The new RocketBallz irons from TaylorMade have a large, thin clubface designed to be strong and stiff at the perimeter and thin at the inner edge to allow the face to flex freely like a trampoline.
RocketBallz irons also incorporate TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone clubface technology to expand the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed and promote more distance on off-centre hits.
“Without a doubt, the new RocketBallz iron will be an improvement over any other iron in a golfer’s bag,” said Sean Toulon, executive vice president of TaylorMade Golf.
“From a technology perspective, we have done the unthinkable. We brought in metalwood engineers to help create irons with faces that behave like drivers, sending the ball easily high and far, almost as if it was bounced off a trampoline,” he said.
“These technological advancements will be visible to the golfer upon first contact with the ball,” said Toulon.
Every RBZ iron head, from three through lob wedge features a progressive length and spec package that has been coordinated to ensure proper trajectory and distance gaps throughout the set.
The three through five irons have a new, hollow clubhead construction like many of the company’s line of metalwoods. The hollow head construction allows engineers to create the 455 carpenter’s steel clubface with a lower and centred centre of gravity location for more energy transfer at impact.
Lowering the centre of gravity also allowed engineers to strengthen the loft for a more penetrating ball flight.
The improved CG location is made possible in the three to six irons by thinning areas of the sole, top line and back wall, then repositioning the saved weight to the back wall and heel to shift the CG lower and more towards the centre.
Key to the accuracy of RocketBallz irons is the new Toe-Bar feature, positioned in the upper toe, and the new design of the Inverted Cone. Together they stiffen the toe area of the clubface, so that when the face flexes, it directs the ball straight forward.
“We’ve worked extensively to advance fast-faced iron performance and feel like we’re well ahead of our competitors in this category,” said Brett Wahl, TaylorMade’s senior director of iron, wedge and putter research and development.
“We’ve learned that high COR is most useful when on top of high speed, you can also control the face flexion to send the ball on an accurate flight line. With that in mind, we’re very pleased with what we’ve achieved with the RocketBallz iron,” he added.
RocketBallz clubheads are progressively shaped with smaller, compact short irons, deep undercut-cavity middle irons and large, hollow long irons. All feature TaylorMade’s Multi-Functional Sole, while the sand wedge, attack wedge and lob wedge incorporate the company’s ATV sole.
A new vibration and sound control system in three iron through pitching wedge is designed to dampen unwanted vibration, using a new Japanese urethane layer that’s soft and pliable and works in conjunction with the badge system to absorb vibration.
Every RocketBallz iron is engineered with an added cavity chamber in the heel at the point of hosel-to-face transition, making the heads easier to bend to allow the company to offer them in four degrees upright, four degrees flat and plus-or-minus two degrees in loft.
The necessity for the above was discovered during prototyping as the hard 455 steel used for the clubheads makes bending difficult.
RocketBallz irons are available in three iron through lob wedge in right-handed and left-handed, with no left-handed lob wedge available. Steel and graphite shafts are available as are women’s RocketBallz irons in five iron through sand wedge with a gra