TaylorMade's New SpeedBlade Irons
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/10/13
Earlier today, TaylorMade Golf unveiled their new SpeedBlade™ irons, which will be available for order beginning Monday, September 16 and at retail on Friday, October 4. The irons first appeared on the course when Justin Rose used a prototype SpeedBlade 4-iron when he won the U.S. Open at Merion in June.
The 3-7 irons feature a wider, longer version of their "Speed Pocket" that is the central feature of the RocketBladez irons. The deep-undercut cavity boasts a lower CG for higher launch angles and more distance. In their press release, TaylorMade says the SpeedBlade 6-iron travels almost ten yards further than the 2009 TaylorMade Tour Burner iron, although the loft angles and other technical specs of the SpeedBlades are not yet available for accurate comparisons.
As you can see above, the iron features a two-tone finish, with satin nickel / chrome plating on the sole and dark-gray ion plating on top. The SpeedBlade irons will be available in eight-piece sets (4-AW being the most popular). Stock shafts will be an 85-gram steel shaft (US $799) or VELOX-T in graphite in the following versions: 75-gram (stiff), 65-gram (regular), 55-gram (senior), or 45-gram (women), each at US $899.
Three matching wedges will be available, a 50° "attack" wedge, a 55° sand wedge, and a 60° lob wedge. All have TaylorMade's "ATV" sole for good performance from a variety of lies, and will be available separately for US $100 apiece.
The TaylorMade marketing people consume 1:18 of your time before getting to the details, but here is their YouTube sales video:
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Any guesses on how much stronger and longer the new 6i is?
Torleif Sorenson says:
Supposedly the only SpeedBlade irons with a stronger loft are the 3-iron (by 1°), and the 8- and 9-irons (by 0.5°).
Before I'd buy an Iron advertised to hit longer, I get the one guaranteed to hit the exact same distance every time, no matter what that distance was.
Great! I won't lose distance but that doesn't mean I'll be more accurate. So instead of missing the green by 10 yards, I'll be 20 yards of my mark. But at least I'm pin high!
Specs and review at mygolfspy.com
The loft on their Rocketballs 7 iron is 30.5 deg. The loft on my current 7 iron (Titleist 775 CB) is 33 deg.
The loft on my Hogan Apex II 7 iron was 37 degrees.
I know this isn't about Rocketballs but if Wes11 is correct that is pretty insane. I didn't know they had gone that far overboard. My own 7-iron is 36 degrees. 30.5 for me would be like a 5 and a half iron. Anyways who cares, I think most people know, TaylorMade don't make the best irons in the biz, not even close.
This will match my new SLDRRRRRRR driver! Meh
Lately I've been enjoying trying all of the old irons I couldn't afford 20 or 30 years ago.
I just can't stand the busy look and the funky finishes on the new stuff.
Greater distance from longer shafts and stronger lofts is not technological advancement.
Beef, I was really shocked about how much stronger the lofts are now. The difference is pretty striking. The loft on my Titleist DCI 5 iron was 28 deg and the 775 CB is 23 deg.
Correction, the 775 5 iron is 26 degrees.
I can see hyping drivers for being able to hit longer, but irons? Maybe I don't understand, but I thought the purpose of having different clubs was to be able to hit different predictable distances.
Matt F says:
For serious golfer , it is f50d, but for the hacks and wankers, they get to say that their 6 iron is longer than yours and everyone elses.
Based upon the number of well struck shots that I see come up 30-40 yards short each weekend, I don't think most hacks have a clue as to what their distances are anyway.
beef, yeah TM "boost" their clubs but I have the r11 irons and wouldnt trade them. They are the best irons I have ever had so I guess im not " everyone". But TaylorMade has a great marketing team that pulls on the emotions of golfers. So in a nutshell everyone likes what they like. ya gotta play what works.
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