TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons – click for more photos
I had a lot of fun unboxing my new, custom fitted TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons yesterday. Then I had more fun sitting there staring at them, on the couch, not moving, not at the golf course. Just as I unboxed them, a snowstorm with one inch wide snowflakes hit.
Weather permitting, I hope to play these beauties soon and see just how beneficial to my game they will be. As a two handicap these are not necessarily the perfect type of irons for me according to many. These are game improvement clubs. A two ‘capper would supposedly be best benefitted by a set of forged blades or muscle back irons. The SpeedBlades are not forged. Rather, they’re a cast combo cut muscle/cavity. But I’m a low single digit handicap because I putt lights out and the flatstick saves my ass all the time. My greens in regulation percentage is not good, nor is my short game.
If an iron set can make hitting greens easier and I can hit more of greens in regulation I don’t care what kind of clubs they are. I can let the flatstick score some birdies instead of saving pars all the time.
At least that’s what I’m hoping for.
Now if the snow would melt we could get this show on the road.
I’m not one to post every ad campaign golf companies come out with. It would fill up my blog in about a second… But the new TaylorMade Speed Police gig is fun, and it is like one of my favorite movies Team America: World Police…
Videos below of each speed police officer…
Officer Dustin Johnson:
A hard-hitting tough guy from the U.S. of A., he swings first and asks questions later.
Officer Jason Day:
A passionate Aussie who’s in touch with nature. Even when he’s busting you, he’s hard not to like.
Officer Justin Rose:
A quick-witted, level headed Brit who goes by the book and is a champion of charm.
Officer Sergio Garcia: http://youtu.be/xlWYzEEy6eU A soft-spoken, seasoned tour veteran who hails from Spain. His passion for club justice is as deadly as his golf game.
Today’s doorstep photo is the the definition of “does not suck.” Inside the tall box should be my set of custom made TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons, which I was fitted for about two weeks ago. The small box on the right is from China. Parts for my new golf aerial photography rig.
Box o’ Clubs From TaylorMade and Parts for My Aerial Photo Rig…
Man I wish I had these SpeedBlade Irons two days ago when I lost $9.00 to my local pro in our Sunday game. Stay tuned for pictures of the clubs themselves.
I’ll be reviewing a custom built set of TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons soon. For them to be custom built to my specs, I had to spend some time in the local TaylorMade Performance Lab having my “granny over the top dual chicken wing” swing analyzed. For a couple of very fun and educational hours my pal (the TMPL tech) Stacey and I did some deep granny dual chicken wing swing analysis.
I want to walk around town with all of these sensors on my body…
The system TM has for swing analysis is amazing. You wear sensors all over your body as well as the golf club, and the computer does complete 3D golf swing analysis, even comparing your swing to pro players like Dustin Johnson. Needless to say, Dustin’s specs are slightly better than mine.
The system produces a recommended setup, then the tech builds test clubs with those settings on the spot. My settings were regular length, stiff shaft, and two degrees flat.
We took the clubs out to the heated driving bay outside. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground, but we still hit some range balls so we could see how the true setup worked. That’s how the “my nipples hurt” tweet happened yesterday, a little chafing from the cold. I hit the 7-iron very straight and accurately. It launched at an angle that looked like a 9-iron or pitching wedge. Never before have I hit a 7-iron that high. For comparison I hit the same club without the two degree flattening of the lie. Almost couldn’t hit the thing. Quite remarkable.
I even took some swings with a custom made SLDR driver, a 12 degree model. It flew.
I’m submitting my specs to TaylorMade today and they’ll be soon whipping up my full set of SpeedBlade irons (and hopefully some other clubs to match them…hint hint). Then I’ll hope the snow melts asap so I can put the irons to the real test, on the course. If the snow doesn’t melt, I may have to take a trip south.
Don’t ever say I don’t take care of the HOG patrons! (Just like the Masters, readers here are “patrons,” not readers). Here’s a chance to get your hands on a free golf club from TaylorMade. As part of their launch of the “SpeedBlade” line, they’re giving out, a.k.a. seeding 20,000 6-irons for people to try out. Obviously they are expecting the golfers who use those 6-irons to be blown away by the club and buy a whole set, and will post about their great experience on their social networks.
Soon I’ll be doing a SpeedBlade fitting myself, getting tested in a TaylorMade Performance Lab and fitted for an optimal set of SpeedBlades. Then I’ll be posting a SpeedBlade review after that. Stay tuned and have fun with your new 6-iron.