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Equipment News: PING launch Rapture 3-wood

Equipment News: PING launch Rapture 3-wood

PING has unveiled a new 13-degree 3-wood as a versatile alternative to a driver and an added-distance fairway wood.
 

The Rapture 3-wood has been developed with new weighting properties to increase club speed and create a “hotter face”. 

 

The multi-material, adjustable design combines a Ti 8-1-1 titanium body, high-strength beta-titanium face and dense tungsten sole plate for more ball speed and less spin.

 

John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO, said: “The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers a lot of opportunities to improve performance. 

We think golfers will really appreciate this unique combination of technology to improve their performance
“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.

 

“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 Rapture also has a tall, extreme-variable-thickness face made of high-strength beta titanium which enlarges the hitting surface for increased forgiveness.

 

The standard 13 degrees of loft can be adjusted plus or minus ½ 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 promotes an increase in momentum and inertia for improved energy transfer.

Technical specifications:

– Cast Ti 8-1-1, 13º head

– High-strength, extreme variable-thickness SSAT2041 beta titanium face 

– Metal injection-molded tungsten sole plate

– Lightweight Trajectory Tuning Technology hosel (loft adjustable plus/minus ½º)

– Matte-black crown finish eliminates glare to improve focus

– Standard length: 43½ inches

– Stock graphite shaft: TFC 949 (R, S, X flexes) with chrome PVD finish

 

The Rapture 3-wood is now available for pre-ordering from PING-authorised golf shops with an RRP of £395

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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