These days, it seems that the only thing that matters to equipment manufacturers is hitting the ball further. Of course, this is all that they can offer - the hype that if you buy their golf clubs you're going to be a better golfer.
But you're NOT.
If you swing out to in 10 degrees, have no lag coming down and the clubface open to your path another 10 degrees, you're going to slice it - no matter what club, shaft or ball you play.
You can't argue with physics.
In an ideal world, an equipment fitting is combined with top-notch instruction to FIX your swing flaws, not try and band-aid them with a custom set of clubs that can only make a marginal difference to a crappy swing.
That's why all fittings I did were a golf lesson AND a fitting - there is no other way to do it right.
But, that takes me away from my point about the TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons.
First off, as many of you well know, I can't stand HYPE. I want facts based on science. If you can't prove it to me, then it's just your opinion.
When it comes to club manufacturers these days, hype is about all you're getting, especially when it comes to the RocketBladez.
Now, I'm not saying they're not a good set of irons, they may be great. No, what I'm upset about is their promise of giving you loads more distance because of that stupid little slit in the bottom of the head.
That is nothing more than a gimmick to try and get you to part with $900 of your very hard earned money in this economy.
So, Here's the Real Problem with the RocketBladez
I'm one of those guys that hates injustice, so when I see it in the golf world, I call it like I see it. Sort of like a Captain America for the golf industry, protecting my members from getting duped by marketing hyperbole.
If you hit a 7 iron from a set of RocketBladez, you probably WILL hit it further. So, you should be pumped up about them and be ready to bust out your credit card, right?
The reason it may go further is because the loft is only 30.5 degrees!!! That's a half degree STRONGER than a 6 IRON from a set of Titleist MB's!
So, all you're really doing is hitting a strong 6 iron with "7" stamped on the bottom.
Since loft is the MOST IMPORTANT factor in how far you will hit each golf club, you're simply falling prey to a bait and switch tactic where they're selling you a club that should say 6+ on the bottom instead.
Of course, this is the case with every club in the bag. The 4 iron is only 20 degrees, that's one degree stronger than a "standard" 3 iron.
It's Not Just TaylorMade
While I'm pointing out TaylorMade's RocketBladez here because of their aggressive marketing machine, they're not the only culprits trying to pry your wallet from your hands with a "false" promise of more distance because of some gimmick.
Cobra does it, Callaway does it, and even Titleist does it with their AP2's for example.
In the end, you need to buy a properly fit set of irons and most importantly, get fit for the proper shaft. The head should look and sound appealing to you, but the shaft is really more important as it primarily determines your feel, launch conditions and overall sense of the golf club.
While I'm not currently doing fittings at this time (I may start back up again in the future...), we at Rotary Swing Golf do take this same "hard nosed" approach to the way we teach the golf swing.