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#MisHitsHappen but #MissedGreensDont by @igolfreviews
Every golfer hits a bad shot sometimes. Tour pros even hit a rare one wide, while us amateurs hit significantly more every which direction. The trend over the last couple years in the club world has been making distance irons. It seemed that every new irons was about hitting the ball further, like 2 clubs longer. TaylorMade is finally focusing on something we really need, more forgiveness. The RSi line of irons is designed to reward shots hit just about anywhere on the face. You don’t have to find the pin head sized sweet-spot, but now virtually the whole face of these irons will yield similar results.
The RSi line consists of 3 versions; RSi 1, RSi2 and RSi TP. I received the Taylormade RSi 2 irons which are for a mid/low-handicap golfer. They have forged short irons and cavity back long irons. They really are 4 different irons blending into one set. There are sole slots, face slots and tungsten toe weight on the 3-5 iron, sole slots and face slots on the 6-7 iron, just face slots on the 8 iron and no slots on the forged face cavity backs for the 9 and PW. They have moderate off-set, a nice sole grind and thinish top line. They are a really nice looking set. They come stock with a “made for” KBS Tour 105 and topped with nice Lamkin grips. I’ve read some people bothered by the face slots in terms of looks, but to me they just frame the ball nicely like any other iron with grooves on it.
I received them just in time to take them on my trip to the Golden Horseshoe Courses in Williamsburg, VA. Taking new irons on a trip is always exciting and uncertain. I was glad to have these irons in the bag. The Gold and Green courses were tree-lined and had doglegs it seemed on every hole; there was no room for error. The RSi 2 irons didn’t let me down. I was able to keep my scores very respectable (mid 70s) for my round there. Once I got back home and put them to the test on some local courses, I found how good they could be. I shot my career best with these in the bag; -2. I’d never broken par before on 18 holes and I actually had a legitimate chance at going lower if I wouldn’t have missed a couple really short putts.
I had soooo many looks at birdies with these irons. So was it the clubs or the golfer? Yes, I was swinging well, but the forgiveness of these irons is off the charts. I know I hit the ball all over the face during my rounds, yet I was rewarded with consistent distance and dispersion. My only miss was a late leak to the right with the long irons. I just learned to play it, but I think it might be some sort of swing flaw I have with off-set irons. I’ve had similar issues with other off-set clubs. The clubs however repeated and repeated the exact same ball flight shot after shot. I hit a lot of range balls with these irons to see if the technology works and I attest that the RSi slots are legit. They didn’t go longer, they were just more consistent, even on mis-hits. I’d love to hit the TP irons because I think that their minimal off-set would be even better for my swing.
The cast and forged blend of these irons still offers a consistent feel throughout the whole set. It is due to the slot technology in the long irons that creates a softer feel and the forged face short irons have that soft yet crisp feel. There didn’t seem to be the harshness of off-center hits like most irons, which I assume is created by the face slots. They do hit the ball fairly high. The KBS shafts are higher launching and yet have a strong flat flight at the apex, no ballooning. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary in windy conditions; club up into the wind and go down a club when the wind is at your back and cross winds still moved the ball off line some. You can pretty much play your normal game with these irons, you just get rewarded with better results.
TaylorMade really built a set that many golfers should be playing. Depending on your skill level determines which version of the RSi irons you play, but the there is no denying the face slot technology. The Flightscope numbers and on-course results tell the story for me. I think it is just a matter of figuring out which RSi iron fits your wants and needs. I’m going to take a serious look at the TP version because my eye really likes less off-set, but with the results these irons have shown me, it might be hard to switch. Sure #MisHitsHappen but #MissedGreenDont with these irons.