Ping Rapture V2 Irons
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 3-PW, UW with Ping TFC 939i graphite shaft
Company line: "Multi-metal technology allows us to create an iron that launches higher, straighter shots. The dense tungsten sole weight lowers the center of gravity, while the lightweight titanium face increases ball speed. This design lets all player types hit longer shots with maximum forgiveness."
Our Testers say:
PROS: One of the top performers in the max gameimprovement category; long irons are easy to hit, almost like hybrids; smooth feel at impact; excellent stability; wedges are useful for short shots around the greens; ball flight is predictable and typically high; at address the game-improvement design features disappear; several testers will consider buying it.
CONS: Testers want more feedback on off-center hits; not the greatest looking package due, in part, to the odd shaft color.
From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
It's for: All skill levels
It's for: Golfers seeking max-game-improvement technology
Brad Schweigert, manager/golf club designer: "We don't typically make more distance a goal when engineering irons. But we did with Rapture V2. We strengthened lofts, but more importantly, used the density of the tungsten sole weight to position the center of gravity low and farther back. This increased the club's launch angle and MOI."
How it works: The V2 has a stainless steel body, titanium face and tungsten sole. The major change between the original Rapture and the Rapture V2 is the weight (and location) of a dense tungsten plug. In Rapture V2, the 45- to 70-gram plug (lightest in long irons, heaviest in short) is positioned in the broad sole. By contrast, the Rapture has a 25-gram plug in the toe area of the cavity.
Performance-wise, V2 launches shots higher and provides more head stability (4 percent higher MOI). Higher launch enables Schweigert and friends to strengthen lofts (by 1.5 degrees) and bolster carry distance. A larger tuning port (in the deeper cavity) should aid feel. TFC939i shafts are lighter in long irons to increase head speed, and heavier in short irons to enhance control.
$1,199, steel; $1,399, graphite ping.com
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