TaylorMade Golf sometimes just needs to change a club for the sake of changing a club. This is the case with the 2005 version of the RAC OS iron. The original RAC OS came out a few years ago and sold really well.
The OS was part of a total line revamp for the company and it served as the "game improvement" offering. The club featured a fairly traditional look, a decent sized cavity, extra sole weighting and a fair amount of offset. This created a forgiving iron that hit the ball fairly high… we had a winner… if it ain't broke then don't fix it… right? Well no, this is TaylorMade we're talking about.
The 2005 RAC OS is very similar to the 2004 version. There are three major changes that TaylorMade made in creating these new OS irons. The first is that there is now more weight in the weight cartridge. This cartridge is really the centerpiece of this iron. More weight in the cartridge means a lower center of gravity… which means a higher ball flight. The second change is also related to the weight cartridge. TaylorMade repositioned it so that it now actually touches the clubface… something that TaylorMade says helps create better feel. I don't know if I buy that one… feels the same to me. This did make the sole a bit bigger but that's about it. The other big change involves new stock shafts. Both the graphite and steel offerings have been redesigned. Are they better? Not really. Do they look different? Yep.
TaylorMade already had a good iron in the older RAC OS. The 2005 version is basically the same… apart from the minor changes mentioned above. Most people that have hit this club compare it to the older OS. It was a good iron before and it is a good iron now. Put it this way… if you hit the older OS and liked it, you will like this one. If you bought the older OS, don't bother wasting your money on this one. A very good game improvement iron… maybe not the most forgiving one out there but it is more than enough for most players.
Overall Rating – 80%
Target Handicap – 10 and above
Ball Flight – High
Offset – Maximum
Construction – Cast
Shafts – T-Step Ultralite steel, UG Ultralite graphite