taylormade r11 iron

TaylorMade R11 Iron Review

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping in. Its review time once again at SirShanks. Today we are looking at the TaylorMade R11 irons. TaylorMade provides better individual features in different iron sets, but the R11s do a great job of combining everything into one set making it one of the most diverse sets TaylorMade has ever designed.

Looks taylormade r11 iron

The TaylorMade R11 irons feature a progressive top line throughout the entire set. The clubs appear slightly larger than a typical players iron. In addition, the set has a slight progressive off-set. Players will quickly notice the red “Precision Weight Port” at the center of the back of R11 irons. It is designed to maintain the same swing weight and center of gravity in each iron. Although the red port is a popular topic among critics, it is not noticeable in the address position. Therefore, it should be a non factor when it comes to visual appeal. The irons look easy to hit and rates 8 out of 10.

Performance

The R11 irons are positioned right in the middle of the TaylorMade iron line. The R11s are a very diverse set that players of many different ability levels can play. The TaylorMade R11 features a multi-functional sole which allows you to hit from a good lie or dig down through difficult lies and get the ball in the air. Ball control is fairly consistent with the R11 irons. The R11 irons perform very similar in distance compared to my current set and other similar sets on the market. If a player is looking for more distance TaylorMade has a much longer set in the Rocketballz (RBZ). However, the R11 allows each player the ability to be more precise with distance control. The R11s are very forgiving and consistent clubs. The R11s produce a mid to high ball flight throughout the entire set. They are a very nice set and rate at 8 out of 10.

Feel

The R11 irons have an excellent feel and forgiveness. The clubs are diverse and can be played by low and mid handicap players. The slightly larger club head size increases the size of the sweet spot. TaylorMade utilizes the company’s inverted cone technology for improved forgiveness in the R11 irons. Off center hits feel decent and still produce long and straight shots. There is only a subtle loss in distance. Overall the clubs are consistent and players should quickly learn what to expect from the R11 irons. They rate 8 out of 10.

Value

As mentioned before, the forgiveness, accuracy and consistency will benefit low and high handicap players. Everything about this set is good. Players who prefer a club with a players look will enjoy how they closely resemble the TaylorMade MC irons. The price is very affordable at around $799 for a set of eight steel irons. That actually sets them under some of the competitors such as the Titleist AP2 irons and identical to the Ping i20. Definitely give the clubs a test if you are interested in a new set of irons. I really like the diverseness of this set. Golfers of many different ability levels will gravitate toward the R11s and I rate them 9 out of 10.

 

K15

Ping K15 Iron Review

Hello everyone – once again, thanks for stopping by. Today we continue our reviewing process by taking a look at the Ping K15 iron. These clubs offer the ability to add some consistency to your game, something that higher handicap players are often looking for.

Looksping k15 iron

Typical of any game improvement iron, the Ping K15 irons have a wide sole, thick top line, and slight offset. As result, the club looks super easy to hit. In addition, the K15 head features a steel cavity with lightweight titanium face. The dull steel finish looks great on the course and will produce minimal glare in the sun. The K15 is available in 5 iron through lob wedge while a K15 hybrid is available to replace the longer irons. Since they appear to be a bit bulky, I rate them 8 out of 10.

Performance

The Ping K15 iron is a game improvement iron, which you can tell in the basic design. Golfers will find the K15 iron one of the easiest irons to hit. The stock shaft is the Ping AWT in steel or TFC 149i or 149H in graphite. The K15 positions a low center of gravity and extremely high MOI (moment of inertia). This results in an extremely high ball flight, which is great for someone struggling with consistency. The club is designed to hit high and straight golf shots. That is exactly what you get. Even on shots where I tried to control the ball flight (knock down shots) the result was still a high trajectory. If you want to work the ball try a different set of irons. I found almost no ball movement. Even on poor swings that I pulled or pushed the shot, the ball flight was still straight. The distance was similar on off center hits.

