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Good player with TaylorMade SLDR Irons with fatter soles

In the past year Taylormade has been releasing their new line of Drivers, Hybrids, and Fairway Woods under the name “SLDR”. Now Taylormade has designed a new TaylorMade SLDR Irons under the same name. Let’s take a look at these new irons that Taylormade has claimed.

The SLDR irons‘ classically shaped and sized club head has universal visual appeal. It incorporates our new Speed Pocket with Thru Slot Technology, which produces fast ball speed and high launch across the face for distance and consistency, while also promoting soft feel and sound.

Can the TaylorMade new Irons replace the Taylormade R11 irons and hold its own in game-improvement land? The target audience for the SLDR irons are golfers who want a classic clubhead shape, size and finish, but with more distance. The yardage boost comes through the use in the 3-iron through 7-iron of TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket technology. The 3- through 7-irons in the SLDR set have a 2-millimeter wide slot in the soles that extends up behind the clubface.

The SLDR irons have narrow soles and thin toplines. But unlike on the Taylormade SLDR fairway wood, nothing slides on the SLDR irons. They have a chrome finish. That helps the clubface flex more and rebound more, adding oomph. The technology increases launch angle, the company says, with a higher ball flight, longer carry, and steep descent.

To sum up, the SLDR irons is a classic club. And it is very forgiving and pretty light too.  It offers better performance thanks to being a little more forgiving than the taylormade tour preferred irons 2014, but it is way behind the Taylormade Speedblade irons, even though the loft was only 1° stronger this time.

Rory McIlroy shoots 5-under 66 with Taylormade irons

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A rare mistake led to a double-bogey for Rory McIlroy, but it hardly slowed him during the first round of the PGA Championship.

McIlroy admitted he was none too pleased after he snapped his second shot at the par-5 10th hole out of bounds with TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons, leading to a double-bogey 7 and a temporary state of annoyance.

A three-putt bogey followed at the 11th, but McIlroy settled down and rattled off four straight birdies — along with another at the 18th — to shoot 5-under-par 66 and trail first-round leaders Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer by a stroke at Valhalla Golf Club.

5“I was very hot,” McIlroy said. “Things like what happened on 10, they happen. You hit bad shots. It sort of knocked me off track a little bit because it’s one of the only bad shots I’ve hit with taylormade burner 2.0 irons in a few weeks. What I was really angry about was you don’t compound that error and make a bogey on the next hole with a three-putt.”

But instead of letting it derail him — as happened several times earlier this year with bad stretches of holes — McIlroy took it as motivation.

“It’s trying to use that fire as a fuel and sort of propel yourself forward,” he said. “It was great. It just sort of shows where my game is mentally right now, that I was able to do that today.”

McIlroy is coming off of victories at the Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the latter coming on Sunday and moving him to No. 1 in the world ahead of Adam Scott.

He had eight birdies in the opening round Thursday and hit 12 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens. And he felt it could have been better.

“I thought I could have made each of the putts on the last three holes,” he said.

McIlroy said he is driving the ball with SLDR Irons better than he did during his hot stretch in 2012, when he won four times toward the end of the year, including the PGA Championship and the season-ending event in Europe.

He has three worldwide wins this year, but the last two victories have seen him excel off the tee and take advantage of it in the rest of his game.

TaylorMade’s fastest SpeedBlade irons Review

The SpeedBlade is specifically designed to improve those shots. To be honest, I like its technology very much. The key technology in the new Taylormade SpeedBlade irons is the Speed Pocket, featured on the 3 to 7 iron. The handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the irons allows the face to flex at impact, increasing ball speed and launch.

TaylorMade’s research found that over 70% of shots hit by golfers with a handicap between 5 and 25, are struck below the center of the face. This type of strike typically results in lower launching, inconsistent shots. These slots provides even more flex in the face at impact. Add it all together, and TaylorMade say the SpeedBlade iron has the fastest face they have ever created.

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Whilst TaylorMade are not making any distance guarantees, they do say the new SpeedBlade 6-iron traveled more than 10 yards farther and 4% higher than the TaylorMade R11 Irons. Each wedge has a heavier steel shaft than a standard SpeedBlade iron, to further improve short game performance and consistency.

Why compare to a TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons? Well TaylorMade’s 2011 research suggested the average replacement cycle for “core golfer” is 4.9 years. “Five years ago we challenged ourselves to create the best iron we could,” said Bazzel. “We’ve taken everything we’ve learned since then and created our most complete iron ever in the SpeedBlade.”

As well as a high launch and faster ball speeds, the SpeedBlade’s progressive shaping has been has been engineered to offer a performance suited to its role in a golfer’s bag.

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.

Want to play the SpeedBlade Irons as U.S. Open champ Justin Rose?

The new discount TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons feature the same technology as the company’s high-end RocketBladez models, but with a larger clubhead and lower center of gravity to meet the needs of amateur golfers.

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.

Like Taylormade RocketBladez irons, the SpeedBlade is powered by TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, a slot in the club’s sole which, according to the company, “enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.” 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.

Johnson, meanwhile, engaged in a long-drive contest against NFL Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bear Richard Dent. Using driver, Dent hit one 267 yards. Using a SpeedBlade iron, Johnson bested him with a laser that traveled 273 yards.

TaylorMade SLDR irons versus SpeedBlade irons

The flagship SLDR franchise at TaylorMade, which has grown steadily since its introduction, is about to undergo a massive expansion. On Monday, the company showed off its forthcoming Taylormade SLDR TP driver, fairway woods and rescue clubs along with the first edition of SLDR irons.

