THE JOY OF FLEX
The first prohibition in golf’s “plain in shape” rule is that a club cannot have “holes through the face.” But that hasn’t prevented TaylorMade from pursuing a new concept in iron design. The RSi irons have vertical slots in the face to improve the way they flex at impact. As for not breaking the rule, the face slots are filled with an epoxy compound that lets the face flex while keeping the R&A happy.
Sergio Garcia received the first set of TaylorMade’s new RSi TP irons and used them at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where he finished T-2. There are three RSi models. All three feature vertical slots in the face in the 3- through 8-irons to maximise face flex at impact. And sole slots in the 3through 7-irons to improve ball speed. The RSi 1 (R9 999) is a wide-sole cavity-back; the RSi 2 (R11 999) is a compact cavity-back made of multiple metals; and the RSi TP is a players cavity back with a forged 1025 carbon-steel face and neck in the long and middle irons.