Ping Rapture on the way

Ping PLC, whose G5 metal woods have been making waves, are only weeks away now from the launch of their new Rapture range.

The G5 driver is reported by Golf Datatech Surveys to have been the top selling driver in golf for the past seven months, but Ping, based in Phoenix, believe their Rapture range which consists of a driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, will compliment and build on to their G5 range.
Indeed Ping chairman and chief executive John Solheim reports that his company have taken a step up with their Rapture clubs which will offer the “latest advancements in feel, distance, forgiveness, consistency and sound”.
“Moreover,” he added, “multi-material technology gives our engineers tremendous opportunities to improve all aspects of the golf club
“Titanium, tungsten, super stainless steel, elastomer and graphite composites all have properties that can make a golf ball fly straighter and go farther,” said Solheim.
The Rapture *driver, it is reported, is a 460cc model with a lightweight composite head in which its designers have re-positioned the weight to give you a club with a higher launch angle and a reduced spin rate.
Bubba Watson, currently the longest hitter on the US PGA Tour, and Angel Cabrebra, another of the big bangers, have both added this driver to their bags in recent weeks, and in all there were eight used at the Open Championship at Hoylake last month.
The **irons’ perimeter-weighted wide-soles have been created by an undercut cavity design offering a lower centre of gravity, once more improving launch angles and reducing spin.
Weight distribution is a key part of the range and the construction of a lightweight titanium face means 25 grams of material have been re-distributed in the form of a tungsten and stainless steel perimeter around the club head.
The Rapture hybrids combine a stainless steel body, a tungsten nickel sole plate with a super steel face.
They also feature the same sloped crown, first introduced on the G5 Hybrid.
The Rapture fairway woods are the only clubs in the series which are to be made from 100% titanium.
They will feature an internal weight pad positioned directly below the center of gravity to improve performance.
Available in 3, 5 and 7 wood heads, they offer a choose of shafts varying from the standard PING TFC 909F or The Aldila VS Proto 85 Fairway model.
* Drivers will be available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts, Fairways woods in 18, 21 and 24 degree lofts, both with a choice of shafts.
** Irons will be available from 2-9, and in PW, UW, SW and LW.
They are scheduled to be launched Worldwide on September 1.