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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 10Ëš 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://taylormadegolf.com/irons/speedblade.html

 

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


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Great review


 

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Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

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

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


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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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Very cool review, thanks for posting!! Now it makes me curious how they perform vs the Amp Cells :)


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I hit a few shots with the SpeedBladez (7-iron) at the TM demo day at Eagle Quest yesterday....had the pleausre of meeting Andy as well...but those SpeedBladez...i've never hit a 7-iron that high before....the sound was a bit funny to me though...sounded like a cracking sound?

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I hit a few shots with the SpeedBladez (7-iron) at the TM demo day at Eagle Quest yesterday....had the pleausre of meeting Andy as well...but those SpeedBladez...i've never hit a 7-iron that high before....the sound was a bit funny to me though...sounded like a cracking sound?

 

You think the sound was just different than what you're used to, the balls + cold weather or just loud sounding clubs to begin with?


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You think the sound was just different than what you're used to, the balls + cold weather or just loud sounding clubs to begin with?

 

it's definitely different than what i'm used to but at the same time, both tim and i found the cracking sound to be....hmm...distinct?  it wasn't too loud though...but the SLDR driver on the other hand....that rang my ears a few times...

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Just tested the rocketblades, speedblades and CBs side by side (by side)

 

Rocketblades: meh. Huge club head. But it was the longest of the 3

 

Speed blades: like butter. Very forgiving and a good feel and sound. Maybe 3 yards shorter. Almost unnoticeable for an amateur like me

 

CBs: orgasmic to hit. I can't describe the feeling. But it's like crack. Another couple yards shorter than the Speed-blades, but wow!

 

True distances, I can't say. I find it hard to believe I was hitting a 5 iron 217 yards. I don't trust big box monitors....


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Just tested the rocketblades, speedblades and CBs side by side (by side)

 

Rocketblades: meh. Huge club head. But it was the longest of the 3

 

Speed blades: like butter. Very forgiving and a good feel and sound. Maybe 3 yards shorter. Almost unnoticeable for an amateur like me

 

CBs: orgasmic to hit. I can't describe the feeling. But it's like crack. Another couple yards shorter than the Speed-blades, but wow!

 

True distances, I can't say. I find it hard to believe I was hitting a 5 iron 217 yards. I don't trust big box monitors....

It's possible, that speed pocket is some impressive technology


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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
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Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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