What we say...
The new Ping Rapture V2 Driver has a 460 cc head which has been manufactured out of titanium and tungsten, while external tungsten weight pads help make it more forgiving and lower the spin rate.
2009, Updated Model – Review
Superb feel and performance from this no-frills driver If you aren’t totally sold on the G10, for whatever reason, then those nice people at Ping have come up with a rather splendid alternative for you – the Rapture V2, a terrific driver and a significant improvement on the previous Rapture model.
For the techies, the crescent-shape tungsten weight pads at the back of the titanium head move the CG lower and deeper which helps to optimise launch off the face, and the perimeter weighting means this is fantastically forgiving.
Launched last September, the club also features a taller face of variable thickness, designed to increase ball speeds from a bigger face area.
But then lots of them do something similar: what set this aside as our best on test? Well, for one it looks like a proper driver! This is a club that somehow manages to look futuristic and traditional at the same time. It’s not fancy, it’s not even that flash, but it is awesome at address and equally impressive at impact.
George had this just behind the MX700 in his own reckoning, with Jon and Roy rating it as top-notch. Roy loved the subtle lime green alignment aid and also achieved impressive distance. In fact, this was our longest on test across our four testers.
The noise at contact is quite something and although not totally conventional in the opinions of our testers, they liked it.
Yet another great club from a brilliant club manufacturer!
Ratings (out of 5)
Looks: 4 Feel: 5 Noise: 4.8 Grip: 4.3 Distance: 5 Dispersion: 4
This topped the pile in last year’s test and one year on it’s still mixing it up at the business end – although it’s now been pushed down into silver medal position by some newer models. That doesn’t mean it’s not still a top-quality big dog. Every one of our testers loved it and said they’d have it in their bag in a heartbeat. Pro Chris said it was supremely stable and forgiving and awarded it 5/5 in all categories while John described it as a “great club in every aspect”. Leon already owns one of these and is extremely happy with it so was sold on the benefits. This was also just one yard short of David’s
longest on test so he was delighted with the performance and the powerful feel. Even one year on, with lots of shiny new big dogs out there, this wasn’t far away from another gold award. A slightly lower dispersion and looks rating just held it back.
Ratings (out of 5):
Looks: 4 Feel: 4 Noise: 3.9 Forgiveness: 4 Distance: 4.6 Dispersion: 4
The Ping V2 Rapture driver won a silver medal in the Today's Golfer 2010 drivers test in issue 269.
The mass properties of tungsten and titanium are optimised in the Ping Rapture V2 driver to create a high launching, lower-spinning driver that delivers the performance expected from a multi-metal design.
The visible, dense tungsten weight pads in the back of the lightweight titanium head expand the perimeter weighting and position the centre of gravity low and away from the face meaning this is a forgiving and high launching beast. The 460cc head is slightly elongated by extending the face height and aggressively sloping the crown. The thin face is precisely machined and plasma-welded to deliver higher ball speeds for greater distance.
Titanium head, graphite shaft, ladies, gents, LH, RH. Lofts: 9, 10, 12, 13.5
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