Driving irons, 1-irons and even 2s and 3s have become oddities if not downright scarce but Ping Golf is bucking that trend with their Rapture Driving Iron for very good reasons.
Ping felt a low-loft iron was needed to give better players the option of added control especially in terms of trajectory that is provided by an iron compared to hybrids, which in recent years have chased long irons virtually to extinction.
“The Rapture driving iron has been well-received by tour pros because it provides longer shots and a controlled trajectory,” said John Solheim, Ping Chairman & CEO. “You have the best of both worlds. It’s more forgiving and generates much faster ball speed than the 2-iron equivalent, yet it launches lower and spins far less than a comparable hybrid. The low, penetrating trajectory offers control and command, which is essential for keeping the ball under the wind, for example, or when you’re playing a hard, fast course and you want to maximize roll out.”
With a loft of 18 degrees (essentially the same as what is thought of as a 2-iron loft), the Rapture has a high modulus of inertia created by tungsten weighting in the heel and toe. There is also a wide sole for help getting the ball out of difficult lies, which of course is a major benefit of hybrids versus irons. According to Ping, the result is a low trajectory penetrating ball flight.
The stock Rapture shaft is the TFC 949 graphite and ½-inch longer than a standard 2-iron.
Ping Rapture Driving Iron:
17-4 stainless steel body with 455 stainless steel face
Tungsten heel and toe weights
18º loft head
Stock graphite shaft: TFC 949 with chrome PVD finish (R, S, X flexes)
U.S. MSRP: $220.00