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TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Fairway Wood Review

TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Fairway Wood Review

TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Fairway Wood Review

The TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour fairway woods were introduced in the 2013 model year.

 

TECHNOLOGY (10 out of 10)

When you want lots of extra goodies added to your fairway woods, TaylorMade has them for you on the RBZ Stage 2 Tour models. Start with the Carpenter steel “RocketSteel” clubface. It’s thin and strong for flexing and faster ball speed. The “Speed Pocket” molded into the sole helps flex the face as well and, again, creates faster ball speed.

The Tour model comes with a tool and an adjustable feature (“Loft Sleeve” technology) that allows you to custom fit the actual loft up to 1.5 degrees higher or lower so that you may dial in your preferred launch angle. Just note that when you add loft it tends to slightly close the clubface, and when you take the loft down (stronger) it will slightly open the clubface angle. Also the Tour model has a more square (less closed) face angle than the standard RBZ Stage 2 fairways. This is perhaps one big reason the PGA Tour players tend to prefer the Tour model over the standard model.

The 70 gram Matrix “RocketFuel” graphite shaft is standard and I find it to be fine. It is perhaps a wee bit softer than a normal stiff flex, but I like the feel.

 

LOOKS (9 out of 10)

The Stage 2 Tour comes with a flat white clubhead and lots of funky graphics on the crown.  At first I thought that this would disturb me at address, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t even really notice it after a few shots.

The head shape is pure classic, with a shallower face depth that can only make the club feel more solid.

Since you can fiddle around with the adjustable feature you are sure to get the club setting the way you like. As I stated above, you may open or close the face a bit to tune it to your liking.

 

PERFORMANCE (9 out of 10)

All the Tour models come with lofts that are slightly stronger than the standard RBZ Stage 2, therefore unless you are a firm swinger you may need to add a little loft to get the ball on an acceptable trajectory. I know that I did. I found the 3 wood a little too strong for my particular swing so I opted for the 5 wood and set it up more like a 4 wood. It works.

The RBZ Stage 2 Tour fairway has a wonderful sound at impact and a nice solid feel. You’ll love the way the ball comes off the face and seems to run for some extra yardage. That might be my favorite thing about the club – that delightful sound and feel. It gives me the confidence to swing away.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS (9 out of 10)

I like a lot of things about this club. It sets up well (after I customized it for what I wanted). It has a pleasing appearance. And as I said, the great sound when that ball rockets (pardon the use of this word, but that’s what it does) off the clubface and on toward the target.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this stick. Get one to test soon.

 


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