TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $899, steel
WE TESTED: 4-GW with KBS Tour steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thicker face than in RBladez irons results in marginally slower max ball speeds. The 4- to 7-irons have a "Speed Pocket" (8-PW do not) to increase flex in the lower half of the face.
PLAYABILITY: A high, straight hitter; favors a slight draw over a fade; powers through tough lies and heavy rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: An accurate, low-stress iron -- shots hold the line well; a broad sweet spot minimizes your mistakes.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Very respectable distance on solid strikes; predictable, consistent shots across the board; mis-hits carry well.
FEEL: Crisp, springy feel—the ball really jumps off the face; head tears through the turf; tons of shock dampening on thin hits.
LOOK: Midsize blade with a lean, industrial look; lots of high-tech touches are neatly tucked away at address.
A few testers have difficulty working a fade; forgiveness is competent, not spectacular, to some guys; satisfying sensation at impact, but a small minority prefer a more marshmallow-like feel.
BOTTOM LINE: Easy-to-hit sticks that do a good job of masking your misses. It's wellsuited to players looking to get the ball airborne and on-line without much hassle.
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