January 22, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
ORLANDO — Every player on the PGA TOUR carries a driver, but over the course of the last year, a few high-profile names have replaced the longest club in their bag with hotter-faced fairway woods that offer increased distance in a more accurate package.
Phil Mickelson was the biggest name to have success with a driver-less bag, using Callaway's taller-faced X Hot 3Deep fairway wood to win last year's British Open and Scottish Open.
Keeping with the trend of driver alternatives, PING announced the release of a deeper-faced Rapture 3-wood (13 degrees) that combines the versatility of a fairway wood with an extreme-variable-thickness face that increases ball speed.
The multi-material fairway wood (219cc head) has a Ti-8-1-1 titanium body and a beta-titanium face that's 30 percent stronger than standard titanium and enlarges the hitting surface for increased forgiveness while accelerating ball speeds.
To boost MOI, PING engineers added a tungsten sole plate — the plate is almost 25 percent of head mass — that shifts the CG lower in the head and improves forgiveness and lowers spin.
“The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers a lot of opportunities to improve performance,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “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. 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. 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.”
The club has a deep profile and comes with PING's Trajectory Tuning technology that allows golfers to change loft plus or minus 1/2 degree via the adjustable hosel.
Rapture comes in a matte black finish with the company's high-balance-point TFC 949 shaft (R, S, X flexes) for $495.
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