Due to the high launch and longer carry most players should find a little more distance with the K15 irons. Most companies provide stronger lofts and lengths than Ping, which obviously create a potential to increase distance. However, the K15 provides slightly more distance (than my current set) for a scratch golfer. However, a high handicap player who loses distance due to off center hits could potentially gain more distance because the club is real forgiving and produces a straighter ball flight. Ping K15 irons perform as advertised, and earn a 9 out of 10 rating.

Feel

The K15 irons provide little feedback for the user. It basically feels the same where ever you hit the ball on the clubface. Likewise, the results are similar no matter where you hit the ball on the clubface. This is great news for a golfer looking for more consistency. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the wider sole on irons, but I am accustomed to hitting a blade. The wider sole felt a bit awkward on bump and run shots, but with practice I am sure it would feel more comfortable. They rate 8 out of 10 in terms of feel.

Value

Golf is about finding the correct equipment for each player. This set is geared to a mid to high handicap golfer. It will be difficult to find a set of irons more forgiving and easy to hit. A low handicap player will probably prefer more of a players iron that is not so bulky. However, the Ping K15 iron is definitely worth a try. As an instructor and club fitter, I would encourage anyone who is a 20 handicap or higher to try this set of irons before they make a purchase. While they are not for everyone, I rate the K15 irons 9 out of 10.

 

Ping Anser

Hello everyone, today we are reviewing Ping Anser irons – here’s what we think of them.

LooksPing Anser Iron

Ping has finally ventured into the market of forged clubs with the highly anticipated Anser iron.  The club head appears similar visually to the i20 iron.  However, the Anser features a progressive offset with a satin chrome finish.  In my opinion, the lighter finish makes the Anser irons look dapper.  Ping made the Anser from an 8620 steel with a tungsten sole.  Also, they are one of the few Ping irons to utilize a black ferrule between the club head and shaft.  The back of the iron is milled with a CTP (Custom Tuning Port) stamped behind the club head.  Overall, they are a very classic looking set of irons and rate 9 out of 10.

Performance

I tested the Ping Anser iron with a stiff KBS Tour shaft.  The forged Anser irons performed great in testing.  The Anser irons are forgiving and produce a fairly straight ball flight.  They also provide the ability to work the ball when needed.  In addition, you can control ball flight if you are trying to hit lower trajectory knock down shots.  Under normal conditions, they create a mid to high ball flight with the KBS Tour Shaft, which is designed to produce a higher launch angle and less spin.  The high launch and low spin help make them a longer than average iron.  The Ping Anser irons are forgiving and perform excellent, giving them a 9 out of 10.

Feel

The Ping Anser irons have a standard swing weight of D1, however, you can alter the swing weight by manipulating the CTP.  Impact produces a dull sound and soft feel.  In fact, the Anser irons probably produce the best feel of any Ping iron.  The softer feel allows you to pinpoint contact on the clubface.  Shots in the sweet spot feel really smooth and the overall feedback from the irons rates 9 out of 10.

Value

The pros to the Ping Anser include a great looking forged club that feels and performs even better. The con to the Ping Anser is the price.  The Anser retails at $1349 ($169 per iron) for a set of 8 irons with a steel shaft.  The price will scare away most customers when there are many other quality sets such as the i20 or s56 which cost as much as $549 less than the Anser iron.  The Ping Anser iron is a great addition, however, with the high price tag the value of the iron plummets and rates in at 5 out of 10.

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Ping s56 Iron

Hi there- thanks for stopping by! Today we are reviewing the Ping S56 iron. An iron geared towards lower handicap players that offers great ball control.

Look

Ping s56 Iron

 The Ping s56 irons are one of Ping’s best looking irons.  They feature a narrow sole and the thinnest top line of any Ping iron.  There is very little difference in appearance in the s56 from the previous model, the Ping s57.  The tuning bar behind the club face is designed to dampen vibrations.  The s56 features an attractive satin finish with a ferrule between the hosel and shaft.  While Ping ventured into the market of forged clubs with the Anser iron, the s56 remains a cast design.  Overall, the look is fantastic and ranks 9 out of 10.

