The pursuit of more distance has reached an all-time high. TaylorMade company put out TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood that golfers can swing faster, that are easier to hit, and that golfers can hit further.
RocketBallz Stage 2 has been improved significantly to get you even more distance. The Speed Pocket is designed to improve speed, promote higher lanch and more spin. They are engineered to be extremely playable and easy to launch, thanks to the clubhead’s lower profile, shallow face and low CG. TaylorMade RocketSteel, a new high-strength alloy developed by TaylorMade and Carpenter Steel, allows for a thinner, faster, high-COR face that promotes faster ball speed for more distance.
Compared to the original TaylorMade RocketBallZ RBZ Fairway Wood, RocketBallz Stage 2 Fairways are engineered with a much lower profile and shallower clubface to make it exceptionally easy to launch the ball into the air. I like how they start on the crown and wrap around the club to tie into the look from the sole. You see a hint of last year’s RocketBallz in it, but there is definitely an updated look with the addition of more color and graphics on the Stage 2. I really like the contrast of the white crown and black face. They come together for a great look at address.
For colors they go with a very soft gray flanked by new yellow color and a touch of black as well. The graphic is mainly a triangle which has its point targeted on what seems to be the sweetspot of the clubhead. At the tip of the triangle is the Stage 2 Rocketballz logo which is a R done in the black and yellow colors. The side of the triangle that faces the golfer has a gray square and both tips of the triangle have the black, yellow and gray stripes.
TaylorMade does not go into much detail on what this screw does, although likely it is used as weight to help move the CG towards the front of the club. The screw is a metallic silver and has an extremely unique pattern which is likely a proprietary screw design for TaylorMade. The main top part is done in yellow and the sides and sock portion of the headcover is done in black.
In addition to that if I were a golfer that played a course regularly that required him to hit fairway woods off the tee this club would be an outstanding option. The ball rocketed off the face and was a pleasure to hit from the tee. The issue I often ran into was, the times that I didn’t hit the ball squarely enough off the fairway I would struggle if there were any forced carry involved.
I can say that out of three shots from the fairway, one would be crushed and go 10-15 yards farther than my current Mizuno JPX825 Fairway Wood, one would be average distance, and the last would chop some daisies and go 10-15 yards shorter than normal. Lastly, I am definitely impressed with the forgiveness of the Stage 2 fairway wood. It doesn’t take a perfect swing to get good results.
In 2013 TaylorMade has now released an update to the Rocketballz line with cheap RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood. It has a lower profile with a shallower clubface. With a low center of gravity, the clubs are designed to boost launch angle.
The Stage 2 fairway woods have taken the benefits of the original Rocketballz and added small tweaks to make the clubs even better. The first technology that was also integrated into the original fairway woods is the speed pocket which is designed right behind the clubface on the bottom of the club. The purpose of the speed pocket is to increase speed and also produce a high launch for the club. TaylorMade has received that feedback and has improved the speed pocket to provide a performance benefit to the Stage 2 clubs.
Another piece of technology that was found on the first edition of the Rocketballz fairway wood that has been transferred and improved in the Stage 2, is how TaylorMade engineers have moved the Center of Gravity (CG) forward in the club. By moving the CG forward and lower inside the clubhead it provides more speed, higher launch and less spin. This lower CG technology is very unique to RocketBallz, as most fairway woods have the CG higher and farther back in the club.
A major difference in the Stage 2 design over the original Taylormade RBZ fairway wood is the lower head profile to help with higher launch. The face has also been designed to be shallower than the original clubhead. This change is most noticeable at address when the clubhead is put behind the ball. Also at address you will notice the new crown graphics to promote better alignment at set up.
In the use of the original RBZ fairway wood, I would often have trouble from the fairway having a high launch because it was quite difficult for me to get it airborne. The Stage 2 fairway wood is a big improvement in this area. In complete disclosure I still struggled to hit this club as high as some of the other fairway woods on the market today.
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The TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood has a lower profile with a shallower clubface. With a low center of gravity, the clubs are designed to boost launch angle.
RocketBallz Stage 2 Fairways are engineered to be extremely playable and easy to launch, thanks to the clubhead’s lower profile, shallow face and low CG. TaylorMade RocketSteel, a new high-strength alloy developed by TaylorMade and Carpenter Steel, allows for a thinner, faster, high-COR face that promotes faster ball speed for more distance. It seems as if every new product on the market comes with a claim that you’ll hit the golf ball further if you buy the club. It wasn’t long ago that about the only time you saw distance being marketed was with drivers.
