2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood introduced

Ping Golf has announced the launch of the 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood, which is designed for those seeking a hotter 3 wood or a driver alternative

Ping Rapture 3 wood

2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood introduced

Click here to see an image gallery of the 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood (opens in new tab)

Ping Golf has announced the launch of the 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood (opens in new tab), which is designed for those seeking a hotter 3 wood or a driver alternative.

The 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood is a multi-material construct, featuring a Ti 8-1-1 titanium body, a high-strength beta-titanium face and a dense tungsten sole for increased ball speeds and low spin.

The 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood - which is also adjustable - is available to pre-order now from Ping-authorised golf shops.

"The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers with a lot of opportunities to improve performance," said John A. Solheim, Ping Chairman and CEO.

"The high-strength beta-titanium material used on the 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood (opens in new tab) allowed us to really focus on creating a hotter face that yields ball speeds and distance unlike any we've seen in fairway woods.

"The tungsten positions weight extremely low so we can optimise the CG position. It has a taller face and deeper head profile, so golfers will have complete confidence with the 2014 Rapture."

The tall, variable-thickness face on the 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood is made of high-strength titanium that's 30% stronger than standard, creating an enlarged hitting surface, increased forgiveness and improved ball speeds.

Almost 25% of head mass is located in the tungsten plate, dramatically reducing the Ping Rapture 3 wood's centre of gravity.

What's more, the matte-black 219cc head on the 2014 Rapture 3 wood has a deep profile to inspire confidence, the 13-degrees-standard loft can be adjusted plus or minus half a degree using Ping's Trajectory Tuning technology and a TFC 949 graphite shaft provides an increase in moment of inertia.

The 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood (opens in new tab) comes with an RRP of £395.

Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x