March-April 2009

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Must-Haves: Want to add a new weapon to your arsenal? Here are some surefire options.:

PING Rapture V2 Iron
Released in September 2008, PING’s Rapture V2s are constructed with different metals and materials to produce what average golfers desire: longer shots and a higher ballflight.

How’d PING do it? By building a clubface out of lightweight titanium and placing a tungsten weight in the club’s sole to position the CG (center of gravity) low and away from the hitting area. That move produced a higher ballflight, which then allowed PING to strengthen the clubs’ lofts (in the Rapture V2 lineup, for example, the 5-iron is more like a “4.7-iron”). Stronger lofts equal longer shots. 

What we like the most about the Rapture V2s, however, are how high-tech they are “under the hood” and how classy they look above it.  Available in 3-LW, with a variety of shafts and custom fitting options.  $1,200

TaylorMade Burner Driver
Combining the best features of the past Burner and the Tour Burner (read below for more specifics), the new model was “developed for players who love to swing big and bomb the ball long,” according to the Carlsbad, Calif., company. If that sums up your approach to the game, then the Burner’s for you (even if you’re not a big swinger, a Burner might be for you, as it comes in a variety of lofts, a women’s model and a spiffed-up TP version).

What makes the new Burner different from the others? It blends SuperFast technology (which allows golfers to swing the club faster) and a Dual Crown technology found in the Tour Burner. This combo creates a very light big stick (it tips the scales at less than 300 grams) that produces a higher launch angle and lower spin rate. Translation? Big drives. 9-, 10.5- and HT lofts available.  $399 . 


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