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Taylormade R11 irons is a nice choice

I’m a shade under a 9 handicap. Good driving sets up my game for good scoring. The resulting cheap Taylormade R11 Irons is a marriage of the Burner and Tour Preferred lines. I’m not a very high-ball hitter and prefer lighter weight shafts, but standard swing weight irons. I can effectively play ‘off-the-rack’ setups out of the box as they’re very close to my actual specs.

I like the progressive variable-thickness design that features thinner faces in the long irons (to increase ball speed) and thicker faces in the short irons to promote control. This is a nice choice for those who realize that shooting in the 70s is a once-a-year—not a once-a-week—occurrence.

I’ve been playing taylormade tour preferred irons 2014 for the better part of the summer with success. I’ve only played forged irons for several years because I love forged feel. I’ve tried some cast clubs and disliked every one. They feel solid and are very accurate. Turf interaction on dry and wet days has been great, and they’re very consistent.  I don’t find them clunky, even coming from playing MCs.
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The heads are larger than a typical players club. These are geared for scratch to 20 handicaps, so they will be larger than cheap taylormade rocketbladez irons. The heads are progressive in shape, but that’s not noticeable when playing like Burners. The leading edge is sharper and there’s less camber to appeal to a better player. I don’t mind clubhead size as much as I do offset. The R11 offset is less than I thought.

The presentation I saw stated that on shots hit out of rough, the R11 irons put 1600 more RPM on the ball than taylormade burner 2.0 irons for sale. On course, I can say that this is absolutely true. On shorter irons, a ball hasn’t spun more than a few feet from its pitch mark for me — most stopping a foot away. On longer irons, the spin / trajectory is excellent.

Overall, the clubs just feel very solid. I feel like I can really hammer the ball, but the results will be positive. On poor swings, distance loss is more than acceptable — I still found the green on numerous occasions.

Tiger Woods not ruled out at Valhalla

Tiger Woods’ agent said Monday that Woods has not been ruled out of the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla despite his withdrawal from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a back injury.

In a text message to ESPN.com, Mark Steinberg said it was too soon to determine whether Woods would play in the year’s final major in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later,” he wrote. “Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance. Nothing further today, maybe [not] even tomorrow.”

The PGA of America said in a tweet later on Monday that Woods’ tournament news conference scheduled for Tuesday morning would not take place.

Earlier Monday, U.S. captain Tom Watson said the injury “doesn’t bode well right now” for Woods’ chances to be selected to the Ryder Cup team.

Woods, who won the PGA Championship in 2000 at Valhalla, flew home to Florida on Sunday for evaluation.

He withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole, where he was in visible pain trying to pick up his taylormade burner 2.0 irons australia. Later, at his car in the parking lot at Firestone Country Club, he spoke briefly, saying he “jarred it” when he hopped into a fairway bunker on the second hole after hitting a shot from an awkward stance.

It was Woods’ third tournament since returning from March back surgery.

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TaylorMade upgrades slotted iron with SpeedBlade irons

When TaylorMade launches a new product, it likes to make a splash. When it launches a new product that it likens in significance to the original metalwood and the original movable-weight r7, it brings in the heavy artillery. The new cheap taylormade rocketbladez irons is a cutting-edge game-improvement club designed to launch the ball exceptionally high and far.

The Taylormade SpeedBlade is a game-improvement iron designed to build upon the successful RocketBladez platform or marrying a thin face with a “speed pocket” (a slot in the sole of the club that is in the 3- through 7-irons) that enables the face to flex at impact, the result being a fasterballspeed with a higher launch.

The position of the slot low on the clubhead is an important factor, says Brian Bazzel, the company’s director of iron, wedge and putter development, who noted company research that showed 72 percent of iron shots hit by five- to 25-handicappers are struck below the center of the clubface, resulting in a low launch and loss of ballspeed.

