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Speed Review! TaylorMade SpeedBlade vs. RocketBladez

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#1 GolfSpy MBP

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:09 PM

Speed Review

TaylorMade SpeedBlade VS. RocketBladez





Set Up




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.




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?







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.






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.





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




The other numbers here are interesting too.




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.





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…




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




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.




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







MBP Approves





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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 performance w/ Fuji Fuel  (10.5, 1cR)
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: :nike-small: Nike 13' 52-degree and 56 Duel"W" Grind
Putter:  PROTOTYPE TPA Pro A2 Slotsound Black PVD, 1st run 016/250

Ball : :nike-small: Nike RZN Paltinum



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Great review

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In my
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Driver -  :taylormade-small:  R9 Super Deep 10.5" / Miyazaki C Kua 43 / Best Grips Oversized Classic Leather Grips

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

Hybrid -  :benhogan-small: Edge CFT ti 18* /Graphite Design Tour ADDI S/Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips

Hybrid -  :benhogan-small: Edge CFT  21* /KBS C Taper S/Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips

Irons -     :ping-small:  S56 4-P  / KBS C Taper S/ Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips
Wedge-  :callaway-small:  Forged Copper 52 & 58 & 64* / KBS Hi Rev Wedge / Best Grips Micro Perforated Leather Grips

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

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


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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...

What's in the bag:

Driver:  :taylormade-small:  R1, RIP Phenom 55 Gram shaft, stiff
FW Wood: :ping-small:  i20 15*, Project X Black shaft, 6.0
:adams-small: Tight Lies 16*, Mitsubishi Bassara shaft, stiff
Hybrids:  :taylormade-small: RBZ Stage 2, 19* & 25*
Irons:  :mizuno-small:  MP-59 5-PW, PX 5.5 shafts
Wedges:  :cobra-small: Trusty Rusty 51*, Carnahan 52*,  :benhogan-small:  5410 54*,  :scatch-golf-1:  8620 58*, 
Putter: Coutour "Gullane" 365 gram head, 32" shaft




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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.

Driver – TM R11 9.5*, 4x HOF Ryan Winther shaft, 44" / 3 Wood – Ping G10 15.5*, 3x AOG N-FORCER LD shaft / Other 3 Wood – TM Original Burner 15*, TX Aldila RIP Phenom shaft / Irons – Cobra Amp Cell, 4 – G, Brunswick 7.3 FCM shaft, Cobra Standard length and lofts / Wedges - Taylormade ATV 52 & 60 w/TT Wedge shafts / Grips – PURE Midsize Wraps / Putter – Captain America from Whitlam/Gauge Designs / Handicap - 24 / Location – Chesterfield, MO

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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 12° w/ Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X- XS 45 in

3 Metal:  :taylormade-small: SLDR TS w/ Stock shaft
Hybrid:  :ping-small: G25 18° 3 iron w/ KBS C-Taper- STIFF 
Irons:  :adams-small: MB2 w/ KBS C-Taper(Vibrant Golf Blue Coating)- STIFF

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

Putter:  :taylormade-small: Spider Blade 35 in


Irons are STANDARD Length, Loft, 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: Cobra Amp Cell (Blue) 4i-GW KBS C-Taper S+ soft stepped once + 1/2"
Wedges: Scratch 1018 54° C-Taper 8i shaft S+
Wedges: Scratch 8620 58° C-Taper 8i shaft S+
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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:cobra-small: Baffler Rail H 19o w Fujikura Motore (R-Flex)
:cobra-small: BioCell (4-GW) w Dynalite 85 (Stiff, Std Length, 1o Flat)

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