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!
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.
I 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.
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.
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.