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TaylorMade Announces RocketBladez Irons

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(Written by Tony Covey – @GolfSpyT) With just a touch more bravado than you’d expect to find around the average equipment announcement, TaylorMade let it be known that they have once against changed the golf equipment landscape forever. The new irons are #freakishlylonger. At least that’s their story.

In the global webcast that had been hyped (or over-hyped depending on your perspective) for weeks, TaylorMade CEO Mark King stated quite simply, “If you don’t have this, you don’t have this“.  The this is the Speed Pocket found on the new RocketBladez iron. According to King, the Speed Pocket is a “once-in-a-lifetime innovation in the iron category”, adding that “If your iron doesn’t have a Speed Pocket, your iron is out-dated”.

Ouch… Time to toss my slotless Miuras, I guess.

TaylorMade isn’t known for subtlety.

Mr. King no doubt understands that a great iron…a Mizuno MP-32, a Hogen Apex blade, or countless others…is timeless, but his company has a new iron to sell, and let’s face it, these guys know how to move metal. Get it straight right now. The RocketBladez is going to sell. The only question is – does it actually deserve to?

Now, I’m reasonably certain some of you have already stopped reading and have moved on to your favorite online golf shop to place your pre-order.

If it’s TaylorMade, it’s awesome right?

I’m also 10 steps past positive that there are some of you, who, if you haven’t already moved down to the comments section to express your complete and total disdain for TaylorMade, its products, and its marketing, will no doubt do just that once you’re done reading this.

If it’s TaylorMade, it’s garbage right?

Now that we’re all in agreement, let’s see if we can’t find some middle ground here, and maybe take a moment to sort through what TaylorMade’s RocketBladez irons are actually all about.

Shut up! TaylorMade rules! You’re such a hater!” – Angry MyGolfSpy reader who thinks I’ve got it in for TaylorMade

TaylorMade irons are crap! You’re a whore for TaylorMade! How much are they paying you to lie?” – Equally angry MyGolfSpy reader who’s convinced I’m on TaylorMade’s payroll

Hey, I need a cover and a couple of bumpers for my boat, which one should I buy?” – Random Google victim who just found the wrong Taylor Made.

Seriously guys, chill…let’s work this through.

Man, it ain’t easy being me on a day like this.

TaylorMade RocketBladez & RocketBladez Tour Specs

The 30 Second Technology Breakdown

Basically the story of the RocketBladez goes a little something like this: TaylorMade engineers took a cast iron – noticeably smaller than last year’s RocketBallz, I might add, cut a slot in the bottom of it, and filled that slot with molten 3M goo.

That goo (technically a specially formulated polyurethane) helps to dampen vibrations without limiting the pockets ability to flex. That flex is where the added ball speed comes from, and as we all know by now, more ball speed equals more distance. It’s the Speed Pocket that makes the new irons #freakishlylonger.

As a nice little side benefit that those of you who play RocketBallz woods or hybrids will appreciate; the goo helps keep gunk out of your cavity. It’s all very technical.

At this point you’re probably thinking one of two things.

  1. This is awesome. I must have goo in my irons
  2. Here we go again…You’re not fooling me. All TaylorMade did is jack up the lofts, lengthened the shafts, and now they’re pretending the distance claims came from some sort of magic. They’re a regular bunch of Harry Potters over there.

You might be right…both of you.

A Brief History of Obnoxious Iron Distance

Absolutely, looking at the specs of the new RocketBladez irons, the lofts are strong, and the shafts are long. If you look only at the length and the loft, then yes…the RocketBladez 7-iron looks a hell of a lot like my 6 –iron. But TaylorMade is hardly alone. The same is also true of almost everybody else who makes game-improvement irons.

Put your wagging finger away, and tilt your head groundward (but not so far as to look down your nose).

It’s also happens to be absolutely true that jacking up lofts, lengthening shafts, and tweaking design properties such that said jacked-up 7 iron behaves like a real 7-iron actually does create more distance.

Golfers hit the ball farther, find their clubs easier to hit, and gain more confidence simply by hitting an iron (regardless of anything else) with a higher number on the sole. Love it, hate it, be completely indifferent…the reality is, it works. It’s probably time we all get over it.

There is a ripple. One-piece castings have limitations.

There are practical limits to how much you can do with loft, and there comes a time where shaft length reaches the point of being unmanageable. My personal opinion is the RocketBladez (and others like them) are right up against those limits, and believe it or not, there’s a small chance TaylorMade might actually agree with me.

So when you can’t do anymore with what you’ve got (Spec for spec the new RocketBladez are almost the same as last year’s RocketBallz), what do you do? You innovate.

You make faces thinner, you improve your technology (in TaylorMade’s case that means an update to the inverted cone or ICT), and apparently, you put a goo-filled slot on the bottom of the 4-7 irons. If it works…why not?

A Few Points of Curiosity

In the “Tech Talk” section of the official press release, TaylorMade chose to compare the new RocketBallz not against there most recent game-improvement irons (last year’s RocketBallz), but rather the previous season’s Burner 2.0 (not a current product on the TaylorMade website). According to TaylorMade, the new iron boasts a thinner face that adds up to 10 COR points over the Burner 2.0, and a center of gravity that’s's 2.5mm lower than those same Burners.

Why compare new technology to an obsolete iron (even allowing for the assertion that all irons are now obsolete)?

It almost certainly boils down to the numbers. 10 COR points looks better than 4, or, 7, or 9…whatever the actual differences is between the RocketBladez and the RocketBallz.  Legally they’re covered, but drawing comparisons to a club you haven’t sold in a while is perhaps a little misleading.

It’s also interesting that the Speed Pocket is only present on the 4-7 irons. Presumably, all other things being equal, the absence of a slot in the short irons would create an unnatural distance gap between the goo-filled clubs, and non goo-filled clubs. Since length and loft follow a consistent progression, my assumption is that TaylorMade designers tweaked the COG on the short irons, but I’m far from certain.

Finally, TaylorMade added an interesting design feature. The hosel features a notch, which makes it easier to bend the iron (loft and lie). This would suggest that the RocketBladez are cast from a fairly rigid steel (don’t sweat it, they’re not the least bit harsh).

Any golf club designer will tell you that grams are precious, and every single one counts. So perhaps there’s a bit of fat trimming (also worth noting is that the RocketBladez hosel is shorter than most), that allowed engineers to place a little bit of weight elsewhere.

