PING has introduced its Rapture driving iron that features significant tungsten weighting in the heel and toe to create more MOI for a clubhead its size.
The wider sole is designed to offer the playability of a hybrid with much less spin to give the 18-degree head a low, penetrating ball flight for distance and control.
“The Rapture driving iron has been well-received by tour pros because it provides longer shots and a controlled trajectory,” said PING chairman and CEO John A. Solheim,
“You have the best of both worlds. It’s more forgiving and generates much faster ball speed than the two iron equivalent, yet it launches lower and spins far less than a comparable hybrid,” he added.
“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,” said Solheim.
A key attribute of the Rapture driving iron is its flat, 455 stainless steel face, designed to contribute to greater ball velocity and promote workability because it has no bulge and roll.
The generous sole in the 17-4 stainless steel head locates the centre of gravity low for better 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,” said 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,” he said.
The shaft in the Rapture is a half-inch longer than a standard two iron shaft.
Solheim said PING’s proprietary TFC 949 graphite shaft is used to promotes greater momentum and inertia for improved energy transfer, resulting in faster ball speeds and more distance.