While the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB irons 2014 is the direct replacement for the RBladez Tour, the new irons have been completely redesigned. The CB is more than just RBladez Tour 2.0. It’s new. It’s different. It’s better (and yes…TaylorMade always says that).
The new design features an open-channel cavity (similar to what others call a slot cavity or pocket cavity), and as you might expect, retains TaylorMade’s now signature goo-filled Speed Pocket sole design. TaylorMade said the inclusion of the slot gives the Tour Preferred CB irons a larger sweetspot and helps players maintain ball speed across a greater portion of the hitting area. That should lead to more consistent distance control, something every accomplished player wants.
By now you should all be familiar with TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket, and its reported benefits, but it’s worth mentioning that, like TaylorMade’s distance RocketBladez irons, the CB’s Speed Pocket is also engineered to produce more consistent shots, higher launch, and, yup, more distance.
The feature that makes the Tour Preferred CB irons play similarly to the Taylormade SpeedBlade irons is the inclusion of a slot that TaylorMade calls a Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-irons. 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.
“Typically on an iron, the bottom is very rigid and there is a lot of lost ball speed when you hit it there,” Bystedt said. “The new Speed Pocket design is really flexible, so you get a lot of extra ball speed on shots hit lower in the face.” Anchored by a 46° pitching wedge, I suppose the CBs qualify as strongly lofted, although it should be pointed out that the strong lofts aren’t simply about cheating the distance equation. The lower loft actually help create the desired ball flight at the specified length.
Short irons are compact with minimal offset. Middle and long irons are slightly larger, with progressively more offset as the clubs get longer.