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#1 GolfSpy MBP

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:09 PM

Speed Review

TaylorMade SpeedBlade VS. RocketBladez

 

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Set Up

 

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As most of you know I wasn’t always on staff with MyGolfSpy and a year ago today I posted my ‘Member Review Unboxing’ of TaylorMade RocketBladez. Well jump ahead a year and one full season with the RocketBladez exclusively in the bag. Over this time I’ve had the opportunity to learn all of these guys’ tricks and capabilities.

 

Are they deep? Yes. Are they consistent? Fairly. Do they want to make me go out and play golf again tomorrow? YES. So seriously what’s TM going to be able to do next year?

 

Guess what, its fall of 2013 and TaylorMade have released the next big pocketed thing for 2014; the SpeedBlade. TM’s also back with all of last year’s marketing mumbo jumbo and it kinda reads pretty much the same…

 

Longer. Higher… Well here read this.

 

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So back to the TaylorMade Player Center at University Golf Club I go for a visit with TM fitter Andy Johnson. Oh boy Danny’s excited, if I had this much fun over the last season playing RocketBladez what are SpeedBlade’s going to do to me?

 

 

Looks

 

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Gone is the chrome & the mustard colored badge and instead TaylorMade has opted for a more neutral gunmetal satin grey and blue branding. TM has managed to reduce the bulk of the iron as well pushing the SpeedBlade much closer to the player’s end of game improvement irons. This club will certainly appeal to the high single digit handicaps with its more compact design.

 

Feel/Sound

 

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Gone is the horrendous sound in the slotted irons that made me almost jumped out my skin the first time I hit a slotted RocketBlade at a covered range. As a matter of fact I think everyone on the range stopped to look... Anyways I’m sure this is simple a byproduct of changes in design and better technology. Or, is it? Whatever I’m just being facetious; it’s gone let’s move on.

 

The sound of the SpeedBlades is fairly pleasant in comparison, a lot more muted but still more cast than forged.

 

Feel wise thinner faces, more face flex and the magic pocket goo have reduced any of the harsh cast feel of days gone by. The RocketBlades never really bothered me as you get used to a club over time, but you can instantly tell once we hit warmer temperatures in Vancouver and tour balls come back into play the SpeedBlade will be a far softer feeling iron.

 

 

Performance

 

OK let’s get to it this is a Speed Review. Enough jibba jabba, let’s find out if there’s any improvements.

 

A month ago before the Player Centre received their SpeedBlade fit cart and the weather was a good 10˚ Celcius warmer (it was like 62 degree F that day for my American friends), I was able to compare the same stock shafts in the RocketBlades and Speedblades.

 

Stock 7 irons
Stiff 85g Shafts
90% limited flight balls

 

Distance – SpeedBlades take this one

 

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The other numbers here are interesting too.

 

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Swing speeds up & ball speed down, but when you combine a lower launch angle and spin rates in the SpeedBlade it results in a flatter more penetrating flight. This was a noticeable improvement and a welcome one.

 

 

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Move on a month later, temperatures have dropped and it’s an eerie, foggy, cold Halloween night. Yes Halloween so I’m expecting some ridiculously “Spooky” numbers. Sorry I had to go there…

 

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So with the fit cart in I’m now able to match the specs I’ve been playing for the last year.

 

7 irons
KBS Tour S shafts
90% limited flight balls

 

Now keep in mind it’s a cold and foggy night so numbers should be down from last time.

 

Distance – SpeedBlades once again

 

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OK so total carry is a saw off, boy those RocketBladez sure ran out. But when it comes to carry distance there’s still an improvement.

 

Once again though, the other numbers tell a story.

 

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As you can see having a fitted shaft can make a world of difference and these numbers reflect what I’ve observed with my RocketBladez over the past year. It’s exciting to know that with the same custom shafts the SpeedBladez can perform even better.

 

And here are a few other observations of note about SpeedBladez.

  • Distance consistency between shots is closer
  • Dispersion is tighter
  • Flatter but higher ball flight

 

The Wrap

 

SpeedBlades

Higher

Farther

Softer

 

MBP Approves

 

http://taylormadegol...speedblade.html

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:21 PM

Nice review !!!!!!! now let's talk about the "COW" onesy ???????


