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Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid – Review

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It is very difficult to replace a club in my bag that has been ever so faithful to me for the past two plus years. I know that my hybrid never looked at another golfer with envy. I know that I have eyeballed many a possible new hybrid to replace my faithful until the end, Callaway 3H. I find it amazing that I stuck with her for as long as I did. 

You know, I grew tired of her steel core and lusted for a newer, sleeker and avant-garde looking babe to idle away the hours on many a golf course. Being the fickle golfer that I am, I looked at many a new girl, or hybrid. For the time being, I settled on the new Ping Rapture V2 20 degree hybrid. I swear I’ll never date that 3 iron girl again. She just could never be counted upon when you really needed her to take care of your needs. On to my newest love affair, enter the Ping Rapture V2 hybrid. Not only a looker, but a pure performer as well.

According to Ping Golf, they wanted “to ensure forgiving and higher launching results so their engineers relied on the density of a tungsten sole plate in the design of the Rapture V2 Hybrid Series.”

The design features a “sloped crown design and the 112 gram tungsten sole–which represents 48% of the club head’s mass–allows the center of gravity (CG) to be positioned lower and farther back from the face.” The Rapture V2 hybrid’s “larger head profile and longer face increase the moment-of-inertia for improved accuracy and confidence.” All golfers need a lot of both. And me? I’ll take all that I can get. I thought about the Ping G10 hybrid as well, but the Rapture V2 is the one that really caught my eye.

One small thing that I was concerned about was replacing the accuracy of my Callaway Uniflex steel golf shaft. These shafts have always been top- notch performers for a ‘tweener (not regular, yet not stiff) such as myself. No matter how good these steel shafts are, I am always searching for a graphite shaft that I can live with for fairway wood and hybrid shots. Although I really liked the bright green fading into black Ping TFC 939D graphite shaft, I was more worried about what type of ball flight characteristics this Ping graphite shaft would offer me. This Ping shaft offers a very straight and piercing ball flight that really seems to take off and surpasses any expectations that I had for it prior to purchasing it.

I don’t miss my Callaway 3H one tiny bit, not at all. This change is very surprising to me. Why is that?  That Callaway hybrid had been in my golf bag for well over two years. This is a lifetime for a club in my bag! It is now relegated to light duty in my back up golf bag. Compared to the Callaway, the ball really takes off with authority when the V2 hybrid comes into contact with the ball. This is quite pleasing, so much so that I ordered the V2 Rapture 3 wood to replace my Cobra Speed LD-F 3 wood, but I digress, that review is in your future. Because this hybrid is 20 degrees (my old hybrid was 21 degrees) I feel like I can ditch my 19 degree Cobra LD-F 5 wood (and not miss out) and add a wedge if I so desire. In the few rounds that I have played with it, it has become my “go to” club and that says a lot. There is nothing more satisfying than reaching for a club without any doubt. If you are in search of a high performing hybrid, why not check out the new Ping Rapture V2 series, you just might be impressed.

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  1. Luc

    Jul 1, 2009 at 6:08 am

    after hitting a few balls with the Rapture V2 in a proshop I decided to go to my pro and do a club fit along with a product comparison (against my one year-old Callaway hybrid and the brand new Diablos).

    Well the Diablo performed well to say the least but nothing compares to the Rapture. I’ve never felt so excited for a golf club. I had no idea that a specific club could bring my swing to such a level of excellence. The failure rate (missed hit, top, etc…) stands below 20% which is almost impossible to achieve with my current handicap (>95). And I am talking about range balls on the grass, not on a tee.

    This review is *exactly* what I would have written about my own experience. And I am calling the shop right now to order this “magic” club 🙂

    Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

    PS: I am going for the regular flex with 20degree

  2. Ronnie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 2:19 am

    How would you stack up the new TFC939 shaft against the TFC909, and my favorite, the TFC100?

    I’m looking at replacing a 17* G2 5 wood that has the TFC100 shaft (stiff). This Rapture V2 looks like a terrific candidate.

