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- That said, the Taylormade Men’s RBZ driver is not this case. With its titanium material, the durability of this driver is also enhanced so that golfers could use this driver for a longer time in comparison to other models in the same segment. So now you got everything you need to know about the Taylormade Men’s RBZ Black.
- The shaft of TaylorMade men’s RBZ black driver is made of special graphite material. The graphite material gives you the right flex when you are swinging. It also helps all golfers choose between the senior, regular, and stiff flex options.
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The Taylormade RBZ Black Driver has been around for a few years now and although there are more expensive models on the market there is still a deep fascination for this highly reviewed golf club.
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Experience the next generation of RBZ with the TaylorMade RBZ Black. Engineered to deliver aggressive styling and powerful performance, the RBZ Black Driver has built a large, 460CC head for playability and confidence. An Ultralite titanium core strategically weighs in the perimeter to increase MOI and accuracy.
It is clear that this golf club is still one of the best performing drivers off the tee and even in 2020 sales of this product are still very strong with many golfers still using this secret weapon on the golf course.
The sheer versatility and forgiveness of the club have made it a firm favorite with both beginners and low handicappers alike whereas club pros still use this driver because of the numerous benefits including adjustable loft and high-quality 460cc titanium club head which delivers tremendous power and control to compete with the best.
There seems to be an increase in demand for the TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver with more golfers keen to reach out and ask whether this club is still relevant in 2020 and what advantages it has over rival products from competitors like Ping, Wilson Golf, Cobra and Cleveland?
In this thorough review, we will address questions golfers have and include a full breakdown of the club including technical specs, features, design, performance and what type of golfer should consider the club as the #1 driver in their golf bag.
With feedback from over 100 golfers and our own TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver review delving deep into all characteristics of the club, we will hopefully put an end to all the debate surrounding the product and give the best possible information that you can use in your decision-making process.
Everyone knows that TaylorMade produces superb golf clubs but does the RBZ offer good value for money whilst still delivering high performance on the fairway and giving you confidence on the address that you crave for? Let’s kick-off by analyzing some important features of the club.
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Features & Performance
When deciding on a new driver it’s vital to take an in-depth look at the features that set it apart from rivals. After all, the driver is probably one of the most important clubs in the golf bag because when you hit a good drive, it gives your confidence a real boost for the rest of the round.
Why is this driver better than that product x and how would this feature help my own golf game? Let’s breakdown features and performance of the TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver by splitting this section into three parts: clubhead, shaft and grip.
The clubhead on the RBZ is made from high-quality titanium and not the cheap Ti-alloy that you often see on other cheap golf drivers. For an under $200 club, we are impressed with the build quality of the 460cc sized head which we found to be responsive when striking the golf ball from the tee.
The head is also adjustable (tool included with the club) so there is no fear of taking it out on the driving range and being disappointed with the launch angle.
Some golfers also prefer to have custom weight settings on the clubhead and although the TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver does not have this feature we found the weight transference and overall swing speed to be very good.
In short, this club will suit 95% of golfers who want a well balanced but powerful clubhead they can trust on the golf course.
Clubhead Performance: The titanium core also spreads out weight transference to the edge of the clubhead which boosts speed and delivers a near-perfect trajectory on launch.
This even spread raises the forgiveness of the club which gives the golfer greater confidence when teeing off. This head is well balanced and sits beautifully on the Matrix White tie 55 shaft.
Finally, there is an attractive head cover included so you can keep the RBZ well protected from the other clubs in the bag. It covers both the titanium head and the top part of the shaft.
Replacements can also be purchased online if you wanted to keep a spare.
There seems to be some confusion on what shaft the Taylormade RBZ Black Driver club has fitted. We can confirm that the graphite Matrix White Tie 55 Flex shaft is the current 2020 model used and is available in either stiff, senior or regular flex options. Graphite shafts are used in the modern premium driver as oppose to steel because they are both lightweight and offer improved power through the air.
Some golfers complain that graphite shafts are less durable and need replacing more often but this 55 flex shaft has good feedback and should last a number of years.
The Matrix White Tie 55, as used on the RBZ driver is also excellent at reducing shock and vibration on impact – which, for seniors or golfers who suffer persistent injuries can be beneficial in helping to reduce stress on the wrist and hand areas.
Flex: When picking a flex for your shaft you should take into consideration your consistent golf speed swing. Every time you swing the club through the air the shaft flexes to some degree and you should always take time to think about which flex rating you should pick for your RBZ Black Driver.
Generally speaking, the quicker you hit the ball the stiffer the flex you should select. Older players should pick the “senior” flex if their swing is below 95MPH. Good golfers can opt for the stiff flex which produces the least flex tolerance whilst beginners and high handicappers will be fine with the standard regular flex. The Men’s Black RBZ is also available in both right and left handed options.
Shaft Performance: The Matrix White Tie 55 on the RBZ is an excellent mid-level graphite shaft and stands up to rival clubs in this range.
