TaylorMade RSi 2 Vs TaylorMade SLDR Irons

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TaylorMade RSi 2 Vs TaylorMade SLDR Irons
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23 thoughts on “TaylorMade RSi 2 Vs TaylorMade SLDR Irons

  1. The biggest difference here is that RSi2’s spin on off center hits is
    considerably lower but it still retains a lot of the energy from that hit
    compared to a normal strike. Less spin = more carry, but there’s a
    trade-off here that while it will retain more carry into the green, the
    reduced spin will make the ball hit and release, then potentially roll
    further away.

    The SLDR, on the other hand, only lost <1000rpm on an off center strike and
    retained 92-95% of that energy/distance into the green, but stopped and
    checked up.

    The SLDR is the clear winner here to me simply because an off center hit
    will be more predicable in terms of distance and spin.

    DISCLAIMER: I play the SLDR irons with Rifle 5.5 shafts, they're fantastic
    and the best I've ever played.

  2. Rick,
    RSi2 center strike is 176 carry, and first good toe strike is 166 carry =
    loss of 10 yards.

    SLDR center strike is 166 carry, and first good toe strike is 161 carry =
    loss of 5 yards

    Doesnt the SLDR win?

    I realize that there are too many factors (ie the need to hit hundreds of
    balls to get similar data) but given the data that you provide it seems
    that the SLDR are shorter by 10 yds on center strike.

    I love the concept of this test and was very excited to watch it, but it
    seemed rushed and the conclusions had some flaws (mentioned above). I
    applaud you for doing this kind of video, but encourage more clarity in the
    summary. I appreciate TM and their approach to technology. They did a
    great bit for the release with an Iron Byron, but the skeptic in me is left
    wondering why they didnt just hook up an older model to show the “massive”
    advantage in the RSi vs the older model. Opportunity lost…. or avoided?



  3. The spin numbers are quite a bit higher on the SLDR’s. That probably
    explains the shorter distances. I wonder why TM took the spin out of the

  4. Another great review Rick! Question: Does the faceslots on the RSi1 and RSi
    2 have any issues with getting filled up with dirt/sand when playing on
    real grass?

  5. I think all of the modern irons from the big manufacturers are all much of
    a muchness. There might be 3-5 yards difference between them all when hit
    with a Robot. It’s more important to pick one that you like the look and
    feel of.
    Face slots? They are just a marketing gimmick but that doesn’t mean they
    are bad irons. The RSi2’s look pretty decent to be fair, much better than
    the RSi1’s.

  6. SLDR did better in my opinion in this test, the difference between the toe
    hit and out of the middle hit was way less then in the RSI-2, they where
    all shorter but much better dispersion. 

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