Irons Test 2014: TaylorMade SpeedBlade - GOLD AWARD
Cost: £599 steel £699 graphite
Tech: Visually striking and incorporating Speed Pocket, a handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the 3 to 7-irons that enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.
What we said... James Ridyard: “Not much to dislike about the head shape, the two shades of grey on the top edge reduce the appearance of its thickness. Certainly feels hot off the face, with a piercing trajectory. Generally experienced high ball speeds and above-average distance. While forgiveness was excellent, a few shots from the middle went longer than expected.” Joel Tadman: “A classy, premium look to it, one of the shorter blade lengths from heel to toe in the category but forgiveness doesn’t appear to have been reduced. Feels hot from a wide area and is easy to align due to the white score line but the fact it’s shorter than the other grooves is odd. The top line is a little too thick but otherwise I like the look overall.” Gee Gioia: “Matt finish is pleasing to the eye, little too much offset but that‘s my only qualm. Really flew when I caught it and surprisingly easy to shape.” Adam Holdgate: “Felt very forgiving, soft feel and good distance from a wide area. Little to dislike here.”
Pros: White hot feel from the sweetspot and not too dissimilar sensation away from it. Penetrating flight and one of the longer irons on test.
Cons: Unique colour scheme, amount of offset and relatively chunky top line won’t appeal to all.
The numbers: Looks: 9.5 Feel: 9.5 Forgiveness: 9 Workability: 9 Distance Consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 9.5
TG Rating: 9.5/10
Details: 7-iron loft: 30.5° Left-handed: Yes (not LW) Set: 3-LW Contact: www.taylormadegolf.com