What’s In a Very Confusing Name

Technobabble and marketing-speak aside, leave it to TaylorMade to stick the word blade (or I suppose, more accurately “bladez”) in the cavity of what is without question a game-improvement iron [shaking my head vigorously].

It’s a game-improvement iron. No, it says bladez right there. It’s a blade(z).

Channeling my inner Adam Sandler; Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

The likelihood is that it’s exactly the same wizards who came up with RocketBallz just over a year ago, and let’s be perfectly honest, that probably couldn’t have gone any better.

That rustling sound you hear is TaylorMade rolling around in its big pile of money. So RocketBladez it is. Let’s move on.

Let’s move past the marketing. Let’s find out what’s real.

In a move that could very well have signaled the beginning of the apocalypse, TaylorMade sent me a set of the new RocketBallz irons ahead of today’s embargo. How the universe hasn’t imploded on us all is beyond me, but as long as we’re all still here, we might as well talk about them.

Garden Tools vs. Golf Clubs

Anytime we post a pic, or write a review of a GI or SGI club, an elitist chorus chimes in with notes of  “shovels, shovels”. Yeah, they’re bigger than your musclebacks, and your player’s cavity backs too. They’re supposed to be. It’s a damn game improvement iron. If this is a problem for you, come back the beginning of February and we can talk about Tour version. Until then, zip it…no zip…zip it. Shhh.

Although you could make a solid argument that I should be, I’m not a guy who plays GI clubs. I don’t love the thick toplines, larger heads, offset, or deep cavities. Even with my own personal baggage, I don’t have too much of an issue with what’s going on visually.

While the marketing might make you feel dirty, the irons themselves are relatively clean (especially by GI standards). Nothing in the iron is over-the-top. I almost like them…

My biggest gripe is with the 4-iron. Like a 60-year old woman in a low cut shirt, there’s just a bit more popping out than I can stomach. But hey, for the right guy, that can actually be a confidence booster. For the rest of us, there are hybrids.

The set progress quickly enough (by that I mean by the time you get to the 6 iron, the extra bulk is hidden at address), and when the wedges (PW, AW) are in my hands, I’ve basically forgotten that they’re GI clubs.

The sole grind throughout is clearly inspired by the ATV wedge. Your actual playability as a result may vary, but I figured it was worth throwing it out there.

I’m a colorful guy, so I’d be more on-board with last year’s green than the new mustardy yellow accents, but hey, no big whoop. Finally, and just barely worth mentioning, the shaft bands give us the first introduction to the RocketFuel name. No doubt that’s a hint of one or more things to come.

More surprising still…they don’t feel that bad. A little different, slightly muted perhaps, but the days of clunky castings are over. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road (Or the Poly-goo meets the turf)

Initially I spent some time hitting the RocketBladez on the range. The weather was iffy, so I left the FlightScope at home, but two things struck me.

  • The RocketBladez is stupid easy to hit…and hit straight
  • Unless you’re unearthing gophers (which I did a few times) there appears to be almost zero penalty for missing the center of the clubface.

Now would probably be a good time to point out that while TaylorMade has made some mention of distance (Freakishly Longer! #freakishlylonger – it wouldn’t be TaylorMade if they didn’t), the real buzz word around the release of the RocketBladez is consistency. Sadly, consistency won’t ever sell like distance, however; so the marketing guys included a healthy dose of both. Did I mention they’re freakishly longer?

According to TaylorMade CEO, Mark King, “The genius of the Speed Pocket is that not only does it deliver more speed for more distance, it delivers consistent speed, so shots fly a consistent distance”.

See…consistency…and yes, distance too.

While I would never trust my own eyes over a launch monitor, it sure as hell looked like those toe-knockers I was hitting stayed up in the air quite a bit longer than they should have.

After a range session, I wasn’t quite ready to sell my obsolete, slotless irons as scrap metal, but I was definitely intrigued.

On The Course

Because playing the same iron 2 rounds in a row is no fun, I took the top-secret RocketBladez out on the course. The scramble format gave me plenty of leeway to try ridiculous things, and when it comes to the ridiculous, the RocketBladez don’t disappoint.

I hit 7 iron where I’d normally hit 6, and then I did it again when the shot called for a 5-iron. I hit the ball long, I hit it mostly straight, and more than anything else, I hit the ball high; like those Goodyear bastards better watch their blimp, because my TP5 is about to make them drop like the Hindenburg high. Seriously…the RocketBladez launch the ball really high. My playing partners were laughing at my moon shots. Seriously.  High.

The Launch Monitor Test

Finally, I wanted to see how the RocketBladez compared to a couple of other irons, so I hit all 3 on the launch monitor. Here are the results for 3 – 5 shot sequences.

All things being equal, which would you want in your bag?

Club 3 was ever-so-slightly the longest, but club 1 launched higher, climbed higher, and provided extremely consistent distance. Club 2… that one is clearly garbage, right?

Not to kill the suspense, but club 2, that’s my 7-iron. My gamer. It doesn’t have a slot or a pocket. It’s ¼” shorter, and 3.5° weaker than the RocketBladez 7-iron, which in case you haven’t figured it out yet, is Club 1. It’s #feakishlyconsistent.

Club 3, that’s my 6-iron. It’s .5° weaker than the TaylorMade, but the shafts are the same length. On average it was about 2 yards longer, and my best shots were much longer than my best with the RocketBladez.

Sticking it to the Man

We have gained a reputation among some for trying to stick it to TaylorMade every chance we get, and I suppose you could argue that I tried to do just that. The complete truth is that I didn’t loosen up a bit before I hit the RocketBladez on the launch monitor. I simply grabbed the 7 and started swinging.

It’s also true that my irons were custom fit and custom built just for me. TaylorMade sent me an off-the-rack set, and I’m quite sure the shaft isn’t an ideal fit. Not even close. Truthfully, the RocketBladez never had a chance.

And yet here we are. Despite swinging cold, and straight off-the-rack, I averaged almost the same distance I did with a custom fit club I swung while fully warmed up.  Sure, spec for spec, TaylorMade’s 7 equals my 6, but it’s the consistency I can’t get past.  There are less than 3 yards between my best and my worst.

They RocketBladez irons are #freakishlyconsistent.

Compare that to my gamers…I’ll do the math for you, it’s 24 yards. A bad shot or two..maybe (actually, just slight misses). But if we look at the longest compared to the next longest, the gap is still over 5 yards. This tells me two things:

  • As much as I love them (and no, I’m not replacing my gamers with the RocketBladez), my irons aren’t as forgiving as they could be (dammit…outperformed by shovels).
  • Even if you discount distance increases as the ill-gotten benefits of more length and less loft, we’re still left with an iron that lives up to that consistency thing Mr. King talked about (dammit again).

