TAYLORMADE RocketBallz Stage 2/RBZ Stage 2 Tour
STREET PRICE: $250/$280 LOFTS: 15, 17, 19, 21, 23; 13, 14.5, 16.5, 18.5 for Tour (adjustable)
TECH TALK: The update from last year's top-selling fairway wood features a new high-strength, stainless-steel alloy in the face. Also used in rocket engines, the alloy is heat-treated so it can be made thinner. The slot in the sole improves the trampoline effect of the face, and a low, slightly forward CG is designed to increase ball speed.
L: "The ball just didn't want to come out of the air, and I can shape shots."
M: "The ball jumps faster than normal. Clearly, one of the longest ones out here."
HOT: The slot is only a small part of the groundbreaking, comprehensive, almost dizzying level of innovation here.
NOT: You're asking a lot of average golfers to hit a 43½-inch 3-wood off a fairway lie (43 inches used to be standard).