RSi 2 iron

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Andy Roberts
Wed, 15 Oct 2014

RSi 2 iron
With new Face Slot Technology, there's now forgiveness across the entire face

Need To Know

Face Slot Technology and improved Speed Pocket with Thru Slot Technology ensures forgiveness across the entire face; vastly improved sounding iron from TaylorMade; superb forgiveness; one of the longest irons on the market; KBS Tour steel shaft provides great control in the swing; much more workable than RSi 1 iron
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PRICE: £829.00 YEAR: from 2014

Nobody's perfect and mis-hits happen, even for the TaylorMade Tour pros like Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. With that in mind, the new TaylorMade RSi irons have been designed to help manage your misses. In essence, the golfer who misses less frequent will score better. 

Video Review: TaylorMade RSi 1 and RSi 2 irons review

Utilising Face Slot Technology for the first ever time in an iron, RSi represents TaylorMade's longest ever iron, and that's even when missing the sweet spot. Two slots are located near the heel and toe of the clubface to provide uniform flexion across the face, and this also helps protect ball speed and generates more consistent distance on off-centre hits.

An improved Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology (3- to 7-iron) provides ball speed protection on shots below the centre of the face, as well as increasing launch angle and ball speed on all shots.

Replacing the SLDR and RocketBladez Tour irons, you've got even sexier looks with more of a streamlined head, and it also comes with a KBS Tour shaft as standard which is something I'm much more accustomed to. Again, like with the RSi 1 iron with slots in the face of the iron, there is once again great alignment on offer.

The significant difference in performance against the RSi 1 iron, however, is that RSi 2 is much more of a workable iron. You can do all sorts of things with this club as the head glides beautifully through the turf.

I also like how you’ve got tungsten weighting in the RSi 2 long irons to help you get the ball up and out there, while the shorter irons are cast with a forged face. The short irons, particularly the 9-iron, felt really soft and buttery and had a nice drop-and-stop feel about them. If you’re after a better player iron that is beauty and beast, this one is for you.

RSi 2 irons sound extremely pure at impact and have very consistent distance and forgiveness throughout the set.

The RSi 2, replacing both SLDR iron of 2014 and RocketBladez Tour iron of 2013, features different lofts this time around with the 6-iron now 27-degree as opposed to 28-degree and 29.5-degree respectively. During RocketBladez Tour testing, my 6-iron average reached 164 yards and that is six yards down on the new RSi 2, so a full club.

Most importantly, however, these irons are very forgiving and that's exactly the road TaylorMade has gone down for the new season. Yes, distance is still an important factor and you get that in abundance with these irons here, but limiting a golfer's mis-hit is really the biggest incentive this time around.

Verdict

Thanks to the new Face Slot Technology and improved Speed Pocket with Thru Slot Technology, there’s now forgiveness across the entire face of the iron as opposed to just on the bottom when catching the ball thin. For someone like myself who tends to catch a long iron on the thin side more often than not, that’s a huge bonus knowing you've got all the technology down there to help you catch the ball cleaner than ever.

Not exactly cheap at £829, but given the better ball striking and distance you'll obtain from these irons, it's fair to say you can't put a price on lower scores.

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