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PING Rapture DI Vs TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI Review
PING Rapture DI Vs TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI Review:
2nd Swing Golf Blog writer and amateur golfer Colton Buege says the reason to compare 2014’s PING Rapture DI Vs TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI is because they are more for different styles than being “better,” necessarily.
Both are excellent clubs worthy of your bag, but be careful to make your selection wisely.
PING Rapture DI (Driving Iron)
Technology (10 of 10 Rating)
Featuring a high moment of inertia (MOI), this PING Rapture DI or driving iron club stays extremely stable through the impact zone to emulate a hybrid feel.
While an iron may grab on the ground, the PING Rapture DI glides through the grass for consistent contact.
The wide sole provides forgiveness, which distinguishes the PING Rapture DI from a typical long iron.
Looks (7 out of 10 Rating)
The PING Rapture DI sets up square at address with a stable base. The thin topline combined with the wide sole makes it look like an oversized game improvement iron. For the better players, who will most likely hit this club, it may not be the best look.
Performance (9 out of 10 Rating)
For a driving iron, the PING Rapture DI gets the ball up in the air quickly, much like a hybrid, but with less spin. This gives the club a penetrating iron-like ball flight. The PING Rapture DI also was easy to work both ways with confidence because of the forgiveness provided in the wide sole.
The PING Rapture DI is the perfect club for splitting fairways on tight holes.
Final Thoughts (Overall: 9 out of 10 Rating)
The PING Rapture DI fits both the average and better player.
If you’re looking for something with a lower, more penetrating ball flight than your hybrid or 5-wood, the PING Rapture DI is your club. After hitting shots from both the fairway and rough I found nearly equal performance.
The wide sole allows the club to glide through the long grass. The PING Rapture DI combines the forgiveness of a hybrid and performance of an iron to make a well-made fairway splitting machine.
TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (Utility Driving Iron)
This is a low-flight driving iron that hits long but isn’t as versatile from rough to fairway. Basically, better players who don’t have a problem gaining loft will love it.
Technology (9 out of 10 Rating)
The TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI provided more of an iron-like feel compared to the PING Rapture DI, gearing towards the better player. This firm feel at impact gives players the sense of an iron but the wider sole and low center of gravity (CG) provides some forgiveness.
Looks (9 out of 10 Rating)
The thin topline with very little sole appearance gives this club a clean look like a long iron. When you stand over a 1-iron, for instance, you can see barely anything but the topline.
Performance (8 out of 10 Rating)
As a low-ball hitter, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI was tough to get in the air off the ground.
However, off the tee this club was perfect, giving me a low-penetrating ball flight that’ll cut through any wind. Personally, I needed something that got the ball up in the air quicker for longer carry distance.
Final Thoughts (Overall: 8 out of 10 Rating)
The TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI is designed with the better player in mind.
It allows more workability than the PING Rapture DI and hybrid. However, its versatility was kind of lacking. Out of the rough or fairway, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI performed nearly the same. It had no grab in the long grass.
So for players who don’t struggle getting the ball in the air, this is a perfect club.
Here’s Mark Crossfield again. This time for the TaylorMade club:
Compare and Contrast: PING Rapture DI Vs TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI
During my review, my brother, McCabe, and I tested the two driving irons. We are much different players. He has more of a sweeping swing, which allows him to get the golf ball in the air easily.
Meanwhile, I have a steeper swing that often relies on spin to help get my ball in the air.
Reasons I liked the PING Rapture DI: The wide sole helped shallow out my swing, bigger look gave me confidence to get the ball in the air, had a relatively low ball flight to help find more fairways, easy to hit from the ground and tee.
Reason McCabe (another accomplished Minnesota up-and-coming golfer) liked the TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI: The small sole didn’t interfere with the ground through impact, and the smaller look gave him the confidence he didn’t have to try and keep the ball “down,” which gave him a lower-ball flight than his comparable hybrid.
Like I said before, these are clubs made for different swings. This is another reason why getting fit for the correct clubs is important, don’t just stick to one brand (And again, you can and should schedule a fitting with 2nd Swing Golf online at fitting.2ndswing.com.).