Where Do We Go From Here

I’m not going to lie to you…not for a second. There’s not a chance in the world I’m putting the RocketBladez in my bag. I say that with full knowledge that the numbers say I probably should.

The problem is two-fold. I love my irons (unnaturally so), and I’m not very smart.

When the Tour version comes out, TaylorMade and I will talk, in the meantime, I’ll keep my mouth shut. If and when I go back to the Kingdom, it’s not going to be under threat of haircut…at least not over the RocketBladez iron. When they release the new…shh…I’m not supposed to tell you what it’s called…driver, we’ll see.

The RocketBladez…I think they’re probably the real deal. Once again…dammit.

I will stop short of saying you should bag the RocketBladez. I never say you should bag anything, but based on what I’ve seen from TaylorMade and others, 2013 is going to be the year of the game-improvement iron, and could very well signal the beginning of a trend where elitist club snobs such as myself put away our blades and our tiny little cavity backs, and start looking at irons that offer the kind of help we’ve been too proud to ask for.

I’m kidding, of course. Almost none of us are that smart.

TaylorMade RocketBladez Gallery

{ 104 comments… read them below or add one }

BK in Wisconsin October 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

Wow. I laughed when I first saw this club…..but…….your consistency findings are hard to ignore.

Tony…how was the dispersion…especially compared to your gamer?

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Bob December 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

BK a great question!

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GolfSpy T October 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

Dispersion was similar. With the RocketBladez…two were basically right down the center. 3 were a little left, but basically on top of each other. With my own, the misses were generally right, but not by much either. Distance control was really the thing.

When it become clear I wasn’t going to touch the RocketBladez with my 7, I tried like hell to beat it with my 6…really trying to pound it. I think that explains the big gaps, along with the fact that mine simply aren’t as forgiving. With my cavity backs, misses can be punishing. You really have to hit high on the face to suffer with the RocketBladez…dammit.

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wdgolf October 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

I’m weak, I’ll probably be trying the Tour version when it comes out.

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RP Jacobs II October 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

LOL, Dude weak? If nothing else, we’re pragmatists. I just posted inside about the day coming when I put away the MBs. That day may be in February when the Tour is introduced. If Sergio’s got no problems, trust me, I’ll adjust..lol

As far as being an elitist, I got nothing to be elite about. I was at a charity dinner on Saturday night and there were 4 forks. Four! Now I knew what the first two were for, but I had no clue & had to watch another woman at my table(It was for appetizer & double entree) to take her lead. He’ll, I use my entree fork for my salad cuz I like the larger fork. My mom says that that’s tacky.

Anyway, I’ll definitely be hittin the Tours. Hell, I could sell my five sets of MBs/MCBs and that should just about cover a set.

BTW T, excellent write-up! I gotta go PM PhanaJG. Maybe we can start diggin together..lol

Fairways and Greens 4ever

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wdgolf October 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

Lol, totally off topic, but I’ve been invited to officer’s clubs on base where there were more than two of each utensil. I’m not ashamed to admit I had to ask what the hell I was supposed to do. Damn good food though, pretty sure it would have been just as good with one set of utensils though.

Back on subject, I’m thinking the Tours are going into a lot of people’s bags. One thing TMag seems to do right is offer a lot of different shafts and use KBS Tour as stock. I’m guessing with the extra height of these irons, C Tapers may be a popular option.

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BK in Wisconsin October 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

RP……I have to admit…..the MP59′s are calling to me….but I will be at least trying out the Tours when they come out.

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RP Jacobs II October 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

BK, the 59s are sweet, no doubt. Though I never really bagged mine before ‘em to Paul S, they had a nice “pop” to ‘em, though when I “nutted” a couple, they were about 10 yards further than my 68.

What T said that, for me at least, is the most critical factor, is the consistency of his flight. My 68s & the Staff 59s are 3-4 yds tops. I play my 7i at 173yds now, and if I could consistently play it at 185yds, & this is critical, be able to keep my 10 yd gaps thru my 4i, then I’ll seriously look at em.

If you can shorten the course, well we all know what that means.

Have a good one BK.

Keep ‘em in the short hair.

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Hula_Rock October 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

Nice write up !!! Lofts are Crazy Strong….

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Bwoody01 October 26, 2012 at 5:45 am

Common sense tells me that stronger lofts obviously equal more distance – no matter the composition and makeup of the club… I would never play an 8 iron at 35* of loft…

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I learned a long time ago to never say never. LOL

The Best

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Westy October 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

A new driver coming as well? Tell me is it also freakish in any way?

They look ok for a gi iron, 7 iron going 190? So you only need 6 iron to wedge then? Plus 4 gap wedges!

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GolfSpy T October 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

It’s interesting, and I think you’ll see more of it, TaylorMade offers 3I through lob wedge in this set. Certainly, if you’ve got these in your bags, conventional wedges are going to leave some gaps, and most guys won’t want to deal with that, so they’ll buy the SW and LW too.

It’s a great way to sell the full bag.

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Fozcycle October 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

I saw this first thing this morning in an email from Taylormade.

I’ve got to say, it’s a major improvement to the RBalls!

The look is very similar to the new Callys.

I guess it was just a matter of time before they developed a “slot” for the irons, similar to the 3 Woods.

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Dustin October 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

What’s interesting is when I compared the specs to the Burner 2.0s, the only difference was a 1/2 degree stronger loft on the 7 iron and 1 degree stronger loft on the 4-6 iron. Length, lie angle were identical, offset was almost (a few tenths of a millimeter difference on the longer irons).

I currently play the 2.0s and really like them. I’ve tinkered with more some player’s CBs (built a few Dynacraft Prophet Forged, tested a few Adams & Ping versions) but I keep coming back to the 2.0s. I’m not in the market now, but maybe next year as the price comes down I’ll have to give them a shot.

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stevenhw8 October 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

I thought the Speed Pocket was patented by Adams?

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stevenhw8 October 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

Duh! Silly me… nevermind :D

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RP Jacobs II October 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

:)

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Barbajo October 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

Gotta say the yellow looks pretty sharp to my eye. And while the marketing may be off-putting, your numbers speak pretty loudly. Looks like a pretty solid GI offering. You say that other than the 4-iron, the rest of the set looked okay at address – compared to other GI’s or cavity-backs?

