Ping Rapture V2 Driver
From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
It's for: All skill levels
Tony Serrano, senior design engineer: "Rapture V2 is a prime example of the advantages of combining materials to achieve a specific result. In this case, we wanted to produce a slightly different profile while optimizing launch and spin. The elongated shape allows us to position tungsten weight pads for reduced spin and a similar launch angle to the original Rapture."
How it works: Rapture V2 redirects approximately 20 grams of discretionary weight from the lightweight crown to rear external pads (made of tungsten) and internal weights along the sole. This pulls the club's center of gravity (CG) lower and more rearward than in the original Rapture. Company robot tests reveal that V2 shots, on average, launch 1 degree higher with 500 to 600 rpm less backspin for lower overall trajectory. The payoff can be up to 10 yards more distance. In addition, Ping's machined "variable thickness" face leads to longer drives while MOI measures 6 percent higher (heel-to-toe and crown-to-sole), for added head stability on slight off-center hits.
From Golf Magazine (December 2008)
Like its predecessor, the Rapture V2 redirects 20 grams (approx.) of discretionary weight from a light crown to other areas of the clubhead. In Rapture V2, this mass is divided equally between rear external pads (made of tungsten) and internal sole weighting. This pulls the club's center of gravity (CG) lower and more rearward than in the original Rapture. Company robot tests reveal that V2 shots, on average, launch 1° higher with 500 to 600 rpm less backspin. The payoff can be as much as 10 yards more distance. Rapture V2 also has a 6% higher MOI (both heel-to-toe and crown-to-sole), for more help on mis-hits. Ping recommends that you be custom-fit to determine ideal loft, shaft and flex.
A tall face and sloped crown lower the club's CG. The by-product is a stable head that delivers high-launching, low-spinning shots. Comes in 9°, 10.5°, 12° and 13.5° lofts.