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July 15, 2013

Ping shows off prototype Rapture driving iron at British Open

Posted at 12:35 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Billy Horschel, British Open, Ping

PING driving ironPing unveiled its new multi-material Rapture driving iron on Monday, just in time for the British Open (and the Sanderson Farms Championship!), making it the latest equipment company to offer an iron-style hybrid for Tour use.

The 17º driving iron, stamped as a 2-iron, is composed of a thin 455 Carpenter steel face welded to a 17-4 stainless steel body. By slimming down the face, Ping was able to move more mass to the low, rearward parts of the clubhead. Heavy tungsten weights in the heel and toe (plus a tungsten-polymer plug in the sole to tweak swingweight) mean a very low CG club that's more forgiving than your standard iron, but more playable than a meaty modern hybrid.

Despite all that low CG talk, Ping promises that it produces a workable, flat trajectory ideal for windy conditions—and perfect for a week when pros want to keep their Rapture out of the Heavens. It's too early to tell who will put the new tool in play, but Ping staffer/Birdie specialist/Octo-pants enthusiast Billy Horschel is already hyping the club on Twitter:

Of course, @BillyHo isn't the first pro to mess with the new wave of driving irons. Ernie Els played three Callaway X Utility prototypes to win last year's British Open, and Adam Scott had Titleist's hollow-bodied 712U utility iron in his bag at this year's Masters. Check out our a full rundown of driving iron options from the July issue of Golf Magazine, and keep your eyes open to see who's punching the Rapture around Muirfield this week.

Still, you'll have to wait to get your hands on the Rapture. Expected availability for weekend warriors is early 2014.

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