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Alex October 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

Does the progression from ‘Speed Pocket’ in the 7 iron to no speed pocket in the 8 iron lead to a noticeable distance gap? Based on your analysis – it seems like the speed pocket helped more with consistency vs. distance so it may not be as big of an issue as I originally thought.

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Westy October 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

Adams may own the patent but who owns Adams……

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stevenhw8 October 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

For some reason, I had totally forgotten about it :P
Thanks!

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luke-donald-duck October 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

rocketbladez….

you knew the name was coming….

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gaussman1 October 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

An excellent and intriguing write up. I have always been one of the blade purist goofballs (MP-69s and a +1-1 hdcp through the season) but at 43 years old I have been forced to admit that for tournament golf I simply need more consistency and greater trajectory in the 175-210 range. I don’t think there is any question that being able to get at more flags because of trajectory opens up a bunch of new scoring opportunities and courses are getting longer instead of shorter while my tee shots are going the other direction. I doubt that I will buy these but they and others like them will be on the radar as I pledge to make 2013 the year of results instead of the year of the scratch ego!

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Scratch is scratch. As long as ya put it on the board, that’s not ego talkin, it’s skill. It’s when you go north of it that ya gotta take a hard look.

The Best in ’13

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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hckymeyer October 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

Man, those are some impressive numbers. I don’t really care about the distance part, but the consistency is pretty amazing.

Like you I doubt I’m smart enough to actually put these in the bag, but there is no doubt I could be a more consistent player with them. Maybe when the tour’s come out…

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wdgolf October 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

T,

Just curious, what is that black wedge?

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GolfSpy T October 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

That wedge is an old RAC Black…probably 7, 8 year old at this point. They don’t make them like that anymore…and it’s kind of a shame.

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JR October 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

As much as the jacked up lofts and clown name are off putting… That aside, if they made every iron in the set look like that gap wedge (the only one that remotely resembles a blade of any kind) with its minimalist graphics and clean lines, Taylormade would have a seriously nice looking set on their hands.

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RP Jacobs II October 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

JR, like you said, Im really hopin that the Tours look like the “A” wedge or the Tours that Sergio and the Staffers will be playing, not some GI iron with Tour slapped on it. That “A” wedge is a good lookin iron.

The Best

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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wdgolf October 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

Unfortunately, they still look like GI clubs, just with less offset and more loft

http://taylormadegolf.com/TaylorMade/RocketBladez-Tour-Irons/DW-JN938,en_US,pd.html

Oddly enough, the regular wedges look better than the tour version wedges

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JR October 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

Unfortunately RP, looks like the Tours are exactly as you described they might be.

Thanks for the link WD. I was really hoping some of the stylistic cues of Adams might find their way into the TM lineup. So much for that!

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TwoSolitudes October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

That was my thought too. Never mind if they look like a blade or not, the A wedge is a seriously sharp looking club. A full set like that would even have me looking at TM.

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Cobra nut October 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

And some people said the Cobra amp cell irons were ugly lol these look like they could be a weapon in the game Clue in the hands of that Mustard fellow. However the numbers were really impressive to see and it was a great write up thank you for that, I will not be using these next season I will be sticking with my Cobra Amp irons. Of course to be totally fair I suppose I must hit these next season at a demo days session to be absolute in my decision.

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Curtis October 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

Which Amps do you have (AMP Forged, AMP Steel, AMP Graphite)? I’m leaning towards a set of Forged and would love to hear your impression of them if that’s what you have. Or if you think they are worth the difference if you don’t. I’m in the market for a new set of irons. Debating the various AMP line as well as the AMP cells coming out. Need to decide soon.

Impressive stats on the RocketBladeZ consistency. While I don’t have anything against TaylorMade, I’d prefer something different, as I don’t like being equated to a Pringles Potato chip on the course. (I’ve gotta be me). So I doubt these will make it into my bag, just on the fact I don’t want to be a clone of everybody else. So yeah, I’m probably in the same, “stupid camp” as T.

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Cobra nut October 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Curtis the Amp I it are Amp steel, not sure if I am ready for a forged blade yet still in the 8 handicap range but I absolutely love the Amp irons solid feel forgiving and great distance and consistent.

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Cobra nut October 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

*hit

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RP Jacobs II October 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

FWIW, I like Rocketbladez better than Rocketballz..lol

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Curtis October 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

Good point.

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Ice October 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

The wedges. All I care about is the wedges. Tell me more. Better than the ATVs for you? Will they be available individually? What’s up with the sper crazy sole?

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msp1404 October 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Very neat irons is all i can say, I like the Amp Cell Combo set better but i would give the tour version a try.

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kj123 October 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

A 23 deg. 5 iron come on man its getting ridiculous how far TM is willing to go in order to make there irons the longest

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Matt October 24, 2012 at 4:54 am

Have to agree…but it’s not just TMAG, the majority of the OEM’s are doing it. My 4 hybrid is 23* for crying out loud.

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Yohanan October 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Last week i got a set of electric snakes steel tt 90. They feel almost forged. Played two days in a row and i like the feel performance consistency. Go hit the amps.:

I doubt i will make any changes till i hit the cells the g25 and these just to see.

They do look very callaway diablo like?

I have carried 4 wedges. Its not bad but i prefer 3 so i can carry a 2nd fairway.

Whatever works?

Cheers

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benseattle October 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I was in Austin in the early 80′s and had a few conversations with Tom Kite. At the time, he was with Wilson when they were a Tour force and the company was excited about a new iron (sorry, can’t remember the name) with a thin face that “flexed.” When I asked why he wasn’t hitting this latest model he said that yes, the irons were long but they were very inconsistent…. right on with one swing and over the green on the next. Apparently a flexing face can do that to you. Has technology come light-years since the 80′s… if Touring pro’s like the RocketBladez Tour shouldn’t we like them too? Yes, on all counts but STILL… a flexing face might make a few of us nervous — who need 15-yards-farther flyers from the FAIRWAY?

(Maybe 3M’s “goo” is the key, huh?)

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Mike French October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

The irons were Wilson Reflex. I just a set (3-PW) on ebay for $6.99, 2012 Technolgy for 1930 price!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1978-Wilson-Reflex-Golf-Club-Flex-Face-Irons-Outdistance-Print-Ad-/150915700742?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item232346d806

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Super Tuna October 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Impressive consistencey from them. Equally interesting is that the looks are fairly toned down. I also enjoy that RocketFuel is the shaft rather then a replacement ball (so far anyways)

However, I’m leaving these along until we see the Tour version. I suspect those will be my cup of tea a little more. Just the mention of a 47* pitching wedge is enough to get my interest.

