It didn’t take long for TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Matt Bettencourt to get comfortable with the RocketBladez Tour irons last week in Orlando. Testing the new irons for the first time at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Open, Bettencourt received his custom set of RocketBladez Tour on Monday and made his way to the range to begin comparison testing against his gamers.
Bettencourt, who has been playing the Tour Preferred MC forged irons throughout the 2012 PGA Tour season, was almost immediately responsive to the feel, performance and look of the RocketBladez Tour irons. With a launch monitor nearby to track every swing, Bettencourt was pleased with how the performance mirrored the MCs in his short irons (8-Pw) while making positive light of the sound and feel of the RocketBladez Tour. If there was any outstanding question about whether RocketBladez Tour could match the distinct feel of a forged iron, he put that argument to bed in a matter of 20 minutes inside the practice facility.
“It’s just so much better,” Bettencourt nodded, exchanging with his caddy as they worked through the initial comparison testing.
The range session continued, Bettencourt repeatedly achieving a higher launch angle and longer carry with the RocketBladez Tour irons when compared with his Tour Preferred MCs. To get a true understanding for the performance benefits and establish trust in the new set, he took the irons on the Magnolia Course and continued to be encouraged by the launch characteristics he was experiencing with the RocketBladez Tour.
In just his first week of testing, Bettencourt parlayed the positive testing on Monday with further confidence he established on-course both Tuesday and Wednesday, making an official switch before his tee time on Thursday at Disney. It proved a dream start for the pair, as the new irons helped Bettencourt record seven birdies en route to an opening-round 67 (-5).
Bettencourt finished the week -6. good for a T40 finish, and we look forward to continuing to track his progress throughout the off-season with the RocketBladez Tour irons in his bag.