The product with the most buzz — TaylorMade RBZ

by   |   January 28, 2012
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By Zak Kozuchowski

GolfWRX Managing Editor

TaylorMade is the biggest, baddest golf company on the planet, and continued its momentum at this 2012 PGA Merchandise Show. At demo day on Wednesday, golfers stood in long lines to test TaylorMades’s new RBZ product line, which included new drivers, woods, hybrids, irons and wedges. Many doubted the success of the line, but the much hyped clubs lived up to the company’s promises. They look beautiful, and perform even better.

I tested the RBZ Tour Driver, 3 wood and hybrid on a Flightscope. Here are my results.

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THE DRIVER

The RocketBallz driver continues in the tradition of TaylorMade’s Burner series. The 460cc head comes in a regular and tour version, which is a lower spinning model. Its classic shape is great to look at, and even more fun to hit. With the help of a TaylorMade custom fitter, I was launching a 9 degree Tour version at 13 degrees with 2600 rpms of spin with a stock Matrix HD6 X-stiff shaft. The results? 317 yards, an improvement over my current Adams 9023LS gamer.

What I was most impressed with, however, was the forgiveness of the driver. Even on the drives I badly missed, I was still in the 280-290 yard range.

THE 3 WOOD

The RBZ fairway woods were the most buzzed club of the RBZ family, and for good reason. TaylorMade promised double-digit gains over their previous model. Being a high-speed player, I doubted I would see that much of an improvement. I was wrong.

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The RBZ Tour 3 wood I tested was the same loft as my TaylorMade Burner HFS 3 wood (14.5 degrees) and the same length (43.5 inches). The Tour version is a little smaller and lower spinning than the standard RBZ 3 wood. I tested the Tour version with the stock X-stiff Matrix XCON shaft. The RBZ head is bigger, more forgiving, and amazingly 14 yards longer than my gamer. My best swing produced a high, low spin shot that went 279 yards. You’ll see it in my bag soon.

THE HYBRID

I tested the RBZ Tour 3 hybrid (18.5 degrees). Again, the Tour version is lower spinning than the standard RBZ hybrid. I was impressed with its compact shape and clean look. From heel to toe, it was shorter than my gamer, and Adams a7 19 degree hybrid, and had a slightly taller profile. It launched higher and with less spin than my A7, and it went forever. My best swing sent the ball 245 yards.

CONCLUSION

RocketBallz is for real. I’m convinced that the slot in the sole of the woods and hybrids not only improves ball speed, but adds significant forgiveness as well. If you can handle the aggressive name and white-and-lime-green color scheme, these are the woods for you. If you can’t, read tomorrow’s story on the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show’s biggest winners. I tested another company’s lineup that killed it at this year’s show.

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4 Comments

  1. dale sabroski

    August 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    found the same thing. went to the range warmed up with some weges. then got out the driver started good but then got a little fast started the 15 20 yard hook. slowed down and started hitting it down the middle. stsrt slow and work the speed up. love it just keep the speed down and drive through the ball. I think I’ve been told that before.

  2. nairyhuts

    May 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    The truth,i swapped my 909 d2 for the RBX,10.5 stock stiff xcon 5 shaft.took it to the range and cut every shot 15 to 20 yrds right,blamed this on poor range balls and badly positioned tees?lol.Took her on the course proper yesterday and after slowing down the 105mph swing hit it like a dream,to be honest length wise saw no significant gains but accuracy was something else,13 out of 14 fairways will do for me,shes a keeper(as long as i remember to slow it down);-)

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  4. Chris

    January 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    How did the RBZ tour compare to the callaway razr fit.

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