    Thanks for the great review!

  3. REH

    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Paul,

    1. Dont call me MR.

    2. I went with the stiff flex.

  4. Paul

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Mr Hetzel,

    Did you go with Regular or Stiff shaft for your new hybrid?

    I’m interested as I too liked the Cally Uniflex.

    Thanks for the review.

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Indi Golf introduces two new putter designs featuring the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology

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Indi Golf Alisson Black Matte

Indi Golf has unveiled two new putter designs in two different finishes named Allison and Ramone.

The Allison and Ramone flatsticks come in both black and chrome finishes and contains the brand’s Colossal Sweet Spot Technology which, according to the company, eliminates miss-hits no matter where the ball is struck on the face.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Speaking on the new additions, Rob Lang, General Manager, Indi Golf, stated

“After designing wedges for the past few years, the putter category was the most logical next step for us in our mission to help golfers make their short game their best game.

“We’ve been developing the technology for these putters for over a year now and we’re confident they will help golfers make more putts. We’re excited to finally introduce them.”

The Allison putter is a face-balanced mid-size mallet, which features a double-bend shaft which aims at creating a perfectly face-balanced putter for the player that uses a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Indi Golf Allison Satin Chrome

The Ramone, a toe-hang blade putter, features a 30-degree toe-hang, which is aimed towards the player that favors an arced putting stroke.

Indi Golf Ramone Satin Chrome

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

As well as the Colossal Sweet Spot Technology, both of the new additions from Indi Golf are precision CNC milled and are constructed from Aircraft Grade Aluminum. The flat-sticks also contain toe and heel tungsten weighting, designed for increased stroke stability and maximum feel for ultimate consistency.

Indi Golf Ramone Matte Black

Indi Golf Alisson Matte Black

The putters are available with matte black or satin chrome finishes in 33”, 34” or 35” lengths and customers can also choose between a Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol putter grip, upper Stroke Traxion Tour 2.0, Traxion Pistol GT Tour or Traxion Claw 2.0 grip.

Indi Golf Ramone Stain Chrome

Indi Golf Alisson Stain Chrome

The putters are currently available for pre-sale at www.indigolfclubs.com, with inventory beginning middle of December. The MSRP for both putters is $449.99, and during the pre-sale, the price is $329.99.

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from cookszn who asks WRXers how often do they change their wedges. Cookszn also asks the same question focusing on those who don’t have the fortune to be able to play the game in winter months, and our members have been sharing their thoughts, with many following a variety of different philosophies.

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.

  • MattyO1984: “Lob Wedge, every year to 18 months. Sand and Gap, every 24-36 months.”
  • dlygrisse: “Every 2-3 years. For me, it’s more of a visual check, if the chrome is wearing off and the grooves are getting a bit dodgy. I play about 10 months a year on average. For me, though, it really depends on how much you practice. If you are just playing golf 20-40 times a year or so you really won’t get much wear. But if you practice bunker shots and work on your short game on a weekly basis, then you may need new wedges every season.”
  • Oz Max: “I’ve had my set for 5 years now, and they still spin a lot, enough to zip back a few meters on a pitch shot (when I make a good contact that is!). Though I loom after them, clean the grooves regularly and use one of those regrooving tools, they are perfect to keep the edges sharp every so often.”
  • Zigzog: “I am using some Cleveland 588 Tour Action at the moment, at least 15 years old – they still spin plenty for me. New wedges will give more initial bite, but this will stop after a handful of rounds IMO – so for me, I am more comfortable with what I know.”
  • RichieHunt: “About once every 12-15 months.”
  • Roody: “I play about 100 rounds a season. I just replaced my 60-degree wedge last week. The previous one was 5 years old. I have a groove sharpener that I use on the wedges once or twice a season. Seems to keep them “good enough” for my needs.”

Entire Thread: “How often to replace your wedges?”

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Testing Nippon’s brand new Modus G.O.S.T. shaft that features a graphite layer on top of a steel shaft for a balance of feel, vibration dampening and stability.

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