The Rapture driving iron is a specialty club that's a good fit for players
seeking a flat, penetrating trajectory that optimizes control. Effective from
the tee or the fairway, the 18° 17-4 stainless steel head is more forgiving
and generates faster ball speeds than the 2-iron equivalent. Yet its wider
sole offers the performance of a hybrid but with a lower launch angle and
much less spin. The controlled trajectory is essential for keeping the ball
under the wind or when playing on a hard, fast course and the goal is to maximize
A key attribute of the Rapture D.I. hybrid-iron is its flat face made
of ultra-strong 455 Carpenter stainless steel, which contributes to greater
ball velocity and promotes workability because it has no bulge and roll. A
generous sole locates the CG low for optimizing launch conditions and turf
PING Mens Rapture D.I. Hybrid-Irons feature:
Heel-and-toe tungsten weighting elevates MOI for greater forgiveness and
positions the CG low for a flat, driving trajectory
Ultra-strong 455 carpenter steel face contributes to greater ball velocity
and promotes workability
Delivers a flat, penetrating trajectory with faster ball speeds for maximizing
distance with control
Wider sole offers the performance of a hybrid but with a lower launch
angle and less spin
17-4 stainless steel head is more forgiving and generates faster ball
Compact head optimizes performance from the fairway or the rough
TFC 949I Graphite shaft available in Regular • Stiff • X-Stiff
360 ID8 grip
Available in left- and right-hand
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PING Mens Rapture D.I. Hybrid-Irons
Struggle With Hybrids?
The "driving iron" is said to be a "specialty club" for "better players." I'm 58, three years in the game, 11 handicap, average swing speed. I don't play on wind blown links courses. But, living in western North Carolina, I do play courses that are relatively short, tight and punitive, heavy on O.B. and hazards. And, I struggle to hit hybrids and fairway woods consistently. I can, however, hit my long irons; even the misses don't stray too far off line. 'Steep swing, maybe: I'm 6'4" and like to crowd the ball at address -- my irons are 3 degrees upright.
So, after countless hours of research, I ordered this club, sight unseen. "Regular" flex shaft. "White dot." The results are everything I hoped for, and then some. Off the tee: "exquisite" "butter" "heavenly." Off the deck: "no problem." Punch outs: "wow." Chips: "sweet." Accuracy: excellent, by my humble standards. Distance is as expected: strong 2 iron. Price: yes, it's a $200 iron -- but the quality, engineering, and performance are above reproach; and, most of the alternatives cost just as much, or more.
A note on fitting: Although all of my other irons are + 1/2" I ordered this in "stock" because "stock" is +1/2 over "standard"; thus, from a shaft length, loft, and lie standpoint, this club fits into my set perfectly, as a 2 iron. I went this way because my focus was more on consistent, accurate distance.
So, if you are in the outcast minority that can (oddly enough) hit long irons better than they can hit "long iron alternatives" I encourage you to consider this club -- even if you are not a "strong golfer" or "better player."
March 13, 2014
Great 3 or 5 wood alternative.
Was having some difficulty with 3 & 5 woods but was striking irons well so I bought this club to temporarily fill the void while I get back on track with the long woods. Looks great at address & feels powerful in my hands. The head has some weight to it to give it that powerful feeling. For me It plays about 15 yards shorter (215-220) than a well struck 5 wood (235-240) even though they are the same loft. All in all a great club.
March 7, 2014
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