TaylorMade Driver Comparison: JetSpeed vs RBZ Stage 2

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With so much attention given to the SLDR driver, the JetSpeed has been more of a Stealth Jet than a Fighter Jet in the amount of buzz created. I’m convinced that the TaylorMade JetSpeed driver deserves just as much attention as any other driver especially since it is many upgrades from its predecessor, the TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2.

jetspeed-tech

TaylorMade has implemented the SpeedPocket technology into their drivers for the first time in the JetSpeed. The SpeedPocket assists with faster ball speeds across the face, especially on shots struck low on the face.  The center of gravity (CG) has been moved lower and closer to the face, which gives the driver a low-spinning aspect. The lower CG means that you’ll have to follow the 2014 TaylorMade mantra, “Loft Up”, and select a higher lofted clubhead than normal to achieve an optimal launching angle and spin rate. You’ll be able to fine tune the loft up or down a total of 3 degrees, in increments of .5 degrees.

The JetSpeed is plenty long, even on mis-hits! The distance gained with this driver can be attributed to the previously mentioned aspects along with the club’s overall weight and length (46” and 299 gram total weight). The overall lightweight club design allows you to produce faster swing speeds, generating higher ball speeds.

The JetSpeed driver produces a classic, higher pitched sound when it is struck solid, letting everyone know you’ve just piped one down the middle of the fairway. The solid sound can be attributed to the new SpeedPocket.

rbz-stage-2-tech

The TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 driver is a proven upgrade from the prior RocketBallz driver. The RBZ Stage 2 driver was one of the first drivers where TaylorMade moved the CG lower and closer to the clubface. They found that this re-positioning of the CG would produce faster ball speeds with less spin, compared to a lower and back CG. If you’re playing a RocketBallz, you’ll see shots are launching about 1 degree higher, with 300-400 rpm less spin on the golf ball. This is a good thing, this result will help you gain an average of 7-10 yards of overall distance.

The RBZ Stage 2 has a large clubface which works two-fold. It helps with the ability to work the ball in either direction, and aids in reducing spin on the golf ball.  The hosel on the RBZ Stage 2 has 12 adjustable positions that allows you to fine tune your launch angles and spin rates. With out the adjustable hosel, you wouldn’t be able to adjust your launch angle which is crucial to gaining distance.

 And The Winner Is…

The JetSpeed.

  • It’s a classic driver that fits into anyone’s bag, not to mention it’s easy on the wallet.
  • It also produces low-spinning, higher-launching shots compared to the RBZ Stage 2. What that last sentence means: MORE DISTANCE.

Sorry RBZ Stage 2, here’s the feedback we heard..

  • “Inconsistency”
    • Multiple players stated that hits off the toe create a high draw, while shots off the heel don’t travel.
  • “Distracting Graphics”
    • The graphics on the crown of the clubhead were startling for some players. They stated it was a little distracting, while others stated once you begin to see results, you’ll be able to ignore the graphics.

Alan Unruh, PGA

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple tournaments throughout his career including the 2002 USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.

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