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Overninety October 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

If you ever decide to toss your slot less Miuras. i´ll take them!!

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Joe October 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

They may be consistent, but considering the superstrong lofts, it seems like they ought to start selling the sets starting with the five iron, since many game improvement players already have a hybrid around 20*.
And I wonder what the actual flex is of the shafts? KBS Tour R flex shafts can range from 4.0 to 5.5, depending on tip trimming. Likewise, KBS Tour S flex shafts can range from 5.0 to 6.5, depending on tip trim. So what is it?
Same question for any OEM that is using KBS shafts nowadays. I’m not knocking the shafts, as I’ve heard they have great feel and terrific reputation. Just curious as to what actual flex number is being used as an R and an S flex, considering the tip trim options give such a broad range.

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Mike Garrard October 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

Was at their website, the tapered R is 5.1, did nort check the S or X

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sparnar October 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

These actually look more understated than one would have thought. Not too bad looking if you think they are replacing those RocketBallz irons.

Really like the look of the wedges!

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Matt October 24, 2012 at 2:42 am

Hmmmm? Decisions….decisions! I was contemplating buying the Mizuno JPX 825′s, but now I need to think about these freakishly long irons!! These are about .50 ” longer than the JPX 825′s, and have 1.5 to 2 degree less loft (I get it confused as whether that’s stronger or weaker). Physics says that the Mizuno’s should be easier to hit because they have more loft (I’m talking the middle and long irons), but these seem to higher than average. It may come down to price or something as stupid a color scheme (the dig the blue medallion in the JPX 825′s…..the black and gold…not so much). Can we get a review of the JPX 825′s so I can seal the deal?

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Si October 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it… T/Made are the ‘Apple’ of the golf industry… Take something that everyone has forgotten about (Wilson Reflex irons circa 1978 had a full slot in the sole) and make them more attractive to the mass market. Apple didn’t invent the phone/mp3 combo, but they mass marketed it with a ‘i’ prefix. It will sell, stupid name or not, but personally, the AMP Cell range is what’s got me excited for 2013…

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Sam October 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

How come club fitters always live in some crappy city with terrible weather?

Move to Florida, get off your ass and warm up before you test, and tell us about the test equipment …. Type and stiffness of shaft, swing weight, grip, lie and loft and how this sets up compared to your present set.

Finally, you hit your “custom fitted” set like a 25 handicapper then proudly proclaim you won’t switch irons.
Lol… You gotta get a clue!!

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Drew October 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

Im interested but will wait for a more thorough review involving more players of varying handicaps. By the looks of it though, I probably wont need anything longer than the 6 iron in my set.

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benseattle October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks to Si (his comment below) that the Wilson Reflex irons were those that I referred to earlier.

Still the question about the Rocketbladez persists: if you have longer shafts and lower lofts, aren’t you going to automatically hit the ball farther….. “Speedpocket” or not, polymer or not?

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GolfSpy T October 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

To an extent, yeah…lowering lofts, and increasing lengths will add distance. At that level, all you’re doing is calling a 6 iron a 7 iron. That was the trick golf companies used with the idea of a distance iron was born.

Over time, the technology has evolved. They tweaked designs such that the 7 iron, which on specs alone is a 6-iron, produced a true 7 iron trajectory. The latest revisions of distance-based iron technology are more materials-based.

Absolutely, golf companies are retaining the distance gains from stronger lofts, and longer shafts (they’re not dialing them back just because the learned something new), but we’re at the point where they can’t go much stronger, and if they go longer (shafts), playability suffers.

So the only way to get any additional distance is to develop new face technologies. For TaylorMade it’s a Speed Pocket and Inverted Code, for Cobra it’s the E9 face coupled with Cell technology.

Keep in mind, when golf companies, talk distance, they’re usually speaking in averages. So while sweet spot to sweet spot things haven’t changed that much, what we’re seeing are technologies that actually help retain ball speed on mis-hits.

Fundamentally it’s not as much about distance in terms of OH MY GOD, 10 MORE YARDS, it’s more about maintaining consistent balls speed which in turn promotes CONSISTENTLY longer distance.

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Drew October 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

And lets not forget, lengthening irons also makes it more difficult for higer handicappers to hit.

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

As does putting a 26.5* 6i in his hands. LOL

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Joe Golfer October 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Seems a bit odd though that you reported that your shots went extremely high.
Reviewer stated that “more than anything else, I hit the ball high; like those Goodyear bastards better watch their blimp, because my TP5 is about to make them drop like the Hindenburg high. Seriously…the RocketBladez launch the ball really high. My playing partners were laughing at my moon shots. Seriously. High.”
On the KBS website, it states that the Tour shafts are designed to give the ball a lower trajectory, which seems at odds with the findings of this report. I’m certainly not disputing the report or the results. Just find it odd that a club with a shaft made to keep the ball down is actually hitting sky high shots.

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GolfSpy T October 25, 2012 at 5:32 am

Joe Golfer – The KBS Tour Shafts are stock only in the RocketBladez Tour model. We didn’t get samples of those. What you see here is the standard model which is equipped with 85g “RocketFuel” shafts, which are almost certainly some re-branded, soft-tipped, high launching shaft.

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Jon October 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

What’s yr handicap and swing speed? Age? U sound old ;)

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GolfSpy T October 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

12.5
107
Not that old…

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

“U sound old.”

LMAO! :)

Ya gotta laugh, or ya wanna cry..lol

Nice response, BTW

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Jon, hope the season’s bein kind to ya. FWIW, Barbs, Foz & I are probably the “elders” both out here or in the forum, including the Spys. lol. Don’t let T’s wisdom & insight fool ya, he’s not as old as he might sound. lol.

Hope ya finish the season strong

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Matt W October 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

T – Do you really have a 20+ yard gap between you 6I and 7I? I was just relooking at the results of your Launch Monitor Test, or are the numbers jacked because you were leaning on you gamer 6I so hard? If so then what do you suspect the results would have been if you had swung with the same effort you put into your gamer 7I and the Rocketbladez 7I? I’m guessing you average distance would have been more in the high 180′s. Your thoughts.

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GolfSpy T October 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

Matt,

No the 20 yard gap isn’t normal.

Out on the course, “normal” conditions, 185 is generally where I start thinking about the 5 iron. If I’m having a solid ball striking day, I’ll push it to the low 190s, an off day, high 170s, but every now and again, I get more out of it than I want.

