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The TaylorMade Golf RSi Experience
Las Vegas, NV

 

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Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, NV, for the launch of the latest iron series from TaylorMade Golf.  To assist in marketing efforts, and player education, TaylorMade launched a website specific to the irons:  http://mis-hitshappen.com/Thank goodness they threw the hyphen in there or consumers would assume it's a gastrointestinal website.  No product launch would be complete these days without some hashtags like, #RSi and #MisHitsHappen.

 

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When I first heard the event was in Las Vegas, I was surprised.  After a review of the PGA Tour schedule, it made more sense with the Shriners tour stop in town on the same date.  This makes it easier for their professional staffers to assist in the launch events.  Additionally, the TaylorMade Experience at the south end of the strip makes for a great venue and backdrop for product launches (http://www.taylormadegolfexperience.com/)

 

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TaylorMade has been turning their product launches into two day events for select media members.  The first day is designed to inform the media about the product and present the technology as well as the research and development behind it.  Their professional staffers were on hand (Retief Goosen and Martin Laird) to talk about the product and hit some purposely bad shots on a launch monitor.  The premiss behind this is to have the launch monitor verify the shot was “poor” but also allow you to watch the ball flight revealing the product forgiveness.  Members of the media could ask follow-up questions and hit the product on the sprawling driving range.

 

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The second day of their product launch experiences have been the validation day for me.  TaylorMade brings their product right to the dance floor for 36 holes of golf.  The product testing site was at Southern Highlands Golf Club:  http://www.southernhighlands.com/golf_spa.php Tom Kroll and David Cordero from TaylorMade were on hand and available the entire day to answer questions about the new product while enjoying the day of golf.  Kroll was a former touring professional, and remains an accomplished player.  It was enjoyable to watch him hit the golf ball.

 

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In case you missed the MyGolfSpy coverage about the RSi irons, I will provide a brief overview.  The RSi ions are the next generation of slotted irons.  In addition to the SpeedPocket on the sole of the club, TaylorMade engineers found a way to frame the actual club face with two vertical slots.  Research in their hitting bays across the country revealed that golfers miss the sweet spot on their irons 76% of the time.  In essence, the most common shot in golf is the mishit.  The SpeedPocket helped shots hit low on the face.  In an effort to expand the sweet spot even more, the FaceSlots help on heel/toe misses.  The result is more consistent shotmaking for the common chop, even on miss hits.  Because hey, #MisHitsHappen

 

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The R in the #RSi means TaylorMade is bringing back the “R Series” product lines.  Although nothing has been officially confirmed, I would bet a sleeve of Tour Preferred balls that their next driver will be called the R15.  “Si” stands for Slotted Iron.  The iron comes in three models, one for the chop (me), one for less of a chop, and one for those that's aren't really a chop at all.  TaylorMade Golf's Tom Kroll gave this advice for selecting the right iron:

RSi 1:  Handicap at 10 or above

RSi 2:  Handicap under 10

RSi TP: Accomplished players and touring professionals

As mentioned, I had the opportunity to play 36 holes of golf at Southern Highlands with the RSi irons.  I can confidently say that this is the most forgiving iron I have hit.  Yes, it was a 36 hole honeymoon in the desert.  However, I firmly believe that if you are not playing this iron, you're at a performance disadvantage.  My first round with these irons at Southern Highlands was the lowest (81) round I've shot in the past two years (as a 12 HDCP).

The most notable difference with this iron compared to all others I have hit to date is the overall outcome of the shot.  As billed, this face is forgiving.  Strike that.  It's very forgiving.  In playing terms, it allowed me to throw my same hack at the ball, but the outcome was different.  Ball flight on off center hits was higher, and by default the dispersion was tighter.  I was able to hit more greens, and land the ball softer as a result.  I consistently found myself walking to the green with only my putter in hand, rather than a wedge and putter.  The results spoke for themselves, I literally took the plastic off the heads, threw them in the bag, and shot my lowest round in two seasons of golf.

Off the rack, and in the bag, my mind's eye and ego want to hit the RSi 2's.  Over the years, I have told myself, that's closer to the look that should be in my bag.  Less offset, thinner top line and sole appeals more to me aesthetically.  But after 36 holes of pure enjoyment, I wouldn't have it any other way.  If I were to select an iron set today, the RSi 1 would earn the spot in the bag.  

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to play more TaylorMade equipment than any other single season.  It's the first time in my golf career that I can physically see tangible results to marketing claims.  The SLDR goes further for me than any other driver.  The slotted irons really are forgiving and mishits do fly long and straight.  I apologize I do not have empirical data or on course statistics to share.  Launch angle, spin rate, ball speed, I have none of that at my fingertips.  In fact, I am beginning to care less about it.  The reality is, this equipment is lowering my scores with the same terrible swing.  If the scores are lowering, my blood pressure is lowering, and my happiness increases.  #MisHitsHappen

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Nice write up as usual Zinger!  

