TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Golf Driver Review
TaylorMade has released the next installment in the Rocketballz series, the RBZ Stage 2. Although it may share a similar paint job with the new R1 driver, the Stage 2 does not feature the same level of adjustability. Therefore, they are generally sold for less ($50-100 less.)
TaylorMade’s goal was to improve upon the original Rocketballz and RBZ Tour editions from last year. The Stage 2 has a center of gravity that is lower and more “forward”; it is in between the centers of gravity of the original RBZ and Tour. TM also gave it a larger face area, which generally makes a golf driver more forgiving on mis-hits and widens the sweet spot. The 2013 Rocketballz 2 drivers and fairway woods feature the same “speed pocket” introduced with the original editions from last year, as shown in the picture below:
The Tour version has an even lower center of gravity than the normal version. This is less forgiving, but rewards accurate high-swing-speed golfers with lower trajectory and better ball roll. Although the RBZ 2 is not as adjustable as TM’s new flagship driver, the R1, it still features a hosel design with 1.5 degrees of range in loft.
Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Woods Review
According to TaylorMade, the new RBZ 2 Fairway Woods (normal and Tour) hit a full 10 yards longer than the original RBZ woods. Once again this is due to the lower CG (center of gravity), though TM also claims to have used a different metal composition for the face they call “Rocketsteel”. This new material is 38% stronger than the original RBZ/Tour model fairway woods. The stronger alloy allows for a .25mm thinner face in most areas. Early TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Woods reviews have been very favorable.
Check out the video review and reader reviews below:
“Cheaper than the R1 but not as adjustable. If you already know exactly what loft/face angle you like, go with the RBZ 2. If you love experimenting with fine-tuning your trajectory, the R1 is for you.”
-Robert in Scottsdale, AZ
“It truly is amazing what the Stage 2 fairway woods can do. They help me shave 4-5 points off my score every round. My friends aren’t letting me handicap anymore lol.”
-Brent in San Diego
“I generally don’t jump on bandwagons, but TaylorMade is really putting out some quality products these last several years. They always find a way to improve from the previous year’s models as well. Truly incredible golf drivers.”
-Sam via email