TaylorMade has introduced RSi irons featuring Face Slot Technology in the three to eight irons. Positioned at the toe and heel, just outside the score lines and vertically spanning 35 to 38mm (depending on the iron number), slots are cut all the way through the face and filled with a durable epoxy compound. The heel and toe slots allow the face to flex easily and protect ball speed for more consistent distance across the face.
In addition to Face Slots, the improved Speed Pocket in the RSi iron features ThruSlot engineered to activate the lower portion of the face by minimising speed reduction and creating higher launch on shots hit below centre. Like Face Slots, the Speed Pocket in the three to seven irons protects ball speed, launch angle and spin rate, especially on shots struck low on the face. The two combine says TaylorMade to give RSi a larger sweetspot with forgiveness near the toe, heel and bottom of the club.
The family of RSi irons features three distinct models; each designed to appeal to the performance needs of different player types.
RSi 1 features TaylorMade’s Advanced Face Design, 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 stabilised head structure and multiple dampening systems results in improved sound and feel. The new Reax 90 steel shaft from True Temper helps optimise ball flight for maximum distance and performance.
The RSi 2 irons have Progressive Multi-Material Construction, with the three to five irons cast from 450 stainless steel with tungsten weighting to promote a lower CG and slightly higher flight. The mid irons (six and seven) 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 (eight, nine and PW) incorporate forged faces to promote feel and accuracy; and the wedges are forged, giving them the look, feel and workability desired by better players. RSi 2 irons come with the all-new KBS Tour 105 shaft as standard.
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 three to seven irons. This construction says TaylorMade provides the precision and feel of a forged iron with the advanced geometry of cast irons. The short irons (eight to PW) are classic forged heads with a slight muscle cavity. RSi TP irons come with the Tour-proven KBS Tour Steel Shaft.
Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s director of product creation for irons, putters and wedges stated, “Face Slot Technology provides greater consistency across the face, giving players improved performance on mis-hits. No golfer is perfect, not even the best players in the world hit the centre 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.” More at: www.taylormadegolf.com