Like the original, the RBZ Stage 2 driver has a large address footprint, but the new version's clubface is deeper and larger than the original. Yet, TaylorMade says, the clubhead design overall is more aerodynamic, helping increase clubhead speed.
Clubhead speed also gets a boost relative to the original RBZ from a longer, lighter (50 grams) Fujikura RocketFuel shaft, plus a light grip. Despite that large-footprint clubhead, the shaft and grip help keep the overal weight of the RBZ Stage 2 driver below 300 grams.
Something else new about the clubhead: those graphics. The RBZ Stage 2 uses the white, non-glare finish that TaylorMade has employed in some drivers since 2011, but with new crown graphics. The crown decal adds linear references for the golfer's eye that, TaylorMade says, provide visual cues that help with alignment.
TaylorMade's "Loft-Sleeve Technology" (they used to call it "Flight Control Technology") is incorporated in the RBZ Stage 2 driver, and it gives golfers the ability to adjust loft angle, lie angle and face angle. Other design characteristics of the clubhead and overall club promote a moderate draw bias.
All these elements, plus a center of gravity position that is low but more forward, add up to nine more yards for better players compared to the distance performance of the original RBZ driver.
The TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 driver hits pro shops on Feb. 1, 2013 at $299.
A Tour model - RBZ Stage 2 TP driver - will be available beginning on Feb. 14, 2013, at $349. Its CG location is even more forward, and combines with the stock Matrix 6Q3 shaft to promote a more penetrating trajectory.