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post #19 of 73
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Originally Posted by ZigZag View Post

Hopefully this means the RBZ irons are coming down in price soon. Love to get a set of those.

They have already on Golfsmith.com

post #20 of 73

From Wilsons Facebook page, a direct call out to Taylormade

 

post #21 of 73
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post

Ummm....those arent blades and its a joke that TM would name them, "RocketBladez".

 

Anyone buying these who is gullible enough to think they're buying blades probably won't care what the polymer insert does over time because they'll be getting suckered into something else long before it's an issue. Anytime I see a commercial with  "Dustin Johnson demonstrating the new . . . " I change the channel.

post #22 of 73
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Originally Posted by RonTheSavage View Post

From Wilsons Facebook page, a direct call out to Taylormade

 

Awesome!  I'm surprised they responded to a tweet with that formal of a comeback! LOL

post #23 of 73
Thread Starter 

Hit the 6 iron today and took some video.  On good shots I wouldn't say that I hit it that much farther but definitely longer on mis hits.  Sound is slightly hollow which is just the construction of the head.  Has more of a "thwack" sound, almost like some hybrids.  Very easy to hit high but the ball doesn't balloon even with the stock 85 gram shaft.  I like the look at address, easy to line up, large head but not chunky, very similar to the Tour Burner from a few years back.  Distance control was great, for me my pattern was consistent even out of different lies.  Must say, it was a lot of fun to it a1_smile.gif

 

post #24 of 73

Hate to say it, but it looks fantastic. I even like the sound. Thanks for posting

post #25 of 73

Hahaha, I love one of the comments on that thread: "OlderBladez".

 

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Originally Posted by RonTheSavage View Post

From Wilsons Facebook page, a direct call out to Taylormade

 

post #26 of 73

Wow, Taylormade replied to a guy who posted ^^^ that pic on their Facebook page.  Kind of impressed that they took the time to reply:

 

 

 

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The Wilson Reflex iron was introduced more than 30 years ago. Iron design has progressed significantly from that time. The Reflex incorporates a slot that enhances face flexibility to increase COR (a term that wasn’t used back then). All iron heads back then were rigid, with a COR measuring around .760. The Reflex measured around .800. RocketBladez COR is about 20 points higher. 
Also, the Reflex didn’t have enhancements like the RocketBladez’ complex face design, Inverted Cone, high MOI and low and centered CG location. The Reflex had a constant face thickness of about 3mm, while RocketBladez’ varying face thickness is 1.6 mm at its thinnest. The Reflex’s vertical CG was relatively high, about 20 mm above the ground, and the set didn’t employ progressive head design in terms of topline, sole width and MOI.
post #27 of 73

I remember these! If I'm not mistaken, they were determined to be "illegal" by the USGA due to the "trampoline effect". I think they filled the hollow slot behind the clubface with some sort of plastic later on, but the Reflex didn't sell well enough to survive.

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Originally Posted by RonTheSavage View Post

From Wilsons Facebook page, a direct call out to Taylormade

 

post #28 of 73
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Originally Posted by glock35ipsc View Post

Wow, Taylormade replied to a guy who posted ^^^ that pic on their Facebook page.  Kind of impressed that they took the time to reply:

 

 

 

So what TaylorMade is saying is that - the Reflex design was ahead of its time? Because while TaylorMade lowered the CG - the COR only improved by 20pts from .800 to .820.  LOL 

post #29 of 73

I'd say the advance over the Wilson irons is timing, tuning the sound, and providing a more user friendly leading edge. Take any irons from the 1970s or 1980s, grind down the leading edge, put on fresh grips, and they'd be completely playable. With the smaller head sizes they'd all be players irons though.

post #30 of 73

Doing a little fun research, it looks like the patent on this was first granted in 1983 and assigned to Pepsico, who at the time was the owner of Wilson Sporting Goods.      Patent #4,398,965 claimed an iron with a "front striking face and slot space rearwardly from the striking face" and that this would "store energy when striking....and transfer energy to the ball as the ball leaves the striking surface".      This appears to be a follow on from their work patented in 1976 using a flexing slot on the insert in their wood clubs.   

 

Since the original Pepsico patent on the iron slot was granted in mid-1983, they would have received 17 years of protection on that concept and their patent would have expired in summer 2000.   

 

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Subsequently, a number of other patents with various manufacturers have played off this theme as well.     Nike has patents for a "bridge slot"; Callaway has some patent activity for the slot concepts, and Taylormade has some patents going back to 2001 on similar concepts.   

 

The Wilson patent, however, wasn't the first in this field.    A 1976 patent with Shamrock Golf Company had a similar concept with the slot extending almost through the club, and even before that there was a patent granted in 1962 with a slot going through the club.   

post #31 of 73
RocketBladez did not give Mike the Tourette's Syndrome you see as part of his takeaway. I think his constant contact with Canadians did that to him.
post #32 of 73
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Ooh, I didn't see that picture until just now. Those look pretty nice.
post #33 of 73

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Maybe I'm a poser, but I could almost see myself playing the Tour version.

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Originally Posted by Datsyuk View Post

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Maybe I'm a poser, but I could almost see myself playing the Tour version.

 

For as much as I seem to bag on TMaG, I do like these.  But it's going to be many years before I shell out that kind of cash on a set of irons.  f3_laugh.gif

post #35 of 73
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

RocketBladez did not give Mike the Tourette's Syndrome you see as part of his takeaway. I think his constant contact with Canadians did that to him.

 

Kids were born in the USA, only Canadian is the wife.  My "tourette's" is from from having 27 swing thoughts, down from 35 c3_clap.gif

post #36 of 73

I hit the 7 iron at Golf Galaxy last night.

 

Didn't get any more distance than my JPX 800 Pro, was consistently going 150-155 for me.

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