Whilst the name of the Open Championship suggests a comfortable, welcoming test of golf, the tight, hard fairways at Muirfield will be far from open. To help their Tour players, Ping have developed the Rapture driving iron.
Players and manufacturers are busy tweaking every part of a competitor's equipment to give them the best chance to compete at Muirfield. Ping are the latest company to share photos of a new prototype club developed specifically to match the challenges of links golf with the Ping Rapture driving iron.
The high-strength steel iron features a sole weight designed move mass on the club, as well as the centre of gravity (CG), lower and further away from the face. By moving the mass away from the face, the club produces less spin, offering the low, penetrating flight that is suited to hard, fast, tight links golf golf.
Further high-density tungsten weights have been placed low and on the back of the perimeter of the iron, adding more forgiveness and CG performance benefits. Amazingly, these small weights make up 20% of the mass of the entire clubhead.
PING have only created the Rapture driving iron in a 17-degree, or 2-iron, model. For now it is only available to Ping's Tour players, but it may come to retail in the future.
PING players Louis Oosthuizen, Luke Guthrie and Billy Horschel are among the seven players that put the Rapture driving iron into play at The Open, whilst Miguel Angel Jimenez has been testing out a Rapture driving iron at the KLM Open:
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