If one of the greatest PLAYERS Championships in history doesn’t have you geared up to get back on the course, then nothing else will. As we make the turn and look towards the U.S. Open, we’re almost smack in the middle of the golf season. I hope you’ve been enjoying this ongoing series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope it’s helped you find the perfect club(s) that suits your game! – Matt
Club Name: RSi1 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price Point: $800 Steel; $900 Graphite
From TaylorMade: Even great golfers have mis-hits. It’s part of the game. TaylorMade studies show that 76% of shots hit by golfers are mis-hits. So our engineers set out to design the ultimate iron to help golfers have better mis-hits. The desired results? You’re going to hit more greens, and shoot lower scores because your misses will be better. RSi series irons are the first irons ever to feature FaceSlot Technology which provides uniform flexion across the face protecting ball speed and generating more consistent distance on off-center hits. Face Slot Technology is featured in the 3-8 iron with two slots located near the heel & toe of the clubface. At address, the irons look striking and give golfers ultimate confidence.
Find out more information and purchase your set of the TaylorMade RSi1 irons by visiting the TaylorMade website.
Here’s a closer examination at some of the technology featured in the RSi1 irons:
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. If you’re using players irons even though you’re having trouble getting out of the first round of the club championship, these make that transition to game-improvement easier to stomach. Instantly noticeable are the vertical face slots, which produce a springboard at impact. Less visible is the thin face — the thinnest ever on a TaylorMade iron. The result: a distance iron in a pleasing shape.
2. Golf Magazine: Like It. DISTANCE CONTROL: The club’s strongest performance category; RSi1 short irons are laser-guided on scoring shots; less than perfect strikes go a respectable distance; good bite for a game-improvement model. FEEL: It’s all about power, with a solid crunch at impact that packs plenty of juice; plays on the heavy side—easy to track and rock-steady through the turf; the clubface seems to take the edge out of poor contact. CONS: The RSi1 has black lines framing the hitting area that can be distracting; some guys want a more rewarding or polished feel at impact; not everyone experiences ultimate consistency and distance control on misses with the mid- and long irons.
3. Plugged In Golf: Just OK. The takeaway message about the TaylorMade RSi1 irons is, “Don’t believe the hype.” These are good clubs, no question, but they are not going to change you from a 20 handicap to a 10. They are not going to take your smother hook and put it on the green. If you want to hit your irons low and a long way, check these out, but please go in with reasonable expectations.
4. Rick Shiels: Like It.
5. Golf A Lot: 4 Stars out of 5. The RSi 1 iron is a very forgiving iron as you hardly feel like you miss any of the shots with them, even though you probably are. The style of the head marks it out as mid handicap, but I feel it is hiding a lot more forgiveness than it shows. The sound is OK for this style of iron and that is the only compromise on what is otherwise a solid game improvement iron from TaylorMade.
6. Golf WRX: Love It. The RSi 1 irons are the largest and most forgiving of the three irons in the RSi family. Aimed squarely at the higher handicap golfer looking for maximum forgiveness, their Face Slots, Speed Pockets and thin faces help deliver consistent ball speeds all over the face. The 3-7 irons are cast from 450 stainless steel and the 8-iron through AW are cast from 17-4 stainless steel.
7. Bunker’s Paradise: 4.8 out of 5. Nobody’s Perfect! Isn’t that the truth! There really isn’t much I can say negative about this club except that you might not like the looks of the Face Slots or colors. But honestly, when hitting these irons, I didn’t even notice the face slots. I completely forgot they were there. This club is going to help a lot of golfers to hit more accurate shots without having to sacrifice distance.