TaylorMade's RocketBallz not just about metalwoods


Most of the buzz about the RocketBallz brand has been all about the drivers and fairways that carry that name. But TaylorMade technicians say the irons in that line deserve plenty of attention, too.

They maintain that those clubs were designed to deliver greater distance, and that distance comes from the way they utilized metalwood technology to create irons with faces that flex like those on their drivers. At the same time, the equipment maker worked hard to bolster accuracy.

For starters, it employed a new Toe-Bar feature and then combined that advance with a revamped Inverted Cone that is made to expand the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed and promote more distance on off-center hits. As a result, engineers say that they were able to stiffen the toe area of the clubface, so that when it flexed during a shot, it directed the golf ball straight ahead as opposed to off-line.

Every RBZ iron head features a progressive length and shape and has been coordinated to ensure proper trajectory and distance gaps throughout the set. The large, thin clubface is strong and stiff at the perimeter and thin at the inner edge, so that the face may flex more freely.

More specifically, the RocketBallz 3-, 4- and 5-irons boast a new, hollow clubhead construction akin to TaylorMades line of metalwoods that works with the 455 carpenters steel face to provide a lower Center of Gravity (CG) and a greater transfer of energy at impact. In addition, a new urethane layer in the head of each iron is used to absorb unwanted vibrations without slowing down the face.

According to Sean Toulon, executive vice president at TaylorMade Golf, the company 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.

Just what something called RocketBallz is supposed to do.