SirShanksAlot Comments:Some fantastic looking putters from STX Golf. Each and every one of these is sleek, scream quality, and even has a touch of fun with it’s bright yellow insert. These putters are 100% machined from 303 stainless steel, with a satin finish. Can wait to test these out.
By now most players that see “white” think TaylorMade. This is becoming more than a fad, and looks as though its going to stick around for quite some time. The white and black colors of the RBZ Rescue make alignment easy, and in all honestly, look great over the ball. What can I say? I’m a fan of the white look.
The RBZ hybrid features a sole-positioned Speed Pocket behind the clubface that is designed to increase ball speed (a feature you see on top of the club for Adams’ line). The center of gravity is positioned low and forward to increase launch but decrease spin. Consistent with other TaylorMade hybrids, the RBZ looks great and is slightly larger than the average hybrid. I tested a stiff 19-degree 3-hybrid Rescue, D4 swing weight (standard across the entire line) with the stock RBZ 65 shaft.
Harrison recently released their new Striper H2 shaft that they claim is one of the most accurate light weight shafts available. The engineers at Harrison developed what they call High Hoop Technology, which employs a full-length of hexagonal graphite matrix perpendicular to the shaft to maximize strength and ultimately produce less shaft deformation. With shaft deformation contributing to approximately 50% of accuracy in shafts – this is a great add on. This shaft also features the popular ART – Active Response Technology which helps focus downswing energy into impact and the Dynamic Flex Profile which makes the shaft perform well for varying swing speeds. It is also 100% compatible with the news-making Shotmaker 83 stabilizing insert. Looks like Harrison has a winner here – we can’t wait to test this shaft out!
Weights: 65g, 75g
Torque: 2.7, 2.5
Launch Angle: Mid
TaylorMade continues the trendy white finish in the Rocketballz line, the newest addition to the TaylorMade family. The RBZ replaces the Burner Superfast 2.0 driver. And in my books, is an upgrade in appearance, I never liked looking down at the Burner 2.0. It had an odd shape, looked huge, and I always felt like I would hook off the golf course. The RBZ is much more compact, sleeker, traditional shape design that appeals to my eye more. TaylorMade designed the RBZ to make it one of the longest and most forgiving drivers on the market. The Flight Control Technology of the RBZ allows players to alter face angle, loft and lie angle for increased accuracy and distance – which basically means, there is an RBZ option for you. The contrast between the black face and white finish, with a slim bit of lime looks fantastic. I tested out a stiff 9.5 driver with the Matrix X-Con5 shaft.
Okay, well the RBZ 3-wood line is legally able to claim a 17 yard increase, so I will admit I was skeptical about the driver – who needs a driver when you can hit a 3-wood the same distance right? I was not disappointed as the RBZ Driver basically performed as advertised. The biggest surprise was on the first swing. Seniors beware, this club is LOUD. Yet, the sound should hardly deter players from auch a solid driver. I found my best drives held a mid to high trajectory. My carry distance is easily as far as my current driver, if not farther. My misses generally produced a higher ball flight, yet still went fairly straight. The flight control technology allows players alter ball flight, and I was able to see this in action as I tested out varying lofts, lie angles and face angles. The RBZ is consistently accurate and players of all ability levels will appreciate how easy and consistent it produces straight shots. The RBZ driver is another club I would feel confident putting in my bag.
Well, we all know how big of a factor sound is in the feel of a club – and without a doubt I can say the RBZ makes some noise, but it’s almost too loud. With that said, I love how the ball jumps off the face, and how solid off-center hits feel. This driver had a fantastic gear effect that helped keep poor hits from going sideways, and generally kept them pretty close to the fairway. The weighting feels great and the clubface feels easy to square through impact.
I have to hand it to TaylorMade, as this new line not only is packed with technology, but it also comes at a price point that won’t break the bank. The RBZ’s Flight Control Technology allows players to adjust the performance angles of the RBZ driver to one of eight settings. These settings allow a range of launch conditions that promote up to 60 yards of side-to-side trajectory adjustment. Although this may be a overwhelming for the average player, there is no doubt that there is an adjustment that can fit just about any swing out there. The MSRP price tag of $299 will be very attractive to golfers. You really can’t beat this price – and the RBZ should definitely be on your radar if your in the market for a new big stick.
SirShanksAlot Comments: Some cool pictures of ‘Murdered Out’ Scotty Cameron’s. More pictures at the link above.
SirShanksAlot Comments: TaylorMade is diversifying! The RBZ line-up has just expanded into hockey sticks. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche was recently spotted playing the new CCM RBZ hockey stick, which was “powered by TaylorMade”. It appears CCM worked with TaylorMade engineers to create a hockey stick that touts “Insane Velocity”. The RBZ golf line-up lived up to its claims, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see interest in this new stick.
Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. Today we’re bringing you an entertaining song from the Corrigan Brothers, an Irish Band, on Rory McIlroy becoming Golf’s #1 Player. The brothers who are avid golfers themselves, wish to one day perform for Rory himself, and are happy to mark this monumental occasion with this song. Rory, doing Ireland proud!
Unlike most name-brand equipment makers, Tour Edge doesn’t pay pros to play its clubs. Yet the company maintains a decent-sized presence on the PGA Tour – and pros don’t play junk, especially not for free.
Matt Kuchar is one of the stars with a Tour Edge fairway metal in his bag. In fact, fairways are the company’s calling card. I figure if you can build a high-performance 3-metal, then it shouldn’t be too tough to craft a decent driver, right?
I recently put that theory to the test, and here’s what I found.
The model tested was the firm’s newest driver, the Tour Edge Exotics XCG5. The specs: 9° loft, 46-inch Fujikura Blur shaft, S flex, 56 grams (ultra-light). The shaft is one of three stock offerings in the lineup; the others are Graphite Design Tour AD 40 (super ultra-light) and Aldila RIP 60 Sigma (ultra-light).
Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by. Two new clubs from Srixon recently were listed on the USGA Conforming List that we thought we worthy of sharing. These new models look to feature adjustable weights, shafts and lofts. Cool stuff from Srixon! Have a look at the pictures below.
Update March 14th: Srixon Z 525 pics added.
A weak back knee triggers one of the most common power-leaks in the golf swing. We often see this fault in individuals who, in their search for a bigger turn, have flared out their back foot. Without a stable back knee, as you swing back, your body weight can shift too far towards your back foot, this move will make it very difficult to return to the ball with any consistency and power. A strong back knee allows you to coil properly, while shifting your weight to maximize your power into impact.