TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s new JetSpeed line of drivers and metal woods will be available Dec. 13. The JetSpeed line replaces the company’s RBZ and RBZ Stage 2 lines, which were launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
TMaG says the JetSpeed line includes its first driver to feature Speed Pocket technology. In addition, JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs, according to TMaG, combine an enhanced Speed Pocket, an extremely low-forward center of gravity (CG) location and extremely light overall weight to promote faster swing speed, club head speed and ball speed for more distance.
Interestingly enough, TMaG doesn’t tout specific yardage increases as it did with the RBZ and RBZ Stage 2 lines. The RBZ fairway woods helped spark industry-wide sales in fairway woods.
“We expect ‘low and forward CG’ to represent the next great innovation in metal wood performance,” said Sean Toulon, TMaG executive vice president. “With our SLDR (line) and JetSpeed products, we’re giving golfers of all types the opportunity to increase their launch angle and reduce their spin-rate, which ultimately leads to more distance.”
The Speed Pocket was originally designed to increase the speed at which the club face flexes and rebounds to promote faster ball speed. So why put a Speed Pocket in a driver, where TMaG the face is already as fast as the USGA will allow? Toulon said incorporating a Speed Pocket into the JetSpeed driver promotes less spin, as well as greater ball speeds on shots struck below the center of the club face.
“With most drivers, low impact generates too much spin, making the ball fly too high and land short,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s senior director of metal wood creation. “JetSpeed’s Speed Pocket is engineered to dramatically reduce that added spin to promote more distance on that very common type of mis-hit.”
The JetSpeed driver (suggested retail price $299) will come equipped with the Matrix Velox T 49 shaft (46 inches) and will be available in three lofts – 9.5, 10.5 and 13 degrees (HL). Each also will have TMaG’s Loft Sleeve Technology that allows golfers to easily adjust their loft +/- 1.5 degrees. to find their optimal launch conditions. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $299 per club. An upgraded TP shaft – the Matrix Velox 60 – will be available for a $100 upcharge.
JetSpeed fairway woods (suggested retail price $229) and Rescue clubs (SRP $199), according to Bazzel, each incorporate a “radically redesigned” Speed Pocket that’s smaller and accounts for less weight, while remaining just as efficient at boosting the speed of the clubface. The weight saved by the new Speed Pocket design, Bazzel said, is redistributed strategically within the club head to move the CG lower and more forward, a location that promotes faster ball speeds and lower spin. JetSpeed fairways and Rescues, according to Bazzel, reduce spin by 200-300 RPM compared to previous models to promote more distance.