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Ping 2014 Rapture Fairway Wood

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The design of Ping’s newest fairway wood started with a simple question among the design team: “How can we make the hottest fairway wood out there?”

The result, Ping’s Rapture fairway wood, is a 212-cubic-centimeter titanium fairway wood with a deep face and a tungsten sole weight that pulls the center of gravity extremely low in the head. Watch the exclusive interview below with Ping’s Director of Product Development Marty Jertson to learn more about the new club.

The Rapture fairway wood will be available in only one loft, 13 degrees, with Ping’s TFC 949 shaft (R, S and X flexes) with a stock length of 43.5 inches.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rapture fairway wood in the forums.

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  1. Stix

    Jul 31, 2015 at 1:49 am

    To anyone criticising this club – just hit it, and you will understand. Take your driver and your 3 wood to a shop, compare them both against this club, and you will understand. For most players, it will be appreciably longer than your 3W, and not much shorter than your driver BUT it will be much more accurate as the 43.5 inch shaft is the same as most current 3W. It also feels super solid and stable through impact. Best single club I’ve ever hit. Just hit it and you will understand.

    The only reason I don’t have it in the bag is I’m still deciding which of my children I’m going to sell on eBay to pay for it. Seriously, I know it’s made of ultra premium materials, but that price is just unaffordable for many. Shame or I’d have it in a heartbeat.

  2. Kellen

    May 24, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This thing is a rocket. I hit it today and was amazed. It looks incredible. The wind doesnt touch it. 1000× better than the SLDR mini. Carried it between 265 and 275 at 13 degrees. Super easy to hit and launch, but by no means does it balloon or get high at all. This is a beast of its own kind. If you get after the ball, put this in the bag. Its a laser. But its way easier and super forgiving and workable. You can be so agressive with this club and it won’t let you down.

  3. JEFF SMITH

    Apr 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    That over priced thing has no use in my bag….. can’t imagine it would fit many players period…… dumb concept really!

  4. Fred

    Apr 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Few, if any, people are going to pay $500 for a 3W. More than likely, if you want it, you’ll have to order it. Golfsmith isn’t carrying it in the stores, but has it in their online store. I’ll stick with the G25 3W for $220.

  5. KLIMA

    Feb 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Only 13* loft? What’s the point?

  6. joel fradiska

    Feb 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    whats the release date!?

  7. getitclose

    Jan 13, 2014 at 3:08 am

    That head looks crazy big in those photos. Would def be just a driver replacement. And is it just me, or does the face seem kinda shallow vs lets say a 3Deep?

    With that said though, hope I get to hit this. Looks bad a$$

  8. Deaus

    Jan 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I would like to give this a try, I have alot of trouble finding a 3-wood that I like. I actually have been using a 18* XTD FW and no 3-wood. I really miss the extra 20-25 yards on a few tight driving holes.

  9. Ron Hampel

    Jan 8, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Great idea!
    So… this has me thinking “I’d like more confidence off the tee, so this could replace my driver and then I’d need a 4 wood to fill the gap…” Ping has me wanting to spend more money on them, again!

  10. Ronojoy Mazumdar

    Jan 5, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Are we going to see PING Rapture irons to match the woods???

  11. Kg

    Jan 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Wasn’t rapture series based off carbon material in top of club? Only available as a 3W?

  12. dudstin

    Jan 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    how about a picture of this head next to a regular 3 wood, would love to see the size difference.

  13. Joe Young

    Jan 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

    It’s a 3Deep, no?

  14. rolston

    Jan 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Didn’t Adams do the same with the XTD? The whole Titanium, Tungsten, blah blah…? seems like the same set up, different company..

  15. Justin

    Jan 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Maybe a better fit for the G/I-25 family?

  16. Mike

    Jan 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    now this is an interesting club

  17. Captain Junah

    Jan 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    ….so its basically a Cobra Long Tom but more Ping (which i use as a synonym for boring) looking

    • James

      Jan 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      That’s what was going though my mind. Had a long tom. Loved it.old is new once more

  18. Mat

    Jan 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Essentially, it’s a driver.

    If you’re willing to hit a 220cc off the deck, you go right ahead.

    What’s old is new again.

    • TJ

      Apr 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Surprisingly not that hard to hit off the deck, just as easy as other 3 woods I found.

  19. SA golfer

    Jan 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Love this….will buy this….can’t wait.

  20. Perry Lim

    Jan 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Interested to use ping rapture 2014…
    pse quote fo ping rapture wood 3 , 5 ,hybrid 3 ang also driver… tq

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Guys that shoot under par, what clubs do you use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from BiggEm, who asks those GolfWRX members that happen to break par consistently, what clubs they use. Driver and irons are the clubs in question which BiggEm is interested in hearing about, and as well as many posters submitting the clubs they use, an interesting debate regarding “arrow vs archer” has developed, as well as general playing tips from posters while out on the course.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cm24: “5 years ago, When I was actually playing really well (for me), and I was in the +2 handicap range I was playing a set of Mizuno mp68 irons.  Sold those for AP2s and never have brought my game back.  I went thru 8 sets of irons over the three years after I sold the Mizunos and finally settled on a set of Srixon z965s.  I think those under par days are coming back, my birdies are going up as my proximity to the hole is going thru the roof, and it’s leading to confidence across my game.”
  • SASpeeder: “Not shooting under par quite as regularly anymore but still gaming the same equipment. Driver: Taylor M2 9.5” 2016 model with Diamana BF 60TX shaft. Irons: Miura CB1008 with KBS $Taper S+ shafts”
  • u2hockey14: “Adam Scott went back to his Titleist 910D3 this year due to accuracy issues, and he started to play better instantly. The bottom line is, for accomplished players, if you find a driver you can hit straight and are confident with it, stick with it. The extra 4-8 yards you get with “today’s” technology isn’t worth giving up that confidence and accuracy.”
  • leejohnkieh: “I’ve recently gotten my scores back down to even/under par after I got rid of drivers that didn’t work. For me, it’s all about feel and look. I went from 910d2 to a 17′ M1 to an M2 then to an M3 and now to the Ts3 in a span of 3 years. Tried every shaft known to man and I just could not get by round after round with TM drivers. Wildly inconsistent. I’d play tourneys not knowing where my driver was gonna go that day.”

Entire Thread: “Guys that shoot under par. What clubs do you use?”

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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Danny Willett’s Winning WITB: DP World Tour Championship

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Driver: Callaway Rogue (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 60x

3-wood: Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana W 70X

Irons: Callaway X Forged Utility Irons (18, 21, 24 degrees), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Superlite

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged PW (48 degrees), Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (54, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Putter: Odyssey Prototype (Stroke Lab)

Ball: Chrome Soft X

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