Performance

While a mid handicap player might play the s56, the s56 irons are certainly geared toward a lower handicap player.  In my opinion, the s56 irons are Ping’s most versatile iron.  My typical ball flight is straight or slight fade.  The s56′s give me the ability to control the ball with every shot.  There are more forgiving irons available, however, I prefer the ability to control distance, direction and trajectory on every shot.  The s56 irons are slightly shorter than many irons since they offer weaker lofts than other Ping models and competitors.  The Ping s56 irons produce a mid to high ball flight and perform from any lie and condition.  Overall, they are one of the best irons available for a lower handicap player and rate 10 out of 10.

Feel

The Ping s56 irons offer exceptional feedback on every shot from a chip to full swing.  Other models are designed to hit the ball high and straight.  The s56 irons allow you to hit any shot necessary to get the job done.  Compared to other models such as the K-15, i20 or G20, the s56 irons are not as forgiving and you can really feel an off-center hit.  Shots in the sweet spot feel great.  Not many irons will give you a better feel than the s56, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Value

The s56 irons are my personal iron of choice.  They are an extremely solid iron and perform well in any condition.  Ping also provides excellent club fitting which is something  worth considering when thinking about your next set of irons.  The fitting process alone can turn fade into a slight draw.  The Ping s56 irons are priced in line with other player irons at $900 for a set of eight irons.  The Ping s56 are a great set of irons and rate 10 out of 10.

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ping serene2

ping sereneHappy Thursday everyone. Today we are reviewing the Ping Serene iron. This is a women’s club that combines attractiveness with forgiveness.

Look

 The Serene club head is designed with a 17-4 stainless steel and appears very similar to the G20.  It features a thick top line and wide sole for increased forgiveness.  In addition, the offset design will help players get the ball in the air.  The purple grip and accents are sure to grab women’s attention.  The Ping Serene iron has an appealing look, rating 9 out of 10.

Performance

I tested the Ping Serene iron with a Ping ULT 210 Lite stock shaft in a women’s flex.  I also recruited a few of the women at my club to try the Serene irons.  I felt it was important to allow women to be part of the review since a women’s club would give skewed results for a male golf professional.  Obviously, the specs of the Serene are way off from my standard specs.

Ping did a great job of designing a forgiving iron for women players.  The Ping Serene iron produced long and straight shots.  Even with a women’s flex shaft I was hitting the Serene 7 iron approximately the same distance as my Ping 7 iron.  Ball flight tended to be a piercing mid to high ball flight.  My results were better than I expected. The ball traveled extremely straight even with the ladies flex shaft.  The Serene irons are super easy to hit.

Three of the ladies on the range also tested out the Serene irons.  They basically produced a mid ball flight.  The Serene irons are designed with ultimate forgiveness in mind and designed to hit the ball high.  However, the ladies just did not generate a very fast swing speed to launch the ball with a high trajectory.  The Serene excelled from good lies where the ball is sitting up in the fairway.  Results were not as good from bare or tight lies.  Balls generally came out thin and a line drive.  The ladies were all impressed and were looking forward to trying the hybrids that complement the set.  Overall, I rate the performance of the Ping Serene irons at 9 out of 10.

Feel

The Ping Serene has a light weight feel to the club.  In fact, the swing weight per iron is C4. The gap wedge through lob wedge are a bit heavier starting at C6 and ending at D0.  Ladies should enjoy the light weight which will likely help increase swing speed.  Impact with the Ping Serene irons feels very solid, especially shots struck in the sweet spot.  The ball jumps off the face when you hit the sweet spot.  It is easy to feel how forgiving the Serene irons perform on off center hits.  The Serene irons offer a nice feedback and rate 9 out of 10.

