Ping releases Rapture driving iron

by   |   November 22, 2013
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UPDATED: 11/22/2013

Update: Ping’s new “Rapture” driving iron officially released today was available to Ping staff players at the British Open and the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

From Ping’s press release: Ping today introduced its Rapture driving iron, which the club maker says offers innovation and performance that are unmatched in the category. Significant tungsten weighting in the heel and toe creates a high MOI for a head its size, making the Rapture easier to hit than a long iron. At the same time, its wider sole gives the Rapture the playability of a hybrid but with much less spin. As a result, the 18-degree head delivers a low, penetrating ball flight that maximizes distance and control.

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“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 & CEO. “You have the best of both worlds. It’s more forgiving and generates much faster ball speed than the 2-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 maximize roll out.”

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A key attribute of the Rapture driving iron is its flat, 455 stainless steel face, which contributes to greater ball velocity and promotes workability because it has no bulge and roll. The generous sole in the 17-4 stainless steel head locates the CG low for optimizing launch conditions 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 specialized role in their shot making.”

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The shaft in the Rapture is a half-inch longer than a standard 2-iron shaft. Solheim said PING’s proprietary TFC 949 graphite shaft promotes greater momentum and inertia for improved energy transfer, resulting in faster ball speeds and more distance.

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Technical specifications:

- 17-4 stainless steel body, 455 stainless steel face

- Tungsten heel and toe weights

- 39.75-inch length, 18º head

- Foggy-chrome finish

- Stock graphite shaft: TFC 949 with chrome PVD finish (R, S, X flexes)

- U.S. MSRP: $220.00

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From the original July 15, 2013 article

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.

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34 Comments

  1. TJ

    December 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.

  2. naflack

    December 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

  3. Brian

    November 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

      November 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?

  4. Patrick

    November 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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

  5. Spengler

    November 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    anyone compare this vs. the callaway Utility?

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  7. JLeclair10

    November 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

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

  8. Tyler

    November 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

  9. Jezz

    September 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

  10. Andy B

    August 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.

  11. JEFF SMITH

    July 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!

  12. Jeff Borders

    July 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.

  13. tyler

    July 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Not a big fan of these utility irons.

    IMO they look ugly at address.

  14. Deaus666

    July 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.

  15. golfing badger

    July 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    ping copying callaway…that’s a new one!

  16. thefullsp

    July 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!

  17. cg

    July 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

      July 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.

  18. Steve

    July 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    @billyho_golf

  19. Peter

    July 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

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

  20. Paul

    July 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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

  21. Steve

    July 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

    • t120

      July 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”

  22. Boo

    July 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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

    • Stephen

      October 8, 2013 at 5:36 am

      Fact. 270 yards of straightness. No need to hit driver 320 anymore.

      • Brian Wilson

        November 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        Nice!

  23. Big_5_Hole

    July 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Need.

    • Blanco

      July 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      you need?

      ME need

      • bandrz

        July 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        left handed, PLEASE

        • Blanco

          July 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

            July 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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