When my 7 couldn’t touch the RocketBladez I probably did more than I should have to try and beat it with the six. I was stepping on it as hard as I could, and absolutely pured a couple. And that’s really where the difference in consistency became apparent – although if you look at my 7 as well, it’s clearly not as forgiving as the RocketBladez.

It shouldn’t be…we’re talking GI vs. small cavity back, but the degree of difference really has me thinking. I’m not saying it will be the RocketBladez, but it might be time I started thinking about irons that can help my game instead of irons that are sexier than everybody else’s.

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Matt W October 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

T – Thanks for the reply. This is my problem; I liked you review and doubt a more unbiased and thorough review will be done anywhere else in any medium….so bravo Golf Spy T!! I do think you kinda poisoned the pool when you decided to nut up on your gamer 6I. You eally need an Iron Byron……anyone got 250 grand lying around? :) I’m interested in these clubs but I launch my irons too high as it is and create too much backspin (according to my last fitting). I’m thinking about these or the Mizuno JPX 825′s. It’s all about the shaft.

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carpetbagger October 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

Callaway wins hands down in the appearance category.
Taylor Made is dazzling us with too many numbers.
Will try both out in January ’13

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Wynne October 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Did you try the Tour model? How did it compare/perform

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GolfSpy T October 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

I didn’t get the chance to try the tour model.

My guess is I’ll like it better, but hit it worse.

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Stuart Pitcher October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Anyone else old enough to remember the Wilson reflex irons? The pendulum always swings back again.

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yep. I was playin the Staff Dynapowers with the Hogan Directors seeing occasional bag time in the late 70s. Saw ‘em, saw a couple of guys hittin ‘em, but never hit ‘em myself. The Dynapowers & Directors had everything that I needed.

You’re spot on regarding the pendulum.

The Best

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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M October 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Ok, so read all of Golf T’s stuff. I don’t know if I could be interested in these irons. So they are freakishly long…..great I guess if you are looking for a distance improvement. I for one am fine with hitting my 7 iron a specific distance say 150 or 160. I know it’s going that distance and that is important. If I know my iron distances I really don’t care what number is on the bottom of the club……again unless I have a “distance” problem. I am more intrigued by the consistency numbers. It they are really that much more consistent on off center hits……I am interested. Consistency is the key for ME. I am a pretty good ball striker……but if a golf club can give me MORE consistency on off center stikes then talk to me all day long. I can adjust the loft and length to my liking………….what do you say about that T?

M

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Bill gabbert October 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Just wanted to thank Tony Covey for an excellent story about the new RocketBladez. I always come to your site because i love the way you do the testing of new golf products. They make me laugh also and that’s something we can all use on a daily basis. I have bought alot of the products you guys have tested and they all lived up to my expectations. I work at the local muni here in my town on the weekends and today I talked to our pro and he said they are sending him some demo irons of these clubs and I’m looking forward to trying them out. Most of my bag consists of Taylormade products and maybe these new RocketBladez will find a new home in my bag next spring. thanks again for the review and keep up the good work. This is the best website when it comes to all things golf.

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GolfSpy T October 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

M – The RocketBladez are absolutely worth taking a look at. And you’re right…the distance thing isn’t a huge deal, but the consistency is. I don’t know for certain that my initial results weren’t anomalous, but I like what I saw enough to bag these again for the weekend (even with the knowledge that the shafts aren’t ideal for me).

I’m only an OK, ball striker (inconsistent), when I’m on, I’m very solid, when I’m not…well…I’m not. I’m trying to be a smarter golfer so when next season rolls around I’m going to give some serious thought to a game improvement set, or at least a mixed set.

Based on what I’ve seen and heard so far, the RocketBladez, Mizuno’s JPX-825, and Cobra’s awesome AMP Cell irons are on the short list.

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Matt W October 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm

T- I think the Mizuno JPX 825′s look cleaner and appear to have a thinner topline. I’m grounded enough to know that I need GI irons…….but prefer the look of a players club. Think Diablo Forged. Both the Wilson D11′s and the Callaway XF’s had long blade lengths that definitely took away the players look……but the thin’ish topline made them appealing enough to me that I bagged them. Nothing turns me off quicker than a 1/2″ thick topline. Hope you do a JPX 825 review very soon……and swing nice and easy with your gamer 6I this time!! :)

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Drew October 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

Why are people so focused on topline width? I dont get it.

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

For me, it’s mental. For 45 years I’ve looked down @ a MB width top-line, and though I could adjust to a thicker top-lin width, there’s been no need to, so why do it? I can’t speak for anyone else here, but for me, when I step behind a ball at address & go through my pre-shot routine, the first thing that I do is take the club from my caddy & take my grip with the club in front of me @ about a 60-70* angle.

I’m initially looking at my club head then I focus down the fairway to where I am going to land my ball(target). I am also visulizing the ball flight of my shot. I then step to the address side of the ball looking down at my club once, then down the fairway at my target. Then I lay the club down behind the ball. I look down the fairway one last time, then down at my clubhead(not the ball). I then take 3 waggles & let ‘er rip. This has been my routine for 37 of those 45 yrs.

I’ve been lookin at basically the same sized iron head for all of ‘em. You throw any curve balls(large top line) in & yea, I could still hit the ball, and hit it well, but inside, my confidence would not be what it is. I don’t curve the ball, other the a 3-4 yd draw, unless I have to to extracate myself from trouble so I’m not gonna say that they would prevent me from hittin any shots that I currently hit, and like I said, I could adjust whith some practice time, but right now, thee’s no need, so I’m not lookin to complicate the game any more than it is.

It’s pretty damn challenging as it is. lol.

Hope that this shed a little light.

The Best

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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M October 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

Matt W,

Take a look at the Adams CMB. I thought that these might be too much for my game……..they have that thinish top line your looking for and wow was I surprised at the amount of forgivness. This is a great golf club. Sorry for the thread jack.

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Matt W October 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

M,
Too late!! I pulled the trigger and ordered Mizuno JPX 825′s, 4-GW, with Nippon N.S. PRO 950GH shafts and full cord grips…..now I’ll be waiting for the knock of the delivery guy!! :(

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wdgolf October 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’ve been looking very closely at the JPXs as well, but the 800 series since I’m cheap :)

The Adams CMB are in a totally different league and are very unforgiving. The stock shaft (C Tapers) probably won’t fit a majority of players. For those that can game them though, they are beautiful and sweet to hit.