Value

Ping Serene irons are one of the best value clubs in the industry for women.  With a solid price point and quality product women can’t go wrong with the Serene irons.  The Serene set is typically sold with hybrids as a replacement to the 4 – 6 irons.  However, players can pick and choose what irons they prefer and the price per Serene iron with a graphite shaft is $106 per club.  With all this in mind, Ping’s Serene iron rates 9 out of 10 in terms of value.

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Cobra-Amp-cell-irons

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by tonight. Today we’ve got a review for you of the Cobra AMP Cell irons. Read the full review below! Enjoy!

Look

Cobra created a fantastic looking line of irons this year, beginning with the AMP CELL. Similar to the other Cobra products, golfers will have their choice of colors, including the stock silver, or custom selection of orange, blue or red. While the iron is a silver color, the cavity of the club head features the unique silver, orange, blue or red color distinction – now iconically “Cobra”. The AMP CELL technology distributes weight from the club face and body to create a perimeter weighting and positions CG behind the sweet spot. The AMP cell utilizes a medium width top line and sole. Additionally, Cobra uses a V-Skid Sole design thats purpose is to improve ball to turf interaction. In the address position, all the Cobra irons set up really nice and inspire confidence. Overall, the Cobra AMP CELL iron is a good looking stick that should attract some attention.

Performance

I tested the stock silver AMP CELL iron with the True Temper Dynalite 90 shaft in stiff flex. The entire lineup of Cobra irons was a pleasant surprise for me. The ball jumps off the face and easily produces a straight ball flight. The AMP CELL creates a solid trajectory with the ability to still work the ball, perfect for a player who still wants to hit knock downs throughout the course. The AMP CELL naturally creates a high ball flight. As result, the ball stops quickly on approach shots. Additionally, the distance on the AMP CELL is solid, not the longest iron available, but still longer than the average iron.

Feel

The Cobra AMP CELL feels light at address and throughout the swing with a D3 swing weight in steel and D1 in graphite. The Dynalite shaft weighs 90 grams while the MRC Cobra AMP CELL Graphite Shaft weighs less at 55 grams. With a slightly larger than average top line, contact feels very solid and forgiving. It almost feels like there is a larger sweet spot on the AMP CELL when compared to other irons. The only knock is they feel a little light for my preference, but a custom shaft option could change the weighting of the irons, or a little lead tape.

Value

The Cobra AMP CELL continues Cobra’s tradition of quality products at a competitive price. The irons maintain a retail price of $699 for a set of 8 irons in steel or $899 for a set of 8 irons in graphite. The irons look exciting and perform beyond expectations. Cobra should start to develop a following from players of all ages and ability levels for these irons, and there success this year really is a testament to their hard work. Cobra hit a home run with the AMP CELL irons this year, and should definitely be a club worth considering for your next set of irons.

VR_Pro_Combo

Good afternoon everyone, today we’re sharing with you a review of the Nike VR Combo irons that are geared towards lower handicapped players. And if your have ever been turned off to Nike equipment because of their feel in the past it may be time to re-think your position and give these irons a shot.  They are simply beautiful, playable blades.

Look

The Nike VR Pro Combo irons are designed with a progressive cavity in long irons to pure blade in the short irons. The irons utilize a thin top line and thin to medium width sole. The long irons (3 & 4) feature a pocket cavity designed to produce a higher trajectory. The mid irons (5, 6, 7) irons use a cavity design while the short irons (8, 9 & PW) are a pure blade. This progressive iron set is designed for better players.

The club head and face is an average size compared to most irons designed for a skilled ball striker, and the face utilizes more compact grooves. The chrome appearance of this irons looks really attractive. The irons feature sharper edges and a square appearance. A solid ball strikers and better players are going to enjoy these beauties.

Performance

I tested the Nike VR Pro Combo irons with an S300 Dynamic Gold Sensicore True Temper shaft. Testing proved to me that this is a dependable iron that allows a player to control the distance, direction and trajectory of the golf ball. With that said, these irons are not designed to maximize distance, and I found them very average in that department.