Something new compared to the original Taylormade RBZ fairway wood is the “RocketSteel” clubface, constructed with an ultra-high-strength but lightweight steel provided by Carpenter. That face is more flexible, with a higher COR and higher ball speeds relative to the original RBZ fairway metals. The Speed Pocket in the sole that allows more face flex is improved, TaylorMade says, and also contributes to distance gains of up to 10 yards over the original RBZ fairways.
I didn’t have the original RBZ and launch monitor testing showed that my ball speed with the Stage 2 was at 148.1, just shy of the 150 needed to tap into that full claim. The distance I was seeing was still quite impressive. On the launch monitor I had a 10 shot average (off the tee) of 257 yards. Again, I don’t think that’s a full 27 yards further, but it is definitely further than I’ve ever hit a fairway wood on average.
I found myself going for some big shots to really test the limits of this thing and never wound up getting really wild with it. That is a pretty solid endorsement, not only of the technology packed into this cheap Ping G25 Fairway Wood head, but also of the RocketFuel by Matrix shaft. It held up to the hardest of my swings and also delivered a nice smooth feel through impact.
When hit well, the ball just screams off the face. Alignment is made easier with the contrast of the white head and black face. Lastly, I am definitely impressed with the forgiveness of the Stage 2 fairway wood. It doesn’t take a perfect swing to get good results.
For 2013, the TaylorMade company is back with a sequel – adjustable TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood.
The TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway woods are old in two configurations, standard and Tour; the Tour model is adjustable for loft and lie. TaylorMade is using a face material called RocketSteel in its fairway woods and hybrids. RocketSteel is a high-strength, lightweight alloy that provides a faster, more flexible face. (As for adjustability, golfers can raise or lower the loft of these cheap golf clubs by as much as 1.5 degrees in either direction.)
For the first time, companies have to be widely concerned about the possibility of 3-woods exceeding the USGA limit for spring-like effect. Red-lining, or pushing boundaries to the max, isn’t just a practice in auto racing. Club designers live it every day, and there has been a concerted effort among them to make fairway woods as “hot” as possible within USGA limits.
Equipment makers attribute the bold talk to a series of recent developments: New metal alloys have resulted in thinner, stronger faces. Better casting and welding techniques mean more consistent golf clubs. Engineers have produced more efficient designs.
If you’re looking for a new set of woods I wouldn’t look too far beyond the new TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood. I was impressed by the easy adjustability of both the driver and hybrid and tried it on the lower and higher settings, both working to great effect.
On first appearance, the aggressive crown design and alignment aid is a dramatic improvement on the original RBZ as it allows you to focus in on the target line. I wasn’t sure about the ‘V’ design on the non-glare white crown at first but after a while, my eyes were fixated on the left-hand side of the head at address and I could align with confidence.
And just as the case with the Taylormade R1 driver, the eye-catching racing lines at the top and bottom provide the essence of power and speed, which is exactly what this club delivers. The trailing edge sits low and close to the turf, making this 3-wood exceptionally easy to launch. The bright yellow and black headcover also looks great in the bag.
TaylorMade also use their Loft-Sleeve technology which has 7 standard and 5 upright loft options to add ±1.5° to the standard loft. The Rescue 3 loft is 18.5° but can be adjusted up to 20° or down to 17°, which gives you plenty of options. The Rescue 3 also has been designed to have a lower and more-forward CG location for faster ball speeds off the face and has a higher launch angle imparting a lower spin rate on the ball. The 9.5 option can be adjusted up to 11° or down to 8°. The 10.5 model can be adjusted up to 12° or down to 9° and the HL 13 can be adjusted up to 14.5° or down to 11.5°.
True to its name, balls rocket off the face on centre hits. A high-strength TaylorMade RocketSteel shaft creates a very thin and fast-flexing face, although I’m not a great fan of the sound at impact. Performance-wise, I generated an effective combination of carry and distance, rivalling the Callaway X Hot fairway wood for yardage at around the 230-yard mark. But there’s also a terrific amount of forgiveness on offer here with a lovely medium to high ball flight.
Everyone I showed this club to had a similar response. I heard a lot of “oh wows” from people right away. The RocketFuel by Matrix shaft is black with some of the same colors from the club head incorporated in as well. As I mentioned, the head cover is great. It has a fresh new look and a very noticeable yellow color. The stripes are also there, along with a black handle for easy removal.
To sum up, this RBZ Stage 2 3-wood is relatively easy to draw and fade – perfect for when requiring a shaped second into a par-5. As for the crown design, it might take some getting used to, but once you do, you’ll be aligning with confidence.