Wedge Grind Analysis

PING has developed a new Grind Tape that can supplement the fitting process of a wedge by giving an indication of your impact delivery for both lie angle (heel-toe marking) and attack angle (front-back marking).

Many golfers are losing shots around the greens due to improper sole, or bounce fitting. To fit players effectively for wedges, it’s important to understand the following: proper gapping based on the desired amount of wedges, dynamic delivery of the club-speed, orientation, and angle at which the player delivers the club head, turf interaction and sand and soil conditions, and greenside diversity. PING has developed a new Grind Tape that can supplement the fitting process by giving an indication of your impact delivery for both lie angle (heel-toe marking) and attack angle (front-back marking). A marking closer to the lead edge typically indicates a steeper attack angle and more handle lean at impact, while a marking further from the lead edge typically indicates a shallower attack angle and less impact handle lean.

WIDE SOLE (WS): Best for steeper attack angle, or softer turf and sand conditions
STANDARD SOLE (SS): Best for moderate attack angle, variety of turf and sand conditions
THIN SOLE (TS): Best for shallower attack angle, or firm bunkers- maximum greenside versatility
EYE 2 SOLE (Eye 2): Best bunker club, ample greenside versatility

One primary goal of a wedge fitting is to fill the distance gaps at the end of a player’s set to arrive at the 14-club limit. For example, if your set make-up is a driver, fairway wood, 3 thru 9 iron, and a putter (10 clubs), this leaves room for a maximum number of four wedges. When determining the initial recommendation for lofts and models, use this table. The table breaks down loft combinations according to the number of wedges a player desires to carry.

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