Background: Picked a club up for the first time December 31, 2011, Driving range almost weekly, played my first round May 2012 and shot 142, progressed to 90 – 92 on the local courses and bogey to +3 on my local executive course. Learned to play on Cobra SSI’s with stiff Aldila HM 75g graphite Tour shafts (irons are more of a blade style with a large head). My 6 iron swing speed average is 79 – 80 mph topping out at 83 mph. 75% of my practice time is spent on my PW, SW, LW, and putter. Rented R11’s and Rocketballz and played one round. Just purchased the Rocketbladez with the standard Rocket Fuel 85g steel stiff shaft and played one round and a small bucket with the 7 and 8.
For reference my Cobra SSi 6 iron has an offset of 1.27mm. The R11 is 4.6mm, Rocketbladez 4.8mm, and Rocketballz are 5.3mm.
First impressions on the Rocketbladez: At first, thought the looks were okay but now I think they are an absolutely great looking iron. Weight, sole width, and offset are more than I’m used to. At the shop on the monitor: swing felt great, dispersion was very good especially for my level and distance was 7 – 12 yards more than my current set.
The round: Temperature was 53 degrees using Bridgestone e5 and Srixon Q Star balls alternating between holes. I used my driver on 4 holes with all other shots taken with the Rocketbladez. The first thing I noticed was the huge difference in offset with the Rocketbladez compared to my Cobra SSi’s which made for a difficult time the first three holes trying to acquire the right swing. The PW made it on a slightly elevated green (Par 3) from 134 yards out with very little roll…NICE! 6 iron off the tee stopping right around 174 yards (very wet hole) with a slightly less than full speed swing. Off the tee these are nothing short of fantastic. I have never used an attack/gap wedge but after taking a shot with AW I was in love with it. The balance and weight were great and felt very comfortable compared to my Vokey SM4 54 – 11 and 60-07. I hit the 5 iron over just over 200 yards with little to no roll (very wet ground). I struggled with the 4 – 6 iron as the offset was so foreign to what I am used to. Not saying this is bad but not sure these are for me. The 8 iron is where I started to feel more comfortable with having a swing closer to what I am used to. My partner that day who plays TM RAC’s had taken a few shots with the Rocketbladez and was absolutely killing it like he had always played these and said this is his new set ( he was on the fence between buying Ping I20’s or Callaway RAZR X’s) . All in all these are fantastic irons and do what is advertised.
As for the R11’s I actually liked these more because of the slightly less offset and lower weight placing me closer to what I’m used to. I would like to try them again. The distance and accuracy wasn’t there compared to the Rocketbladez though. The Rocketballz from the 6 iron up were a lot fun but again the larger offset made for a challenging time. The 4 and 5 Rocketballz were a nightmare for me because of the offset, chunkiness, and weight…purely subjective though. If you are familiar with GI irons than the Rocketbladez should be a consideration at the top of any list. Before purchasing I tested every iron the shop had but on the course is where it counts. It’s not that I can’t switch my swing up but I may switch over to the Muzino 825 Pro’s which I felt right at home with because of the similarities to and ease of transition from my SSi’s. I was really hoping more of a GI iron would help me out on my quest to shooting 80. I may just need work at it because one round and a small bucket are hard to deduce from and I will speak to a coach for advice before moving on or away from these. Again I learned on lighter blade style irons so this is in now a ditch on the Rocketbladez which again are nothing short of fantastic.