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TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids
Like the R1, the Rocketballz Stage 2 drivers have a striking paint job — a grey-and-yellow triangle design on the crown that points down the target line.
But they’re not as adjustable as the R1, and will retail for $50 to $100 less. The standard version of the RBZ Stage 2 driver has a center of gravity that is lower and more forward, situated between last year’s RBZ and RBZ Tour drivers. It also has a 460cc head that has a larger face area and improved aerodynamics for faster clubhead speeds.
The RBZ Stage 2 Tour driver uses the same head shape as the non-Tour model, but changes in TaylorMade’s tooling allowed engineers to — you guessed it — move the CG lower and more forward. This lowers spin, giving higher-speed players the flatter trajectory they need to maximize carry and roll.
Above image is the RBZ Driver Sole
Both drivers feature an adjustable hosel that allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees up or down in 0.5 degree increments. The drivers have slightly different crown graphics, however.
Above image is the RBZ Stage 2 Driver crown
The standard version has a light grey graphic on the rear heel, whereas the Tour version has a dark grey graphic with the words “TOUR” stenciled in.
The standard RBZ Stage 2 driver is available in 9.5, 10.5 and 13 degrees, while the Tour head is available in 9 or 10.5 degrees.
The RBZ Stage 2 driver comes stock a with a Fujikura RocketFuel 50 graphite shaft in X, S, R and M flexes in a standard length of 46 inches and a swing weight of D6 for $299. The Tour driver is available with Matrix’s 6Q3 or 7Q3 “Red Tie” shaft and will retail for $349. Its standard length is 45.5 inches with a D4 swing weight.
RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Woods and Hybrids
TaylorMade’s original line of RocketBallz fairway woods made golfers snicker for two reasons:
- Their name
- The distance golfers were able to hit them compared to their old fairway woods
Above Image: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood Sole
The distance gains were the product of improved ball speed, which was a combination of a lower, more forward CG and TaylorMade’s speed pocket, a slot in the sole that increased face flexibility and forgiveness on mishits.
Above Image: RBZ Stage 2 Crown
While the RocketBallz fairway woods were revolutionary, they weren’t perfect — many golfers complained that the heads were too deep, resulting in shots that spun too little. And while RocketBallz were great off the tee, their larger footprint made them tough to use off the fairway and out of light rough.
TaylorMade says that this year’s RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods are 10 yards longer than last year’s behemoths, which calculates to a whopping 27-yard increase from the pre-RBZ days. They’re longer than last year’s models because of an even lower, more forward CG that’s paired with a new face material that TaylorMade calls “RocketSteel.” The new material is used on tour and standard models of the RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods and hybrids, and is 38 percent stronger than the 455 Carpenter steel used in the original models. It allows the faces of the fairway woods to be made as thin as 1.8 mm in certain areas, a 0.25 mm improvement.
Above Image: RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Metal Face
Maybe more important than the added distance is the revamped shape of the RBZ Stage 2 fairway woods, which have a shallower profile that allowed much more versatility in our testing. The lower-spinning Tour model fairway woods and hybrids also come with a hosel that adjusts loft as much to 1.5 degrees up or down in 0.5 degree increments, which will make fitting easier and help golfer’s tune their clubs to different course conditions.
Above Images: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid
Specs and shaft info is available below.
RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Wood (Standard) Specs:
RBZ Stage 2 Fairway Woods (Tour) Specs:
RBZ Stage 2 Hybrids (Standard) Specs: RH Only
RBZ Stage 2 Hybrids (Tour):