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RocketBallz RBZ 3 wood that could be a game changer

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Here is the new TaylorMade RocketBallz line. This is the 3 wood that gave me 15 yards compared to the r11 dialed in gamer 3 wood I have in the bag. Looking at this Editor Review you will see that this could be a 3 wood of choice for 2012.

Available February 3rd RocketBallz fairway woods will come standard with a Matrix Ozik Xcon 5 50-gram shaft with the Tour version to come with a Matrix Ozik RYL 70 75-gram graphite shaft. $229 and TP $329. Rescues $179 with TP for $229.


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  • Better players gain 17 yards, see what you’ll gain
  • Speed Pocket in the sole boosts ball speed dramatically for more distance
  • Thick-Thin Crown design creates lower CG to promote higher launch for more distance
  • Low / forward CG for high launch and low spin
  • Lightweight shaft and grip promotes faster swing speed for more distance
  • White crown and black face makes alignment easy and eliminates glare on top

The technology in our new RocketBallz fairway woods boosts clubface COR to a place we haven’t come close to before, promoting an immense increase in distance. It’s an absolute breakthrough. – Dr. Benoit Vincent TMag Chief Technical Officer

Tour FWY Woods-

  • Speed Pocket in the sole boosts ball speed dramatically for more distance
  • Thick-Thin Crown design creates lower CG to promote higher launch for more distance
  • Exceptionally large, deep face and high-MOI head for easy launch
  • Slightly heavier shaft for accuracy and control
  • White crown and black face makes alignment easy and eliminates glare on top
  • Engineered compact head for a penetrating trajectory and neutral flight bias with heavier/stiffer shaft for more stability

Tour pros and skilled players often reach for their 3-wood on the tee for added control. Those guys will be all over RocketBallz Tour fairways for the extra distance they promote. – Keith Sbarbaro TMag VP Tour Operations


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  1. Nick

    Feb 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    The hype about the Rocketballz fairway woods was way overblown. Apparently it performed well off the tee but very poorly from the fairways. Taylormade has claimed to make the necessary adjustments on the stage 2 fairways.

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  3. Jim

    Sep 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Have to admit- I sold my Titleist 910Fd for the RBZ….I am a 9 index.

    RBZ much easier to hit, more solid, instant feedback, more pop, etc…..

    Both a solid clubs but I wish i went with the RBZ all along

  4. wldchld22

    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    i’ve been killing my 3 wood for a year now…wait…it says compression channel…i don’t understand…

  5. Scott

    Aug 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Whats all the hub bub about the shafts I’ve been reading?

  6. Troy Vayanos

    Aug 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Haven’t tried the Rocketballz as yet but have heard many good things about the clubs. I don’t often get to use the 3 wood on the tee so probably won’t upgrade in the near future.

    Will try at some stage to see what all the hype is about.

  7. Tom

    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    the 5 wood is literally like hitting a rocket, im hitting my rbz stiff shaft 5 wood 235-240 yards compared to 205 yards with other clubs. about 30 yard increase.

  8. Larry

    Jun 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Just bought a 14.5 degree stiff flex 3 wood (tour model). At least a 20 yard gain over my previous tailor-made burner 3 wood 15 degree club (circa 2008), which is now obsolete. What surprised me most if the carry of this club. It powers up somehow – puts a small on your face. I just got back from the range in a 2 club incoming wind and was able to hit over the top of a power transmission tower. That shot was laughable. For a lower lofted club, I’m hitting higher arcing shots. I understand the 13 degree Tour Spoon model has more of a mid-launch with even more carry, but I don’t need to hit 280 with this club. Why make my driver obsolete too?

  9. phil

    May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Im sold on taylormade last year traded my callaway x20 irons in on the burner 2.0 i hit them way straighter and longer with a better distance gap. Also bought a burner superfast 2.0 driver loved this club and irons. This year i bought into the hype as i saw what the taylormade burner 2.0 irons helped me out so i traded in my burner 2.0 driver, callaway ftiz 3 and 5 wood and have bought the RBZ driver 10.5 adjustable, 3 wood 3 hybrid 5 hybrid these clubs are amazing shot the best back. Nine of my lif yesterday 39 3 over. i went from hitting my bujrner driver 230 to 240. My rbz goes 260 to 270. My 3 wood i was 253 out on a par 5 sliced my drive a little hit it on the green 15 ft putt for eagle. 3 hybrid i hit 220 to 210 5 hybrid 190 to 200. These clubs are amazing go get them if you have the cash you wont be disappointed. I no longer need any above a 6 iron. My 5-4-3 can stay at the house great trajectory and ball flight hit them straight and high drops right down on the green with very little release. Except the 3 wood and driver they role forever extra distance.

