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#1 GolfSpy T

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:27 PM

While I've had the chance to test out the new RocketBladez iron, I haven't seen the Tour version first hand. I never thought I'd see the day, but TaylorMade actually has me looking forward to checking out one of their irons. Sonofa...

Here's the side by side spec comparison:
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Anyway, for lack of in-hand pics, here's some stock photography that just found its way into my inbox.

Behold the TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour 6-Iron (it's still not a blade-z)

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:40 PM

Holy cow those are actually nice


 
 

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:43 PM

Definitely smaller than the RBZ irons though, looks very much like a player's CB. I'm very interested in hearing more about these too.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:50 PM

Definitely smaller than the RBZ irons though, looks very much like a player's CB. I'm very interested in hearing more about these too.

X2 My curiosity is piqued.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:16 PM

Really liking the looks of those actually. Nice club shape overall, looks nice in the pictures at address. I'm very curious to see how the ball speed/distance is with these with the slot added in.

Not as flashy as some of their offerings as well. I like it.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:24 PM

Happy to see this new offer is moving away from the robot school of design and cartoon colors. Those clubs appeal to me.


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:08 AM

Love them :D Emailed our TaylorMade rep here in Norway and told him to make sure both Tour and the standard version are sent to me as soon as possible.

Did anyone else notice the odd degrees on the Tour irons? 33.75 7i and 25.25 5i? I think this actually means that TM has put some effort into matching the clubs through the entire set. How accurate they are in production.........well, that's another discussion.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:27 AM

Everyone is concentrating on looks, which shows confidence at what you are staring down at when you have 178 yards to the pin with 168 being over water can do for you.

I am interested on how they achieved this "consistent distance" that even MGS mentioned in their review. Is it actually through the slot or something else? Irons are all about distance control IMHO that is THE selling point of these clubs. I think the fact they DID NOT put it in the scoring clubs of the player's irons show how good the technology is. Player's usually like "playing" with the scoring clubs.

I personally never try to hit a full shot with my 9 and pw because usually trajectory is what I'm trying to control most with those clubs, and I'm only a decent player. I can imagine the 6 handicap who wants his usual 145 9iron only to go only 135 may have trouble with the slot on control shots.

OT: I had a conversation with a fellow putter collector about Bobby Grace putters and distance control. He had that line with the inserts, DCT-Distance Control technology? It actually worked but we figured out how it worked. Every putt seemed like a mishit in terms of distance control. One the sweetspot, on the toe, on the heel all went the same distance but it went the distance of a MISHIT. Once you figured that out and hit every putt a little harder the DCT worked.

Based on the MGS testing done it seems TM has found a way to do something similar but in another fashion. make everything just the same amount of "hotness". No more 190 yard 5irons, none at 160 yards either. All within the 170-175 range. That there is something good when I have that same 178 yard shot over water and now i think of that bunker behind the pin at 190 yards.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:54 AM

Remind me of my R9 :blink:
Look nice! Definitely worth a try.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

Why am I thinking JPX-825/825 Pro? Seem to be the same market, similar looking irons...

Like the look and Tony's mini-review speaks volumes.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:38 PM

I am not a ho, I am not a ho, I am not a ho.....

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

Look at the gaps in loft. Big 5* gaps down in the scoring clubs, then only 2*-3* in the long irons? Seems backwards to me, but I guess they were running out of "hittable lofts" by the time they got to the 3 iron!

I don't think the clubs look any worse than most TM irons and better than some. It isn't something that gets my attention and says "I have to try this club" or anything, although I'm sure I'll pick it up next time I'm at the golf store.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

Look at the gaps in loft. Big 5* gaps down in the scoring clubs, then only 2*-3* in the long irons? Seems backwards to me, but I guess they were running out of "hittable lofts" by the time they got to the 3 iron!

I don't think the clubs look any worse than most TM irons and better than some. It isn't something that gets my attention and says "I have to try this club" or anything, although I'm sure I'll pick it up next time I'm at the golf store.


Yeah, I was wondering about those 5* gaps too. If that creates 15-20 yard gaps between scoring clubs, that's a big problem unless it's really easy to choke down and drop 10 yards.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:43 PM

There are two critical factors, for me, that give this iron credibility. #1, is T's article, though it was the GI version. He went in with a healthy skepticism...

EXACTLY! T's article instantly made me stop laughing at the name :)

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:33 PM

This looks like Callaway Razr Tour irons. I played with a rental set last year, and really like them. I have to agree with all those that have said it was a good looking iron and performance trumps most things. I was not a TMag fan but now play the R11 Driver and 3 Wood. I did not buy these because the marketing, or the TMag name. I did not like the RBZ's but the R11 is the real deal in my opinion. I hope I get to test the tour version, but it will be the first TMag iron in my bag ever. And I honestly never wanted to think about them before.

One thing I am intrigued with is the lofts and lengths. With the traditional set, I do not get an even gap with those. But at least with the RocketBallz irons when I put them in my spreadsheet of my own design, that gives me an expected yardage based on shaft length and loft, I got a more even gap than I get with the traditional set. I really do not have much gap in my PW and 9 iron. This is because there is usually only a 1/4 inch difference in length. Since I usually install my own shafts I can make the gaps what ever I want, and I do.

TMag looks like they have done a pretty good job getting that spread more. But the difference in a good club and a bad club is how it interacts with the turf, and there is only one way to see that, hit some balls.

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Callaway X Forged 2007. Unforgiving, and not a very good club. Difficult to play.
Callaway X Forged 2009 Really a pretty good club. Still not tons of forgiveness but generally a easier playing club, and what did they change. The sole design that made it much more playable.

Anxious to see how this is, but according to T, it is not an issue.

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