The RocketBladez irons have a large cavity behind their stainless steel faces that lowers the centre of gravity and pulls it further away from the face, which is said to make them more forgiving and higher-flying.
That’s helped by a 2mm slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons – a Speed Pocket (far right) – which lets the 1.6mm thick flex more easily at impact, especially on shots hit low down in the face. TaylorMade says that these irons have COR numbers similar to a driver’s.
The slot is covered with polyurethane to keep debris out, and TaylorMade says the polyurethane also helps quieten down vibrations without significantly hampering the flexing.
Review from the magazine
First Hit November 2012 - Joel Tadman 3 hcap
After the loud and extensive marketing I was eager to see how many yards that intriguing speed pocket would add to my 6-iron. The answer was about 10.
But while this was impressive in itself, the best thing was the consistency I found after exhaustive testing at the range, and then on the course.
Obviously distance was down out of the cabbage, but from everywhere else I seemed to be hitting it about the same – this was terrific, as it removes the element of doubt about catching a flyer out of the semi-short stuff.
You’d expect a club with this much forgiveness to be chunkier, but it just isn’t. You have to adjust to flying the ball all the way to the target – a steep angle of descent means little run – but once you’ve nailed this, you’re away.
Pros: Unbelievable distance through the bag.
Cons: Took a little time to adjust to the soft-landing on offer, especially with the mid-irons.