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Love it Zinger.

Two questions:

1. What specs (i.e. stock?) did you play in the irons?

2. From the 3rd photo, what person doesn't pay the extra five bucks for the import bucket over the domestic?

 

Thanks for sharing the experience!

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Thanks George!

 

Dave: The irons were literally right off the boat from Thiland. TaylorMade stock specs with their proprietary REAX True Temper Shaft at 95g in Stiff. Hit them wonderfully and they felt fantastic. This coming from the TT DG s400 in the TP CBs.

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Sounds like a fun experience Zingers - and pretty slick irons.  Do the RSi1's similar in head size the the SpeedBlades?

 

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Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

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Very nice!

Taylor Made Sim2  10.5 (Opened 1 click) Ventus Blue 5  R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 6-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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Love it Zinger.

Two questions:

1. What specs (i.e. stock?) did you play in the irons?

2. From the 3rd photo, what person doesn't pay the extra five bucks for the import bucket over the domestic?

 

Thanks for sharing the experience!

 

 

What they don't tell you is that the "import" is Dos Equis...   Stay Thirsty..

 

 

And Thanks Zinger!!

 

Awesome Writeup..

Driver - :taylormade-small:   SIM2 Max 9° Tour MT 6-S   or   :srixon-small: ZX 7 9.5° Ventus VeloCore Blue S
Fairway - :srixon-small: ZX  3 wd. Ventus VeloCore Blue S

Hybrid - :srixon-small: ZX 18° GD Tour IZ S

2 Iron - :srixon-small: ZU65 18° AeroTech SteelFiber 110icw S

Irons -  :srixon-small: ZX7  Aerotech SteelFiber 110icw  4-Pw 1° flat
Wedges - :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Raw 50° 54° 58°  TTGDTI S400 1° flat

Putters -   Cameron Phantom 5x/Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Austin/Odyssey 2 Ball DFX/ TaylorMade Spider
Tour Black/Ping Anser F/Scotty Cameron TeI3 Sole Stamp Newport 2. All with different grips, weights, and lengths.
 

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Awesome job as usual zinger. Did you try to hit the TP version at all?

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

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

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

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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Sounds like a fun experience Zingers - and pretty slick irons.  Do the RSi1's similar in head size the the SpeedBlades?

They are but the darker finish on the SpeedBlades made the top line appear thinner than it was.

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I should preface these questions with the following statement: I am not an engineer and I'm sure someone smarter than me has been involved with designing both slots in the RSi line.

 

So after looking at the pictures of the RSi 1/2's cut in half, I'm feeling perplexed and maybe someone could help me with a couple questions.

 

1) Both of those irons show a bottom velocity slot that is in the weighted portion of the club BEHIND the cavity, SEPARATED from the face.

To me this means that the slot has zero interaction with the club face, and I don't see how it could have any affect on face flex at impact with the golf ball to produce more speed across the hitting area whether it be low, side to side, or otherwise. Maybe that's not how the slots are supposed to work and I'm just looking at it wrong.

 

2) Both of the irons have velocity slots that run vertically on either side if the typical impact zone of the clubface. Does this help with side to side mishits due to the fact that the face can flex/rebound more where it connects to those slots? Because if their previous usage of slots was to put one behind the impact zone to help the flex/rebound BEHIND the area of impact, how does a slot next to the area of impact help? To me that would just make the ball spin more when hit left or right off of center. Again, maybe that's not how the side slots are supposed to work and I'm just looking at it wrong. maybe they are there to disperse weight farther to the toe and heel for more stability over the entire range of impact.

 

Like I said, I'm no engineer (but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before) and I'm just wondering if anyone else sees these slots as a bit of snake oil, or could enlighten me as to their utility.

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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Mr. Clean I won't pretend to know the answers to your questions but will send them off to TaylorMade.

 

Thanks Zinger!

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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Zinger - great write up.  New to community and really enjoy the detail on the clubs.  I only have one question - the speed slots on the face - was it distracting at all?  

 

I have battled thinking on some photos it might actually help like the line on the top of the putter, but what happens if you hit one of the two once, can it damage the shot and the integrity of the club face?

driver -  Titleist 913D3 8.5 Diamana Black X 72g 
hybrid -  Adams IDEA Pro A7 17 degree
irons -   Ben Hogan 3-8 APEX FTX 
scoring clubs - SCOR4161 43, 47, 51, 55, 59
putter -  Odyssey Tour Black #2
ball -  Titleist ProV1x

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Cool.  I cannot wait to hit them.  Thanks for the review.

driver -  Titleist 913D3 8.5 Diamana Black X 72g 
hybrid -  Adams IDEA Pro A7 17 degree
irons -   Ben Hogan 3-8 APEX FTX 
scoring clubs - SCOR4161 43, 47, 51, 55, 59
putter -  Odyssey Tour Black #2
ball -  Titleist ProV1x

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