Archive for March, 2012
I am sure most of us have seen the commercial with PGA Tour players wondering what Rocketballz were and then hitting the fairway wood a gazillion yards in order to impress us enough to buy them. However, there haven’t been any commercials as far as I’ve seen about the actual balls themselves, and this article will provide a review of them.
Taylormade gives the following description of the golf balls: “A soft and fast REACT™ core formulation and new SPEEDMANTLE™ produces insane velocity and added irons spin for all swings. The RocketBallz golf ball has a thin and soft Lothane cover for great feel and added spin around the greens.” Does it add up to all that has been said about it? Yes and no.
One thing that it does have going for it is distance. For less than $30 a dozen at most major retail outlets this ball gets a lot of distance both off the tee and in the fairway. It is not as long as the more expensive Titleist Pro V1 or Bridgestone B330 are, but for its price you really beat what it has to offer. I would say that it is very similar to the Callaway Warbird and Titleist NXT golf balls, in that they offer good distance for the price.
Another positive I found in regards to this golf ball is the feel that they have around and on the green, especially when it came to faster greens. There are quite a few course where I live that have greens that are around 11 or 12 on the stimp meter, and it is important to get the right speed on each putt to avoid three putting all day. What I liked about the Taylormade Rocketballz was that I could get a better feel for the greens and was a lot closer with my putts than I normally was with using say a Titleist NXT or something. When it came to bump and run chips as well the ball was pretty much spot on every time, landing exactly where I wanted it to and rolling right up near the pin every time.
The first negative comes in regards to the spin that the Taylormade Rocketballz golf ball advertises for irons. While I did get some spin with the wedges out on the course there was little to no spin at all when it came to the mid or high irons or even fairway woods into greens. Maybe it is because I don’t have the most up-to-date clubs, I don’t know, but they did not have very much spin on them at all when I played a few rounds with these golf balls. Also, I expected to have at least a decent amount of spin when it came to the 50 yard knockdown shots but I was disappointed when they didn’t really spin back all that much.
Overall the Taylormade Rocketballz golf ball offers good distance and average spin for its price. If you like playing with the Callaway Warbird, Titleist NXT, or Bridgestone E6 I would recommend trying this golf ball for a round or two to see if it can improve your game. Unless you have brand new golf clubs I wouldn’t expect to get too much spin on the greens, especially with the mid irons going up. I believe the greatest benefit of this golf ball has to do with putting, as it provides a great feel and will certainly help with distance control. Most of us could use all the help we can get with the putter, and the Taylormade Rocketballz golf ball offers a good solution.
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