ClubTest 2013: TaylorMade RocketBladez Max Irons
TaylorMade RocketBladez Max Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $1,299, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-, 6-, PW with Matrix Program 55 graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Each iron boasts a thin face and “Speed Pocket” for faster ball speeds. Hollow long and mid-irons (4 to 7) have a low CG for easy, high-launching shots.
PLAYABILITY: The ball gets up fast and stays in the air forever; shots fly moderately high, straight and on a penetrating trajectory.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of its real strengths; high launch, high ball flight promotes a consistently straight shot.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Several testers find the RBladez Max one-half club to one full club longer than their own; large hitting area does well to preserve distance on off-center hits.
FEEL: Crisp and powerful at impact, with an almost driver-like sense of face flex—the ball seems to launch faster than normal on center hits; the irons feel lighter and less head heavy than many others, and hence easier to swing.
LOOK: Testers like that it’s visually “quiet” and non-distracting at address— the clubhead retains a clean, simple appearance despite a wide sole and broad body.
Some testers find the 4-iron not quite as forgiving as a hybrid, and might swap it out for the latter; a few guys prefer more definitive feedback.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top irons tested. These lively sticks get high marks for forgiveness and received strong scores for distance control and look, too.
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