TaylorMade RSi 2 iron review

Face Slot Technology. Does it really make a difference?

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015

WATCH: TaylorMade RSi 2 iron review

READ: Game Improvement Irons 2015 Test

Brand: TaylorMade
Model: RSi 2
Category: Game improvement/Better player
RRP: £829
Loft: 27-degree
Length: 37.25”
Shaft: KBS Tour 105
Grip: Lamkin UTx Full Cord

Key Features

  • Face Slot Technology - two slots are located near the heel and toe to provide uniform flexion across the face and more consistent distance on off-centre hits.
  • Improved Speed Pocket with Thru Slot Technology - ball protection on shots struck below the centre of the face
  • Tungsten weighting - in the long irons to help you send the ball airborne

Looks

One of the sexiest irons on test thanks to its streamlined head and moderate topline. An iron that will suit the slightly better players, but the tungsten weighting in the back of the longer irons will give game improvers lots of confidence. Face Slots aid superb alignment, just like the RSi 1. Tester's comment: "Can it get any better than this?"

Feel

Even softer than the irons it is replacing - SLDR and RocketBladez Tour - and the KBS Tour 105 shaft is fantastic, arguably the easiest to control in the test. Not quite as easy to strike cleanly as the RSi 1, which the majority felt had a larger sweet spot. The comfortable Lamkin grip adds to its appeal. Tester's comment: "Beautiful, crisp sound on all types of strike."

Performance

Four testers praised RSi 2's consistency when it came to ball striking, distance control and accuracy on off-centre hits, aided by the new Face Slot Technology on squiffy hits out the heel and toe. Much more of a workable iron than the RSi 1 but not quite as long - although, this six iron is 27-degree and the RSi 1 six iron is 26.5-degree. Tester's comment: "Nice to see the ball pepper the target for once."

Verdict

Although RSi 2 finishes runner-up in the GolfMagic game-improvement irons 2015 test, fast improving golfers or better ball strikers will want to take a closer look at these. It does seem a little pricey at £829 RRP, but if you can afford to splash the cash, you will likely not be disappointed.

 

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