Every new iron set promises more distance and more forgiveness, as does the TaylorMade RocketBallz iron set. TaylorMade said that goal is accomplished by focusing on how the clubface flexes: The "trampoline" effect is increased with clubfaces that are thicker at the edges and thinner in the hitting zone, plus the company's Inverted Cone Technology increases the sweetspot and boosts MOI. A "Toe Bar" in the upper toe of each iron addresses issues of accuracy by stiffening the toe area, which TaylorMade says helps keeps the ball on target.
The clubhead designs lower the center of gravity and boost launch angle, which the company takes advantage of by strengthening (lowering) lofts. That means a more penetrating ball flight and improved distance.
The RocketBallz irons are progressive in clubhead shape, with the long irons large and hollow; the middle irons with a deep undercut-cavity design; and the short irons with more compact heads.
RocketBallz irons come in 3-PW plus gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. An 8-club set will have an MSRP of $699 with steel shafts and $899 with graphite shafts when they reach retail outlets on Feb. 3, 2012. A women's set in 5-iron through SW, with lighter shafts, will cost $899.