RocketbBallz Irons Review----Seriously?
Feb 6, 2012 (Updated Feb 6, 2012)
Review by Bill Brott
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Long, Above Average Balance
Cons:Cartoonish look and name. EVERY shot feels well struck, not very informative or workable.
The Bottom Line: These are the next generaton Burner with a dodgey paint job. Just a really weird direction for TaylorMade to go in at this point in time.
I was just beginning to have faith in "The Burner" series of irons that TaylorMade had resurrected. They were quite good, actually, though the name and the marketing had gotten so long in the tooth that many an orthodontist had been spotted stalking the outskirts of TaylorMade Headquarters. Basically, these RocketBallz irons that supposedly sport so much wonderful new technology, are simply a continuation of that Burner Line, except they must have picked up the butt ugly shade of green paint at a Nickent Golf Bankruptcy Fire Sale. It is that same "Hot Snot" not quite Emerald--"Love it or Leave it" green that Nickent used on their last iteration of clubs before the bankruptcy took them down for good.
Recommend this product?
--"Are they really that much longer than the Burner Series"? I don't know. "Is there really a jolly old fat man that flies around The World in one night near The Winter Solstice, giving gifts to all the good little girls and boys"? Or maybe you buy more into that crazy rabbit that goes around giving candy to all the kids sometime near The Spring Equinox? Or maybe you're a Tooth Fairy kind of person? Hey-- there's always Festivus for the rest of us. Don't buy into all that marketing hype folks, because that's exactly what it is. It's not that these are bad clubs---They're actually pretty good. But they are merely "Burner--The Next Generation", and not something totally whizz bang, brand new, gotta have it if you want 20 more yards from your 6 iron kind of deal. They are The New Burner, with a really dodgey paint job.
See--I can be realistic. These are as long as anything else out there. Simple as that. They are longer than many of their competitors, and outdistanced by very few. Still, distance is more a matter of how close to on plane you are rather than what club you buy. My new found 30 yards from the 6 Iron came from lessons and workouts---not my new set of clubs. These are as long as my Wilson Ci 9's, but they aren't any longer than my Wilsons. The new Ci 11's and Di 11's actually have a yard or two on these, but that just might be my swing's familiarity with The Wilson Staff Product.
Feel--3 1/2 Stars
If you have to have feel, and you have to have a TaylorMade Game Improvement Iron, might I suggest the R 11's which came out last season. They are a really good feeling iron. These RocketBallz Irons don't feel as stupid as their name, but they feel nowhere as sharp and crisp as their R11 Siblings. It's not a bad feel, but it is really one of those, " durometer feel goods." taken to the extreme so that every shot feels "GREAT". Pretty soon though, it becomes apparent that these things have become really dumbed down because your 145 yard off the toe 7 Iron Shot feels exactly like your 165 yard near the sweet spot 8 Iron. If you just want a club that feels really good at impact--all the time, and not one that you can learn from--you will probably like it a lot more than I do.
Balance- 4 Stars
It's not like there are any "Vague Moments" that just jump out at me during the swing, but similar to the "Feel" category, the club head always feels the same throughout the swing. There's never any point in time where the club head and I ever got on a more Zen-Like mutual awareness at critical points of the swing. The Club head was always "there"...but it was never really "THERE" when I could've used some affirmation during minor swing plane adjustments. If you're a high capper--this is more than adequate. If you are seriously trying to perfect your swing plane, however, I'd look elsewhere.
Looks--Not really Gonna GO There
This is a very subjective category, and due to my aforementioned abhorrence of the looks of these clubs, I refuse to give it arating that would show me as overly biased. What the hell--I used to play Nickent Clubs that bore this same Cheap-A$$ looking shade of green. They were darned good clubs too. I guess the value pricing Nickent engaged in was enough to get me to swallow my pride. I can't say the same for these.
Build Quality--4 Stars
They seem to be well put together in all phases of construction. I can't say that I saw anything out of the ordinary. No stray dots of glue, no misaligned grips. Quality control was obviously on top of it with this one as far as final assembly goes. I still think the R 11's are more reflective of a better build quality. They simply look and feel the part so much more than these do. Maybe it's because the R 11's remind me of my long lost set of R7 XD Irons that sported the titanium face, Good luck finding any of those anymore. Those original R7 XD's (not to be confused with the cheap box set variety) were the Prototype for the resurrection of The Burner Series of Irons. I just don't find these RocketbBallz clubs to be a fitting successor. They're built well enough, and they play long enough, but the rest of the characteristics verge on a caricature of what was close to becoming a dynasty.
Again, I am cutting them a little lee way here. Perhaps they will refine the next iteration so that they aren't so cartoonish. There are days I still miss my old R7 XD's, but these particular irons don't do anything for me wanting to go back to TaylorMade. They actually almost make me want to turn around and run from TaylorMade. In all fairness, however, distance performance was there, the feel was adequate, and the balance was slightly above average. --So 4 Stars it is.
I'd like to thank my CL Abraham for getting me the product link that made this review possible.
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