TaylorMade RocketBladez Iron Review


Today I had the opportunity to test drive the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons, and I have to be honest, at first glance these irons did not strike me as anything special. They are a game improvement club—or so I thought. They have a medium thick top line, slightly offset, and a little slit on the bottom which TaylorMade calls the Speed Pocket. What a speed pocket it is.

The first club I test drove was the pitching wedge. I got on our simulator and set everything to neutral, no wind and 75 degrees. I wasn’t even warmed up and the first swing went 135 yards. Now, I hit my regular pitching wedge on a well struck shot 130 yards with about 125 carry and 4-5 yards of roll. The RocketBladez PW went 135. I thought to myself, wait a minute, maybe I hit a hot spot, so I hit another one. It went 140 yards and that got me thinking that the simulator was messed up. I moved over to a different hitting station and hit another shot 140 yards. Again, I am not even warmed up. Five more shots and this thing PW carrying 140 and rolling out to 145. I am in awe. I hit a few more and draw the ball 150 and cut the ball 130. Those distances are what I usually hit with my 8 iron so needless to say, I am curious. Is this just an anomaly, something weird with the loft setting, or are the other clubs just as long?

Next, I picked up the 7 iron and now that I am warmed up, I put a nice smooth swing on it. The 7 iron had a carry of 175 yards total and finished at 180. That is what I hit my 5 or 6 iron. I blasted (I say blasted because the ball explodes off the face) about 15 more shots and worked the ball from right to left. A draw gained about 5 yards to 185 and a left-to-right a fade lost about 5 yards to 175. Now, I am not going after it, I’m just swinging normally (for reference, my driver swing speed is about 102-103mph; not too bad but certainly not fast by anyone’s standard). I am hitting a 7 iron 180 yards on average. If these numbers stick, I just gained two clubs of distance with the RocketBladez.

I am thinking, wow, I can hit a 7 iron from 175 and it will stop, this is crazy. Next, I hit a 5 iron, and this is where things really got interesting. My carry for the 5 iron was 205 yards, and with a draw, rolled out to 215. I jumped on a few and even got the ball out there 225. Now, that kind of distance is what I would expect from my 3 hybrid, not my 5 iron. When I cut the 5 iron, the ball carried 200 and stopped on a dime. The launch on these clubs is exceptionally high, but I was able to flight the ball lower if I wanted to. I still got loads of distance with the lower trajectory and it only cost me maybe 5 yards of carry, but accounting for the additional roll, it ended up about the same amount of total distance.

TaylorMade has found something here with this speed pocket. The club launches the ball high so you have a lot a carry, but due to the speed pocket, which acts like an extra lever, the ball goes further than any club I have ever tested. I currently play the TaylorMade SuperFast 2.0 irons with KBS tour shafts. Normally, my wedge goes 130 years, my 7 iron 160, and my 5 iron 185. I had the 2.0 irons with me and hit them to confirm, and sure enough, those were the distances. All told, by using the RocketBladez I gained about 15 yards for each club.

In my humble opinion, these irons are a game changer and I cannot wait to get a set. They will be available November 23rd and will come in 4-PW,GW in steel or graphite. I can’t imagine you will need a 3 iron with the new hybrids that are set to hit the market, I hear they will employ the same technology and I can’t wait to try those out as well. Get excited for these irons and stay tuned.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate)Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV YellowTrackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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  1. Bob, I have a Rocketbladez 4 iron and 5 thru A wedge TM CB forged. Beginning to think I should go all Rocketbladez. I like the feel of the TM CB forged, but more forgiveness and distance is available with the Rocketbladez. Is the loft different on the Rocketbladez versus the TM CB ?

  2. I won a set of the TaylorMade Rbladez but they came with regular fhafts. And I don’t get the distance I normally get when hitting my Titliest irons that have the s300 shafts. So now I just bought new s300 shafts for the rbladez my question is because my Titliest are 1” over standard , should I make these rbladez 1” over standard also?

    • If you are satisfied with the the Titleist set up and were fit to plus 1″ with a flat lie, I would recommend trying to replicate that in your Rbladez set. Your ball flight will likely differ quite a bit with the change if you are hitting them straight and solid with the plus 1″ flat set up.

  3. I normally hit Titliest with s300 and flat lie 1” over standard . I won these rbladez in a tournament but the have regular shafts and I can’t get the distance like I do with my Titliest

    • The rbladez shorter length can definitely equate to some distance loss. The shaft flex plays a smaller role in distance and affects ball flight much more. If your swing speed is 90mph+ I would recommend the stiffer shaft as you would probably draw/hook the reg flex too hard. This is what I experience when I play with a shaft that is less stiff in flex.

  4. These irons are have extremely strong lofts, which is what accounts for most of the added distance. Most players irons (read: blades) have a 6-iron with 30 degrees of loft. In the mid-2000s, Callaway and Ping started the trend of decreasing lofts throughout the set by 1 degree (so that 30-degree 6-iron became 29 degrees). My current Mizunos are 1 degree strong. The TM Rocketblades have 26.5 degree 6-irons. For comparison, my current 5-iron is 26 degrees. So the TMs are basically a full club stronger than standard. TM is not the only company doing this, but take that into account if you test these (or any new clubs) against what is currently in your bag, if your irons are more than a few years old.

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