The TaylorMade SLDR Irons, like the new SLDR S woods, are designed for golfers of all skill levels. The 3- through 7-irons include the Speed Pocket, a narrow slot cut in the sole intended to generate more face flex, that is also found in other recent TaylorMade irons like the RocketBladez, while the 8- and 9-irons feature a solid sole.

The Speed Pocket permits the face to rebound farther and more easily upon impact, particularly when a golfer hits the ball low on the face. The improved flex, says TaylorMade, promotes increased Coefficient of Restitution – or springiness – and can help most golfers add several yards per shot. The Speed Pocket also helps to lower the Center of Gravity, promoting a higher launch angle, higher peak trajectory and a steep, quick-stopping descent.

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 taylormade speedblade irons 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.

The SpeedBlade continues 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.

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.

TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons are long

Irons today are nothing like they were just a few years ago. That’s a good thing because iron technology hasn’t exactly had such an easy time keeping up with the meteoric rise in driver, wood and putter designs. TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons are designed to build upon the successful RocketBladez platform or marrying a thin face with a “speed pocket”.

To get started, be aware that blade-style irons are basically on the way out. Even most touring professionals have ditched them. What about cavity-backs? They’re still here, although they’re so heavily modified that it’s hard to call any new cavity-back iron a cavity-back anymore. How irons are designed to perform also has changed. Shotmaking and ball control have given way to power and forgiveness as a result of the popular “bomb and gouge” style of play, which encourages players to hit the ball as long and straight as possible.

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During the event each of the players hit some shots to demonstrate the zip on the clubs. Day hit several shots with a 3-hybrid and then a SpeedBlade 3-iron, the display resulting in fairly similar distances, but a better angle of descent with the iron. Compared to the 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.

Rose hit shots with a TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014 and the SpeedBlade 4-iron, the latter not only resulting in approximately 20 yards more distance, but more peak height. Johnson, meanwhile, engaged in a long-drive contest against NFL Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bear Richard Dent. Using driver, Dent hit one 267 yards. Using a SpeedBlade4-iron, Johnson bested him with a laser that traveled 273 yards.

With the Taylormade SpeedBlade, there is far less feedback about the location of the mishit and the feel is very firm.  The trade off is that mishits perform much more like centered shots.  I think most golfers would take that trade. The feel of the SpeedBlades on a pured shot is very sweet.

Tips to Stop Slow Play in Golf

We’ve all heard the saying: ‘Keep up with the group in front not in front of the group behind’. Simply, slow play is caused by a general lack of awareness of what’s happening on the course and ones responsibility to other players. Good common sense is all that is required but lots of people forget this on a golf course.

The following points are something we should all think about when out on the course, obviously this may not suit all situations notably competitive games but for social play these tips to help on the path to eradicting slow play.

1. Adopt ready golf – the honour is not always necessary in most games – only really meaningful in matchplay. Therefore, if someone’s ready to play and it’s your honour and you’re not, invite them to play their shot.

2. Mark you card after you’ve played your tee shot with your TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons or while someone else is playing their tee shot on the next hole – at no other time mark your card on the green or before playing tee shot if no one is playing.

3. Be conscious of your place on the course and keeping up with play.

4. Don’t chat approaching your ball when you could be working out club selection , distance. etc. In general be ready to play your shot when it’s your turn to play.

5. Walk briskly from the green and between shots.

6. Keep a tally of your score at all time – don’t start to count the shots when asked by the marker.

7. If you have a pre shot routine longer than 15 seconds you should review it – it will probably benefit your game as well.

8. Always leave bags and loose taylormade r11 irons for sale at the exit route to next tee. On a new course when walking towards the green check the direction of the next tee.

9. Check from time to time if your group is falling behind or if you holding anyone up.

10. If your ball is nearest to the hole and someone has just played out of a bunker – offer to rake it for them so they can take their shot – think “team” not indivudual.

The new TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 Released

The Taylormade company has come out with Tour Preferred CB, MC and MB 2014 lines. You might not expect it, but these TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 have already made it into the bags of PGA Tour players and weekend hackers alike.

In terms of technology, the Tour Preferred CBs are more of a refinement than a reinvention. The SpeedPocket, introduced last year and filled with a 3M polymer, is back with a few twists. Still present only in the 3- through 7-irons, it has been expanded, with thicker pockets towards the heel and toe.

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In terms of the performance package, this iron is designed fairly similarly to the TaylorMade speedblade irons for sale. The difference is that this is a more compact head shape, so this will require a little more precision from the player in terms of ballstriking. The slot designed into the sole of the Tour Preferred CBs extends about 10 millimeters into the head. It’s covered with a polymer, so dirt and debris do not get into the club. Its function is to create a hinging mechanism that lets the face bend more at impact, especially on shots hit low in the face.

Another key feature is feel, so TaylorMade gave the Tour Preferred CB irons three vibration dampeners. There is a badge bonded to the back of the face that soaks up shock created at impact, as well as a vibration-reducing material positioned inside the chamber of the club’s lower cavity. The polymer that covers the Speed Pocket also helps reduce unwanted vibrations.

I noted in my review of the Taylormade burner 2.0 irons that they were very grey-heavy, which is a design choice that TaylorMade has continued with the Tour Preferred line. I don’t mind that; they certainly look classy. The über-chrome finish is evocative of Mizuno’s MP line, which is not a bad target to aspire to.

The cavity is styled very similarly to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB Irons 2014, with the “TaylorMade” script on the muscle and a plastic sticker in the cavity. The words “Tour Preferred” are written in white and red, with “CB” in white closer to the heel. The undercut cavity extends to the hosel of the club, where a small cutout has been made, presumably to remove weight from the heel of the club.

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