Taylor Made isn't handling its
the Rocketbladez irons lightly. They're,
say, going the distance.
"The first distance iron to make it on tour."
"This little thing has changed the iron
With the interesting features and
iron provides, though, can you blame the
The key to those benefits, of course,
TaylorMade's Speed Pocket --- 'the little
that promotes radical increased speed
distance', according to the manufacturer.
All told, TaylorMade's new
are incredibly fast and incredibly long
also promoting increased accuracy and
"The Rocketbladez come with a load of
performance both in distance and
distance," said Brian Bazzel, Product
Manager for TaylorMade. "But even above
is it gives you a higher trajectory and
feel by the way we treat the pocket in the
back of the cavity."
With plenty of support from Dustin
Justin Rose and other PGA Tour stars, the
RocketBladez irons from TaylorMade have
a triumphant splash on the scene. Here's
deeper look at the Rocketbladez:
TECH AND SPECS
The key to the Rocketbladez is the Speed
Pocket. In the 3-7 irons, the Speed Pocket
and the club head's ultra-thin face work
together to promote consistently high ball
speed and distance. The distance behind
irons is also helped by TaylorMade's
Inverted Cone shape design and a high
MOI (Moment of Inertia).
All told, the bulk of the head's weight is
located lower than other irons, meaning
sweet spot and launch angle are all
your swing on a much higher launch angle,
trajectory and peak. The Rocketbladez
a much thinner face than the previous
RocketBallz irons and a six-percent lower
center of gravity that its predecessor.
All of the additions and designs, of course,
result in a COR (measurement of 'jump' off
clubface) numbers similar to that of a
Additionally, the stock sand and lob
take the sole design of last year's stellar
Wedges, completing the set with recent
The Rocketbladez irons are available in a
number of shafts from TaylorMade.
Golfers may pair their new Rocketbladez
Temper's Dynamic Gold, Dynamic Gold SL
Dynamic Gold XP models and the
ProjectX branded Royal Precision and
Precision Flighted models.
Additional shaft options include the KBS
Nippon NS Pro 950 and Matrix Ozik HD
A host of grip models are available from
makers Lamkin, Winn, Golf Pride and
addition to stock models made available
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Much of the online chatter surrounding the
Rocketbladez has backed up what
is marketing: higher trajectories,
distances and improved accuracy and
After a short but focused testing, I have to
The first thing I noticed was the
'jump' off of the club face.
I noticed the lower center of gravity quickly as
launching like a 6-iron. I also took notice of
forgiveness. Even on
bad swings, the ball launched and flew well.
design behind the irons seem to make it easy
a ball well.
During my testing, I tried to focus on and learn
benefits of the
SpeedPocket. On a good swing, you
feel the pocket working as a 'hinge'
sorts to help add launch and trajectory to
impact. On bad swings, I didn't see the
making a difference, despite what Golfweek's
in his lengthy
review of the
Rocketbladez: "According to TaylorMade,
especially effective on impacts made low on
mid irons, most mis-hits by amateurs occur
center of the
TaylorMade promises more ball speed and
hits."Others online questioned the
distance claims made by
TaylorMade, assuming lesser or 'stronger' lofts
iron was the
main culprit for increased yardage. GolfWRX forum member
that while Rocketbladez lofts may be
part of the
equation:"All reports are that balls fly
mostly because of the lower cg, higher ball
spin. If the lofts were not “strong” enough, the
too much. Plus, the point is to cover the
irons and feel comfortable hitting certain
long irons."The official Rocketbladez
review on MyGolfSpy.com looks
whole loft issue
through a different
lens, stating that, while the lofts are most
TaylorMade isn't the only manufacturer to
a tactic given
the desired result (more distance).
MyGolfSpy's review went on to mention
TaylorMade has made a club that improves
thereby improving the player's confidence and
Have you hit the new TaylorMade
Rocketbladez irons? Are they already in
bag? What did you think of them? We'd
know. Add your thoughts to the discussion