I tested the first generation Ping Rapture Hybrid a few moons back and was not particularly impressed. The folks at Ping have now sent their spanking new hybrid from the Rapture V2 range and on first impressions, the new Rapture V2 retains the handsome traits of its predecessor, which is a good thing since the original Raptures were very good-looking. I just hope performance-wise, the new V2 will offer more.
Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid Specs
The Rapture V2 retains the proven 17-4 stainless steel body and Carpenter 475 super steel face, but ditched the combi tungsten-nickel soleplate for a 112g pure tungsten soleplate, which amazingly makes up roughly 48% of the overall weight of the club. What this does is move its Center of Gravity (CG) very low and further back to promote a good launch of the ball. The larger and longer face profile expands the hitting area for more forgiveness while the machined super-hot 475 super steel face with Variable Face Thickness (VFT) technology is plasma-welded to the clubhead and results in even longer distances. This hybrid is definitely built with both length and accuracy in mind.
The Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid come in 17°, 20°, 23° and 27° lofts and two OEM shaft options (the TFC939 and the Mitsubishi Rayon Javln FX). Both shafts were carefully chosen to match the clubhead and to blend efficiently into the Rapture V2 iron set to maintain proper distance gaps when replacing long or mid irons.
Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid I grabbed the 20° model with the jolly green TFC939 graphite shaft (its low kick-point is more suited to my swing than the Javlns) and I have to say, it is definitely an improvement from the old Raptures. The ball comes off the face like a rocket, as in the old Raptures but this time the feel and control was more inherent. Balls hit were fast, high and consistently straight with perhaps just a slight draw once in a while. The launch angle was just right for me, with great distance, good control and the much sought-after soft landing. I also found I could fairly easily work the ball left or right.
All in all, this club gave me a lot of confidence and I have to say the Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid exceeded my expectations. Although it is comparatively more expensive to its competition, I still highly recommend it.
I have to say the 20 degree 3 hybrid exceeded my expectations. The ball comes off the face like a rocket that is straight or with just a slight draw. It seems to have just the right launch angle to me. The G10 equivalent has a 21 degree loft that is similar but the feel of the two clubs is different. The Rapture V2 club is light weight with the bright green graphite shaft that feels just right. This club gave me a lot of confidence. Yes, it is expensive but I still highly recommend it.
The 20 degree loft makes the hybrid a good replacement for a 3-iron when similar distance is needed. in light to medium rough, it makes great contact with the ball.
from a fairway lie, great distance and good control, and the ability to work the ball left or right.
Regardless of another reviewer’s comments I think the Rapture V2 hybrid is a wonderful club that will be a great addtion to most players’ sets.
I bought it to for its low kick-point shaft that gets the ball on a much higher trajectory and its hot face. I find that it is quite a bit longer than several other hybrids I have owned. It’s offset makes it a little draw bias, but not so much that it turns draws into bluewing teals.
In three rounds of play on winter thin fairways I found the V2 to be extremely forgiving. As with all clubs a terrible swing with it will result in a terrible outcome. You can’t buy a miracle! You can, however, improve your play by getting the right shaft and bias for your game.
If you want a hybrid that will get the ball up in the air with force, I think the V2 will be worth your investment.
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