For me personally, these irons delivered a ball flight that consistently went straight or produced a slight fade. Additionally, the irons typically produced a mid trajectory for most swings. The VR Pro Combo irons were very easy to control trajectory, especially when it came to hitting knock downs. Unlike many game improvement irons, these irons produced a mid-low trajectory that never ballooned. The blades feel great around the green providing the ability to dig down in a difficult lie in the rough or a regular lie in the fairway. The long irons were extremely easy to hit and produced a mid flight that went straight with little movement. The long irons with the pocket cavity were much easier to hit then they looked. Nike did a fantastic job designing a progressive iron set that looks good and performs well. These irons far exceeded my expectations.

Feel

The long irons with the pocket cavity have a completely different feel compared to the blades in this set. The pocket cavity really produces a trampoline effect that significantly reduces vibrations on a well struck golf shot. Toe and heel shots do not dampen vibrations nearly as well, which is great for feel. In comparison, the blades feel soft at impact when struck in the sweet spot. The mid irons feel really solid at impact. When it comes to off-center hits however, these irons feel quite clunky.

The irons have a solid weight throughout the set, with a swing weight of D1-D3. Low handicap players should enjoy the smooth feeling of a well struck golf shot but for average players, these irons are likely going to cause some consistency issues.

Value

The Nike VR Pro Combo irons are not for everyone. Good ball strikers will enjoy the playability of the irons. Many player irons retail upwards of $899 or more, however, the Nike VR Pro Combo has an attractive retail price of $699 making them one of the lower priced player irons on the market today. The VR Pro Combo irons should change a negative perception some people have towards Nike irons. In addition, Nike currently has some of the most talented players in the world using Nike golf equipment. The lack of forgiveness makes the VR Pro Combo a realistic option for only a small percentage of golfers. However, combined with an affordable price, great look, solid feel and reliable performance the Nike VR Pro Combo irons are an intriguing choice of irons for a skilled ball striker.

Cobra Amp Pro Cell Iron Review

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. Today we have a review of the Cobra AMP Pro Cell irons to share.  These are some of the most beautiful blades Cobra has come out with to date, and our reviewer was a big fan.  Read the full review below.

Look

Cobra Amp Pro Cell Iron ReviewAt first glance, there is no question the Cobra AMP CELL Pro irons are geared toward a low handicap player.  Designed from a Rickie Fowler prototype and from input of other Tour players, in my opinion, the AMP Pro CELL is the best looking iron available from Cobra.  The thin top line and sole combine to make the AMP CELL Pro a blade style iron.  The set transitions from cavity back long irons to muscle back short irons.  Additionally, the offset is reduced from the long irons to short irons.  An all muscle back design is available as a custom order.  The forged iron presents a clean look and lines and looks awesome at address.  The AMP CELL Pro is designed with Forged 1020 Carbon Steel and feature the weakest lofts compared to the other irons in the Cobra lineup.

Performance

I tested the Cobra AMP CELL Pro irons with the stock S300 True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft.  Results produced mostly a straight ball flight or my usual slight draw with a consistent mid to high trajectory.   The trajectory with these irons was incredibly easy to control whether you are looking for a high soft shot or a low piercing shot through the wind.   The cavity-back long irons offer plenty of forgiveness while the muscle-back short irons really allow you to work the ball.  Approach shots stop quickly and are easy to hit around the green.  They are a fun set of irons to hit around the course.  The irons are average in the distance department, but, like most blades, you get a ton of control on spin, trajectory and workability.

Feel

Although the majority of Cobra’s irons feature a D3 swing weight, the AMP CELL Pro feels slightly heavier.    Since the irons are designed for better ball strikers, they do not offer the same level of forgiveness as other irons.  However, for a blade shape iron, the dual cavity irons feel great and offer forgiveness while the muscle back short irons feel amazing at impact.  Overall, they provide great feedback and deliver a really solid hit.

