A year ago I reviewed the Taylormade Burner 2.0. Honestly, I loved the Burner 2.0’s and they remain a great seller for Taylormade. I actually wonder if Taylormade wishes Burner 2.0’s were not so sweet because it makes it much harder to come up with a compelling reason to upgrade. Still, who am I to pass up a chance to check out the new RocketBladez technology.
After the huge success of the Rocketballz, Taylormade decided to take that same technology and put it smack dab in the middle of the irons. Taylormade calls it the speed pocket and you can see it on the 3 iron through the 7 iron.
I have been playing with the RocketBladez for nearly three months now and have zero complaints. They share many of the same characteristics of the Burner 2.0. In terms of distance, the RocketBladez are similar to the Burner 2.0, which tend to fly farther than most other irons. However, I think the the Bladez are slightly more forgiving. Specifically, I was never a fan of the Burner 2.0 four iron, but with the RocketBladez, I love it.
The biggest difference for me is the ball fight. I find that a well struck ball has a really nice piercing trajectory, more so than with the Burner 2.0. The RocketBladez just seem to go a bit higher and come off more true.
So let’s talk tech. Taylormade research showed that the majority of amateur mishits occurred below the sweet spot of conventional irons, which is usually located at the center of the face (specifically around the 3rd groove). Hence, they wanted to design a club that allowed for greater forgiveness in this area. What Taylormade found was that by incorporating the slot technology used in their woods, the irons are able to provide more spring, forgiveness and consistent distance off the face.
In the case of the RocketBladez, they added a cool polymer from 3M in the slot that keeps out dirt and debris, but doesn’t dampen the spring-like effect of the ultra-thin face of the club. In short, the slot technology coupled with the inverted cone design on the back of the club gives the irons a longer, higher shot trajectory that also turns out to be more consistent over a wider area of the face. Let’s see…longer, higher, straighter and more consistent – can I have seconds?
As for looks, the RocketBladez are quite appealing with the use of some subtle color on the back of the club. While they do not stand out with screaming flash, they are unique enough to get compliments from other players. Even though it may be hard to justify an upgrade from the Burner 2.0, they are certainly worthy of a hard look if your set is becoming dated. Not only are these clubs perfect for mid-handicappers, they have the workability required for scratch golfers as there are a number of pros who play basically the stock version of the club.
You can check out all of the specs and learn more on the Taylormade website.