Ping Glide Forged Pro Wedge Review

Our verdict on the new Ping Glide Forged Pro wedge

Ping Glide Forged Pro Wedge Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

It’s hard for a wedge to blow you away but the pinpoint accuracy and consistent performance of the Glide Forged Pro wedge genuinely took us by surprise - in a good way. The control and versatility allows you to be confident and aggressive around the green with enough loft/bounce options in the range to create a set designed for your needs.

Reasons to buy
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    Consistently high spin from various lies and distances

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    Compact look will suit the better player

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    Rounded profile encourages versatility

Reasons to avoid
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    Limited gains over the Glide 3.0 or Glide Forged

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The Glide Forged Pro is a tour inspired wedge designed to maximise versatility and shot-making while also producing high levels of spin control. We tested a 54° sample in the S-sole shape out on the course and on the Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor to capture some performance data.

At address, you’ll notice the more rounded shape versus the Glide 3.0 and also the slightly shorter blade length and lighter finish.

Ping Glide Forged Pro Wedge Review

It’s by no means intimidating and looks as premium and elegant as the best golf wedges out there - we much prefer the cleaner, sleeker look. The S sole on the Glide Forged Pro is much narrower than on Glide 3.0 and it has less bounce, which provides more scope for golfers to manoeuvre the clubface and hit different shots around the green without the leading edge rising up too high.

You also have the option of the T sole, a more aggressive design with less bounce in three lofts up to 62° for players that like to get even more creative. You might think this isn't enough (most brands offer at least three) but in reality, you can hit 95 per cent of shots with these.

Ping Glide Forged Pro Wedge Review

Nip a few chips away and the feel really impresses - there's a soft click as the club strikes the ball and then as the shots get longer it moves into feeling and sounding like a muscleback iron. The ball comes off low and then checks up, so you can fly the ball further than you might expect - an ideal solution if you short side yourself.

The consistency of the spin performance and resulting distance really stood out. Even in slightly damp conditions, the ball flight repeated itself time and time again and the ball seemed to react in the same way on the green when it landed.

This wedge will deliver on full shots, but it’s on those awkward in between pitch shots where it comes into its own - sliding under the ball with ease.

It’s arguably not as forgiving as Glide 3.0 and you could make a case for this wedge being aimed more towards the better player, although there isn’t a great deal of difference between how both of these wedges play.

Golfers once again have the option of the 59° EYE2 wedge, distinguished by the high-toe design with a blended hosel and a more traditional sole design than the original with less bounce than the other “S” grind lofts.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x