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RP Jacobs II October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Wd, yep, the CMB’s are definitely less forgiving than either the 800s ot the 825s, though like you said, they’re sweet. I played a few rounds with ‘em, with the stock shaft(which I’d switch out) and they’re one of the irons that I’d look at if I moved away from the 68s or the Staff 59s, though I got the 735.cms from Kygolfer and these are intriguing. For those not familiar, they’re Titleist’s forged combo offering, though they were introduced in “06, the chrome models(mine) are CoC conforming, and I really like the CMB look of the 3-6is as they transition to MBs in the scoring irons(8i-PW).

Who knows, I may look at comboing the 64s & the 68s, which would be similar to the 735s.

Have a good one

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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Ron October 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

After seeing those today I feel like Im going to throw up, irons are for precision NOT distance what a joke, that just shows that TM is a marketing company not a golf club company. All right suckers go give TM more money.

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Rev Kev October 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

Okay so I just happen to have a brand spanking new JPX 825 6 iron that I hit side by side with the Rocketbladze thingy yesterday. It wasn’t a fair comparison because my 6 iron has the wrong shaft in it and I was hitting the RB with the proper or at least much closer than the proper shaft in it.

Very impressive – I can launch the 825 high – the RBze launches higher and flies a tad bit farther with the few shots that I hit. More impressive is that the RBze GW looks more like a players club than my JPX 825 pro GW – I felt I was better with the JPX in the few swings that I took though – the GW launched a bit too high for me and as windy as it was I’d have prefered the control that the Mizzie affords me.

Great review T – thanks

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Jon H October 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

Did TaylorMade explain to you why there’s no speed slot in the 8 and 9 iron (and presumably the PW). I can understand that there’s no need for a slot in the AW, SW and LW, but if the 8 iron is really a 7 and the 9 iron really an 8 in terms of loft, what’s the rationale for not having the slot? And does this mean there is a whopping great distance gap between you 190 yard 7 iron and your 160 yard 8 iron? (or for me, my 160 yard 7 iron and my 130 yard 8 iron… sadly).

Can you tell us what the gap is and whether there’s a feel difference between the gooed up 7 and the plain old 8? Thanks

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Kc November 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

I agree with you Jon. I wish they thought of having the slot in the 8 i. This may lead to gaps between the 7 &8i.I hope they will address this in the next set with slot technology. Can’t wait to try em

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Dave October 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Ok, cards on the table, I am on the I hate Taylormade, side of the fence, it’s a feeling that started with the introduction of the burner 1.0 and has grown stronger with every product release since. Come on RocketBallz, I ask you!

The most important part of any Taylormade advert is the * at the bottom, it’s the bit where they actually tell the truth, the part where you find the test was conducted by a player with a swing speed in the top 0.5% of the golfing population. The part, which confirms the claim, is meaningless to average golfers.

As for the new irons, they look ok, they will probably perform ok. The distance consistency you mentioned is certainly noteworthy,.by all means buy a set if you like them, but please FORGET THE HYPE, treat them like any other club and test them for yourself.

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Chris October 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

Speed pocket…..please…give me a break….it looks like a major design fault and you will spend all round scooping the dirt out with your tee!

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GolfSpy T October 28, 2012 at 6:07 am

Chris…and others who seemed to have missed the point. The slot is not hollow like it is on the RocketBallz line of woods and hybrids. The cavity is filled with a polyurethane mix from 3M. No cavity…nothing needs to be scooped out…not a design flaw.

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The Clubdoc October 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

A small, innovative company called Tom Wishon Golf Technology did all this SEVEN years ago with their 770CFE model – and without a ‘speed pocket’, just a very well designed, variable-thickness face – and their current improved 870Ti Model is even better!

See http://www.tutelman.com/golf/clubs/flexFaceIrons.php

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Oliver Jones October 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

Ben Hogan has used “Speed Slot” for decades… http://clubsofdistinction.com/cod/ucwd3529.txt and as recently as 2005

Nothing new here…

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GolfPro October 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

“I would never play an 8 iron that was 35 degrees” was a comment from some narrow-minded individual up there. That guy might enjoy playing his Hogan Apex Blades and hitting 7 greens a round, but how about this: I’ve been a 5 handicap for the past 3 years, and hit typically hit 7 to 10 GIR. This year i put the R11 irons in my bag and my handicap dropped to a 1, and i consistently hit 11-12 GIR. I was about 3/4 of a club longer with each iron, hit my long irons nice and high, and the ball landed like mashed potatoes on my plate on thanksgiving. “Oh heaven’s no! I can’t shape my irons that much with these big shovels and the look so thick! I’ll tell you what looks good, shooting 3 straight rounds under par. Not saying RocketBladez is the answer to all of life’s questions, but it’s time we all get with the program.

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GolfSpy T October 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

I couldn’t agree much more. There’s almost an elitist mindset with some around what a 7 iron is supposed to looks like (in terms of length and loft). Anytime we feature a game-improvement iron the “why I’d never” and the “shovels” crowd chirps in. Hell…it wasn’t too long ago I was one of them. Of course, when you study a little bit of history you find things like 22° 5 woods, and standards that were a .5″ shorter than what those same elitists think is the proper length for a 7-iron, and you realize that the game and its equipment evolve. It always has…it always will.

Play what works…
Play what makes you happy…
And stop judging others because their choice in equipment doesn’t conform to some misguided sense of the purity of the game.

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Beau c November 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Seriously golfspy you’re the #freakinman!! Lol I just reached single handicap this month and that’s without a lot of consistent accuracy I’m looking forward to the tour rocketbladez maybe just maybe those will help with the final push to scratch!!! Good post!!!

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Kc November 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

Ron, I think you missed one of the key points in the article. Consistency is what really separated the rocketbladez from the other two clubs. Gaining distance is a bonus, but gaining more consistency is where these clubs have an advantage. Having only a 3 yd difference at 190 yds away is simply amazing.
How many times have you hit irons onto the green and missed because you’re a tad high or low or to the toe on the club face. The difference is that the rocketbladez seem to be more consistent which means you’ll be on the green more and score better. Isn’t that the whole point? Forget about looks, names or color schemes. If I can pull out my rocketbladez 7 I and hit it to the green from 162 than hitting my callaway diablo 5 or 6 i, and be closer, why wouldn’t I?

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john November 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

So what is the distance gap between the slotted 7 iron and the unslotted 8?