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According to Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s product creation manager, 72 percent of iron shots hit by golfers with handicaps between 5 and 25 are struck below the center of the clubface. “It’s incredibly important to build a club that allows the bottom of the club to move, because that’s where people are actually hitting it,” Bazzel said. In fact, he says the SpeedBlade long irons (3-5) flex almost 20 percent more than the RocketBladez long irons.

Compared to the discount taylormade rocketbladez irons, the speed pocket has been widened and lengthened to provide a more effective area near the heel and toe areas. The topline is also a bit thicker in the longer irons. The clubs boast a satin nickel chrome plating with a dark smoke satin ion plating. While the SpeedBlade’s thicker toplines and wider soles should instill confidence for mid- and high-handicap golfers, Toulon says that accomplished players will benefit from the technologies designed into the new irons.

Making the clubs more consistent across a larger portion of the hitting area was a major goal for the SpeedBlade, but TaylorMade also focused on improving the clubs’ ability to provide feedback.

TaylorMade introduces new RocketBladez irons

It is the performance, not the looks, that motivated TaylorMade president and CEO Mark King to call TaylorMade RocketBladez sale a “once in a lifetime innovation.”

The TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons also featured a slot cut into the sole, but the new model’s Speed Pocket is 3 millimeters longer. It’s also slightly wider and extends back in the heel and toe areas. TaylorMade says this updated design allows the clubface to flex more effectively at impact, broadening the sweetspot. The result? Golf balls hit across a larger portion of the hitting area fly about the same distance for more consistency, according to the company.

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Sean O’Hair was the first to test them on the PGA Tour, and he said, “These irons will make me a better player.” It is clear that TaylorMade officials and players have great expectations for the RocketBladez. These irons, even the Tour model, are made of cast stainless steel and not forged steel. TaylorMade calls this “one-piece cast construction.” Executive vice president Sean Toulon said in this case virtually nobody can tell the difference between cast and forged.

The clubface is made of maraging stainless steel and incorporates the company’s newest iteration of Inverted Cone Technology, which is designed to deliver two primary benefits: an increase in the size of the clubface area that delivers high ball speed and an improvement in the control of the angle of the ball as it leaves the clubface, for straighter shots and tighter dispersion.

At last, TaylorMade engineers say they found a way to fine-tune the Center of Gravity in the RocketBladez to a low and “absolutely centered” location on the face by redistributing weight it took from the top of the club, as well as the hosel, to strategic areas within the clubhead.

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Close your eyes to make more putts

Years ago, I played in the Heather Farr Charity for the Blind tournament in Sun City, Ariz. I played with an English gentleman who had been blind since birth. It was quite fascinating to watch him play, especially when he was preparing to hit a shot. His wife would walk him to the ball and help him set his club to the ball. He would then slide his hand down the shaft of the taylormade r1 driver to feel the distance from the ball. It was an amazing thing to watch, and really opened my eyes to all the tools we as golfers have to improve our feel. There are many senses we often take for granted.

While the Englishman did this routine for all his shots, he did something a little different with his putting that I think is something we all can learn from. I noticed that instead of walking him directly to the golf ball, the Englishman’s wife would take him to the hole and let him walk backward toward the direction of his ball for about five or six steps, then proceed to set up to the ball. After about four holes, I asked him why he would walk backward from the hole and what this did for his putting.

He explained to me that it allowed him to feel the way the green was sloped close to the hole and he could only feel it when he walked backward as it would move his body as he walked. It was amazing how close he came to the hole with his putts. He shot a 92 with taylormade rocketbladez irons that day, much to do with his ability to putt!

I have not only used this method to “see” which way the ball will break to the hole for my own game, but have passed it along to many of my students. The reason why the golfer only needs to walk back about five or six steps from the hole is that the ball is slowing down at this point and will be most affected by the slope of the green then.

The next time out on the putting green, try this little exercise. Stand facing the hole, then walk backward, allowing your body to follow the slope of the green. If you feel yourself going downhill to the right, you’ll know that you’ll be putting uphill from left to right because you’re putting in the opposite direction that you’re walking. If you have a tough time seeing or feeling any slope, you can try closing your eyes. You’ll begin to notice the subtle breaks and make more putts every time.

