TaylorMade RSi 2 Iron Reviews (2015)
Here I’ll be reviewing the TaylorMade RSi 2 better-player iron set. Like its game-improvement brother, the TaylorMade RSi 1 (full review here), the RSi 2 is the first iron to feature FaceSlot Technology which helps preserve ball speeds across the clubface.
Is the RSi 2 iron worth the buy? Read on to find out what you need to know about it to make an informed purchase.
In a hurry? Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…
Rating: 4.8/5 (Excellent)
Pros: Solid distance, highly forgiving, quality impact sound and feel, distinct feedback, does everything well
Cons: Can be a little difficult to shape long irons, some people experience durability issues (face slots chipping in particular), delicate wedge shots can feel a little clunky/heavy
Best suited for: The RSi 2 irons are recommended for lower handicaps with a lower-than-desired ball flight, but there’s something in them for higher handicaps as well — namely, an impressive amount of forgiveness.
Best places to buy online: For new RSi 2 irons, see this Amazon page. For used (and new as well) RSi 2 irons, see or Global Golf (check out their coupon page for current coupons that you can use at checkout).
Want a high-resolution look at the RSi 2 irons? Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos on the left-hand side of the screen.
What are the reviews like?
Overall reception for the RSi 2 has been extremely positive, with a 4.9/5 customer rating on Amazon (click here to see those reviews), a 4.6/5 rating (92% recommended) on the TaylorMade website, a 4.9/5 rating on Global Golf (those reviews are on this page) and a 4.8/5 (100% recommended) on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website.
Customers have lauded the RSi 2 irons for their surprising ability to maintain characteristics of a good player iron — for example, excellent feedback and feel — and still be long and highly forgiving. The general consensus is that this is one of the most forgiving player irons available. In terms of negatives, some have experienced durability issues such as chipping of the face slots, and others have found delicate wedge shots to feel a little heavy and clunky.
What are the features?
Like the RSi 1, the RSi 2 iron is designed to provide more forgiveness — better ball speed (and hence distance) and better accuracy. Unlike the RSi 1, though, the RSi 2 iron has a more traditional shape (smaller head, less offset, thinner top line, etc.), sound and feel, and features a progressive multi-material construction. The features of the RSi 2 iron are summarized below (full details can be found on the RSi 2 page on the TaylorMade official website):
- “FaceSlot Technology” in the 3-8 irons (two slits on either side of the impact zone) provides “uniform flexion across the face” which protects ball speeds and generates more distance on off-center hits towards the heel and toe
- a “Speed Pocket” with “ThruSlot Technology” in the sole of the 3-7 irons increases launch angle and further protects ball speeds of shots near the bottom of the face
- “Inverted Cone Technology” effectively increases ball speeds over a large area of the face around the sweet spot
- a progressive multi-material construction (discussed more later in the review):
- LONG IRONS (3-5): Tungsten weighting low in the toe for increased ball speed and a higher launch
- MID IRONS (6-7): High-strength, thin-face steel construction for high speed and consistency
- SHORT IRONS (8-9): Forged carbon steel face with milled grooves for soft feel and control
- WEDGES: Fully forged 1025 carbon steel wedge for greatly improved feel and precision
Stock shafts offered are the KBS Tour 105 steel shaft and the Matrix Ozik Program F15 graphite shaft. Specs of the RSi 2 iron and the stock shafts are detailed in the tables below:
|Name||Loft||Length (Steel / Graphite)||Lie||Offset||Swing Weight (Steel / Graphite)||Hand|
|2||17°||39.25" / 39.5"||60°||5.2||D2 / D2||RH|
|3||19°||38.75" / 39"||60.5°||4.8||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|4||21°||38.25" / 38.5"||61°||4.4||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|5||24°||37.75" / 38.0"||61.5°||4.0||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|6||27°||37.25" / 37.5"||62°||3.6||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|7||31°||36.75" / 37"||62.5°||3.2||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|8||35°||36.25" / 36.5"||63°||2.8||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|9||40°||35.75" / 36"||63.5°||2.4||D2 / D2||RH/LH|
|PW||45°||35.5" / 35.75"||64°||2.0||D3 / D3||RH/LH|
|AW||50°||35.5" / 35.75"||64°||1.6||D3 / D3||RH/LH|
|SW||55°||35.25" / 35.25"||64°||1.4||D5 / D5||RH/LH|
|KBS Tour 105 Steel||S||105g||0.370"||0.600"||Mid|
|KBS Tour 105 Steel||R||100g||0.370"||0.600"||Mid|
|Matrix Ozik Program F15 Graphite||S||79g||0.370"||0.600"||Mid|
|Matrix Ozik Program F15 Graphite||R||77g||0.370"||0.600"||Mid|
How do these irons perform?
Distance: Similar to the RSi 1 , distance results with the RSi 2 irons are very respectable and consistent. They’re not necessarily the longest irons on the market when hit in the sweet spot (although many golfers have reported distance gains of over 10 yards with all clubs). Where they shine, however, is mis-hit distance; mild to moderate mis-hits will result in a minimal loss of ball speed. There aren’t many irons out there that do as good a job as the RSi 2 at preserving ball speed across the face.
Forgiveness: The RSi 2 irons provide terrific forgiveness, especially when you consider the fact that they have forged qualities, slimmer heads (thinner top lines, narrower soles, etc.), better feel and better feedback than many of the chunkier game-improvement irons out there today. Forgiveness seems to be about on par with the RSi 1 in most respects. The RSi 2 irons, particularly the long irons, suppress sidespin very well, making relatively straight shots easy to hit.
Playability/Trajectory: The RSi 2 irons do well out of almost any lie — rough, fairway, bunker — thanks in part to the beveled leading edge. Well-struck short irons tend to fly high and straight, allowing soft and precise landings into the green; such an iron is great for golfers who find that their shots tend to be a little too low. Shot shaping is relatively easy to pull off, more so than the RSi 1.
What about look, sound and feel?
Look: As mentioned before, the RSi 2 iron has a relatively slim and compact profile. Both the top line and sole are narrower than what you might expect for an iron this forgiving. The cavity back of the RSi 2 gets smaller as you move from the long to the short irons. The design is clean with a minimalist colour palette. The 3-7 irons have two face slots on either side of the hitting area as well as a slot on the sole, both filled with polymer (the 8 iron has the face slots but not the sole slot). Note that, at address, the face slots might be distracting to some golfers.
Sound and Feel: While the slotted RSi 1 have questionable sound and feel compared to the non-slotted RSi 1 irons, the same can’t be said for the RSi 2. The RSi 2 irons feel balanced and stable at address and through the swing; impact sound is great and impact feels firm and crisp. Mis-hits are not jarring and impact feedback is plenty distinct.
It’s worth mentioning that some people feel the weight of the wedges to be a little too heavy for certain delicate shots.
Where should I buy these irons online?
The RSi 2 irons have dropped in price since their initial debut, and at the time of writing, 4-AW steel sets can be purchased on Amazon for only $799.99 USD (the price may be less depending on when you’re reading this). Note that Amazon has many other configurations available as well.
What about a used set?
If you would rather save some money and get a used set of RSi 2 irons, you really should check out eBay, where you can find some outrageously good deals. eBay is one of the best places to buy used golf equipment online! You can also check out Global Golf where some used configurations are available for sale.
The TaylorMade RSi 2 irons are outstanding. They’re impressively forgiving for better-player irons, and while they’re ideal for low to mid handicappers who could benefit from a higher ball flight, high handicappers should be more than satisfied with the distance, feel and forgiveness offered.