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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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Puma unveils new Ignite Fasten8 golf shoe

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Puma Golf has today introduced the newest addition to its popular spikeless franchise: the Ignite Fasten8.

The new Ignite Fasten8 ($120) family are designed to provide wearers added stability with a new, exacting fit in multiple sleek designs, featuring both a traditional lace-up style and Puma’s proprietary DISC technology, and also a PRO version with a microfiber upper. The Fasten8 lace version is also available in several eye-catching colorways for women ($100).

The lineup is led by Puma’s new Fasten8 Fit System, which consists of 8 interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing system. The 8 webbing straps are secured from underneath the foot, and when the laces, or Disc, are tightened, each of the Fasten8 straps aims to deliver an exceptionally secure, personalized fit for players with all foot shapes and sizes.

The Fasten8 also features PWRCAGE (a TPU saddle integrated with midfoot support webbing straps), and PWRFRAME (an ultra-thin TPU frame placed in high-stress areas) technologies, both of which are designed to contribute to greater overall stability during the swing and increased comfort while walking. 

Speaking on the new additions from Puma, Andrew Lawson, PLM, Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The new Ignite Fasten8 shoe continues to deliver the cool, classic style that has become synonymous with PUMA Golf, in a popular mix of colorways that will appeal to a wide range of playersWhen you combine our innovative new Fasten8 Fit System with Puma’s other impressive footwear technologies you have a shoe that delivers true versatility, style and performance, all while ensuring the perfect fit and feel for every golfer.” 

Enhanced comfort and performance in a variety of turf conditions (or even for wear off the course) is provided by a strategically designed, organically-altered traction pattern in the sole, as well as IGNITE Foam in the midsole, which bids to yield energy return and cushioning throughout the course of 18 holes.

The Fasten8 shoe also features a non-stretch, waterproof and breathable mesh construction in the forefoot area, which bids to provide versatile performance in varying weather conditions and SoleShield, a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole to make cleaning off dirt and debris quick and easy. In addition, the Fasten8 Pro features a microfiber upper for style and performance.

Puma’s Ignite Fasten8 and Ignite Fasten8 Disc are available in six colorways in sizes 7-14. Ignite Fasten8 Pro is available in five colorways in the same size range, while Ignite Fasten8 Women’s is available in sizes 5.5-12 in four colorways.

You can check out all of the color offerings over at pumagolf.com. The Fasten8 family will be available online and at retail from March 2. 

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The most impressive listing from the GolfWRX Classifieds (02/23/21): Tiger Masters P7TW irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

There is rare, and then there is this: 17/81 TaylorMade T7PW – Masters Edition irons sealed in the box ready for your enjoyment. A set like this isn’t cheap but golly it sure is nice: TaylorMade Tiger Woods Masters Limited Edition Masters Irons Set 17/81

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Vokey launches new Slate Blue finish on SM8 wedges

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Looks are important when it comes to having confidence in your clubs, and with that in mind, Titleist is releasing a new Slate Blue finish for its Vokey SM8 wedge line.

The slate blue finish is applied just like a standard PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish but involves using a unique material that increases the production time. The result of the material and additional time is a rich deep finish that not only looks great but also has a longer life compared to traditional PVD.

“Very often, wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last,” said Vokey. “At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

When it comes to technology the Slate Blue Vokey wedges offer the same progressive forward center of gravity for increased MOI and ball flight control, along with 100-percent inspected spin milled grooves.

Price and availability

Vokey Design SM8 Slate Blue wedges will be available in golf shops starting March 19, and will be available in all 23 loft, bounce, and grind options in both right and left-handed.

The wedges will be priced at $199 in their stock configuration which features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi Compound grip from Golf Pride.

Additional customizations such as character stamping are available for an additional fee.

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