Value

The AMP CELL Pro has been one of the biggest surprises of the year.  The iron sets up great, hits the ball awesome and feels fantastic making the AMP Cell Pro my favourite iron EVER designed by Cobra.  Similar to other Cobra products, I was pleasantly surprised with the AMP CELL Pro irons and could very easily put the AMP CELL Pro in my bag.  As a fan of the Ping S56, the AMP CELL Pro could be put in a similar classification.  At a retail price of only $799.99, they are in line or under several other competitors price making them affordable while still performing at a high level.  Finally a set of players irons without a huge price tag. Simply one of my favourite irons tested this year!

taylormade-rocketbladez-tour-irons-review

Back with the reviews.  Today we’re sharing with you a follow-up to our post a couple days ago on the review of the Taylormade RocketBladez Irons, with a new review on the tour version of these irons.  Our independent review was able to compare the two models on the range a few weeks backwe’re jealous, but Spring is right around the corner!).  Enjoy the review below!

Look

The TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour iron offers a slightly different appearance than the RocketBladez iron.  The glaring difference is located in the top line and sole in the Tour version.  In fact, the top line appears to be approximately 50% thinner and the sole looks 25% smaller.  Low handicap players might prefer the smaller, more compact club head design.  The RocketBladez Tour iron still utilizes the same technology, including the inverted cone shape and speed pocket present in the 3 through 7 iron.  The cavity of the iron is nearly the same design as the regular RocketBladez.  The Tour version gives an appearance of offering the ability to work the ball and control ball flight.  In my opinion, the smaller top line and sole make the club appear more desirable, and look slightly better than the regular RocketBladez iron.

Performance

taylormade-rocketbladez-tour-ironsI tested the TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour iron with the stock KBS Tour shaft.  The stiff flex offers 1.3 degrees of torque, 120-130 gram shaft and designed to promote a mid trajectory ball flight.  The Tour iron resulted in longer than average length and very straight, high ball flight.  With that said, I still found that the non-tour version of this iron hits the ball higher and slightly farther.

One added benefit however is the ability to work the ball and control ball flight with these irons. With the ability to work the ball, the Tour is slightly less accurate than the RocketBladez iron.  Ball flight is generally higher than average.  Low handicap players might enjoy the Tour iron more than the regular RocketBladez, however, you really don’t sacrifice much accuracy and forgiveness.  Off center hits on the toe still go high, far and straight.  It should be an interesting decision for anyone between the RocketBladez and RocketBladez Tour iron as they do perform similarly.

Feel

RocketBladez Tour irons have an enhanced feel at impact.  The large sweet spot makes the Tour iron very forgiving.  They offer slightly more feedback and surprisingly soft and consistent feel across the entire club face.  The irons feel nice with the heavier KBS Tour shaft and D2 swing weight.  The look, performance and solid feel should make the RocketBladez Tour one of the top player irons available.  Overally, I preferred the feel of the Tour models over the regular Rocketbladez.

Value

The TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour retail irons retail at $899.99 for a set of 8 irons.  Although they are more expensive than the RocketBladez iron, they are priced accordingly to compete with irons such as the Ping s56.  Overall, they are a fantastic set that provides the opportunity to control the distance, direction and trajectory of the golf ball.  The Tour iron will surely be found in the hands of many low handicap and professional players, yet still playable for higher handicap players.  Projected to be one of the top irons available this year. My own drawback here is the the extra $100 for an iron that performs very similarly to it’s non-Tour model. You’ll have to test them both out to see if the added workability and look are worth the extra dough.

rocketbladez-review-irons

How’s it going everyone.  Today we’re sharing with you an independent review of the TaylorMade RocketBladez Iron. While Tayloremade is definitely redefining the word “blade” with these irons, as you will read, our reviewer was definitely a fan and the custom shaft options available.  Stay tuned for the Tour iron review soon.  Let’s get to it.