Compress the Ball with Right Arm Drill

It’s evident even on television. While high clubhead speed has a lot to do with it, the sound is more about the compression of the ball against the TaylorMade SLDR.

Only a small percentage of amateurs truly compress the ball. This requires an accelerating swing in which the hands are ahead of the clubhead at impact, the shaft tilted toward the target. The right arm plays a key role in delivering this downward blow. If the arm unfolds too quickly on the downswing or strays too far from the body, you’ll never achieve the sought-after “lag” effect that all pros exhibit.

This simple drill will help you learn the proper right arm action coming into impact:

1. With a short iron or mid-iron, hold the club with your right hand only.
2. Set up with a ball in the middle of your stance.
3. Take the taylormade rocketbladez irons back slowly and stop about halfway up the backswing.
4. As you swing into the ball, keep your right hand ahead of the clubhead. Your hand should be even with your left leg as the club makes contact.

It will take many repetitions to become comfortable with this one-handed swing. Do about 50 at a time, then try a series of easy, two-handed swings with the same right-hand action.

Taylormade’s great speedblade irons Review

TaylorMade took a deep breath during the PGA Tour’s off week, and kicked off BMW Championship Week on Monday night with an event to take the wraps off its latest creation – TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons.

The TaylorMade SpeedBlade continues the TaylorMade trend of cutting Speed Pockets into their clubheads, as found in such clubs as the RocketBladez irons and RocketBallz woods. The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that runs from heel to toe on the sole just behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster.

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That, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed and elevates the launch angle to boost distance, and provides more control because shots land on a steep angle. In addition, TaylorMade lowered the SpeedBlade’s center of gravity to further increase the launch angle and to put more power behind shots hit low on the clubface – which the company says happens almost three-quarters of the time.

So is the Speedblade all hype and marketing or is it a legitimate improvement upon the Rocketbladez? Let’s first look at the benefits and drawbacks of the Rocketbladez. First of all, and for many most importantly, they go very, very far. We saw 17 yards in distance gains on average, mostly produced through significantly higher Smash Factors. There were negatives to the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons however. The two most important performance factors that were lacking were height and distance control.

As a player’s handicap lowers the most important aspect in iron play is control. Most good players would rather give up 5 yards of distance to ensure the ball travelled at the same trajectory and the same carry distance every time. Think about what happens at a PGA Tour event when it rains and the course becomes soft.

For someone trying to hit the ball further this performance gap just didn’t matter. They would rather have the ball roll out because they were suddenly hitting their 7 iron from where they used to hit 5. The speedblade irons made the game more fun for them.

Pitch out of thick rough

Let’s set the scene for those that might have missed it. Tiger Woods, trailing by one at the time, had just hit his TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons shot on the par 3 16th into perhaps the worst spot he could. Into the thick rough over the green on the right, a chip that came up short would stay in the rough, a chip hit too hard would fly down the ridge and perhaps into the water. His lie was not good and if he wanted to have any chance to win, he needed to save par – something that seemed unlikely from his predicament.

Well, the skeptics were right – sort of. Tiger did not make par. He took a mighty swing that resulted in the prettiest, softest pitch that just landed on the green and started to roll towards the pin. Incredibly similar to Tiger’s famous Masters chip on the 16th at Augusta National, this chip seemd as if it might stop or just miss right before dropping in for what may have been the loudest birdie in Muirfield Village history.

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So how do you hit this shot with your TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons? You’ve probably hit it many times actually, just most likely out of a bunker. Yes, the same technique that you’d use to get out of a bunker, you should use to hit the soft high flop out of thick rough.

There are three main points to remember:

1. Set the ball forward in your stance, open the clubface. Just like a bunker shot, you want to hit slightly behind the ball and use the rough as a springboard to gently pop the ball out.
2. On the backswing, keep a quiet lower body. Most amateurs struggly with this, often straitening up in the back swing and shifting their low point of the swing. If you get too steep, you will slide right under the ball and the ball will not go far enough.
3. Fire through on your swing, maintain your spine angle, and fully rotate your hips. Watch Tiger’s body as he finishes the swing. Notice how his belt buckle finishes to the left of the target line.

