile ideal for square face and bunker hits. The E-Grind is built around a high toe – an Eye2 inspired version is also available – with an improved leading edge shape, domed sole and tapered hosel for bunker performance.
Ping’s Glide 4.0 ($217.50 steel; $232.50 graphite) is available in 17 loft/grind combinations with Ping (Z-Z115 wedge, AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), Alta CB Slate (SR, R, S), Alta Distanza Black 40) and optimal stock shaft options (True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R , S, X), NS Pro Modus 105 ( R, S, X), Elevation 95).
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