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What we say...
There was a huge amount of buzz around TaylorMade’s RocketBallz range when it launched at the start of the year and it's fair to say the RBZ irons (which effectively replaced the Burner irons) stand up to the impressive woods very well.
The first thing to note is the insane distance generated by them – they really are long and spectacularly easy to hit. Twenty-handicapper Rik loved them, and felt they were very forgiving too. Paul Brown, playing off 15, also commented on how well the ball flew off the face even on off-centre hits, while better player Tom felt like there
was a lot of power generated by the substantial weight behind the face. He also felt the stronger lofts would be ideal for those who struggle to get the ball airborne and lose distance because of this.
It’s also worth noting that the long irons have actually been designed to be more like woods – this means they’re easier to hit than some of the other long irons and the overall look is more of an old-school driving iron.
Pro Verdict: “I was very impressed with the RocketBallz irons. The head size was certainly more standard than others on test and I felt the overall shape was quite rounded. Not only will they appeal to lots of golfers, the irons will also do a good job from even the stickiest of rough lies.”
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In creating the Rocketballz RBZ irons, TaylorMade did the unthinkable! They brought in engineers from their metalwood department, to help create irons with faces that behave like drivers, sending the ball easily high and far almost as if it was bounced off a trampoline. These technological advancements will be visible to the golfer upon first contact with a ball.
TaylorMade have compacted all the Rocketballz technology into an exquisite set of irons. This set has been designed to give you effortless distance and accuracy and give you a straighter ball flight. TaylorMade believe these irons are a ‘game changer’.
The 2 piece metal wood style construction allows you to get the ball high in the air whilst still maintaining and increasing distance when you impact the ball. The Rocketballz RBZ irons feature a game changing hollow construction which is similar to a metal wood. This lowers the centre of gravity for a higher ball launch angle and more distance.
Each head uses a large and thin face that’s strong and stiff at the edges. This gives you more distance from the sweet spot thanks to launching the ball like a trampoline.
TaylorMade have used their famous and unique Inverted Cone clubface technology to increase the area of the clubface that gives you higher ball speed and gives you more distance on off-centre strikes.
The whole set has be painstakingly constructed so you do not find any distance gaps throughout the set. This allows the irons to be more playable to help you optimise performance on the course.
The 4 and 5 irons have a hollow club head construction which is similar to what is found in TaylorMade’s fairway woods. The 455 carpenter steel allows the club face to be stronger and more durable than standard iron club faces. Within the 4 and 5 iron the centre of gravity is in the centre and low to the ground so this will allow you to have a pure contact when hitting off the turf. Lowering the COG allows the TaylorMade engineers to give you a more penetrating ball flight.
The thickness of the face changes throughout the full set to help you generate more speed and distance. The pitching wedge features the thickest face whilst the 4 iron features the thinnest face. The thicker face of the pitching wedge also increases the amount of feel you receive from the club face.
Within the cavity back design of the RBZ Irons is the ‘Toe Bar’ feature, which can be found in the upper toe and helps to increase accuracy on all shots. Turning you inconsistent shot shape into a straighter ball shape and flight.
The progressively shaped design combined with the smaller, compact smaller irons feature TaylorMade’s Multi-Functional Sole and the Sand Wedge featured the new ATV sole. The heavy tungsten weight on the sole of the club has been specifically placed to make it easier to launch the ball into the air.
Each RBZ Iron comes with the RBZ advanced feel system which includes an acoustic polymer and constrained layer which improves feel and sound. This design dampens unwanted vibrations without slowing the club face down through impact.
Fitted with an 85 gram steel shaft as standard. Full set 4-PW.
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In 2013 they tweaked the design a bit and added a Tour version, and it looks like they have another winner.
Welcome to the Rocketballz Stage 2
The Rocketballz Stage 2 (RBZ2) has a number of features that make it very popular with golfers. But the one that makes it really stand apart is something called Loft Technology.
Loft Technology enables golfers to change the loft angle of the club. You use an included torque wrench to remove the head of the RocketBallz driver and re-attach it in any one of three settings to change the face angle and effective loft of the club.
How to Adjust the Loft Angle
It’s rather simple to do. You simply loosen the loft screw in the club heel using the wrench, then turn the sleeve (which is marked with your loft degree choices) to line up to the arrow on the back of the hosel. Then tighten the screw using the included wrench and you’re ready to go.
At TaylorMadeGolf.com, your can read reviews on the club by those who have purchased it, like this one: “I got the 10.5 model and immediately adjusted it up high to make it 12 degrees. Adjustment was simple and quick.”
A few degrees may not seem like a big difference, but it can be when you’re talking about hitting a golf ball. And for the millions of us who have trouble with a driver, having a few different options available within one driver can be a helpful option off the tee.
You can buy the RBZ2 in one of seven standard and five upright loft options to add ±1.5° to each of the available standard lofts: 9.5 (which can be adjusted up to 11° or down to 8°); 10.5° (which can be adjusted up to 12° or down to 9°); and HL 13° (which can be adjusted up to 14.5° or down to 11.5).
Taylormade Rbz Hybrid Adjustment Guide
In a discussion with golfequipment.com, Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation, said “We’re finding a big difference with Stage 2. We’re getting higher launch, less spin, and more speed. That translates to more distance.”
The Stage 2 launches the ball about 1° higher and produces about 300-400 rpm less spin. Olsavsky further states that the improved center of gravity (CG) positioning helps make the RocketBallz Stage 2 anywhere from 7 to 10 yards longer than the original.
Other Features of the RBZ2
TaylorMade claims 80% of golfers are playing the wrong loft, hence the need for a club like the RBZ2. Swing consistency is a problem for many amateur golfers, especially with a driver. The RBZ2 has other features besides the loft technology that aim to help achieve that consistency. These include:
- Expansive 4,100 square-millimeter clubface gives the golfer substantially more face area
- Inverted Cone Technology milled into the inner side of the larger clubface expands the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed
- Improved aerodynamics reduces drag over the head to promote faster clubhead speed
- Thick-Thin crown provides lower and more-forward CG location, promoting faster ball speed, high launch, and low spin
Another new feature: the crown features a unique yellow-and-gray decal designed to make it easier to frame the ball opposite the center of the clubface, and easier to detect exactly how the clubhead is aimed to give you confidence that the face is aligned exactly the way you want it before you start your takeaway.
When golfers first see the head, they’re admittedly skeptical. But the majority of reviews say that once they hit the club, it’s not a problem at all.
The RBZ Stage 2 driver will also be available in a Tour model. Apart from a different stock shaft (Matrix 6Q3 or 7Q3 TP), the primary difference is the placement of weight. The standard model is designed with a slight draw bias, while the Tour model has a neutrally placed center of gravity.
Taylormade Rbz Driver Tuning Manual
But like any new club, you shouldn’t make your purchase decision based solely on reviews. You need to go out, hit it, and see how it feels.