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Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge Review: You should know
A softer 8620 carbon steel head than Ping’s standard Glide 2.0 (431 stainless steel), which Ping say along with the precision milled grooves delivers softer feel and higher spinning shots. The tour-inspired black finish yields less glare and makes the head appear smaller. An extra groove low on the face of the 56, 58 and 60 lofts increases spin and control for shots hit low on the face.
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Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge Review: We say
We’ve gone all out to stress how good a concept cavity back wedges are this year but if you don’t want to go the whole hog the Glide 2.0 are an excellent midway step. A small cavity is teamed with a hollow weighting port behind the face, increasing MOI and aiding forgiveness over a full-on tour style blade. All three testers were very positive about the Stealth’s head shape, size and colour but it was only by testing on a launch monitor and analysing the data afterwards we saw how backspin was quite low. It doesn’t mean the Stealth don’t spin, but it means you should select a shaft very carefully as it will help maximise across the board performance.
Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge Review: Verdict
Dark, stealth like finishes are all the rage for 2018, and on looks and feel alone the Ping’s right amongst the very best. We loved how the straight leading edge of the SS Grind sits nice and tight to the turf which is perfect for nipping shots from the barest of lies.
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The Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges come in four sole grinds with a '8620 carbon steel head and precision-milled grooves to deliver a softer feel and high-spinning shots for greater control.
The tour-inspired Stealth finish, which yields less glare and makes the head appear smaller, is applied using a QPQ (Quench Polish Quench) process for added durability. This wedge fits the game and the eye of players for whom performance and appearance go hand in hand.
A patented precision wheel-cut half groove near the lead edge on the 56⁰, 58⁰ and 60⁰ improves engagement with the ball (specifically low on the face) to significantly increase spin and control from all conditions. The wheel-cut milling process was developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams to enable grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the cover of the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control.
The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005" edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004" edge radius and a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.
“The tour player response has been exceptional,” said Solheim. “The players’ first comment about the Stealth finish, which not only looks cool, they like how it makes the head appear smaller and it limits reflections on bright days. Once they feel it and see how much spin and control the grooves provide, the wedges go straight in the bag.”
The patented design is offered in four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) to ensure Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges can be fit to a golfer’s divot depth or attack angle and most common turf conditions.
Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges: Four Grind Options
SS GRIND (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)
An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers.
WS GRIND (54°/14°, 56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)
Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent digging.
TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°)
A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high.
ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)
Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile and the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind.
- RRP: £130 per club (s), £140 (g)
- Aftermarket steel shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R, S,), Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X)
- Std grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16")
- Shaft options: Stock steel shaft -- PING AWT 2.0 Wedge; Stock graphite shaft -- PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)