Driver:  :nike-small: Nike Covert 2.0 Black Matt, Proforce VTS-65
3-wood: :nike-small: Nike Covert Tour, KK Silver stiff 
5-wood: :nike-small: Nike Covert Tour, KK Silver stiff
Hybrid: :adams-small: Adams 23 degree A12-pro, RIP
Irons :  :taylormade-small: 4-PW 2014 Tour Preferred MC irons, KBS tour 90S

Wedges: :vokey-small:  SM5 52 and 56, M-Grind
Putter:  PROTOTYPE TPA Pro A2 Slotsound Black PVD, 1st run 016/250

Ball : Texas Open Specials  :rolleyes:

 

On the way:  Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 irons


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Great review


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Driver - :nike-small:   Covert Tour / Miyasaki C.Kua 43S / Best Grips Oversized Leather Grips

3 Wood - :titelist-small: 913F 15*  / Project X PXV S/ Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips

Hybrid - :titelist-small: 909H 19&21* / Project X PXV S/ Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips

or   :mizuno-small: MP FLI HI 18 & 21* / KBS Hybrid S / Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grip

Irons -      :ping-small:  S56 4-P  / KBS C Taper S / Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips
Wedge-  :scatch-golf-1:  53 & 58* / KBS Hi Rev Wedge / Best Grips Micro Perf Leather Grips

Putter -   :cameron-small:  Coronado with BestGrip Major Leaguer Leather Putter Grip

Balls - :titelist-small:  Pro V1x
Shoes - :footjoy-small:  M Project

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:34 PM

Nice review !!!!!!! now let's talk about the "COW" onesy ???????

 

LOL not me! I think it was an instructor teaching.



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:34 PM

Great review

 

Thank you



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:05 PM

Dandy review. Sure seems like there's a real and meaningful difference in clubs. Excellent job!!! And one hell of a follow through pose, too...

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FW Wood:  :callaway-logo-1:  XHot 2 Deep, Aldila Tour Green shaft, stiff

Hybrids:  :cobra-small: Baffler 170, 190 & 220, Graphite Design shafts, stiff
Irons:  :srixon-small: Z-TX 3-PW, KBS Tour shafts, stiff
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:26 PM

Nice job. I was curious how different they may be so thanks for doing this. Very helpful as usual.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:50 PM

Good Job MBP, Hopefully next iron review is RBZ vs TP MC :D


Driver:  :taylormade-small: SLDR 10.5° w/ Project X 7C3  45 in

3 Metal:  :taylormade-small: SLDR TS w/ 8C4 42.5 in
Hybrid:   :taylormade-small:  RBZ Stage 2 18.5° 3 hybrid w/ Fujikara Speeder TS 9.8 STIFF
Irons:   :taylormade-small: Tour Preferred MC w/ Projecy X Flighted 6.0 Hard-stepped

Wedges:  :nike-small: VR ProII 52°, 56°, 60° w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:  :taylormade-small: Spider Blade 35 in OR  :nike-small: Method 001 34 in

 

Irons are +.5 in Length, 1° strong Loft, 2.5° UPRIGHT Lie


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:41 PM

Thx again.

 

Another thought too. My swing wasn't at it's best that second night and you could really see the benefits of technology in action.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:20 AM

These irons are the most forgiving in golf
right now. No question.
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:53 AM

Good job MBP! Maybe I missed it in there...were those numbers with 6 irons?
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:13 AM

Good job MBP! Maybe I missed it in there...were those numbers with 6 irons?


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:22 AM

Very cool review, thanks for posting!! Now it makes me curious how they perform vs the Amp Cells :)
Driver: TMaG SLDR 430 10.5° set to 11° Diamana D+ 62 stiff Fairway Wood: 3w SLDR 15° AD-DI 7s Hybrid: Cobra Amp Cell (Blue) 2/3 hybrid Diamana D+ 92 stiff Irons: TMaG Speedblade 4i-GW KBS C-Taper S+ Wedges: Cally Mack Daddy 2 54° DG Spinner Wedges: Cally Mack Daddy 2 58° DG Wedge Putter: Custom Odyssey 2ball Grips: PURE Pro grips (currently light blue and regular blue) Ball: TMaG Penta TP5 or Wilson Staff FG Tour X, Tour Preferred X Bag: BagBoy Revolver LE in blue Cart: 2006 EZGO TXT with modifications

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:00 AM

Udderly awesome ;)


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:21 AM

Nice one Nidine! Great speed review again Dan! Looks like the S-Blades are winners!


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