Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

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.

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