Looking for a new wedge that is a dart throwing pin seeker? Then look no further than the new PING Glide 2.0 wedges These superbly engineered wedges have redesigned grooves that vary by the loft of club and compared to the original Glide, increase spin by 300+ rpm on full shots and 200+ rpm on pitch shots, resulting in more control and precision. The additional two grooves on higherlofted models afford greater finesse from close in.
Tour players are seeing spin-rate increases of 1,000-1,500 rpm on partial shots (40 to 70 yards) and gains of more than 500 rpm on full shots, compared to their current wedges!
In addition, the wedge has a hydrophobic finish that repels water to enhance spin and amplify control. They will, of course, blend in particularly well with the PING i200 and iBlade, thanks to the similar looks. The feel of the wedges is buttery and getting out of a bunker is a dream.
The only change in the lofts is that the SS (standard sole) starts at 46° instead of 47°, so there is no 48° version, and that is probably because this is there as an alternative to the 45° or 46° set wedges that you get in the i200 and iBlade irons, respectively.
All the models come with Ping’s AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft which weighs slightly less than the previous CFS shaft and should give a little higher trajectory.
There is the same choice of 4 sole grinds to vary the bounce, from the lower bounce. The Thin Sole (TS) is ideal for shallow attack angles and divots, the Standard Sole (SS) is ideal for moderate attack angles and divots; the Wide Sole (WS) is ideal for steep attack angles and deep divots; and the Eye Sole (ES), which has the inverted cavity from the classic PING Eye 2 wedge, is particularly good out of sand.
To help golfers hit touch shots around the greens more easily, PING gave the Glide 2.0 wedges the Dyla-wedge grip that is ¾-inches longer than standard, so players can choke down on the club and still maintain feel. The Dyla-wedge grip gives you reference points, if you like to grip down the shaft in order to vary the distance the ball goes with the same length of swing.
This is an extremely clever and useful device and it is good to see it continued as an option to the standard variable width PING grips.
Lofts are available for both left-handed golfers and right-handed golfers in 46,50,52,54,56,58 and 60-degree models.
For more information: www.pinggolf.com
The science behind this putter is spot on! Only after studying the facts presented by its inventor, William Presse, one can see that one of the biggest issues facing putting manufacturers, is torque. Players have been battling their putter’s natural head rotation for years — the majority of which never realize they’re doing it at all.
In the field testing, our group of 15 players were simply overwhelmed with the feel and performance of the putter. Many smiles permeated our group!
The actual design is different, but if it lowers your score, adaptability is the key word. Caveat--the aesthetics of the putter, the overall feel and forced-forward-press grip, will likely take getting used to, but well worth the extra effort. Directed Force putters can immediately add consistency to a golfer’s stroke, albeit with some practice.
Most golfers have learned to correct for it by adding uneven hand pressure to the club — introducing yet another variable into their putting stroke. Even today’s largest club manufacturers have acknowledged the issue, marketing putters with a variety of balance types — face balanced and counterbalanced, for example. Yet, none of these products solve the problem.
This putter has a very high moment of inertia (MOI) coming from the displacement of so much weight well behind the face. That means it hardly matters whether you hit it off the toe, heel or center of the face. The putter allows you — and I have confirmed this — to hit 30+ foot putts dead off the heel or toe without much, or any,
noticeable effect on distance or direction.
Most putters on the market today are either face-balanced or what have what’s called “toe hang and “flop open” as soon as the backswing is initiated — creating accuracy issues and the need to apply uneven wrist and hand pressure to keep the face square. Directed Force putters are designed specifically to achieve a smooth, effortless, lieangle balanced stroke. Every putter built by Directed Force has their proprietary lie-angle balancing formula built-in, ensuring you achieve the pure putting stroke you desire — and sink more putts!
Every putter ships fully assembled with one Directed Force’s revolutionary PressGrips — which features integrated forward press technology. The putter shaft travels through the grip’s elliptical shape off-axis by three degrees, not through the center of the grip, as found on most putters.
Directed Force’s putter technologies are not dependent on the PressGrip, however, so the putters can be made with the aftermarket grip of your choice. Presse says the grip size and weight affect weighting in the head, so make sure to factor that in during your purchase.
This unique shaft alignment creates the forward lean players are looking for, to hit up through impact without increasing the loft of the putter. With every stroke, the ball rolls top over more easily and the player is rewarded with a consistent feel.
According to William Presse, lie angle balance is the solution and to that end, he has developed an entirely new formula and approach to club balance that eliminates unwanted head rotation and torque, once and for all.
Lie-angle balance is best defined as the putter head’s ability to stay square through the ball during the putting stroke without any adjustments from your hands. The result — the body’s smaller and less reliable muscle groups relax, allowing a player’s stronger muscles to maintain control over swing speed and path. Lie-angle balancing creates a “pendulum-like” stroke with unmatched stability, ball direction and distance control.
Through Directed Force’s advanced engineering, their proprietary formula and head design ensures consistent center of gravity for every putter produced — regardless of a player’s unique specifications.
The putters are mechanically forged from 6061 aircraft aluminum and heat treated to eliminate any natural inconsistencies in the metal. Using precision HAAS CNC machines, the head is then CNC-milled to the proper shape and finished with a type-3 anodized coating. Directed Force’s engineers interpolate the shaft hole to create a snug fit and clean look where the shaft connects to the head.
If you decide to purchase a putter, it is preferable to be custom fitted, so Directed Force has set up a network of qualified fitters. Remember, it’s designed to work with your specific lie angle, and isn’t going to be as effective as it could be if it’s more than a few degrees off. Their locations can be found online.
For more information: www.directedforce.com
Good golfers like this ball. Great players, including Tour players, are enthralled with Snell Golf’s My Tour ball. An up and coming ball manufacturer who has years of experience and is delivering probably one of the best golf balls on the market.
Many Tour pros have tested this ball and many feel it is equal to, if not better, than any golf ball currently available. But due to their contractual obligations, cannot play the balls in competition, but do so when not competing.
Its founder, Dean Snell, holder of 38 golf patents, is a highlyrespected golf ball expert with over 25 years in research and development roles for companies such as Titleist and Taylormade, and is the inventor or co-inventor of the Pro V1, Professional, Penta and Tour Preferred balls.
The Core has been developed with a very low compression, soft feel, with high velocity to help with ball speed, regardless of swing speed, and creates low driver spin rates for longer distances.
The Mantle layer works on longer shots to keep control of the spin and works with the thin soft cast urethane cover on shorter irons and chip shots to create higher spin rates for better control into the green.
The Cover layer is made of a thermoset cast urethane. This technology allows very thin covers for better short game spin control and is very soft and durable.
Snell also manufactures the Get Sum ball, a high performance 2-pc golf ball that offers excellent feel and control. The large, soft low compression core again allows for the ball to have very low spin rates, which increases distance and creates less hooks and slices.
The thin, soft Surlyn® cover contributes to the soft feel of the ball. This core cover combination has been designed to help golfers get the ball in the air easier, and has reduced spin rates for straighter shots from tee to green. All with fast ball speeds for any swing speed, and exceptional soft feel and control.
For more information: www.snellgolf.com