With multiple flex options and the way it seamlessly integrates with both clubhead and grip there is no reason at all why you would not be happy with this shaft.
Perhaps one of the most underrated features of the golf club is the grip. The grip on the Taylormade RBZ Black Driver is made from high quality textured rubber that looks great in black and gold.
Rubber grips are rated the best on drivers but are not as durable as corded grips so make sure you regularly replace your rubber grip after around 50 rounds of golf or every 12 months.
The grip size on the RBZ is the standard 0.620 but it always pays to go and see a golf fitting specialist who can advise on the proper size and thickness of a driver grip that you should be using.
Grip performance: Hands feel very secure and tight when holding the club. There is no slip at all on the golf swing and the standard size grip will suit most golfers.
Looking for a side by side comparison with other golf clubs in the same class? Read what other golfers had to say about this club or check out our Taylormade RBZ Black Driver technical specifications below:
- Official Name: TaylorMade Men’s RBZ Black Driver.
- LH/RH: Available in right hand / left hand.
- Clubhead: 460CC Titanium club head with adjustable loft sleeve.
- Club Length: 45.5 inches.
- Shaft: Ozik Matrix White Tie 55 (graphite).
- Shaft Flex: Senior, regular and stiff.
- Grip: Black 0.620 Grip.
Who Would Benefit from Using this Club
The are several diffrent group types that this club would help improve their game. Golfers who can hit the ball fast will benefit from the large 460cc club face because the Ultralite Titanium core utlizies TaylorMade Speed Pocket Design which is how the clubhead is shaped in order to give better spin control and extra distance on long drives.
Older players will appreciate the light, graphite shaft and if you are a senior golfer, opt for the senior flex which is the highest-rated flex – this enables the club to “whip” through the air quicker and to be more forgiving with mis-hit shots still getting good yardage on the fairway.
For pros and low handicapped golfers, you probably already have a premium driver but with the Taylormade RBZ Black Driver, you can adjust the loft on the clubhead which is advantageous when you are playing on different types of golf courses such as links, parkland or desert.
Question: How does the loft adjustment work on the TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver?
Answer: There is a “click” dial just below the clubhead that indicates the loft angle. It starts at 10.5 degrees and moves in increments of 1.5 degrees. We suggest you take the club to the driving range and test which loft setting is best for your golf swing. The multiple loft settings are a big plus on this driver and it gets very good feedback from players.
Question: How do I tell what flex rating I have on my club?
Answer: If you look at the top of the shaft there is some small initial inside the “octagon” shape. For this club, there are 3 different flex ratings and choose the flex you want on the order.
The letter R = regular flex (most golfers choose this) / S = stiff flex (NOT senior flex) and finally if you order the senior rated flex you should see an “M” (mature) on your shaft.
Question: I’m the average height of 5″10″ – is the club the right length for me?
Answer: Modern clubs are designed to fit a large band of heights. You can use the standard club for your height. Golfers who are 6ft plus have no issues using the standard shaft length for the TaylorMade RBZ.
Question: How old is this model and how does it compete against its competitors?
Answer: The model currently on sale is the 2018-2019 version and is still an extremely popular and one of the best selling drivers in the US today. For a club that matches the Taylor Made RBZ Black Driver on performance, durability, loft selection and forgiveness you would have to pay around $400. This club is around half that price.
If you thinking about upgrading or replacing your driver for a better model then why not treat yourself to some matching accessories? We have a matching product that might interest you; a golf bag with stand that has received rave independent reviews from real golfers.
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For under $180 you can add your new driver to brand new lightweight TaylorMade bag with stand.
The top section features a multi-variant organizer where you can custom sort the pockets but more importantly, this bag is extremely tough and hard wearing and has able storage for extra wet weather clothing, spare balls and personal items.
The stand has various slats that are used to adjust the height of the bag and the feet are non-slip so you can easily prop the bag up inside the clubhouse or on the floor in the kitchen whilst carrying out the cleaning and maintenance of the clubs.
The shoulder straps are highly comfortable and are designed to allow plenty of air to flow through them which is an important feature especially if you are setting off for a full round of golf in hot or windy conditions.
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RBZ Black Driver Conclusion – Any Good?
This brings to a close our TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver Review and if you take everything into consideration including build quality, performance on the fairway, price and design aesthetics then overall, this is a superb golf club that can be used by newbie and seasoned experienced golfers alike.
It’s a solid all-round performer that can compete with the best graphite drivers on the market today and although it’s not the newest it can definitely hold its own against rivals from Ping, Nike, Cleveland Golf and Cobra.
We really liked the custom loft controls (with free torque wrench) and outstanding titanium 460CC clubhead (no cheap rubbish here!) that has an ultra-thin covering for maximum lift off the tee, decent spin control and reasonable forgiveness that will appeal to those of us that sometimes don’t hit a straight ball as often as we would like.
