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  1. Maybe? I like that my pitching wedge doesn't look like my 8-iron. Makes me feel a tad more confident. And since I use it for more types of shots, I like that it's more versatile than a standard iron grind.
  2. My pitching wedge is the same as my wedges, not my irons…
  3. Yes, as @1badbadger noted. You'd be getting pretty close to an elastic collision. Such a ball would probably be illegal, though, as it would violate the ODS. That's a different realm of physics altogether. How far could you hit a golf ball made of marshmallow, even if it was wrapped in some plastic wrap with lead dust throughout to make it weigh enough? Not very far. Within the realm of golf balls that are legal to play, firmer balls have a higher ball speed at any given swing speed. Think about it… and then imagine a clubhead or shaft made out of material like a drinking straw and ask yourself what would happen if it could be swung at a golf ball. Or a baseball bat versus a wiffle ball bat swung at a 100 MPH fastball.
  4. I'm a bit partial to these wedges seeing as how @david_wedzik and I named them… (true story), but I wanted to share this news with y'all… PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2017) – Precision-milled faces with sharper groove edges than any previous PING wedge model dramatically increase spin rates and trajectory control in the new Glide 2.0 wedges, leading to more precise short-game performance from all conditions, PING announced today. “The new Glide 2.0 wedges represent a major breakthrough in performance for a number of reasons, but it’s the new grooves that are most exciting,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “As many golfers are aware, we have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to evaluating and designing grooves. We worked closely with our tour staff to improve every aspect of the wedges. The players have been very pleased with the increase in spin rates, overall trajectory control, including lower ball flights, and the consistency of the carry distances. Around the greens, they’re impressed with the turf interaction and how the ball is reacting off the face to give them the precision they need to hit it closer. “They’ve also commented how much they appreciate the refined, compact look. When you set the club down -- whether it’s a full swing or a touch shot around the green -- you’re confident you can play the shot. Plus, the feel and sound are incredible,” Solheim said. “Most of our tour players, including Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, have already converted to the new wedges. Together with the multiple sole grind options, the new Glide 2.0 wedges offer all golfers a tremendous opportunity to improve their short games.” The Glide 2.0 wedges are available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world. An extremely precise wheel-cut milling process developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams enables grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the cover of the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005” edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004” edge radius and a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens. By spacing the precision-milled grooves closer together, PING’s engineers designed the lower- lofted options with one additional groove (compared to the original Glide wedge) to increase spin and control on full shots. The higher-lofted versions feature two more grooves for more spin on chip and pitch shots. In testing, 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 when compared to their current wedges. The soft, 431 stainless steel heads are distinguished by a hydropearl chrome finish, which adds a new level of performance by repelling moisture for reduced sole friction. The lead edges and sole grinds have been carefully crafted for exceptional surface interaction and versatility, gliding through the turf and sand to enable creativity and shot making. The patented design has key refinements to the four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) ensure Glide 2.0 wedges can be fit to a golfer’s divot depth or attack angle and most common turf conditions. SS GRIND (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°) An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers. WS GRIND (56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°) Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent the sole from skipping into the ball. TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°) A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high. ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°) Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile along with the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind. The Glide 2.0 wedge’s grip and shaft are specifically designed to improve short game performance. The Dyla-wedge grip, which is ¾-inch longer and features a reduced taper, allows golfers to grip down for more versatility and trajectory control. To promote lower launch with enhanced feel, the custom-engineered AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft is optimized in weight (118g), flex and balance. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge. Glide 2.0 shaft options - Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 Wedge - Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S) - After-market shaft options (no upcharge): Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100) - U.S. MSRP: $150 per club w/steel shaft; $175 per club w/graphite shaft
  5. Second, third, and fourth this bit, of course!
  6. While fully respecting your history working as a ball fitter for Bridgestone, I have to beg to differ here. While it can be helpful to think of deforming a golf ball as "storing" energy, the more a golf ball deforms the more energy it loses overall. That's why a flat tennis ball does not rocket off a racket (ha ha) as fast as a new, firm, properly inflated tennis ball. Or any other kind of inflated ball, like a basketball, racketball, soccer ball, etc. Firmer balls (higher compression) deform less and lose less energy in deforming (energy is spent deforming and then "re-forming" the golf ball), and a firmer golf ball will, all else being equal, leave the clubface with a higher ball speed. That higher ball speed often means a bit lower spin, and/or different launch angles, and other characteristics that affect overall distance, and I believe it's those other characteristics that leads to softer, lower compression balls being a better fit for some players looking to maximize distance. But I don't think the physics bear out the "storing of energy" and think it's quite the opposite: more deformation = more energy lost.
  7. Guys, I'm looking to put together a list of questions for Dean Snell of Snell Golf. Here are some pages with information: About Snell Golf About Dean Snell Dean's Work (Balls he created) Q&A with Dean Ask anything, but there are of course no guarantees that Dean will answer. After we have enough questions, I'll compile the list and send them along to Dean. At least, that's the plan. I haven't run this entire thing by Dean or Snell yet, but I think we have a good shot at it. You can ask multiple questions. If you want to build off a question already asked, quote it and do so. You can ask personal questions, though of course Dean may choose not to answer them at all.
  8. I'll get the last two out here this week.
  9. Yep. If you had indicated that he should wait so you could mark the ball, though, and he chipped after you said that anyway, it'd be a different story.
  10. Myself.
  11. That's not how this works. Just arrange things here in the thread.
  12. Has little to do with the ball you're hitting.
  13. Not possible. Everything before dictates what impact you achieve. I get that you were being facetious.
  14. A fade is any shot that moves left to right slightly. As long as the face is slightly right of the path, the shot is a "fade." Majors have been won with pull fades, push fades, and straight fades.
  15. What did you do to celebrate?