TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons

For many golf gearheads, this is the “Red Ryder BB Gun” for 2012. With these irons, TaylorMade has a compelling tech story—by applying the Speed Pocket found on its wildly popular RBZ fairway woods to these irons, the company was able to produce a club with a thinner face and a higher “trampoline effect.” Maximum distance is not the primary function of an iron, of course, but many amateurs will hold more greens with the higher ball flight that RocketBladez provide. This Speed Pocket is filled with a 3M polyurethane insert to dampen unwanted vibrations and bring some of that “forged feel” to a cast head. Perhaps most impressive, though, is that TaylorMade managed to pack this technology into a head shape with clean, relatively understated cosmetics—enough to please plenty of traditionalists. A second model, RocketBladez Tour, promises to dial up the accuracy and consistent yardages required by low-handicaps and professionals—sadly, these players won't find an oblong box under the tree, as this version doesn't hit stores until February.

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