Yes, I’m a teaching professional, but I don’t hesitate to use all the technology that equipment manufacturers are building into their new clubs. Like you, my job keeps me from playing and practicing as much as I’d like, so I want all the help I can get from my equipment. That’s why I was excited when I heard about TaylorMade’s RSi irons, which have new technology that promises to improve performance on off-center hits.
The RSi irons have slots cut through their faces that are said to help mishits — especially those on the heel and toe — fly more like shots hit on the sweet spot. They work together with the slot on the bottom of the sole (TaylorMade calls it a “Speed Pocket”) to help iron shots launch higher, faster and more consistently.
It wasn’t until Doppler Radar Launch Monitors like FlightScope and Trackman came out that I became clear on how big of a difference equipment plays in changing ball flight. By changing club heads and shafts, golfers can totally shift the launch, spin, height and landing angle of their shots, which affects their carry distance, roll and dispersion.