TayorMade RocketBladez Irons – click for more RocketBladez photos
Golf gear head alert! TaylorMade has been hyping a new product which will “change the iron forever.” Preliminary statements say that there will be more distance than ever. Today’s big announcement isn’t just the iPad Mini, but the new RocketBladez irons. These irons have a “speed pocket” in the 3-7 irons, a small slit in the bottom of the club head. Pricing is from $799-899 for 4-iron through PW and AW.
Here’s the info from TaylorMade on the irons:
Only RocketBladez are powered by the Speed Pocket, the little thing that promotes radical increased speed and distance. These irons are the true blend of the feel the pros demand and the explosive distance amateurs crave. The Speed Pocket. If you don’t have it, then you don’t have it.
The Speed Pocket has changed the iron forever.
Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-irons works with an advanced, ultra-thin face design to
promote consistently high ball speed and distance.
Consistent distance with every iron made possible by careful management of the Speed Pocket, improved Inverted Cone shape and high MOI.
17.5 grams of weight is strategically redistributed to lower and center the CG location, promoting a higher launch angle, higher peak trajectory and a steep, soft-landing, quick-stopping descent angle.
Fantastic feel promoted by a specially formulated polyurethane developed by 3M that fills the RBZ Speed Pocket and quiets vibration.
SW and LW have re-designed cavities to promote feel, feature our renowned ATV sole for maximum greenside versatility, and come equipped with heavier steel shafts to promote better rhythm and control
Shaft: RocketFuel™ 85 Steel – S,R
Shaft: RocketFuel™ 65 Mens Graphite – S, R, M
Grip:Mens RBladez Grip 47.5g
Shaft size .370 tip
More importantly lets take a look at the specs (loft, lie, shaft length) of these clubs. That’s where the majority of the distance is coming from. These are long shafts and very strong irons as far as the loft goes.
As a reference to where modern irons compare to irons of the past, here’s a typical loft, lie, length of irons from the 1990’s courtesy of wiki answers. As you can see, most modern irons are longer and stronger.
Big day in the press release department. TaylorMade Golf has announced their new gear for 2012. Below is a listing of the new gear, images/image llinks (what I could get at the time) and links to the TaylorMade full press releases.
TaylorMade R11S Drivers and Fairways
TaylorMade R11S Driver - click for more
The new TaylorMade R11S series is white, with a 5-way adjustable sole plate and 3° Flight Control Technology Sleeve (FTC).
I’ve talked to TaylorMade this morning and they will be sending in product for review when it becomes available. I’ll put them to the test as soon as possible and post my findings here on HOG so stay tuned.
Greetings from 35,931 feet and on a flight path far north of the original intended path from NYC to home, Salt Lake City, UT. Seriously choppy ride due to a big storm area we passed over and/or through. I’d hoped to get writing my final Golf Ball Week 2011 post an hour ago but it was so bumpy the passengers weren’t allowed out of their seats. Now that we’ve passed the chop, I’m ready to chop into my final, delayed Golf Ball Week post. I’m sure many HOG readers have been losing sleep for the four days since I interrupted this series to take part in a long weekend in the Big Apple with friends and family, but it is time to return to the regularly scheduled Golf Blogram.
Best “Tour” Golf Ball of 2011
I’ve played every great ball imaginable this past season and it was hard to pick the winner between the two finalists for best tour golf ball, the TaylorMade Penta and the Srixon Z-Star. It was a dead heat for me on performance and distance and I had to go to a “sudden victory” playoff (thanks to Dana White and the UFC for that one) to break the tie.
Srixon Z-Star Golf Ball - click for more
Based on the fact that I found the Z-Star to be considerably more durable than the Penta, the Z-Star was my pick for #1 Tour level ball this year. I have a Z-Star yellow floating around my bag that I played somewhere around 10 rounds with, and counting. Despite all that play with square grooved wedges and a couple of cart paths, the ball is still totally playable and shows very little wear.
It has been a fun week or so covering EIGHT different golf balls, including some which employ crazy technologies like hollow metal cores and radar tracking systems. Sure there are many, many other great golf balls out there which I didn’t cover. If you feel the need, comment in your favorite golf ball below and let me and the HOG readers know why.