TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $799, steel; $899, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-AW with RocketFuel 85 steel shaft; 4-AW with RocketFuel 65 graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A “Speed Pocket” slot in the 4-7 irons combines with a thin face and “Inverted Cone” for faster ball speeds. Polyurethane in the “Speed Pocket” reduces unwanted vibration. The CG location is 6 percent lower than in RocketBallz irons.
PLAYABILITY: Definitely more playable than a lot of game-improvement irons; more blade-like than expected; easier to turn right to left than most.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very good for busting a slice; one of the more consistently straight-hitting irons; reduces sidespin on most reasonably solid shots.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The club’s strongest attribute; very good overall length when struck well; solid hits provide predictable distances; shots get pretty close to the desired yardage even when you don’t catch them just right.
FEEL: The ball jumps off the face but not uncontrollably so; pleasing short-iron feel; a loud crack gives the feeling of power.
LOOK: Clean lines give it a pleasing look at address; many guys like them quite a bit better than previous models; reduced offset on shorter irons flows nicely into the rest of the set.
Some testers find that feedback is a bit lacking in mid- and long irons; head is a little bigger and thicker than a few guys prefer.
BOTTOM LINE: Balanced, all-around performers reward good swings without creating discomfort on the bad ones.
MORE INFO: TayorMade RocketBladez Irons
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