Specs for a Ping Tour Wedge

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Ping has long been a leading manufacturer in golfing products. The Tour Wedge Series was released in 2006 and offers a wide variety of Loft and Bounce options. The Ping Tour Wedge's compact head and rounded sole offer high rates of spin combined with a classic look at address.

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Loft

Golf club loft is the angle between the club face and the vertical shaft. The higher the degree of loft, the greater the trajectory of ball flight. In relation to wedges, it also determines the range of shots that can be played. The Ping Tour Wedge comes in 50-, 52-, 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree lofts, 50-degree clubs are normally categorised as Pitching Wedges. The second two lofts of 52 and 54 are usually grouped into a gap wedge. This offers players a club option between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. The 56- and 58-degree wedges fit into the category of sand wedges.

Choosing a club from each group is dependent on each individual's game, and consulting a club professional is advised. The 60-degree option is called a lob wedge, which is used to play a number of different approach shots but also gives the opportunity of a full swing when playing closer to the green.

Bounce

Wedges often come with different levels of "bounce." Different courses and different swings will determine the level of bounce that is required. However, this is usually a decision that will only affect the players with very low handicaps. Bounce is the angle from where the club rests on the ground to the front of the club sole, which will sit slightly above the ground when rested. More bounce prevents the club from digging into the ground when the ball is struck; therefore, playing from the fairway requires less bounce.

The 50-, 52-, 54- and 56-degree wedges come with a fixed bounce option. It's -12.2 degrees Cor the pitching wedge, -11.1 degrees Cor the 52-degree gap wedge, 12.5 for the 54-degree gap wedge, and -10.3 degrees Cor the 56-degree sand wedge. The 58-degree sand wedge and the 60-degree lob wedge come with two bounce options, the main reason being that these clubs will be used more often in the bunkers and playing from the rough. The 58-degree sand wedge is available in 8 or 13.5 degrees of bounce, and the lob wedge is available in 8 or 14 degrees of bounce.

Finish

The Ping Tour wedges come in three different finishes: Blasted, black chrome nickel or brushed/polished.

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