TaylorMade RocketBladez review

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Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 4 Dec 2012

IF you were impressed by the trampoline effect of theRocketBallz fairwaylast season, you’ll be jumping up and down with joy when laying hands on TaylorMade’s new RocketBladez iron.

Remember that ‘little thing’ called a Speed Pocket? Well, it’s back and better than ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with the new Speed Pocket, it’s a 2mm-wide slot in the sole of the club that acts as an added booster during launch, allowing for balls to travel further on a consistent basis.

I’ve always struggled to find an iron that provides the perfect balance between distance, control and feel, but the RocketBladez gave me high-towering ball flights and consistent distances throughout.

If you will excuse me for getting all technical, this is because 17.5g of weight has been strategically distributed to lower the centre of gravity and there’s a wide, low sweet spot that aided forgiveness when I knifed it. 

The advanced, ultra-thin face design of the RocketBladez also contributed to my distance gains. I was carrying the 7-iron on the range 162 yards on average, which is the equivalent of a 6-iron in my current bag, and a 5-iron close to 180 yards, which is where I’d expect to thin my normal 4-iron.

But most appealing – for someone who is always praying the pin is located in the back of the green when long iron is in hand – was a more desirable ball flight and quick-stopping descent angles.

The downside to the new distances, of course, is that you will have to learn how far you hit each club all over again.

I am also keen on the design, which has lost the wacky geometry of last year’sRBZ ironsin favour of a more traditional game-improvement shape. Although they’re not exactly blades - as the name suggests - the mid-sized heads aren’t to be confused with ‘chunky’ as they possess a generous, medium thick topline and slight offset.

As far as looks go, the cavity and racing-style badge featuring yellow and black lines are probably the best I’ve seen from TaylorMade.

Verdict

Fantastic looks, desired ball flight and explosive distance. A game-changer.

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IF you were impressed by the trampoline effect of the RocketBallz fairway last season, you’ll be jumping up and down with joy when laying hands on TaylorMade’s new RocketBladez iron.

Remember that ‘little thing’ called a Speed Pocket? Well, it’s back and better than ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with the new Speed Pocket, it’s a 2mm-wide slot in the sole of the club that acts as an added booster during launch, allowing for balls to travel further on a consistent basis.

I’ve always struggled to find an iron that provides the perfect balance between distance, control and feel, but the RocketBladez gave me high-towering ball flights and consistent distances throughout.

If you will excuse me for getting all technical, this is because 17.5g of weight has been strategically distributed to lower the centre of gravity and there’s a wide, low sweet spot that aided forgiveness when I knifed it. 

The advanced, ultra-thin face design of the RocketBladez also contributed to my distance gains. I was carrying the 7-iron on the range 162 yards on average, which is the equivalent of a 6-iron in my current bag, and a 5-iron close to 180 yards, which is where I’d expect to thin my normal 4-iron.

But most appealing – for someone who is always praying the pin is located in the back of the green when long iron is in hand – was a more desirable ball flight and quick-stopping descent angles.

The downside to the new distances, of course, is that you will have to learn how far you hit each club all over again.

I am also keen on the design, which has lost the wacky geometry of last year’s RBZ irons in favour of a more traditional game-improvement shape. Although they’re not exactly blades - as the name suggests - the mid-sized heads aren’t to be confused with ‘chunky’ as they possess a generous, medium thick topline and slight offset.

As far as looks go, the cavity and racing-style badge featuring yellow and black lines are probably the best I’ve seen from TaylorMade.

Verdict

Fantastic looks, desired ball flight and explosive distance. A game-changer.

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Click here to learn more about the TaylorMade RocketBladez.