TaylorMade SpeedBlade VS. RocketBladez
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.
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