PING officially announced their 2015 product line this week and while many were paying attention to various putters and a lower spin version of their new G30 driver, it was the Women’s Rhapsody line that caught my eye.
Always a leader in women’s golf (just look to their sponsorship of the Solheim Cup and support of a large number of women touring professionals) it’s been a few years since the Rhapsody line received an update. The new variations incorporate the latest in engineering and design from a company that has a lot of strength in those areas.
“Based on our studies of women’s swing dynamics, we engineered the Rhapsody Series with a lighter overall system mass, higher lofts and optimized lengths,” says John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “As a result, women will have an easier time getting the ball airborne and hitting it straight, and that’s going to improve performance and inspire confidence.”
Rhapsody Women’s Driver
Leading the way for the Rhapsody line is the new 460cc driver. Underneath it’s pearl-coloured head is a cast driver with an increased moment of inertia for more stability. Like the G30 models it features “Turbulators” on the crown of the 8-1-1 titanium head. The company says it reduces aerodynamic drag, “leading to increased clubhead speed and ball velocity”.
The best thing about Turbulators to me? They make a great way to frame the golf ball at address, something the company also points out as a benefit.
– Loft: 12° (5 loft settings: Standard, +0.6º, +1º, -0.6º, and -1º)
– Stock graphite shafts: PING ULT 220 (Lite, 51g; Ultra Lite, 40g)
– Std. length: 45″, Std. swingweight: C7, Head weight/size: 194g, 460cc
Rhapsody Women’s Fairway Woods
The high-MOI 3-, 5-, and 7-woods launch the ball easily from the tee or the turf for greater distance and accuracy. Heel weighting promotes rotation in the 17-4 stainless steel head to square the face at impact for longer, straighter results. A lighter overall system mass helps generate clubhead speed, and a thin face produces faster ball velocity for added distance. Turbulators on the crown help frame the ball at address to aid in aiming and aligning the clubface to inspire confidence.
– Available 3W (18º), 5W (22º), 7W (26º)
– Stock graphite shafts: PING ULT 220 (Lite, 49g; Ultra Lite, 39g)
Rhapsody Women’s Hybrid/Iron Set
This blended set combines easy-to-hit hybrids and high-launching, forgiving perimeter-weighted irons to optimize distance control and gapping. The stainless steel irons and hybrids offer lighter overall system mass for generating clubhead speed, ball velocity and distance, especially from slower swing speeds. In the irons, an elastomer cavity badge ensures a soft yet solid feel. Slightly longer shafts and stronger lofts optimize trajectory, distance, and gapping. In the hybrids, the face is thin to generate faster ball speeds for greater distance. A low-back center of gravity promotes higher launch and elevates the MOI for increased forgiveness and accuracy.
– Available irons 5-9, PW, UW, SW
– Available hybrids 4H (22º), 5H (26º), 6H (30º)
– Stock graphite shafts: PING ULT 220 Irons: (Lite, 51g; Ultra Lite, 44g) Hybrids: (Lite, 58g; Ultra Lite 50g)
Rhapsody Women’s Putters
The Rhapsody putters feature the next-generation of True Roll Technology grooves that vary in width and depth for unmatched distance control, accuracy, and ball-speed consistency across the face. Perimeter weighting in the 17-4 stainless steel heads and a well-balanced geometry have made the B60, Anser 2 and Craz-E models among the most successful, enduring designs in PING’s history.
Available in Anser 2 (Slight Arc), B60 (Slight Arc), and Craz-E (all stroke types)