As we touched on at the start of this review, this club has wide appeal because of the large range of flex settings, attractive black, gold and white design and high-quality cover – when you add to this a high quality shaft, grip and clubhead backed up by knowing you are buying from one the leading golf brands in the US it all adds to a Premium Golf Driver for a price that’s simply too hard to ignore.
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One is a 2018 Tour winner, the other is a retail special... So how do they compare?
TaylorMade’s current M3 and M4 drivers are played by many of the game’s biggest names including Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Tiger Woods.
But for all the hype these two clubs have generated in 2018, they aren’t TaylorMade’s only new 2018 models.
Walk into any American Golf shop across the UK and you’ll find the M3 and M4 sat on a rack right next to a reincarnated RBZ Black driver, one of golfers favourite drivers from a few years ago.
Yet you won’t find any mention of it on TaylorMade’s website (either in the UK, Europe or USA) or see it on tour. So why has is been launched?
It’s hitting a price point, giving golfers the chance to buy a brand new TaylorMade big stick for less than £240 (a new M4 retails at almost £370). But is it any good? And who does it appeal to? We wanted to find out by testing the RBZ and an M4 back to back.
How we did it
We asked American Golf to let us borrow an RBZ Black for our test. We got our pro Ben Frost to hit both the RBZ in its stock, stiff shaft against the M4 with its stock, stiff shaft. Our launch monitor gathered the data, and thanks to our pro’s repeatable swing we were able to accurately compare both models. After all shots were hit we analysed the data to see how each performed.
M4 - Price: £369 Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° Stock shaft: Fujikura Atmos Red 5
RBZ Black - Price: £229 (only at American Golf) Lofts: 10.5° or 12° Stock shaft: Matrix White Tie MFS 55
How the RBZ compares to M4
TaylorMade’s original RBZ was one of our favourite all-titanium drivers, ever. So it’s no surprise they’ve resurrected the name for American Golf and other large retailers who know there’s a big market out there for a £200 drivers.
On raw numbers alone the RBZ holds up pretty well against a proven tour winner in the M4.
Ball speed was 3mph slower, which isn’t terrible – but it’s not great if you’re trying to rinse every last yard out of your game. The RBZ also launched higher with more spin, which is the same equation the best club designers try to balance through clever weight positioning in premium drivers. But all in, a carry distance seven yards down on the M4 (total distance was 10 yards shorter) isn’t disastrous, and for some golfers would be a worthwhile trade-off for keeping an extra £140 in their pocket.
Our test pro said the sound from the RBZ was solid for an all-titanium head (with no carbon-fibre to absorb vibration like the M4), and it sits really nicely at address.
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You pay more for the latest tech
As loudly as TaylorMade beat the drum about the benefits of carbon crowns for freeing up useless weight (and dampening vibration) in the M4 and M3 drivers, the RBZ doesn’t have a carbon lid. Why?
Because by using titanium, costs can be controlled, enabling both TaylorMade and American Golf to hit the all-important price point. Don’t expect to find Twist Face or a Hammerhead slot like the M4 either; that’s TaylorMade’s very latest tech, reserved for their premium big sticks.
How different are they?
Read the RBZs description on American Golf’s website (and Dicks Sporting Goods in the USA) and there’s absolutely no mention of whether the head’s cast or forged. But with forging (for drivers, not irons) being cheaper than casting, it's probably a safe bet to say the RBZ’s head is forged. What does it mean to you?
Cast heads like M4 (and most premium drivers) have a skeleton cast from molten titanium, which allows liquid to run into very intricate shapes and designs, which forging (essentially stamping into shape) can’t achieve. Forged heads usually come in four pieces and need welding together, and these welds position mass in areas designers/engineers really don’t want it. That’s why there’s no visible weight positioned on the RBZ’s head, because thanks to the heavy welds there isn’t any left to position to influence launch, spin or shot bias.
Shaft question mark
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Do a search for the Fujikura Atmos 5 shaft in the M4 and you’ll find the shaft’s specs on the company’s website. But for the Matrix MFS White Tie X4 in the RBZ you won’t find a single shaft on either the TaylorMade or Matrix website with the same name. It means the specs could be anything, even though the paint job might look similar to other models in their line. And if the specs could be anything, how do you know if it suits you or not?
How does the M4 compare to the Ping G400 MAX and Callaway Rogue?
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We know there’s a good number of golfers who don’t want to pay much more than £200 for a new driver, whether Rory uses it or not. So if TaylorMade doesn’t make a club to fill the gap (even though it doesn’t feature their latest tech) there are plenty of other brands who will. Looking at both drivers on paper there isn’t a huge gap between these two. But the tech TaylorMade’s engineers spend hours developing for their premium clubs does make a difference (no matter how big or small) – and it comes at a cost.
For less serious golfers who don’t want to spend a fortune, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the RBZ. It looks good, plays well (even if there aren’t lots of options when it comes to lofts and shafts) and it’s more than capable of doing a job for plenty of club golfers. But for anyone who takes their game seriously, there’s no getting away from the fact that premium drivers like the M4 offer ultimate performance, which rightly comes at a cost.