Top secret pictures of the new TaylorMade Super Mega-Quad Core i111.4 driver prototype

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf GearMiscellaneous

I know that the new TaylorMade SLDR slider driver just came out and it is the longest driver they’ve ever made.  There’s a lot of excitement about it.  But I have top secret connection who got me a new TaylorMade prototype driver which we may be seeing in the next six months to perhaps year from now.  I’ve been hitting this thing for a couple of weeks and let me tell you, this thing is LONG!  It took me a bit to get the settings dialed in but when I did, it was amazing!

TaylorMade Super Mega-Quad Core i111.4 driver prototype

TaylorMade Super Mega-Quad Core i111.4 driver prototype – click to view larger image

Below are the current details and specs for the new prototype TaylorMade Super Mega-Quad Core i111.4 Driver.  Its a beast!

• Mega-Quad Core i111.4 Technology

• Hybrid iOS/Android/TMAG Operating System

• Loft, Lie, Swingweight, Face Angle, Shaft Flex Adjusted Via Software

• Built In Golf GPS With 40,000,000 Courses Pre-Loaded

• Internal Monitor Supports Resolutions up to 13,696×10,696

• Built-In WiFi and 6G Cellular Connectivity

• Hybrid Can Opener/Cigar Cutter

• HDMI Port (supports up to 5 monitors)

• Dual Ethernet Ports – 10 USB Ports

• Built In Firewall

• Speaker/Headphone Jacks

• Compass

• 6 Thunderbolt Ports

This isn’t the first TaylorMade prototype HOG has uncovered.  Remember a few years back the TaylorMade r15 SuperMegaQuad proto?

Taylormade Announces “RocketBladez” Irons – Shipping November 1, 2012

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf Gear
TayorMade RocketBladez Irons

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.

RocketBladez 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW AW SW LW
Loft 18° 20° 23° 26.5° 30.5° 35° 40° 45° 50° 55° 60°
Lie 61° 61.5° 62° 62.5° 63° 63.5° 64° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
Length (in) 39.5 38.875 38.25 37.625 37 36.5 36 35.5 35.5 35.25 35

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.

1990’s Irons 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW SW
Loft 14° 17° 20° 24° 28° 32° 36° 40° 44° 48° 52° 56°
Lie 54° 55° 56° 57° 58° 59° 60° 61° 62° 63° 63° 63°
Length (in) 39.5 39 38.5 38 37.5 37 36.5 36 35.5 35 35 35


TaylorMade RocketBladez photos

TaylorMade To Acquire Adams Golf – Comments Please

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 19th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearMiscellaneous

TaylorMadeWow this is interesting. Big news today.  Taylormade-adidas Golf Company is going to purchase Adams Golf, Inc.  The purchase price: $70 million.

I’m interested in opinions on what this will mean to both companies. Comment below.

Press Release Below (more…)

2012 PGA Show Video Interview – TaylorMade’s VP of marketing tells us about the new R11S driver and fairway woods

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, January 30th, 2012
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearGolf VideosHOG World TourInterviewsPGA Merchandise Show
TaylorMade R11S Driver

TaylorMade R11S Driver

My new buddy Mike Ferris, VP of Product Marketing at TaylorMade Golf, talked to me at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show last week in Orlando about the new TaylorMade R11S driver and fairway woods.

The new R11S series is quite different than last year’s R11.

Check it out:

Many thanks to Mike for all his time at the show.

TaylorMade Golf announces R11S drivers/fairways, RocketBallz RBZ irons/fairways/rescues/drivers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf Gear


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

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).

For complete information, including pricing and availability refer to the TaylorMade R11S press release here.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver

TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver - click to enlarge

TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons-Driver-Fairway-Rescue

New for 2012 also is the interestingly named “RocketBallz” line.  Here is the story behind the name RocketBalls.

The new line includes RocketBallz Fairway Woods and RocketBallz Rescues/Hybrids, as well as a RocketBallz Driver and RocketBallz Irons.  The previous links go to the full TaylorMade press releases relating to each RocketBallz model.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons

TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons - click to enlarge

Product Reviews ASAP

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.


For you gear heads who want to drool over all these new 2012 model clubs from TaylorMade, check out the full Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade image gallery.

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