The Ping Rapture V2 fairway wood features a tungsten sole weight which creates an optimal centre of gravity for a higher launch and lower spin rates. So, how did it perform for me, a 17-handicapper?
Using this club off the tee was so pleasing that the driver stayed in the bag for most of the round even though the course I was playing was long and set up perfectly for my Wilson Smooth. I was consistently able to find the middle of the fairway and even managed to keep up with my playing partner’s drives.
When you find a club like this it is difficult not to get carried away as the game will, inevitably, bite back at some point. But, if you have a fairly consistent and rhythmical swing, then the Ping Rapture 3-wood (16 degrees) should really help with your distance and making greens in two on the long holes should become a lot easier, as I discovered.
I found the ball easy to clip away from tight lies on the fairway, but stuck to my hybrid from the rough. For now I’m content to know I have a club in my bag that can be used not just off the fairway to reach the long par 5s, but a safety option from the tee without losing a great amount of distance.
At £185 the only question is whether it is worth the investment. Feedback from colleagues suggests that the is one of the most consistent-performing clubs on the market and if you’re not one to swap and tweak every few weeks, then the price tag should be of no concern!