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Ping releases Rapture driving iron

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Talk about good timing for a club release.

Ping’s new prototype “Rapture” driving iron will be available to golfers this week at the British Open and the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

The move makes sense, as many British Open contestants decide to swap out their 5 woods and hybrids for clubs that offer lower trajectories such as driving irons.

According to a Ping press release, the Rapture driving irons have faces that are made from 455 Carpenter Steel: a strong metal that is used to make the faces of many of today’s high-COR fairway woods.

“455 Carpenter Stainless Steels’ high strength allowed designers to thin the face to create faster ball speeds,” the press release said. “Thinning the face increased discretionary mass, which was then re-positioned low and back on the club head.”

The Rapture is also designed with high-density tungsten weights in the rear portion of the sole. According to Ping, the weights account for a sizable 20 percent of the entire club head’s mass, and their low, rearward position boosts the Rapture’s moment of inertia (MOI) and perimeter weighting, adding forgiveness on mishits.

The sole of the club also includes what Ping calls a “Tungsten Polymer Blend Sole Weight,” a screw-in weight that adds even more mass into the club’s sole. It helps decrease spin and can be used to fine tune swing weight.

Technical specifications:

  • 17-4 stainless steel body, 455 stainless steel face
  • Tungsten heel and toe weights
  • 39.75-inch length, 18-degree head
  • Foggy-chrome finish
  • Stock graphite shaft: TFC 949 with chrome PVD finish (R, S, X flexes)
  • U.S. MSRP: $220.00

Click here to see more photos of the Rapture D.I. and to read more discussion in the forums.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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36 Comments

  1. Ivan

    Aug 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Why not just go ahead and make the 1 iron again?

  2. Mike from NR

    May 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Last season I was frustrated with my inconsistency with using rescue clubs in the fairway on my second or third shot. Since I was constant with my irons I figured I would give the Ping 2 Iron a chance and it paid off HUGE. It took at least 5 strokes off my game. I look forward to hitting my second shot on all par 4 and 5 when I am around 200 yards out. The slower and smoother I swing the straighter and longer I hit this club. Trust me, put your rescue clubs up for sale and buy this 2 iron. You won’t regret it. I actually went out last week and ordered a second one to put it away so in 4 or 5 years from now I will have a new one to replace my current one. I don’t want to take the risk Ping changes or stops making this iron someday. Thank you Ping for solving my inconstant play.

  3. TJ

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Good afternoon all,

    I have to say that I am excited to test this out though I am partial to the Answer 2 Hybrid (stupid long), but if this performs better (launch angle)I will be putting in my order.

    The real reason for my post is that the word on the street is that there will be a Rapture 3 wood at 14.5deg which is slightly oversized. has anyone else heard about this and if so do you happen to know any specs on it. I could be wrong but I was told its going to be a smaller version of the answer driver which would be great off the tee for my game anyways.

    Any information on this would be welcome.

  4. naflack

    Dec 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

    this club has wannabe scratch golfer written all over it…how long until 2nd swing has a whole rack of them? lol

  5. Brian

    Nov 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    This looks awesome. Hopefully the 2 is a success and we see a 3 and 4 in another few months.

    • PatrickR

      Nov 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hope it compares to the titleist utilities by coming out with a 3 & 4. Honestly can’t wait to demo this when availble. Any one know if it will be available in any shaft besidea the tfc?

  6. Patrick

    Nov 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Looking forward to trying this out and potentially replacing the Adams Idea Pro currently in the bag.

  7. Spengler

    Nov 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    anyone compare this vs. the callaway Utility?

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  9. JLeclair10

    Nov 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Yous guys need to try this club…I can cruuush it 270 in the air!

  10. Tyler

    Nov 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like they are available at 2nd Swing already…

    http://www.2ndswing.com/p-238690-new-ping-rapture-driving-iron-graphite.aspx

  11. Jezz

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Well,
    Ping may even release this Iron in a set 18* & 21* Driving Iron with combo (if so desired). 4 Iron to PW in the new I25 player Irons. Haven for equipment junkies like myself. Also it would help a brother out, alot if less than a grand.
    Cheers Jezz

  12. Andy B

    Aug 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I play the i20’s but I put the callaway 24* x utility in the bag at the first of the season and just added the 18*. Looks like I will be sending those to the BST or the ebay. Can’t wait. I actually have a close friend who is a ping staffer (web.com) and he said they are more forgiving than his s56 irons. To bad he doesn’t live near me for me to try and he wont risk losing his contract by having one magically appear at my front door (I totally understand why he cant). It doesn’t hurt to dream. I will keep dreaming until january when they will be retail.

  13. JEFF SMITH

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Ill be getting that I think. I cant hit a hybrid that well but pretty good w/ long irons…… well see!

  14. Jeff Borders

    Jul 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I wonder if the next Ping blade will look like a slimmer, narrowing version of this? I love the back of it.

