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GolfWRX recently launched a new 8-part video series, called “The Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf. Throughout this video series, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content, Andrew Tursky, tests out 8 legendary used golf clubs that are still being played on Tour today. How do the older, less expensive products compare to modern technologies?

In the first two episode’s Tursky tested out TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons, and Adams Idea Pro hybrids from 2006.

For episode 3, we highlight the TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ Tour 3-wood, which first hit the market in 2012. The fairway woods are currently available for $84.99 on 2nd Swing’s website.

Check out the video at the top of the page for more on the product, design, and how it stands up in testing against a modern 3-wood.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Pingback: OLD vs. NEW: Testing the Nike VR Pro Ltd. Edition 3-wood from 2011 – GolfWRX

  2. Christopher

    Jan 31, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Absolutely great 3 wood. Played mine up until 2020 before replacing it with an m5. Love the slightly more triangle shape of the tour head.

  3. Mike Palmer

    Jan 31, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Loving this series! Had the TM MCs so the review blew my mind. Now the RBZ 3 wood? Still have it in the garage. Bravo Andrew.

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In-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s 3D-printed Avoda irons and his explanation of their “bulge and roll”

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At the 2024 Masters, Bryson DeChambeau spoke publicly about his custom, 3D-printed Avoda irons, saying, “they have just got a different curvature on the face than other equipment. Most equipment is flat. These have a different curvature on the face that allows me to have my mis-hits to go a little straighter sometimes….when I mishit on the toe or the heel, it seems to fly a lot straighter for me, and that’s what has allowed me to be more comfortable over the ball.

Most equipment aficionados assumed DeChambeau meant that the irons had “bulge and roll” on the face, just like a driver, 3-wood, or hybrid does. On Tuesday at the U.S. Open, however, DeChambeau seemed to have cleared up the confusion.

While speaking with Golf Channel’s Johnson Wagner, DeChambeau spoke on the designs, and gave a demonstration of what’s really going on with the face curvature.

“[It’s got] roll on the face – well, bulge. Well, whatever term you want to use. But essentially it doesn’t roll this way (from the top to the bottom, a.k.a. “roll”), it rolls this way (from heel to toe, a.k.a. “bulge”). Can you guys see the curvature on the face? It’s kind of like a driver, or a hybrid, or whatnot…but it does cave in on the heel, and it caves in on the toe, as well, which creates that curvature. So for the speeds that I have, when I hit it on the toe or the heel, it doesn’t overcorrect. So, most people think that irons, MOI (moment of inertia) there doesn’t really effect the curvature, but it actually does at my speeds, at [lower lofts and higher speeds]. So essentially when I hit it on the toe, I was hooking it like crazy. Heel – I was missing it right like crazy. So I created curvature on the toe and the heel to get it to start it a little farther right on the toe, and on the heel, start it a little farther left, to make sure it doesn’t go too far offline.” 

Essentially, DeChambeau is saying that his irons are made with “bulge” on the face, which means they curve from heel to toe, but they do not have “roll,” which would mean they would curve from top to bottom. For DeChambeau, this custom face design helps his toe strikes start farther to the right, and then hook back, while his heel strikes start farther to the left, and then slice/cut back. Therefore, when his toe-hits hook to the left, and his heel-hits slice to the right, they are working back toward the target line, rather than starting on the target line and curving away from it.

DeChambeau also implies the curvature is greater on his lower-lofted irons, where he’s creating higher ball speeds. This would mean the “bulge” is progressive throughout the set, with more curve on the longer irons, and less bulge on the shorter irons.

On Monday, GolfWRX.com got in-hand photos of DeChambeau’s Avoda irons, for a better look at the face curvature and design of the irons.

Bryson DeChambeau’s Avoda 5-iron

Bryson DeChambeau’s Avoda 9-iron

Learn more about DeChambeau’s Avoda irons here, and check out DeChambeau’s full 2024 U.S. Open WITB here.

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Whats in the Bag

Neal Shipley WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (13.5 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees @16.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8 X

Irons: Ping i230 (3), Ping Blueprint S (4), Ping Blueprint T (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: Ping s159 (46-12S, 50-12S, 54-12S, 60-08H)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

See more in-hand photos of Neal Shipley’s clubs here.

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Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto
Shaft: LA Golf C2L-180
Grip: JumboMax JumboFlat 17

Grips: JumboMax UltraLight XL

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Check out more in-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s clubs here.

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