TaylorMade Unveils Its SpeedBlade Irons
September 10, 2013 by GNN
TaylorMade Golf has introduced the SpeedBlade, a game-improvement iron designed to launch the ball high and far.
The SpeedBlade combines a two-tone, satin nickel chrome plating with dark smoke satin ion plating (IP).
The key performance feature of the SpeedBlade is the Speed Pocket, a handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the three through seven irons that enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact for faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.
“The Speed Pocket performs where golfers need it most,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s director of iron, wedge and putters development.
“Our research indicates that 72 per cent of shots by five to 25 handicap golfers are impacted below the centre of the face. That typically results in low-launching shots of inconsistent distance,” he said.
“The Speed Pocket helps you launch those low-impact shots on a consistently higher, longer carrying and softer-landing flight,” said Bazzel.
TaylorMade research also indicates that, the average replacement cycle for irons among core golfers is 4.9 years.
When tested, the new SpeedBlade six iron traveled almost 10 yards farther with a four per cent higher peak trajectory than TaylorMade’s Tour Burner iron, which was introduced in 2009, according to Bazzel.
“Five years ago we challenged ourselves to create the best iron we could,” said Bazzel. “We’ve taken everything we’ve learned since then and created our most complete iron ever in SpeedBlade.”
Since then, TaylorMade iron engineers have worked with the company’s metalwood team to better understand how to incorporate driver design into an iron such as the SpeedBlade, which also incorporates the company’s Inverted Cone Technology that offers a bigger sweet spot on off-centre hits.
The improved Speed Pocket has been widened and lengthened to offer, golfers more face area toward the toe and heel to promote a high launch angle, strong ball flight and a steep descent angle.
The Speed Pocket also features a cut through slot internally, which allows for more flex and rebound on the bottom part of the face, which measures right up to the USGA’s COR limit.
Critical to the overall performance of the SpeedBlade is progressive shaping throughout the set. The slender topline and sole in the short irons promote better workability, feel and control.
The long irons feature a bigger topline to inspire confidence at address and have each been optimized not only to promote better distance, feel and sound due to the vibration-dampening qualities of the Speed Pocket polymer and multi-material badge.
As metalwoods continue to evolve and deliver more and more distance, TaylorMade has engineered SpeedBlade to close the gap between the longest iron and the shortest metalwood.
TaylorMade engineers have managed the distance gaps between clubs by controlling loft, face thickness, CG location, shaft, club length and, most importantly, through the Speed Pocket.
The SpeedBlade attack wedge (50 degrees), sand wedge (55) and lob wedge (60) have a classic tour shape and blade construction.
Distinguished from the rest of the set by their dark gray finish, each wedge is optimized for feel and performance.
The sand and the lob wedge feature TaylorMade’s All Terrain Versatility (ATV) to promote feel, spin and control from a wide variety of greenside lies. Each is equipped with a heavier steel shaft for improved performance and consistency.
SpeedBlade irons are available in eight-piece sets and are equipped with a stock 85-gram steel shaft or a VELOX-T 75-gram (stiff), 65-gram (regular), 55-gram (senior), or 45-gram (ladies) graphite shaft.
Wedges are available separately.