Ping say the innovation and performance offered by the driving iron are unmatched in the category as the brand has made the Rapture easier to hit than a long iron. The introduction of significant tungsten weighting the heel and toe gives it a high MOI while its wider sole gives it the playability of a hybrid with much less spin.
“The Rapture driving iron has been well-received by tour pros because it provides longer shots and a controlled trajectory,” said John A. Solheim, Ping chairman and CEO. “You have the best of both worlds. It’s more forgiving and generates much faster ball speed that the two-iron equivalent, yet it launches lower and spins far less than a comparable hybrid.
“The low, penetrating trajectory offers control and command, which is essential for keeping the ball under the wind, for example, or when you’re playing a hard, fast course and you want to maximise roll out.
One of the key attributes of the Rapture driving iron is its flat, stainless steel face, which creates high ball speeds and allows you to work the ball how you wish as it has no bulge and roll. The generous sole also means the centre of gravity is lowered for optimising launch conditions and and turf interaction.
“This club is a great option off the tee but it’s also effective in making solid contact from the ground,” Solheim said. “It’s a versatile design that reflects Ping‘s commitment to custom-engineering solutions for golfers, in this case a club that plays a more specialised role in their shot making.”
With an RRP of £175, the Rapture driving iron has a 17-4 stainless steel body, 455 stainless-steel face, tungsten heel and toe weights, an 18º head and a foggy chrome finish. For more information on this and all other Ping products, head over to ping.com
Originally published on bunkered on November 25, 2013.