Hands-On: TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons

Today at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, TaylorMade Golf unveiled its next generation of irons, called SpeedBlade irons. The TaylorMade event featured its TOUR staffers: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Jason Day demoing the new SpeedBlade irons and comparing them to what they currently play. To make things interesting (comical at best), they even had retired Chicago Bears Defensive End, Richard Dent take on Dustin Johnson in a driving contest.

About the TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons

The TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons feature what’s called a Speed Pocket, which is a deep slot behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster, increasing your ball speed and launch angle to give you increased distance. The increased launch angle leads to shots that stop quicker because of steep angle of descent. This is great for any golfer wanting to stick it close to pin-who wouldn’t want that?

TaylorMade was able to get the ball to launch higher and farther by lowering the Center of Gravity (CG) to increase your launch angle, resulting it shots that fly high and carry farther than your typical irons. I demoed the irons at the event and the TaylorMade Speedblade irons have a great feel and the ball flies off the face in a medium-high trajectory. The launch angle of my ball flight was not ballooning, but more of penetrating type of ball flight, which is nice!  In terms of forgiveness, the SpeedBlade irons are forgiving that even if you don’t hit the ball in the center of the face, and instead in the lower half, the ball travels nearly as far, thanks to the Speed Pocket.

During the event, each of the TaylorMade’s Tour Staff demoed the SpeedBlade irons and compared them to their existing clubs. 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, credits the Speed Pocket technology for the reason he was able to hit the tournament clinching 4-iron shot 240 yards to the final green at Merion. Take it for what it’s worth, its a combination of great skill and good equipment that going to allow you hit an incredible shot like that, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

The TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons will be available for order starting on September 16, 2013.


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Author: Rob Hayashida

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