TaylorMade adidas Golf (TMAG) is at it again with a new set of irons called the RSi. TaylorMade fitting specialists found that 76% of all iron shots as mis-hits. We all like to think we’re better ball strikers than that, but it simply isn’t the case. To combat off center hits and their distance robbing effects, the crazy golf minds at TMAG have taken the “speed pockets” technology they’ve used in previous irons and woods (like Rocketballz) to help thin shots and moved the slots to the left and right sides of the face to produce more of a springy effect on mishits and more distance.
“Face Slot Technology provides greater consistency across the face, giving players improved performance on mis-hits,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Director of Product Creation for Irons, Putters & Wedges. “No golfer is perfect, not even the best players in the world hit the center of the club every time. So with RSi, we’re giving all golfers a technology that can help their mis-hits perform more like pure strikes.”
These new Face Slots are in the 3-8 irons and sit just outside the score lines on the face. The slots are cut all the way through the face and the cavity is filled with an epoxy compound. The slots allow the face of the club to flex and generate higher ball speeds for more distance on those mis-hit shots. The RSi irons also retain the speed pocket on the bottom for higher ball speeds on thin shots, so these irons will have a large sweetspot and offer plenty of forgiveness.
There are three models of RSi irons. Below are TaylorMade’s descriptions of each:
RSi 1: RSi 1 features TaylorMade’s Advanced Face Design – an engineering feat that incorporates the company’s thinnest face ever, a deep undercut and Inverted Cone Technology (to extend the COR zone) in order to promote greater ball speed. In addition, a stabilized head structure and multiple dampening systems resulted in improved sound and feel. The new Reax 90 steel shaft from True Temper helps optimize ball flight for max distance and performance.
RSi 2: The most resounding characteristic of the RSi 2 is the Progressive Multi-Material Construction. The 3-5 irons are cast from 450 stainless steel with tungsten weighting to promote a lower CG and slightly higher flight. The mid irons (6-7) are cast of 450 stainless steel, as well. The high-strength material allowed engineers to make the face thinner, undercuts deeper and accommodate slot technology. The short irons (8, 9, PW) incorporate forged faces to promote feel and accuracy; and the wedges are completely forged, giving them the look, feel and workability desired by better players. RSi 2 irons come stock with the all-new KBS Tour 105 shaft.
RSi TP: The RSi TP irons combine the forged look and feel preferred by better players with Face Slot Technology. An advanced two-piece construction merges a premium 1025 forged carbon steel hosel/face with a 431 stainless steel back using plasma welding in the 3-7 irons. This construction provides the precision and feel of a forged iron with the advanced geometry of cast irons – delivering the best of both worlds. The short irons (8-PW) are classic forged heads with a slight muscle cavity. RSi TP irons come stock with the Tour-proven KBS Tour Steel Shaft.
Some of TaylorMade’s tour staff are likely to put the RSi TP irons in play later this year. We will post a review of the clubs as soon as we get our grubby little hands on a set! For more information go to www.mis-hitshappen.com or www.taylormadegolf.com.