Taylormade RBZ Vs Taylormade M4 Irons Comparison

Taylormade RBZ Vs Taylormade M4 Irons

Which game improvement irons are better?

The Taylormade RBZ’s or the Taylormade M4’s? Find out in the following comparison.

Taylormade RBZ Irons Overview

“The Taylormade RBZ’s are cavity back irons”

The long irons in this set feature a 2-piece construction to maximize distance.

This allows for a bit more face flexion without any loss on body stability. As a result, I was averaging 142 yards with the 5-iron.

But one of the most unique things about the RBZ irons is that they feature a Toe-Bar that actually regulates flex in areas away from the face.

This minimizes spin on mis-hits so they fly straighter than normal.

Overall, I liked the dispersion throughout the entire set. My off-line divergence never veered past 9 yards throughout my testing whether I was playing the 4-iron from the tee or the 9-iron off the deck.

Taylormade M4 Irons Overview

“The M4 irons have weight more evenly distributed throughout the sole and a slightly longer blade length than the RBZ irons.”

This actually resulted in better forgiveness than the Toe-Bar of the RBZ irons. The consistency was amazing.

Whether I hit the face flush or off towards the toe, spin was kept in check and flight was straight.

The trajectory of the M4 irons was a bit lower than that of the RBZ irons – something to note if you need high launch for your best carry distance.

During my testing, the M4’s produced even tighter dispersion than the RBZ irons.

“And the M4’s actually played a bit longer too. The M4 5-iron was yielding an average distance of 144 yards for me. So I think the Taylormade M4’s are better GI irons.

The Taylormade RBZ’s may be better for players who struggle to loft the ball; but other than that, the Taylormade M4’s are superior.”

Taylormade RBZ First Impressions

What was really striking at first was to see that the Taylormade RBZ heads don’t look like there is a lot of distance between heel and toe.

They have an almost deceptive player’s performance look but on closer inspection, they are still pretty long – they just don’t look it for some reason at point of address. We were also very impressed with the strong lofts but the tamed flight in the scoring irons.

Another thing that struck us during testing was the relatively moderate offset. The offset in the Taylormade RBZ set is more akin to some of the player’s irons that we typically use.

The offset is certainly less than what you would expect from a set of game-improvement irons but that didn’t seem to affect the flight negatively. Our high handicap testers were still able to get straight shots out of these irons pretty easily.

Taylormade M4 Irons First Impressions

The Taylormade M4 irons have a clean, cavity back design with an extended sole in the rear which looks very comforting for beginners.

This feature also made them play very well in the rough. It is very easy to launch the ball high (and far) even from the rough. We were very pleased with the feel when we struck the ball right in the sweet spot.

However, the feel gets a little thin and the sound gets a little hollow unless you are dead-center on the sweet spot.

Taylormade RBZ Selling Points

  • Progressive face thickness
  • ATV sole in the pitching wedge
  • 2-piece construction in the long irons
  • Moderate offset
  • Deep cavity back
  • Inverted cone technology

Taylormade M4 Selling Points

  • Ribcor design
  • Speed Pocket
  • Thick sole
  • Plenty of offset
  • Premium shaft options
  • Strong loft

Who Are the Taylormade RBZ Irons for

The surprising thing about these irons is that they seem to be just as viable for high handicappers as they would be for mid handicappers. That’s because the controlled launch in the scoring irons seem to be better suited for slightly better players.

However, they are ideal for any player who has trouble getting the ball airborne with their long irons.

The RBZ Family

You can also check out the RocketBladez irons from Taylormade which make some moderate improvements over the RBZ’s. The RocketBladez incorporate Taylormade’s Speed pocket which allows the face to hinge more.

It became apparent after testing that the design of the  RocketBladez irons puts a higher emphasis on a pleasant feel. The polyurethane used to make these irons helps to dampen excess vibration.

They also have the same loft characteristics as the Taylormade RBZ irons so at the end of the day, the RocketBladez irons simply feel like a slightly upgraded or updated version of the Taylormade RBZ irons.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel & Control: 91/100

Overall Score: 92/100

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Who are the Taylormade M4 Irons for?

There’s no question that the Taylormade M4 irons would be great for anything struggling with distance on the fairway.

At the end of the day though, these irons do much more for beginners than play long. Beginners, who will often find themselves in the rough, will benefit from the beefy sole and strong lofts of these irons.

Even intermediate players who don’t quite have their swing speeds where they would like it to be would benefit from these irons. Even if you are mixing and matching and only using the longer Taylormade M4 irons, they could be great assets as purely distance irons.

The Taylormade M Family of Irons

The Taylormade M family of irons also includes the M2 irons. The first thing we noticed about the M2 irons compared to the Taylormade M4’s is that the M2’s don’t do as good a job at dampening harsh impact vibrations.

On full swings, the M2’s feedback gets muddied by unwanted vibration. The M2’s do have the same lofts as the M4 irons though so the flight trajectory is very similar with these two iron sets.

It should also be noted that the M2 irons don’t feature the same Ribcor design as the Taylormade M4 irons. The main difference this makes is lesser distance – or at least, harder distance.

In other words, you will have to have good accuracy and a fast swing speed to get the same kind of distance with the M2’s as you would with the Taylormade M4 irons. As such, the M2 irons are better in the bags of low handicappers.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 91/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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