So the upcoming trend is deep faced fairway/driver woods. Let’s face it, if you are steep – you struggle w/ fairway woods and you spin the cover off the ball w/ your driver. Phil and others started the trend last april in Georgia and I think its/ a viable trend going forward. With technology today you don’t need a 3 and 5 wood (I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS). Fit up for a modern/sick/titanium thin faced 4 wood and then “go deep” which is extremelly versitile off both the tee and fairway.
PHOENIX (Jan. 21, 2014) – PING today unveiled the 13-degree Rapture 3-wood for golfers looking for a versatile driver alternative or hotter-faced 3-wood. The multi-material, adjustable design combines a Ti 8-1-1 titanium body, high-strength beta-titanium face and dense tungsten sole plate for increased ball speed and lowered spin, leading to more distance and accuracy.
The Rapture 3-wood is now available for pre-ordering from PING-authorized golf shops.
“The weighting properties of titanium and tungsten provide our engineers a lot of opportunities to improve performance,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The high-strength beta-titanium material 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 the weight extremely low so we can optimize the CG position. It has a taller face and deeper head profile, so golfers will have complete confidence with the Rapture. We think golfers will really appreciate this unique combination of technology to improve their performance. It’s extremely long off the tee. We’re excited to get it in golfers’ hands.”
A tall, extreme-variable-thickness face made of high-strength beta titanium (30% stronger than standard titanium) enlarges the hitting surface for increased forgiveness while accelerating ball speed to generate distance. Almost 25% of head mass is isolated in the tungsten sole plate, which positions the CG much lower in the Ti 8-1-1 head, further improving energy transfer for higher ball speed and less spin. The matte-black 219cc head has a deep profile for inspiring confidence. The standard 13 degrees of loft can easily be adjusted plus or minus ½ degree using PING’s Trajectory Tuning technology. The lightweight adjustable hosel has the same outer diameter and mass of PING’s traditional fixed hosels and provides the benefits of adjustability without sacrificing the performance that’s often lost in clubs with larger hosel designs.
file under: Going deep – “on the face” explanation-new 2014 Ping Rapture 3 wood – Custom Fairway Launch Monitor Fitting, Richmond, Virginia