Technology / Specs
TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons
TaylorMade conducted an industry-wide search of golfers with handicaps ranging from five to twenty five to find out how they contact the clubface at impact. Results revealed that 72% of those golfers consistently impacted the ball lower on the clubface. Striking the golf ball low on the clubface led to decreased ball speeds, a lower initial launch, and more importantly a loss of distance. To help golfers combat this problem, TaylorMade decided to showcase their research with an innovative and creative new product: the SpeedBlade irons.
The main innovative design that contributes to the performance of the SpeedBlade irons is the Speed Pocket, first introduced by TaylorMade into irons in last year's RocketBladez irons.
The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that has been cut the length of the sole, from heel-to-toe and filled with polyurethane which enhances the sound and feel of the golf club. The Speed Pocket allows the clubface to flex at impact, and therefore rebound energy to the golf ball faster than ever before. Having the Speed Pocket stretched from the heel-to-toe of the sole creates overall higher and consistent ball speeds.
The SpeedBlade 3- through 7-irons utilize the Speed Pocket, which enhances the ball speed and creates a higher launch angle, making these longer irons easier to hit. The combination of faster ball speeds and higher launch angles translates to greater distance on all shots.
The clubface of the SpeedBlade is extremely thin, measuring a mere 1.5 millimeters thick. This ultra-thin structure produces ball speeds faster than any previous TaylorMade irons. The clubhead features a deep undercut on the backside of the cavity, which aids in creating higher and longer-carrying ball flights.
The center of gravity (CG) in the SpeedBlade iron has been lowered compared to its predecessors. This lowered CG is made possible by the creation of the ultra-thin face, which results in more discretionary weight available which TaylorMade then positioned lower in the clubhead. Lowering the CG immediately increases the launch angle when striking the golf ball. This increase in launch angle leads to an efficient ball flight that maximizes the carry and overall distance of each shot.
The SpeedBlade iron features less offset and a thinner topline throughout each iron compared to other TaylorMade irons. These enhancements to the appearance of the golf club make this iron visually appealing to all golfers. The blue and smoke satin color scheme and graphics look smart and understated without being dull or plain.
The SpeedBlade iron set includes eight clubs, most commonly the 4-iron through gap wedge. The standard set come with 85 gram steel shafts, available in stiff or regular flexes. TaylorMade is also offering the SpeedBlades with graphite shaft options as well, with weights and flexes of 75g for stiff, 65g for regular, 55g for senior, or 45g for ladies flex.
TaylorMade golf is leading the way in the advancement of iron technology with the release of the SpeedBlade irons. If you’re in the majority of golfers (and according to TaylorMade you are), you need the performance that come from these irons. These SpeedBlade irons will increase your ball speed and launch angle for longer, higher shots that will stop faster and closer to the hole. Don’t miss out on the remarkable technology these irons have to offer.
How Speed Pockets Work