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TaylorMade holds Speed Pocket World Challenge from 4 cities

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Times Square being converted to a TaylorMade driving range at 11pm the night before

Times Square being converted to a TaylorMade driving range at 11pm the night before

To help kick off golf season, TaylorMade is turning Times Square into a driving range by hosting the TaylorMade Speed Pocket World Challenge. That’s right. On Tuesday March 11 from 11am to 2pm, consumers will be able to compare traditional irons to TaylorMade Speed Blade irons and track their distance gains.

FlightScope will track all results on a Global Leaderboard, allowing participants to compete against others in London, Toronto and San Francisco.  Aside from local winners, one person will be crowned “Speed Pocket World Champion.” Participation is free and open to everyone.

Famed instructor Hank Haney and Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer will also be on-hand for the NYC festivities. GolfWRX will be providing some live updates on the site and social media for you, so stay tuned.

GolfWRX will be covering San Francisco and New York events. With temperatures expected to climb north of 55 degrees on Tuesday, timing couldn’t be better.

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  1. Gary Jones

    Mar 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I went today in San Francisco. Took about 15 seconds to stretch and hit 2 balls. Then hit 3 with the R11 6 iron which has 28 degrees of loft and then hit 3 balls with the Speedblade 6 iron which has 26.5 degrees of loft. I gained 12 yards. I think if I would of hit the R11 again I would have got the 12 yards back just because I was getting loose by each swing. So I don’t really thing that was a valid test, but it was a beautiful day in SF and it was fun to get out of the office.

    • Gary Jones

      Mar 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Oh – I got a free T-shirt and koozie too!

    • DJ

      Mar 13, 2014 at 1:56 am

      I was in SF too. Was really thrown off by the length of this iron. The R11 I hit was about 201(long) and the Speedblade was 228(long). At this point that is equal to my 3 iron… on a really good day. I know I nutted those shots, but do you think the flightscopes were off? How were your distances compared to your normal?

      • Gary Jones

        Mar 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        Wow- you must loosen up quick. 🙂 I hit mine quite a bit shorter. Only like 136 with the R11 and 148 with the Speedblade.

        • DJ

          Mar 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

          Walked from Civic Center so I was pretty loose by the time I got there. I emailed TM to get flightscope numbers but nobody’s answered me. I know loft is a lot stronger, just sounds waaaay off and wanted to see if you had overly-inflated numbers. Or… they’re just crazy long!

  2. Steve

    Mar 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Yeah do a loft for loft challenge! Then you can prove to everyone complaining that you NEED to lower the loft unless they want to hit skyrockets with every fricken club.

    • Kevin

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      these are the comments that show the low IQ of some golfers.

      wouldn’t it make sense that lowering the loft would lower the launch angle. go get on a flight monitor, hit a speedblade and compare to whatever club you want at the same loft.

      i could care less what people think of speedblades. but thinking that they gain distance only because of loft is downright ignorant.

      speedblades deliver distance, but they also deliver improved launch. they are taking a TM 6iron, getting 5 iron distances, but getting 6 or even 7 iron launch angles. go hit a Speedblade 6iron against your own clubs comparable iron in loft, or most likely 5 iron. I’m willing to bet the TM 6 iron goes as far or farther, yet you’ll launch much higher. that is where the technology and improvements are being made.

      Stop with the nonsense about jacked lofts. it only shows how little you understand. todays clubs, in many brands, are going higher with better spin numbers. the only way to prevent crazy high launch angles is to lower loft.

      • Justin

        Mar 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm

        Finally someone who understands. Even blades of today have “jacked up lofts” as compared to irons from, say, the 80s

      • jack

        Mar 14, 2014 at 1:38 am

        If you would read his comment you would understand that he was saying exactly what you said in a drawn out explanation. Possibly your the ignorant one?

  3. Francis Linnane

    Mar 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I just try it out today in Time Square ,it up my game.Thank you TaylorMade

  4. Bryan

    Mar 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Will i be able to use my 4 iron against there 6 since the lofts are nearly the same. Lol.

    • Kevin

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      these are the comments that show the low IQ of some golfers.

      wouldn’t it make sense that lowering the loft would lower the launch angle. go get on a flight monitor, hit a speedblade and compare to whatever club you want at the same loft.

      i could care less what people think of speedblades. but thinking that they gain distance only because of loft is downright silly.

      speedblades deliver distance, but they also deliver improved launch. they are taking a TM 6iron, getting 5 iron distances, but getting 6 or even 7 iron launch angles. go hit a Speedblade 6iron against your own clubs comparable iron in loft, or most likely 5 iron. I’m willing to bet the TM 6 iron goes as far or farther, yet you’ll launch much higher. that is where the technology and improvements are being made.

      Stop with the nonsense about jacked lofts. it only shows how little you understand. todays clubs, in many brands, are going higher with better spin numbers. the only way to prevent crazy high launch angles is to lower loft.

      • Gus

        Mar 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        Did you actually go do the test?

        I did – Taylormade started me on the R11 6-iron (28*) for 3 shots then another 3 shots on the Speedblade (26.5*). My carry with the R11 were 170, 177,179, and Speedblade was 172, 178, 187. Based on this TM claimed that I gained 17 yards – basically taking my worst R11 shot and my best Speedblade shot!

        In fact, there were loads of people testing this club who don’t even golf, and one lady ahead of me only managed to hit one good shot with the Speedblade while shanking all the ones with R11, contributing to a whopping 91yards gained. I think they eventually removed result, but still loads do people in the 60+ yards gained…

        I took home the free 6-iron and went to range to compare it with my Miura Tournement blade 6-iron. Speedblade was a club longer, but only a yard or two longer than my 5-iron if I did the comparison based on loft.

        Loft is loft, TM can call it whatever club they want but it doesn’t change the fact that people are given the specs from a longer club with labeling of a shorter club.

        While everyone should have their loft and lie adjusted to achieve ideal launch conditions and proper yardage gaps, TM advertising distance gains is misleading.

        • Justin

          Mar 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

          You might have done the test, but it doesn’t matter. If they made the speedblades 28 degrees everyone would be crying they hit the ball too high.

  5. LorenRobertsFan

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Sorry TM, but if rather have a 7 iron that goes 145-150 rather than a 7 iron that goes 150-165

    • LorenRobertsFan

      Mar 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      *i’d

    • Kevin

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      haha seriously? why? don’t kid yourself. first, even at 165yds that is a short 7iron on tour.

      what we want is the correct spin numbers for a 7 iron at the proper launch angles, and most importantly consistency. no hot spots.

      speedblades are MUCH more consistent than previous burners.

      what i don’t like, lightweight shaft and longer lengths.

      but stop acting like you wouldn’t want an extra ten yards per iron and the proper launch or trajectory.

  6. Lazza

    Mar 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Should make sure that loft for loft (° for °) is used as a comparison. No good comparing “4i” with 20° loft with 21° 3i blade! All other specs to be identical too (shaft, length, swing weight, flex, etc) and then we see veracity of distance claims.

    • Kevin

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      i bet that TM 20* club goes farther and even with lower loft goes higher. explain that genious. lower lofts on TM speedlines, yet higher launch angles than other clubs at similar launch angles.

  7. Reggie Ramos

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:51 am

    I wish i could try it. I like taylormade golf clubs. My golf set are taylormade burner. I like it.

  8. Johnny

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I live in Indiana sure would be nice to be able to get into that contest, I just recently purchased an r1 driver,have been using Callaway the last 2 years I am loving the r1 I’m heading Mizuno irons but would like to try the MC TaylorMade

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