PING’s new 13-degree Rapture three wood is designed to be a versatile driver alternative or a hotter-faced three wood.
The multi-material, adjustable design combines a Ti 8-1-1 titanium body, high-strength beta-titanium face and dense tungsten sole plate for increased ball speed and lower spin, leading to more distance and accuracy.
“The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers a lot of opportunities to improve performance,” said PING chairman and CEO John A. Solheim.
“The high-strength beta-titanium material allowed us to really focus on creating a hotter face that yields ball speeds and distance unlike any we’ve seen in fairway woods,” said Solheim.
“The tungsten positions the weight extremely low, so we can optimize the CG position. It has a taller face and deeper head profile, so golfers will have complete confidence with the Rapture,” he added.
“We think golfers will really appreciate this unique combination of technology to improve their performance. It’s extremely long off the tee. We’re excited to get it in golfers’ hands,” said Solheim.
A tall, extreme-variable-thickness face made of high-strength beta titanium, which is 30 per cent stronger than standard titanium, enlarges the hitting surface for increased forgiveness, while accelerating ball speed to generate distance.
Almost 25 per cent of head mass is isolated in the tungsten sole plate, which positions the CG much lower in the Ti 8-1-1 head, to further improve energy transfer for higher ball speed and less spin.
The matte-black 219 c.c. head has a deep profile to inspire confidence. The standard 13 degrees of loft can easily be adjusted plus or minus half a degree using PING’s Trajectory Tuning technology.
The lightweight adjustable hosel has the same outer diameter and mass of PING’s traditional fixed hosels and provides the benefits of adjustability without sacrificing the performance that’s often lost in clubs with larger hosel designs.
PING’s proprietary TFC 949 graphite shaft is used to promote an increase in momentum and inertia for improved energy transfer, resulting in faster ball speeds and greater distance.
Solheim said his company’s unique high-balance-point shafts have been key contributors to maximizing performance in its drivers and fairway woods.
“In the TFC 949, for example, its high balance point enabled us to engineer a standard length of 43-and-a-half inches, while increasing the mass of the head. With the same amount of effort, the golfer will be able to deliver a lot more power,” he said.