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In this review, I’ll take a look at the TaylorMade RSi 1 irons, the game-improvement alternative to TaylorMade’s RSi 2.
Read on to find out what you need to know about these golf irons to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
As you might expect for a set of irons in this price range, the TaylorMade RSi 1 irons are generally rated very positively. You can read customer reviews on Amazon here.
The irons also have an average rating of 4.9/5 (over 100 reviews!) on Global Golf.
Most reviewers have lauded these irons for their outstanding mis-hit forgiveness, consistent ball flight and long distance.
Overview & Features
TaylorMade’s “distance” RSi irons feature slots on the face in the heel and toe, as well as cuts on the sole and cavity.
The company says that this allows for unparalleled consistency and forgiveness regardless of whether the ball makes contact low or high on the clubface, near the toe or near the heel.
The RSi 1 irons are the first to feature what TaylorMade calls “FaceSlot Technology” in the 3-8 irons — this provides uniform flexion across the clubface and produces more consistent ball speed and distance on mis-hit shots.
Another technology called “Improved Speed Pocket with ThruSlot” in the 3-7 irons has been improved; this also helps protect ball speed for mishit shots.
As a successor to TaylorMade’s SpeedBlade irons, the RSi 1 iron has an extremely thin face and a deep undercut.
The sound and feel of the irons have been improved over past versions. The ball speed is kept consistently high over a larger area on the face than previous irons.
Additionally, the ATV sole grind on the lob and sand wedges allow great playability from a variety of different lies.
Below is a table of the iron specs (loft, lie, etc.) if you’re interested.
|Name||Loft||Length (men)||Length (women)||Lie||Offset|
How do these irons perform?
Are these irons all that they are hyped up to be in terms of forgiveness, distance and consistency? The answer is: more or less.
Tests have found that mis-hit shots go nearly as far as pure shots.
These irons have a relatively low launch and low spin-rate. For example, the 3-iron has a loft of 17°, which is lower than the standard 3-iron loft of 20°.
This means that if you tend to hit a high trajectory with your irons, you will likely gain much in the way of distance by using these clubs.
If you generally hit your irons very low, on the other hand, you will likely hit the RSi 1s irons even lower and could potentially lose distance.
What about look, sound & feel?
The irons themselves look pretty good. The top line is fairly thick, and there is plenty of offset.
Although the slotted soles provide more forgiveness for off-center contact, they end up making your strikes feel and sound a bit hollow and “clicky”.
If you’re a skilled golfer who hits the sweet spot on the clubface regularly, it probably won’t do you much good to go with slotted clubs like these; solid hits with non-slotted irons will generally feel firmer and more satisfying.
In terms of weight and feel in the hand, the clubhead is relatively heavy, and people who are used to more weight in the shaft may find these clubs a bit uncomfortable at first.
Where should you buy these irons online?
The RSi 1 irons used to be readily available on Amazon and the official TaylorMade website, but they’re now more than a few years old.
There are two places where you can get them at a great discount now.
The first is eBay, which is a fantastic source for new and used sets.
The second is Global Golf, which offers many attractive deals and programs that save you a lot of money and hassle. Check the current coupons on their site.
The TaylorMade RSi 1 is a very good iron at a reasonable price point, and if you’re someone who wants any of:
- great forgiveness, more consistency and more distance on your iron shots
- modern golf irons with the latest technology
… then these irons are definitely an option you should consider. They are among the best TaylorMade has to offer. A quality set of irons such as these can help you play better golf for many years and more than pay back their value over time.
With that said, there are other game-improvement irons from other brands that perform just as well as the RSi 1s at comparable price points. The best thing you can do is try them out and discover if they are or aren’t for you.
Have you tried the RSi 1 irons yet? Feel free to share your thoughts by writing a comment below!