2014 Ping Rapture Fairway 3-Wood: $495

At last month’s PGA Merchandise Show, I was fortunate enough to be able to test out a number of new products for 2014 and honed in on the 2014 Ping Rapture Fairway 3-wood.  The club appeared to be designed for a mid- to high-handicap player who is looking for support in getting the ball to launch higher and quicker with plenty of forgiveness.

Many average golfers believe that they must carry a fairway metal to be able to compete against 500-plus yard par 5′s. They want a club in the bag that can provide more distance and accuracy compared to a hybrid or iron, which allows them to reach on their second shot.

The new Ping Rapture Fairway gives any golfer the ability to gain distance and launch the ball higher to improve their game.

Technology

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The Rapture Fairway 3-wood is designed to also be a driver alternative for those players that struggle with a traditional driver. A tungsten sole plate has been added to provide an extremely high level of forgiveness.  The standard loft is set at 13 degrees with the same adaptability that you see in many of Ping’s other wood models.  The sleek design and deep face should ideally help golfers get the ball airborne quickly, which is commonly the most difficult task when trying to hit a lower lofted fairway metal.

Look

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The look of when setting up to the Ping Rapture Fairway at first really didn’t appeal to my eye, since it is more over-sized than what I am normally looking for in a fairway metal.  However, I have been a fan of the matte-black finish ever since the company started with the original Ping i-Series metals. I thought that the square look at address really fit my game and would bring more of the “better players” on board. That’s in addition to mid- and high-handicappers. It reminded me more of the i-Series than the Ping G-Series in that regard.

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The sole of the Ping Rapture Fairway, with a new injection molded tungsten plate, appealed to me. I figured it could help provide an optimal launch angle when using the fairway metal off of the tee.

Feel and Performance

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After hitting a few balls with the Rapture Fairway 3-wood, both off of the ground and from the tee, I was quite impressed with the feel.  Living in Minnesota and not having a consistent swing this time of year, it was great for me to get good contact and get that “trampoline effect” feel off the center of the face.

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I also was able to see the performance on off-center contact and definitely noticed how forgiving this club really is.  In my situation, I largely would use this club off of the tee when trying to still maintain good distance but keep the ball in the short grass.  The Rapture Fairway fully performs to what it is designed to do: be forgiving, and provide maximum distance.

Final Thoughts

The Ping Rapture Fairway 3-wood will be a great addition to the bag of any golfer who utilizes the fairway metal both off the tee and from the deck or rough.  The club’s performance stands up to Ping’s usual high standards and will certainly be a successful model within their 2014 line.

Any golfer looking to have one of the best fairway metals in the game should add the Ping Rapture Fairway 3-wood to their game.  Golfers will be provided with longer distance and better accuracy all over the course.  The adjustable design will allow each golfer to alter loft depending on their normal ball flight, and the new tungsten injection undoubtedly will allow them to get the ball airborne quickly for maximum distance.

About The Author

brett@2ndswing.com'

Brett Green is a former college golfer who still plays nearly 50 rounds a year all over the Twin Cities area. He is 2nd Swing's online manager.

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