  15. tyler

    Jul 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Not a big fan of these utility irons.

    IMO they look ugly at address.

  16. Deaus666

    Jul 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Very very nice, Ill put one in my bag if they release a 19-22* version, This actually reminds me more of the Yonex Zero driving iron with a Callaway style weight in the bottom. The only thing i wonder is how is it going to feel with that HARD face on slight miss-hits. I have a 20* old school Nike Pro combo utility in the bag right now.

  17. golfing badger

    Jul 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    ping copying callaway…that’s a new one!

  18. thefullsp

    Jul 17, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I have the cally x utility in 18 with GDesign shaft. It’s pretty fantastic off the tee. If I were playing Muirfield this week and were a Ping Staffer, this would be solidly in the centre of the bag!!!! Go G-Mac!

  19. cg

    Jul 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    golf club makers exec meeting”
    okay, here is the plan, first we tell golfers to buy fairway woods to replace hard to hit irons…then we tell them that hybrids are the way to go..easier to hit than fairway woods…then we wait a bit…then tell them we now have driving irons that they have to have because hybrids go too high….

    • Blanco

      Jul 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Thats not what any manufacturer is saying about driving irons… They have all maintained, rightly so, that these are a specialty item for the better player/high ball hitter.

      I’ll take a 24* Mr. Solheim… Yellow dot.

  20. Steve

    Jul 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    @billyho_golf

  21. Peter

    Jul 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Looks very similar to the Titleist 712U…could be a great addition to my i20s in the future

  22. Paul

    Jul 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like an AP2 and the X Utility got together in Phoenix.

  23. Steve

    Jul 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    From a sole and address perspective, that looks a lot like the X utilities from Callaway.

    • t120

      Jul 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      +1 looks identical from top view to the Cally…which I didn’t really hit well, so it’s almost instant “pass on it”

  24. Boo

    Jul 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Good looking, but will not dethrone my Mizzy H4 2 iron (IMHO)!

  25. Big_5_Hole

    Jul 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Need.

    • Blanco

      Jul 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      you need?

      ME need

      • bandrz

        Jul 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        left handed, PLEASE

        • Blanco

          Jul 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

          I love the guys who beg PING to release lefty versions… When was the last time ANY Ping club in ANY loft/style was not made for us southpaws?? I dont know of ANY in my lifetime.

          • bandrz

            Jul 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

            Sorry i didn’t research their entire company history prior to my post. I will do better next time.

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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/16/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (46-12SS, 52-12SS, 56-12SS, 60-06TS)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Putter: Ping Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Niemann’s clubs.

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Zach Cabra WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Houston Open (3/27/2018).

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White d+ 80X

Irons: Mizuno MP-Fli-Hi (2, 3), Piretti Limited Edition (4-PW)
Shaft: Aerotech SteelFiber hls880 (2), Aerotech SteelFiber i80 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10S, 54-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Piretti 801 CU
Grip: Piretti Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Cabra with 15 clubs in the bag ahead of the 2018 Houston Open. We’ll update this post when we confirm the 14 clubs we used in competition.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cabra’s clubs.

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TaylorMade is releasing its TP Black Copper putters to retail

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We first spotted TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putters at the 2018 PGA Show, but the company wasn’t saying anything about specs, release date, pricing, technologies, nothing.

Then, we all saw Rory McIlroy switch to a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto putter ahead of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by 3 strokes. Of course, Rory’s specific Soto putter was made with a special insert. Click here for all of the info and specs on Rory’s putter.

Now, TaylorMade is releasing retail versions to the public in four models — Juno, Soto, Ardmore 3 and Mullen 2 — which will hit stores on 4/20 selling for $199 with a standard Black Lamkin Crossbone Pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke Pistol 1.0 GT grip.

The putters have a triple-plated finish; nickel, then copper, then black chrome, according to TaylorMade’s Bill Price (Senior Director of Product Creation for Wedges and Putters). They’re then hand-polished to achieve the antique and non-glare finish. Overtime, and especially on the sole, Price says the copper will tarnish or oxidize to unveil a gradually more antique and rustic look. Rory McIlroy himself actually had a hand in inspiring the new finish.

“Rory was talking about certain finishes,” Price said. “He wanted something non-glare, with an antique type finish…. he wanted to be reminded of something old school.” 

Thus, the TP Black Copper finish was born.

Also, the putters are machined from 303 stainless steel, they have adjustable sole weights and have the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces. Check out more info about each of TaylorMade’s TP Black Copper models below.

Juno

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 36 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Soto

  • Hosel: Long Curve
  • Dexterity: RH
  • Toe Hang: 47 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Ardmore 3

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 12 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Mullen 3

  • Hosel: Double Bend
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: Face Balanced
  • Offset: 3/4 shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
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