Trendspotting

Spanning the globe, surveying the latest developments in wedge technology, bringing you the hard hitting stories the golf press overlooks: Trendspotting

In this installment of Trendspotting we bring you a host of stories from the PGA product show held last month in Orlando.  We sent our intrepid field reporter to scour the booths, attend the demos, and run up a sizable bar tab.  She returned with the straight dope on the latest trends in wedges.

 

Everyone is moving weight toe-ward, and high on the face.  The thicker top lines of these new wedges might remind you of another product.  Of course, mere imitation cannot successfully capture the buttery smooth feel, and amazing performance of StingRay and StingRay TT.

Look at those grooves on Ping.

To paraphrase Shakespeare:  A steel is a steel, would a steel by any other name feel as sweet?  (Fun fact: Will was scratch golfer…or maybe just a scratch playwright…we can’t remember.  High school was a long time ago for us. If you were paying attention to Ping’s relaunch of Glide 2.0 you may have noticed a switch from stainless to 8620 steel.  We won’t get into the metallurgical weeds about why (We know our alloys from our tempers at the Indi Golf Blog. Come at us, metallurgists.) this particular steel is the ideal combination of workability, hardness, and corrosion resistance, but the supple feel of clubs made with 8620 makes it the goto alloy for wedges.  Congratulations to Ping for realizing this, at last.