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Review: Ping Rapture V2 Driver

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating
User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)

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Ping Rapture V2 Driver
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Pros
  • Great look
  • Easy to get airborne
  • Compact-looking head
Cons
  • Steep retail price
  • Longer shaft may be harder to control

The Rapture V2 Is a Sequel That Deserves Top Billing

Whoever said that a sequel never lives up to the original hasn't hit the Ping Rapture V2 driver. This addition - part of Ping's 2009 lineup - to the Ping line of clubs comes on the heels of the company's tremendously successful introduction in Fall 2007 of the G10 and Rapture lines.

With a slightly elongated face profile and high-technology mix of titanium body with tungsten weights, the V2 capitalizes on the clubfitters' holy grail of high launch, low spin. The Rapture V2 does this with performance and style. Dual Tungsten weights do the job of keeping weight low and deep in the head, to help get the ball airborne.

The first noticeable difference from the original Rapture driver is the racy lime green color on the shaft and the soleplate. But the changes aren't merely cosmetic. In what Hollywood might call a plot twist, Ping has equipped the V2 with a super lightweight stock 939 shaft in L through X flexes. With a shaft weight of 47 grams and a 45.75-inch finished length, this makes the V2 one of the lightest and longest drivers on the market. Making a cameo in this sequel is the stock upgrade of a Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard shaft. At 63 grams, this ultra-premium shaft lowers spin and launch for players who want a little beefier shaft than the 939.

Ping has kept the crown in the more traditional pear shape of the original Rapture - good news for those who want their 460cc disguised as a smaller headed driver.

By expanding the height of the face and elongating clubhead dimensions, Ping has enlarged the sweet spot on the clubface and provided a very hot face, providing tremendous ball velocity regardless of player skill level.

I was able to test the V2 with the stock 939 shaft. Using a Bushnell Medalist rangefinder, I could closely approximate my distances. Overall, using a Bridgestone B-330S ball for control, I found the V2 to be about 5-8 yards longer on similarly struck drives up against Ping's G10 driver. The loft on both drivers was 10.5 degrees and the flex was stiff on both.

The sound off the tee was pleasing. Not a "tink" or hollow sound, but more of a solid quality sound. I found the V2 trajectory to be a little quicker-launching through the "ideal window" about 10-20 yards off the tee. Once airborne, the V2 trajectory seemed to flatten out quicker than the G10. I attribute this to the lower spin that Ping has engineered into the club. The net result is a bit more roll once the ball hit the ground. And we can all use some more roll.

All in all, Ping engineers have captured the hot face of the G10 and the solid sound and feel of the original Rapture and put it into the V2 package.

At $500 MSRP, the ticket price might be a concern for value-seeking golfers, but there is enough performance and forgiveness to make this an award-winner for all levels of golfer. In short, the Ping Rapture V2 driver as the sequel should certainly be a smash hit.

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 5 out of 5
Long Road Back, Member Javaone

OK, I got my clubs stolen. Lesson learned, I will never leave my clubs in the car again ~ Enough said. I am 50 years old, 170lbs, 5’10”, crusty old bald guy. If I had a handicap it would most likely be around 8-10. The journey begins… I really love golf, with that said I was determined to get exactly what I wanted in a new set of clubs. I started with the irons and after some research I decided to try some muscle back Mizunos. Hated them. Returned them on the 90 day guarantee. Although I had been using a Ping V2 Rapture driver I never regarded myself as a “Ping” guy. Being I live in Phoenix I went to the Ping fitting center and ended up with the new Ping I15 irons. I love them, the first two rounds I played, on different courses, I shot 75s. Next was the driver. I am a fairly consistent driver of the ball, usually a draw. As I said I had a Ping V2 driver, only had it for about 3 months before it went by by. I liked it but never really loved it. So I set out to find the driver of drivers. Ended up getting the new Ping G15, hated it. I gave it a good two months before I took it back. I went to the Ping fitting center again, they suggested I just needed to go to a 12 degree reg shaft G15. OK, I tried for about a month, hated it. Every place I went everyone was pushing the G15, probably because it was new and there were incentives for the retailers to move them. I then saw the new Ping I15 driver, it was gorgeous, although it is fade bias I figured because of my consistent draw it would be OK. Gave it a try for about a month, hated it. Done with Ping drivers I again set out looking for something else, and settled on the Burner TP driver. Gave it a good two months before I… HATED IT! Never have I had such a hard time with drivers, my friends hate me because of my driving, it’s the most fun part of the game for me. By this time when I would go into a retail golf store most of the salespeople would dive under counters or run screaming for their live because I had become a master of using the 90 guarantee. Frustrated, but not willing to give up, I settled back on the Ping V2 driver. The first one I had, that ended up at some swap meet somewhere, I let the salesman talk me into the Diamana regular flex 12 degree. This time I stuck with the 10.5 degree TFC939 stiff. Here I go again… took it out, and for the first time ~ I heard angels singing, every time I hit it! ~ amazing. Finally, I have my draw back, distance back, consistency back, launch back, and my friends hating me again, not to mention those beautiful angels singing every time I swing it. What did I learn, besides the obvious…, through this journey I learned about swing weight (D5, D4, D3). I learned about shaft weight and how they relate to stiffness (53g, 58g, 63g and so on). D3 weight works for me because I am not in the greatest of shape and my swing speed is about average. D5, the Burner I tried was just too heavy over all. I found that when it comes to shaft weight, stiffness it is on a sliding scale; meaning, if you have a light weight shaft and your swing speed is around 90 then stiff may be the choice. If the shaft is heavy with the same swing speed your choice should be regular. My opinion. Other than that, keep trying - there is a driver somewhere out there for you.

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