TaylorMade is touting the distance-enhancing benefits of a unique sole design and a lower, more-forward center of gravity (CG) in the new JetSpeed drivers and fairway woods. According to the company, the JetSpeed Rescue clubs also benefit from those features.
The original RocketBallz Rescue club had a channel designed in the sole called a Speed Pocket that allowed the face of the club to flex more at impact, which TaylorMade said created more ball speed. The company enlarged the channel for last season’s RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue and claimed it hits shots even farther.
For the JetSpeed Rescue, TaylorMade refined the Speed Pocket again.
“You can see that the new Speed Pocket stretches back in the heel and toe areas,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of metalwood creation. “But what you can’t see is that it goes straight through the body of the club. That opening allows the face to flex even more at impact; it’s a better mechanism for creating ball speed.”
Bazzel said the new Speed Pocket not only allows the club to flex more effectively, it flexes more when golfers mis-hit the ball in the most common way.
“The new Speed Pocket creates more ball speed, especially on shots hit lower in the face, where most people mis-hit it,” he said.
TaylorMade covered the Speed Pocket with a polymer to keep grass and debris from getting inside the channel, but the polymer serves a second purpose.
“It also reduces turf drag compared to previous models, because it’s designed to be flush with the rest of the sole,” Bazzel said.
Shifting the CG forward might seem counterintuitive, because for years golfers have been told that a CG farther from the face makes it easier to get the ball airborne. However, Bazzel said that by shifting the CG forward, TaylorMade gave the JetSpeed Rescue more ball speed with less spin, which translates to more distance. To get the ball higher in the air, he said golfers should try a JetSpeed Rescue that has more loft than their current hybrid or long iron.
While the JetSpeed driver has a 12-position hosel that lets golfers adjust the club’s loft, the Rescue has a fixed hosel and is not adjustable. The weight in the center of the sole is installed in the factory to help TaylorMade give the JetSpeed Rescue the ideal swing weight; golfers will not be able to adjust it.
“If golfers change their shaft or grip, a custom-fitter can modify it to make the club feel better,” Bazzel said.
The JetSpeed Rescue clubs will come standard with a special version of Matrix’s new Velox T shaft and are available in 3 (19 degree), 4 (22 degree), 5 (25 degree) and 6 (28 degree) models starting Dec. 13. The price will be $229.