The goal here is get the ball on the putting surface, hopefully with a makeable putt. If you can get it close, that’s an added bonus. If you can make it, well, that’s Tiger-esque. But it certainly doesn’t have to mean a big number. Play it like a bunker shot, commit to the swing and watch the ball float softly onto the green.

 

Advanced Burner 2.0 irons strikes me as a great deal

It’s been noted by more than one golf observer that hockey players, when given the opportunity, tend to have naturally powerful golf swings. Every new Taylormade Burner 2.0 irons has been engineered to be long. The face is thinner. The toplines are progressive. The shafts are specifically designed for each head.

Burner 2.0 iron has its own weight distribution. And every club has been shaped differently, so we’ve repositioned and reshaped the Inverted Cone behind every face to maximize distance and forgiveness. Because every iron has a different task we have shaped each iron differently – larger heads for long irons, more compact heads for scoring clubs. The sole of each iron has been shaped to reduce turf resistance to achieve the perfect balance between sole geometry and performance.

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My first shot with a Burner 2.0 was an uphill 6-iron from about 165 yards to a pin tucked behind a bunker short and right of the green. I made far from perfect contact but was pleasantly surprised to watch the ball rise and drop just the other side of the sand, about 30ft from the hole. I felt sure that wouldn’t have happened with my own taylormade rocketbladez irons. At the 6th, I hit a 9-iron from about 135 yards that stopped abruptly 15 feet right of the cup. At the 9th, a 200-yard Par 3 with the pin near the front, my not-quite-solid 4-iron came up a yard or two short of the green. This continued for the next three days – instances where I’d certainly be aware of a little extra yardage.

I had a little trouble hitting intentional hooks and slices when I landed behind a large saguaro, but minor fades and draws are certainly possible. I’m probably too inconsistent a ball-striker nowadays to say much about whether or not the CG location made much difference, but I would say the 4-iron was pretty easy to get up in the air – not quite as easy as a hybrid club with similar loft perhaps, but markedly easier than my callaway apex  irons. The short irons did penetrate a little better because of the higher CG which I think is preferable to a high, floaty shot that’s at the mercy of the wind.

Undoubtedly, the Burner 2.0 is a fabulous club. The average golfer should feel comfortable with a Burner 2.0 up behind the ball.

PGA Tour professional to play RocketBladez irons

TaylorMade took a deep breath during the PGA Tour’s off week, and kicked off BMW Championship Week on Monday night with an event to take the wraps off its latest creation – Taylormade SpeedBlade irons.

The SpeedBlades continue the TaylorMade trend of cutting Speed Pockets into their clubheads, as found in such clubs as the Taylormade RocketBladez irons and RocketBallz woods. The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that runs from heel to toe on the sole just behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster.

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The secret of the RocketBladez’ success is their Speed Pocket, a narrow slot cut in the sole of the 3-iron through 7-iron that permits the face to flex farther and more easily upon impact, particularly when a golfer hits the ball low on the face. The improved flex, says TaylorMade, promotes increased springiness up to the USGA limit for high ball speed. In fact, TaylorMade says, these irons are as hot as many drivers, and could help most golfers add two to five yards per shot.

Higher-lofted clubs like the sand wedge and lob wedge don’t include the Speed Pocket, but have redesigned cavities to improve their feel, and feature TaylorMade’s ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) sole for improved workability around the greens. In addition, these clubs come equipped with heavier steel shafts to promote better rhythm and control in shorter swings.

That, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed and elevates the launch angle to boost distance, and provides more control because shots land on a steep angle. In addition, TaylorMade lowered the SpeedBlade’s center of gravity to further increase the launch angle and to put more power behind shots hit low on the clubface – which the company says happens almost three-quarters of the time.

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