First Look: TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons
Company officials say the SpeedBlade is longer, generates more consistent ball speeds and feels smoother than the RocketBladez iron it replaces. That’s heady stuff considering its predecessor has been the industry’s number-one selling model throughout 2013.
The 3- through 7-irons have a 1.5 mm clubface (the company’s thinnest iron face ever) plus an updated slot in the sole (called “Speed Pocket”) that’s longer, and wider in the heel and toe than in RocketBladez irons. The long (3-5) irons also have small holes near the slot to create additional face flex. The result is the highest COR (face rebound) of any TaylorMade irons to date. The “Speed Pocket” design produces higher launching shots than typical irons, while the updated "Inverted Cone" face pattern and deep undercut channel further enlarge the sweetspot for more consistent ball speeds on off-center hits. The sweetspot, in fact, extends lower on the clubface, which boosts performance on shots struck below the center of the face. The sticks will be at retail starting October 4th. Set of eight: $799, steel; $899, graphite.
*TaylorMade is not claiming that SpeedBlade irons are longer than RocketBladez irons, only that the new irons produce more consistent ball speeds.
(Photo: Manfred Koh)