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TaylorMade RocketBladez- Are these the most innovative irons ever?
by Carly Cummins
November 28, 2012

TaylorMade has announced the arrival of what they are calling their biggest iron innovation to date. The RocketBladez is an iron with a remarkable new technology that promotes high launching, long, straight and quick-stopping golf shots for players of all abilities... and yes they have brought out a ladies version!

RocketBladez' key new technology is its "Speed Pocket," inspired by the distance-enhancing benefits of the already popular RocketBallz fairway woods and Rescue clubs. TaylorMade engineers incorporated the Speed Pocket into RocketBladez irons to promote faster ball speed and a higher launch angle to promote longer, high-flying, quick-stopping shots. Altogether, the RocketBladez set consists of eleven individually designed clubheads, each tailored in size, shape and features to maximise distance, control and feel like never before.

"Metalwoods have advanced tremendously since TaylorMade introduced the first one in 1979," said TM CEO Mark King. "The ball has advanced too, and even footwear and apparel have improved a great deal. But there hasn't been a significant advancement in irons since the perimeter-weighted cavityback was introduced more than 50 years ago. The RocketBallz Speed Pocket changes that - it's a once-in-a-lifetime innovation in the iron category. If your iron doesn't have a Speed Pocket, your iron is out-dated."

Incorporated into the 3- through 7-irons, the Speed Pocket is a 2mm-wide slot in the sole of the iron that flexes and rebounds at impact, increasing the speed of the face to promote faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and a higher, stronger ball flight that lands on a steep, quick-stopping descent angle.

The Speed Pocket advantage is especially effective on impacts made low on the face - TaylorMade studies indicate that 68% of iron shots by amateur golfers are mishits below the centre of the face. The Speed Pocket helps to significantly increase ball speed and distance on those low-face mishits.

Tour professionals will also benefit from the distance benefits of the Speed Pocket, as TaylorMade is also offering a RocketBladez Tour model. Unlike other distance irons, the RocketBladez Tour iron delivers consistent distance and is void of "hot spots" on the clubface, to ensure predictability and distance consistency from shot to shot.

"We created RocketBladez irons for amateurs, but when our Tour Staff pros tried it, they wanted it," said King. "We created a Tour version, and they love it. It's the first distance-oriented iron to be played on Tour. The genius of the Speed Pocket is that not only does it deliver more speed for more distance, it delivers consistent speed, so shots fly a consistent distance. That combination of speed and consistent distance is what made the eyes of our Tour pros light up."

The 3- through 7-irons boast the most sophisticated clubface TaylorMade has ever created for a Tour iron, fashioned from fast, high-strength stainless steel with improved Inverted Cone design. Consistent distance gaps throughout the set made possible by careful management of the RBZ Speed Pocket, Inverted Cone, face thickness, CG location, loft and shaft length.

The RocketBladez irons are available in a ladies version fitted with graphite shafts. A 7-iron set will cost £649 and will be available in shops just before Christmas. Visit

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