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Augustine November 25, 2012 at 6:58 am

Excellent article as it was both entertaining and accurate, going through both extremes of the arguments and setup the story really well with a conclusion that this time it’s a real deal GI that everyone should consider!

I tested the RBladez 7i (30.5* @ 37″) vs my X-Prototype 6i (31* @ 37.25″ – I play my irons at the mizuno/ping 5i std of 27* @ 37.75″) and quite frankly didn’t gain any distance but it was 1) easier to hit my 180 avg carry AND 2) the dispersion over 10 shots on each club were 170-182 for the X-Proto 6i vs 179-183 for the RBladez 7i!

The Max height of both ball flights were similar but RBladez will rise quicker thus giving it the sense that it might ballon in the wind but I’ve played PX / KBS for a while and am used to having a penetrating ball flight that rises to Alex fast do I’m not too concerned. I will have to verify this at an outdoor range…

I’m a 6.3 index and my misses are usually on approach shots where if I don’t flush my musclebacks I will lose between 5-7 yards carry, 10 yards if I hit it a bit fat. This happens a couple time a round and I end up being short of the green for an up and down attempt or way short of the flag and have an unlikely birdie attempt that can easily translate into 3 putt bogie given the severe undulation and tiny greens at my home course. If I try to club up to as insurance not to underhit my approach I will actually flush one and now in 15 yards past the green.

So for me I have to seriously consider bagging these irons because I feel I can stop worrying about mishits and just give the RBladez a swing and it will deliver consistent distances which will improve you avg carry.

The nature of GI irons with their hotter faces resulting in higher launches and spin will require stronger lofts to lower launch/spin. But also for players who often cast and add loft to their irons having a stronger lofted iron will allow them to hit the real distance their irons should be hitting at. I mean do we discount a 280 yard drive in the fairway because one guy was using a 7.5* 460cc Titanium head while another guy was using a 10.5 200cc persimmon wood? Every player swings differently and require different specs and technology to help them attain the same performance.

I think if there was an article explaining the design and target players for GI clubs in general there would be less OEM bashing and more focus on merit of the irons – which I think this article did a very good job at being fair and honest about.

TM marketing will always be a bit disgenuous but that’s the nature of retail. Since my scorecard doesn’t have a space to indicate whether I used a traditionally lofted iron to score it would be silly not to give the RBladez a try – I will probably buy a 7-iron to test extensively over the winter and wait for the Tour version next year to compare. If my ball striking consistency doesn’t improve then I’ll have to seriously consider bagging these…

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Alex November 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Excellent article. I was about to upgrade to R11 irons, but I am now intrigued. For a 18-22 handicapper about to start playing more frequently, would the Rocketbladez be a better set than the R11s?

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john January 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

Just received a flyer from my local Golfsmith announcing the RocketBladez max iron. It says the speed slot is in all clubs from the 4-AW. Anyone heard more about this?

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Scott January 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I really wish someone would hit shots with the 7i and the 8 and tell me the gap differential. This is where I am still confused as to the sets performance.

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NHGolfer January 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I have played Mizunos for 5 years and really like them. After lots of lessons, practice and rounds, got my handicap down to 6.9 this year. Greatly improved short game was the number one reason as I am not a ling ball hitter. Driver 220-240. 7 iron 150. I wasn’t looking to buy a new set. I heard all the hype and decided to try them when I was in my local golf store. Holy crap! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on the launch monitor. I didn’t leave without them. Practiced at an indoor facility for a week before heading south for three days of golf. Unfortunately, I tried to kill every swing and it hurt my game on that trip. Came back calling myself every name in the book that always started with the adjective “stupid”. Practiced for three more weeks indoors before heading to Aruba with my lovely wife for a week. And promised myself I would not try to kill every shot. If you haven’t played in Aruba, it is WINDY. the kind of wind that makes you set up for a two inch break on an 8′ flat putt. The wind is crazy and is either behind you (rarely) in your face (a lot) or cutting across your intended flight path. So sometimes you are hitting into the teeth of the wind so it will eventually float back to the green. And if you don’t play it out far enough…. That is why they sell balls in the pro shop.

My results? I love love love these clubs. Hitting into a cross breeze from 180? What used to be a 4 iron that would not reach in those conditions was a 6 iron. Same conditions 200 yards out over water? Stuck the green with my 4iron 2 out of 3 times. The third time I played it tighter and the wind took it away to teach me a lesson.

Anyone that wants to have more distance should buy these. Anyone that wants to have more consistency should buy these. Anyone that has run their mouths about how much they hate Taylor Made, either swallow hard and put them in your bag or get beat by someone with less talent and more brains than you.

Only negative? I feel there is too big a gap between the slotted 7 and non slotted 8. The solution? Choke down on the seven if you only want it to go 160. Problem solved.

For the record, before this purchase I never owned one piece of Taylor Made equipment. But if you think I am going to pass up the opportunity to stick a higher percentage of greens from 160-215 yards, think again.

Shooting to get as close to scratch as possible by the end of this year. These clubs WILL help make it happen.

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Phil Shore March 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I have played with Ping eye irons for 33Years yes the same clubs for 33years, and they have done me proud but its time to have a change after trying the Taylor Made RocketBladez i will see if the correct choice has been made.
After reading all the above comments its made my choice easy. the Question was do i go for the Taylor Made RocketBladez or Tour. Although i spent 1hr hitting balls at the driving range their was not much to choose between them, but it was a cold windy day but the RocketBladez had it by a short shot as they felt great and i could work them a little better compared to the Tour. so i can not wait to try them on the course after this i hope to be back down to a 5 hcp very soon? Wait and see.

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Bwasoon June 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I went from Steel Stiff Ping Raptures + 1″, to Rocketbladez Graphite Regular + 1/2″ 2 degrees up. WOW. What a difference. After a couple of weeks I started to get the feel and boy do I like these new sticks. My handicap has dropped 2 strokes and I have so much more feel with these irons. I was leery of going to graphite irons, but not anymore. When I hit it fat it still flies further than I think it should. I’m making a shorter swing and keeping the ball under control, particularly into the wind, without sacrificing any distance at all. I’ve even gained 5 – 7 yards per club. I’ve played Ping for 30 years from the Eye 2′s to the Rapture and loved them. Now that I’m pushing 70 I knew it was time to reload, I’m glad I did and I’m glad that Taylor Made came up with this setup. My only regret is not getting the MAX as I’d love to have that slot in the scoring irons too. For those of us that don’t hit a wedge more than 110 yards anymore it would be nice to hit that high, soft shot over a bunker or pond with a PW again.

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