Look

The TaylorMade RocketBladez upgraded appearance differs from the previous RocketBallz irons.  The RocketBladez feature a speed pocket, visible on the sole in the 3 through 7 iron.  The speed pocket is said to be responsible for consistently higher ball speeds and more distance.  The sole average in size and appears slightly narrower than its predecessor  the top line is also almost identical.  The cavity of the iron features an athletic appearance with the grey, black and yellow stripe behind the toe.  While the RBZ iron was very solid, the RocketBladez provides a fresh appearance for players of all ability levels.

Performance

rocket-bladez-iron-reviewI tested the TaylorMade RocketBladez iron with a 3 different shafts.  The most obvious performance factor tied to these irons is the introduction of more distance a much higher ball flight regardless of shaft type.  Making the irons even more valuable, ball flight generally straightens out on miss hits.  The irons are very easy to hit for players of all skill levels, despite being made nearly a club stronger across the board.

In general, the RocketBladez irons launched higher and produced a higher ball flight in comparison to the RocketBladez Tour.  The trajectory was higher than anything tested so far this year.  In addition, the RocketBladez irons seemed to fly farther than the RocketBladez Tour.  Most importantly, despite a towering ball flight, the ball did not balloon.  Rather, it produced consistent results time after time.  Match the correct shaft with the RocketBladez head and you’ve got a damn good set of irons.  For beginners and mid-amateurs, these irons can really help take your game to a new level.

Shaft Testing: Graphite RocketFuel

The stock graphite RockeFuel shaft will benefit many players.  I tested a stiff shaft with 3 degrees of torque.  The RocketFuel weighs 65 grams and is designed to produce a high trajectory.  Indeed, the graphite RocketFuel produced the highest and farthest shots of the three shafts tested.  It launched high, flew higher and traveled about 15 yards longer than the RocketBladez Tour iron.  The towering ball flight produced shots that barely flew off line.  In addition to long, it is extremely forgiving.  If you are looking for distance this is your shaft and club combination.

Shaft Testing: RocketFuel 85 Steel 

The other stock shaft available for the RocketBladez is the RocketFuel 85.  I tested a stiff RocketFuel shaft with 1.7 degrees of torque.  The stock steel RocketFuel shaft weighs 85 grams and produces a flighted trajectory.  However, the RocketFuel shaft still produced a higher ball flight than the KBS Tour, yet not as high as the RocketFuel graphite.  Results were slightly shorter (few yards) than the RocketFuel graphite.  Again, ball flight was very straight with little movement left or right.  Overall, performance was similar to the KBS, just a higher ball flight.

Shaft Testing: KBS shaft

The KBS Tour provided the best opportunity to control ball flight.  The specs tested with the KBS Tour included a stiff flex with 1.3 degrees of torque.  In addition, the KBS Tour weighs 120-130 grams and designed to produce a mid trajectory.  The KBS Tour shaft produced the most inconsistent results in regards to misses.  However, the misses were extremely minor, nothing off target by more than 10 yards.  The RocketBladez iron feels effortless even with a poor swing.  The highlight of the KBS Tour is the ability to control trajectory, however, it sacrificed distance in comparison to the RocketFuel shafts.  The KBS Tour is a custom shaft option for the RocketBladez irons.

Feel

The RocketBladez iron feels very solid in address and throughout the swing.  The iron weighs in with a D2.5 swing weight.  Impact produces a soft and smooth feeling across the entire club face.  In fact, the ball jumps off the face with the addition of the speed pocket.  Vibration is also dampened thanks to the polyurethane inserted into the speed pocket.  Overall, the club feels great and is super forgiving.

Value

So how do you improve on a great set of RBZ irons a year later?  You make them RocketBallzier.  Golfers of all ability levels will enjoy the solid appearance, forgiveness and distance of the RocketBladez irons.  The RocketBladez should appeal to players of all ability levels since they are so easy to hit.  Low handicap players will see more distance and accuracy, while a high handicap player will really benefit from their forgiveness.  They are easily one of the longest irons available and retail for $799.99 in steel and $899.99 with a graphite shaft.  Combine great performance at an affordable price and TaylorMade has a winner with these irons.