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!  

Where next?

Ping Rapture V2 driver video review
Ping Raptute V2 driver custom fitting blog
Ping Rapture V2 driver review