For my first installation I wanted to go over some wedges that I have in my bag. I have had the Glide 2.0 wedges (56 SS, 50 SS bent to 51) for an entire season now and I have been extremely happy. According to PING, the Glide 2.0 has sharper-edged grooves that are spaced closer together for increased friction, imparting more spin (up to 400 rpm in testing) for precise distance and trajectory control from full swings and finesse shots. The enhanced sole grinds and lead edges in the 431SS heads have been carefully crafted for exceptional surface interaction and versatility, gliding through the turf and sand to enable creativity in shot making.
Wow that's a lot to digest! In my opinion, I just wish they would simply break it down so we could all understand how this wedge performs. One thing that the description on the PING website leaves out is the hydropearl finish. For us in the PNW I think it's extremely innovative simply because it rains...a lot! This is another fancy term for satin finish, but on steroids if you will. This finish repels water which increases shot-making and consistency. When you accompany the sleek look, water repelling finish and milled grooves, this wedge does spin, a lot! I think what makes this wedge great is how easy it is to hit out of the sand. Another bonus to this wedge is with the milled grooves and hydropearl finish, the tougher chips seem a bit easier as you can spin it more if you find yourself in a predicament. PING does make four different grinds to fit each swing type and desire for short game needs. A new grind this year is the "ES" which mimics the PING Eye wedge that is so famous.
With all the great things PING has included, I do have a hard time with how this club feels. It is excellent around the green and out of bunkers, but the one downside to Glide's are the further you get from the hole the more difficult it is to feel where it comes off the face. This is the softest wedge they have made to date but, to me, it still does have that typical PING feel and clunky-ness. With how hard the wedge feels on longer shots there is a plus to that...the wedge doesn't wear as much as others on the market so it will most definitely stand the test of time.
Look of the head
Milled grooves for around the green
4 different soles/grinds
Too much spin on longer shots (this is my opinion as I spin the ball a lot)