There is no question that TaylorMade is one of the most popular golf manufacturers in today's market and one of the biggest reasons for that is the amount of technology that goes into their clubs. While some may argue that at least some of their technology is a bit on the gimmicky side, the TaylorMade R&D department puts in a lot of work and comes up with features that haven't been seen in golf clubs before. From adjustable drivers, to white paint, moveable weights and an adjustable sole plate, their doesn't seem to be much that the company hasn't thought of. This time around, TaylorMade a two new releases; the Rocketbladez irons and the Ghost Spider S putters.
Earlier this year, TaylorMade introduced the RocketBallz line of clubs, which included drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons; however, it was the fairway woods that brought the most attention and that was due to the slot on the bottom which according to their research allowed golfers to pick up an average of 17 yards with a 3 wood. With the introduction of the RocketBladez irons, TaylorMade as brought that same technology to its irons.
The Rocketbladez will come in two different versions; there will be the standard Rocketbladez as well as a Tour version of the clubs. Both sets feature a modified version of the Speed Pocket found in the fairway woods and hybrids in the RBZ line. However, it is important to note that this feature is only on the 3-7 irons and is not on the scoring clubs (8-PW).
The idea of the Speed Pocket is fairly simple; by removing some of the material behind the club face, TaylorMade is able to increase the spring like effect on the face giving the club a high MOI. This results in faster balls speeds and more distance. Longer distances isn't the only thing that TaylorMade is claiming with the new irons though, as they also say that the irons are more consistent shot to shot and more forgiving on mishits. This increase in consistency is achieved by the careful management of the Speed Pocket and an improved inverted Cone shape.
To improve the feel of the Rockebladez, the Speed Pocket has been filled with a specially formulated polyurethane by 3M that helps to dampen vibrations.
Both the standard and Tour versions promote a higher launch with the redistribution of weight to move the center of gravity lower in the club. In the standard version 17.5 grams has been redistributed while in the Tour version, 11 grams has been moved.
The standard version of the Rocketbladez comes with a choice of either steel or graphite "Rocketfuel" shafts. The steel version is 85 grams whereas the graphite shafts come in even lighter at 65 grams. The Tour version will come stock with the KBS Tour shafts. Custom options are available for both sets.
The standard Rocketbladez are available in stores now and carry a price tag of $799 for steel or $899 for graphite for an eight club set. The Rocketbladez Tour will be available come February 2013.
Ghost Spider S Putter
The new Ghost Spider S putter is a follow up to the original Ghost Spider putter and features many similarities but also quite a few changes. The overall shape of the putter remains the same, but TaylorMade has redesigned the crown to give it a more flowing look that causes less distractions. They have also gone away from the multiple line/half circle alignment aide found on the original version and replaced it with a single white line on the dark crown. This gives the putter a clean look and the company says that it helps to promote focus, accurate aim and stroke awareness.
In addition to the refined esthetics, TaylorMade claims that this is their most stable tour putter ever. This is done with 6000 MOI which helps to resist twisting and makes it easy to keep the club square and start the ball on the intended line. TaylorMade created this increased stability by using multiple materials to position weight right where they wanted it. The steel frame is 228g while the aluminum center weighs in at only 90g. The aluminum sole plate adds another 26.5g of weight. In addition to that, the club has a single bend, short slant hosel and adjustable heel and toe weights allowing for either a putter that is face balanced or one with 30° of toe hang. This makes it so the putter will fit multiple stroke types and lets the user dial in their preferred feel.
The Ghost Spider S putter is available in both right and left handed models and in lengths of 33, 34, and 35 inches. Retail price for the putter is $179.99.