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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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What Adam Scott said about his new 681.AS irons

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Adam Scott has used the same irons — Titleist Forged 680 — for the better part of 10 years.

“When you’re old and stubborn, you like what you like,” the 41-year-old told PGATOUR.COM.

Indeed, as he has transitioned into Titleist’s latest woods and wedges, the 14-time PGA TOUR winner has remained steadfast in playing his 2003 680 irons with KBS Tour 130 X shafts.

It was interesting, then, to see Scott with a different — but very similar — set of irons in the bag ahead of THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT.

Adam Scott’s trust Titleist 680 8-iron

Scott’s new 681.AS Forged 8-iron

At a glance, the visually stunning irons look identically shaped to the 680s we’re used to seeing in Scott’s bag — similar large muscle pad on the rear of the club, similar hosel transition, similar generous amount of offset, similar topline. However, the irons looked substantially less worn and were stamped with 681.AS on the hosel.

What’s going on here?

Titleist declined to comment, but PGATOUR.COM caught up with Scott, who shared some details. As it turns out the new irons are the same…sort of.

Before digging into the 681.AS, we asked Scott why he doesn’t simply continue playing 680 irons, and when a set wears out, replace them with another. The answer, he said, was simple. Titleist “just ran out of original sets,” which the company stopped producing in 2005.

What to do? Scour eBay and used club stores? Frequent garage sales?

Scott indicated Titleist engineers took a different tack: They made CAD (computer-aided design) copies of his beloved 680s and CNC-machined what he called, “basically the same clubs.”

“Thanks to technology,” he said, “they’re as exact a replica as you can get, but with the way they’ve been made, I could argue it’s a more solid head with a more solid strike.

“I’ve been stuck on the 680s for a long time now,” he added. “…We’ve tried some stuff here and there. We tried bending the 620 MBs earlier this year, which I actually used at the Masters. I’ve been looking for 12 months for that new fresh set with good feel in the hands and good vibes, and we just couldn’t get there, so they took this project on.”

He continued: “It’s very nice for me that Titleist was able to do that. I know what I know. I’ve played it so long, I’m at a point where I think it’s detrimental to go searching and trying to change. I know how I play, and I know what I need to play well.”

Read the full piece here. 

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/15/21): Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

From the seller (@Hunter01): “Rare Tour Issue Odyssey Stroke Lab mini putter. From the tour van with tour crimp on hosel. 35” long with grip options available. This putter never came to retail but we’re made available to the tour in limited quantities. 329 firm.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini 

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

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L.A.B Golf unveils new MEZZ.1 Proto putter

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L.A.B Golf has soft-launched its new MEZZ.1. Proto, which is currently limited to just 1,000 individually numbered putters.

The new mid-mallet putter is fully CNC machined from a billet of 6061 aircraft aluminum (body) and 303 stainless steel (midsection) for what L.A.B are calling their “best-feeling putter to date”.

The new addition includes 10 weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) that allow the company to individually build each putter to a golfer’s exact specifications.

Golfers can also choose their preferred alignment aid, with blank (no marking), line, and dot all offered with the new MEZZ.1 Proto.

The putter comes equipped with a headcover and is available to purchase now at LabGolf.com for $600.00.

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