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If you are on the hunt for irons that will give you optimal performance on both center and off-center strikes, you might want to consider the Taylormade RSi 1. These irons replaced some of the fastest irons in the game (the Taylormade Speedblade) but somehow engineers at Taylormade have managed to calm down the RSis giving you more control. To find out more about the clubs, keep reading this TaylorMade RSi 1 irons review.
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A More Mainstream Iron
Taylormade was better known for their irons which eked more distance for tour professionals. This was an impressive feat because no other manufacturer had managed this on better player irons.
However, one thing was undeniable at the time; those irons were not for the average Joe. So, Taylormade set out to manufacture irons that were forgiving i.e. game improver irons, after conducting a research that found out 76% of hits in golf are mishits (sorry for bursting your bubble guys). From this, the RSi series was born.
The RSi 1 features the largest head of the series but with an almost forged like appearance (seriously Taylormade, how did you manage that?). It actually looks good for game improver irons.
Aimed at the high handicapper, the RSi1 features some tech to help high handicappers up their game. The key technology is the 2 vertical slots that sit on either side of the grooves. It is nothing short of ground-breaking and brings out the “I have to hit them” desire in you (more on this later). The RSi 1 also features a deep undercut, inverted cone technology, multiple dampening systems, and modified speed pockets.
From studies conducted, it’s evident we all need a bit of help with our strikes. I would recommend the RSi 1 and a more in-depth analysis will show why.
Some of the technology on the RSi 1 is nothing new but some is revolutionary. For instance, speed pockets have been around for awhile now and they also feature in the TM RSi 1.
However, the face slot technology which is found on the 4 to 7 irons is ground-breaking. They are located on the heel and toe and ensure uniform flex on the face. The fact that they are visible is amazing and confidence inspiring.
The face slots are much the same as the speed pocket, only that they offer forgiveness on off-center strikes, unlike the speed pocket which provides forgiveness for strikes low on the face. According to Tomo Bystedt, Taylormade Director of Product Creation, they took all they knew about speed pockets and put it on the face.
The RSi 1 also features a deep undercut cavity, inverted cone technology, and multiple dampening materials.
So, what does this tech mean to your game?
The undercut cavity will provide forgiveness on mishits, the face slots will ensure that no speed or distance is lost (consistency) on strikes towards the toe or heel, while the speed pockets maintain ball speeds for strikes low on the face.
Build and Looks
The RSi 1 went against all conventions of Taylormade. It’s something we would not expect from Taylormade who are better known for their high-speed blades.
The RSi 1 has everything you expect in a game improver. A thick top-line, large sole which improves turf interaction, and ample offset. Though it’s a game improver, it has a smaller head than most game improvers, and the cavity back is hidden at address (impressive actually).
The face slots have their cons and pros. For some, it might make you feel as if you have a lesser face to hit with while for the rest, it will just go to help you align your shots better (a way for TM to remind you they got your back).
Sound and Feel
When it comes to the feel of the RSi 1, it’s undeniable that it plays on the heavy (head heavy) side which increases its stability through the turf. When it comes to sound, it’s all about power and has a metallic clicky sound at impact.
Not to be a detractor, but this is not something we expect in a 15 to 20 handicap iron. However, this is only the case in slotted irons. The non-slotted irons have a much better sound.
In terms of weight, these irons are head heavy and feels as though there is no heft on the grip end. Players used to the Dynamic Gold or project X will definitely feel they have inadequate weight in their hands though players who are used to lighter shafts will disagree.
The major question when it comes to the RSi 1 is - are its mishits any better than that of other game improver irons? Short answer: yes.
Though it does not bear that much of a difference in forgiveness with other game improvers, mishits with the RSi 1 are definitely better. Even on some rather thin shots, the ball often rather than not ends up around the green which is a pleasant surprise.
For distance, these are some of the longer irons. Though TM has toned them down compared to the Speedblade, they are still quite impressive. Surprisingly, there is little loss of distance on mis-hits. The face slots are a great piece of technology.
One thing that’s worth noting is the fact that the RSi 1 are low launching and low spinning. This will come in handy for the players who hit high balls. If you fall into this category, you will have increased yardage with these irons. However, if you tend to strike a low ball, you will probably lose distance if you play the RSis.
In 50 word or less, these are well-balanced irons with impressive accuracy and forgiveness. Shots will fly straight as if laser guided with little or no curve.
The Final Verdict
The RSi are good irons but not great. I for one am not gooey about them. TaylorMade has done a good job increasing the forgiveness and making them more controllable but they pretty much fit in with other game improver irons.
Compared to the hype these irons were given, this was a major let down. This is not to say they are not good. They just did not live up to the hype. Other than that, they are a set you can try out. They are long, stable, and looks good.