Friday, March 9, 2012

Taylor Made Rocketball Z Stage 2

The RocketBallz Stage 2 series of clubs from TaylorMade Golf is the 2013 model which includes woods, hybrids, irons and wedges, and carries that name that even TaylorMade itself admits is "polarizing.". The latest driver to be introduced is the TaylorMade R1, this really looks cool, with the orange and silver stripes.

 The name derives, TaylorMade says, from repeated exclamations from members of the company's tour staff after hitting prototypes that the ball comes off the clubs "like a rocket." The RocketBallz Stage 2 series clubs promise booming distance, some of them are being used on tour by TM golfers.

TaylorMade R1 Driver

The TaylorMade R1 driver allows you to can change the loft angle, the face angle, and use movable weights to affect shot shape.
  • Loft: Using what TaylorMade calls "Loft-Sleeve Technology" gives the golfer 12 possible settings for loft, ranging from 8 degrees to 12 degrees. With a standard lie angle, the golfer can choose from seven loft settings within that range; with an upright lie, there are five loft settings.
  • Face angles: The R1 driver can be set to one of seven face angles - neutral (square), slightly open, more open, maximum open, slightly closed, more closed and maximum closed. The golfer can change the face angle without affecting loft.
  • Movable weights: The R1 driver includes two movable "shot shaping" weights. Changing the weights affects the clubhead's center of gravity location, moving the CG up to five millimeters. This can help promote a draw, or the weights can be set for a neutral (straight) trajectory.
The stock shaft in the TaylorMade R1 driver is the Aldila RIP Phenom 55, an ultralight graphite shaft for some extra "oomph" in clubhead speed. While it weighs only 55 grams, its design gives it the feel of a 65-gram shaft. It has a stiff tip and firm grip end, but a softer center for added kick.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Drivers

The RBZ Stage 2 driver has a large address footprint, but the new version's clubface is deeper and larger than the original. Yet, TaylorMade says, the clubhead design overall is more aerodynamic, helping increase clubhead speed.
TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2

Clubhead speed also gets a boost relative to the original RBZ from a longer, lighter (50 grams) Fujikura RocketFuel shaft, plus a light grip. Despite that large-footprint clubhead, the shaft and grip help keep the overal weight of the RBZ Stage 2 driver below 300 grams.

The RBZ Stage 2 uses the white, non-glare finish; the crown decal adds linear references for the golfer's eye that, TaylorMade says, provide visual cues that help with alignment.

TaylorMade's Loft-Sleeve Technology is incorporated in the RBZ Stage 2 driver and it gives golfers the ability to adjust loft angle, lie angle and face angle. All these elements, plus a center of gravity position that is low but more forward, add up to nine more yards for better players compared to the distance performance of the original RBZ driver.

 TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Fairway Woods

RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Woods
The RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods have a lower profile with a shallower clubface. With a low center of gravity, the clubs are designed to boost launch angle.
The TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 fairway metals come stock with RocketFuel 60 graphite shafts, in 3-wood (15 degrees loft), 3HL (high launch - 17 degrees), 5-wood (19 degrees), 5HL (21 degrees) and 7-wood (22 degrees).
A Tour version, the RBZ Stage 2 TP fairways, come stock with Matrix RocketFuel 70 graphite shafts in lofts of 13, 14.5, 16.5 and 18.5. But the Tour models incorporate TaylorMade's "Loft-Sleeve Technology" and can be adjusted up or down by 1.5 degrees of loft.

 TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue Clubs

The RBZ Stage 2 Rescue has the white, non-glare finish with new crown graphics; graphics that TaylorMade says provide additional visual cues at address to help the golfer with alignment. 

TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2
RocketSteel" clubface, Speed Pocket improvements, lower profiles and shallower faces
The stock shaft in the Rescue clubs is the RocketFuel 65 graphite; 3-hybrids through 6-hybrids are available for right-handed golfers, 3 and 4 hybrids for lefties.

RBZ Stage 2 TP Rescues, "Tour" models, are also available. They use TaylorMade's "Loft-Sleeve Technology," and are adjustable up or down by 1.5 degrees of loft each.

TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons

 The TaylorMade RocketBladez irons are built around the "Speed Pocket" - a 2-millimeter-wide "slot" in the soles of the 3-iron through 7-iron.
At impact, the slot flexes and rebounds, and in so doing, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed, increases launch angle, and heightens the trajectory. In other words, the company says the RocketBladez make the golf ball go higher and farther.
The Speed Pocket is particularly effective, TaylorMade says, on shots struck low on the clubface - a miss (hitting the ball too low on the clubface) common to mid- and high-handicap golfers.
The slot is not a gap, however; it is filled with "a specially formulated polyurethane developed by 3M" that serves a dual purpose: It keeps debris out of the "pocket," and it dampens vibration - but without, TaylorMade says, significantly lessening the flex of the Speed Pocket.
Combined with the ultra-thin clubface, the technology helps give the RocketBladez irons a higher COR than the Burner 2.0 irons. The higher-flying trajectory also means that golf balls descend on a steeper angle, helping stop the ball more quickly.
The base set includes 4-PW plus A-wedge, but the 3-iron, sand wedge and lob wedge are available separately. The stock steel shaft is the RocketFuel 85, and the stock graphite shaft the RocketFuel 65. Many custom options are available for both shaft and grip.

 TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons
 The RocketBallz franchise was born in the design of metalwood, but TaylorMade extends the line into the irons category, too.
Every new iron set promises more distance and more forgiveness, as does the TaylorMade RocketBallz iron set. TaylorMade said that goal is accomplished by focusing on how the clubface flexes: The "trampoline" effect is increased with clubfaces that are thicker at the edges and thinner in the hitting zone, plus the company's Inverted Cone Technology increases the sweetspot and boosts MOI. A "Toe Bar" in the upper toe of each iron addresses issues of accuracy by stiffening the toe area, which TaylorMade says helps keeps the ball on target.

The clubhead designs lower the center of gravity and boost launch angle, which the company takes advantage of by strengthening (lowering) lofts. That means a more penetrating ball flight and improved distance.

The RocketBallz irons are progressive in clubhead shape, with the long irons large and hollow; the middle irons with a deep undercut-cavity design; and the short irons with more compact heads.
RocketBallz irons come in 3-PW plus gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Max Irons

If you're a golfer who needs all the help you can get with your iron play, then you want super-game improvement clubs whose technological approach is all about distance and forgiveness.
The TaylorMade RocketBallz Max irons are the super-game improvement iron in the RBZ line.

Each RBZ Max iron has a metalwood construction. What does that mean? It means RocketBallz Max irons have hollow-head designs, with a clubace manufactured separately and attached, and no internal bracing of the face that might dampen flex.

Tungsten weights are used in the sole to help lower and deepen the center of gravity and increase MOI. The short irons have stronger lofts to counter the tendency of higher handicappers to approach the ball on a shallower swing path; and the wedges have a very rounded sole to help the clubs get through sand and rough.

RocketBallz Max sets offer a choice of graphite or steel shafts, but the 4- and 5-irons come with graphite shafts only. That decision, the company says, is based on the need of higher handicappers for launch help in longer irons.

Taylor Made New Ball
 The Lethal golf ball from TaylorMade is a premium, 5-layer ball that is the company's next-generation ball, supplanting the Penta.

The Lethal ("Lethal" is used as the sidestamp on the ball) is designed to work well with today's irons that focus on helping golfers launch the ball higher. The Lethal's design takes that into account, with characteristics that counteract ballooning and keep the ball on a more penetrating trajectory.

The ball is designed to hold its line better in the wind, and, of course, to provide a distance boost over previous generation TaylorMade Tour balls.

  We have a comprehensive range of equipment is available at all times from the Springbrook Golf Shop. Whether you are a beginner, junior or the most seasoned of tournament players, we can give you a good price on the latest  Taylor Made equipment, and other major brands also available upon request. We are a Taylor Made Stockist and have demo clubs available for you to try.

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