Review: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour Irons
February 23, 2013 – A couple of months ago we were testing the new TaylorMade RocketBladez, and the truth is that we were quite surprised by the outcome of the Speed Pocket technology applied to the irons. It’s a cut in the sole filled with polyurethane, which could be a real turning point for the golf industry.
TaylorMade thinks so, and after having successfully developed it in their fairway woods in 2012, they have managed to move it to the irons category with great success, and extend it throughout their RBZ lines, including the Tour. The standard RocketBladez went on sale last December, and now here come the RocketBladez Tour versions for pros and experts which we’ve already seen in the hands of Sergio Garcia, Sean O’Hair or Justin Rose on tour, and the RocketBladez Max, oriented to the player seeking an easy but sophisticated iron. We have had the chance to try them all, and here we focus on the RBZ Tour to help you, if you are a skilled golfer, to discover if they go with your game.
What the pros of the TaylorMade staff think about them:“They look like a blade yet they’re incredibly easy to launch high and long. The dispersion and distance control is off the charts,” said Sean O’Hair.
“I’ve never been able to hit a tour iron so high or land it so soft. That gives me a huge advantage that I’ve never had before with the middle and long irons,” said Justin Rose.
The first differences with the RBZ standard are evident. The Tour head shapes (3-PW) are compact, with a thinner topline, a thinner sole, minimal offset and shallow cavity. However, both are similar in various aspects: the Speed Pocket only figures up to the 7 iron, the hosel notch, the location of the centre of gravity low and centred, and an ultra thin face of strong steel that flexes on impact to produce a quick, high and long launch.
The truth is that putting so much technology into a blade, which is already compact, can’t have been easy for the TaylorMade engineers, who have take great care of the appearance. Seen from the stance, the iron looks classic, and the technical progress is well disguised. From above, you can’t see the cavity back or the Speed Pocket of the sole, so that from the eyes of a player it could pass for a traditional blade, although loaded with a plus in tolerance and, above all, more potential distance. This is the first time TaylorMade has launched a pro irons, emphasizing its contribution to more distance on the Tour.
To test the RocketBladez Tour with KBS Tour by FST steel shaft (Stiff flex) we have the support of Paula Marti, former No. 1 of the Ladies European Tour and now Head Coach of the Junior Golf Academy by Paula Marti & Carlos Vivas, in the CG Sant Cugat (Barcelona, Spain). After hitting a bucket of golf balls with them, these are her technical comments:
- The RBZ Tour have a very nice clubhead. You can tell that it is fine and sophisticated iron.
- I find the Stiff shafts a bit hard, but with a Regular they would be perfect for me. And with good golf balls –not the driving range ones– and a suitable shaft I’d make the metres I’m used to more easily.
- The steel shaft is good. It gives you more accuracy, so it is the favourite of the pros. This flexibility Stiff is suitable for the hardest hitters, physically strong golfers, young amateurs and competitive players.
- I find the sound a bit odd, due to the new technology, but it’s just a question of getting used to it. It has happened to me before with other golf clubs, and you end up liking it.
- They are very good irons, and with a Regular steel shaft they would suit me perfectly on the Tour.
TAYLORMADE ROCKETBLADEZ TOUR IRONS
- Club reviewed: 4, 6, 8, PW, KBS Tour steel shafts.
- Tester: Paula Martí (33 años). Pro at CG Sant Cugat (Barcelona, Spain).
DESIGN [rating: level=”5″] DISTANCE [rating: level=”5″] ACCURACY [rating: level=”4″] FORGIVENESS [rating: level=”3″] FEELING [rating: level=”4″] OPTIONS [rating: level=”5″] VALUE [rating: level=”4″] FOR… Pros and Low Handicaps AVERAGE [rating: level=”4.5″]
The clubhead is very attractive, and with a suitable shaft for the player, it is a perfect iron to play on the Tour. But since not everyone plays on the Tour, the pros and skilled players who prefer the blade format have here a good tool to take advantage of their explosive impact and ability to shot-shaping.
The impact sound is unconventional, but it wouldn’t be a problem because you just get used to it. Although this feeling is not so pronounced with the RBZ Tour -with the same high swing speed- as with the RBZ standard or the RBZ Max. Mid and high handicaps, abstain. If you are attracted to the RBZ, choose the RBZ standard or RBZ Max versions.
- Maximum speed and flight enhancement technology in the 3- through 7-iron: The Speed Pocket promotes 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.
- 11grams 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.
- Good feel promoted by a specially formulated polyurethane developed by 3M that fills the Speed Pocket and quiets vibration.
- Milled face-texture and grooves promote consistently high spin.
- Lefthanded: Yes (3-PW).
- Shaft: Steel KBS Tour – X, S, R, tip size .355.
- Grip: Mens RBladez Tour Grip – Tour Velvet 51.5g.
- RRP: 3-PW, steel shaft KBS Tour, €949.
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