  10. Justin

    Apr 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Jim K I’d have to agree with you…Wishon Golf used to be a competitor in new technology but now they are just an overpriced custom club scam. Their heads offer no major benefits over stock heads off the shelf, their swing science shafts are nothing scientific at all. I’m playing an RBZ 4 hybrid and it completely out performs my wishon on every level. The wishon sounds like a loud pingggggg echoing around the golf course it embarisses me like hitting a 19 dollar driver from Walmart. The RBZ is just one loud pow sounds amazing. Wishon golf is just a mind game company. Buy a stock club off the shelf and customize it, u’ll be way more pleased.

  11. Jim K

    Apr 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    First of all, golfers needs to realize that every club on the market may perform differently on a person to person basis depending on hundreds of factors. Secondly, I have played Wishon 915 and 929’s for years now which is apparently the same technology in the RBZ. I bought the RBZ3hl, hit ONE ball on the range with it, walked over to my bag, and gave my old Wishon 3 and 5 woods away to a kid. Conclusion, I was an average of 19 yards longer with the RBZ on dopler with a 2 degree higher launch than the Wishons. Im a firm believer of this club and I have lost a lot of respect for wishon golf whos products are way too overpriced and under-performing compared to average.The RBZ3hl is just an amazing club for me, try one for yourself.

  12. Jeramy

    Apr 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Jimmy,

    I bought the tour 14.5 degree 3 wood a little over a week ago. 3 rounds in and I am in love with the club. I thought it was cheesy and over the top till I hit a friends and had to go get my own. Long..really, really long. Played today and didn’t take my driver out of the bag just to see if I’d miss it. I didn’t. On many holes I was in the same spots I’d be with driver. Only 2 times did I see any loss of position due to hitting the 3 wood and those were uphill carries. Only concern I have so far is that I can’t control the draw. I hit it dead straight, have found it easy to hit a nice soft fade when I want…but I’ve struggled so far when I try to turn this one over. Truth is though I really shouldn’t be trying. I measured 2 out over 275 today hitting it on a line. It’s a great, great club.

  13. Todd

    Apr 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Really like my new set of tour rbz woods & hybrid – hitting them long and straight! Only clubs that I have found that truely meet the hype. For me they are longer than advertised but that may be due to the equipment I was using before.
    Par 5’s are a lot shorter with the rbz driver and woods/hybrid!!! Only problem is a 25% drop in my handicap this spring.

  14. Jimmy

    Apr 3, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I am stuck inbetween wanting to buy the RBZ 3wood 15 degree S-flex matrix xcon-5 stock or the 3wood 14.5 degree tour RBZ s-flex xcon-7 shaft. My ball speed is around 141-145 and have always had a steep swing. I have always been inbetween an S-flex and an X-flex. My Driver is an R11 TP 70beta RIP. Though it is a high kickpoint with a lower launch, this mixed with my swing speed I hit my driver very low. I demoed the regular RBZ 3wood S-flex 15 degree with stoce x-con5 shaft and hit the ball straight, very high with pretty solid distance. Just concered that grams of shaft is a little over 50. Other than the obvious that I am hit the demo great, straight, long, with very high ball flight, any reason maybe the tour 14.5degree RBZ might benefit me better? Just looking for some knowledge or suggestions. New to this site but happy to see other dedicated golfers. Let me know!! Thanks!!

  15. Peter

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Im a 5 handicap and Titliest Fit Pro and just bought the tour 3. I was launching the regular version 270! Low spin 15′ launch angle. I went with the tour version because of the open face and was averaging 250 with 96 mph head speed. 250 is plenty with the 3 wood. What was I going to donwith my $500 R11s driver??? Definitely more distance for me about 10-12 yards and low dispersion. Get one and rocket your BALLZ!

  16. tuck

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    what does the tour spoon mean on the side of the tp

  17. Don

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I have the 3HL (17 deg) in my bag and love the distance and control I get.
    I like the fact that I can choke up on the thing and consistently get 250+ with it.
    This is basically a 4 wood and I can out drive most people I play against when take a full swing.

    I like the big head on it as well. the only one i could find in a 4 wood.

    Sounds great and feels smooth.

    The head cover is a pain and should be rethought.

  18. Mark Murray

    Mar 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I am 14 and am a 5 handicap. Before I hit this club, I chuckled at the name as a Titleist fan. However, when I went to a local golf expo the other day, this club was unbelievable. I got around an extra 20 yards, but the club still gave me unbelievable workability. It is the softest and most springy off the face out of any other club, even the 910 Titleist series. I don’t laugh at the name Rocketballz anymore, but I still do when I see unbelievable distance and flight on my shots.

  19. Jeff

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Just hit it yesterday. I was more impressed with the hybrid, but over all did notice a sizable improvement in distance and launch.

  20. grandy

    Feb 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I have this bag

    Driver: Taylormade r11 9 degree
    Fairway: This new( I lovely it) taylormade rocketballz tour 3 wood 14.5 degree
    hybrid: taylormade rescue 11
    irons: nike victory red 4-pw
    wedge: cleveland original 588 (52 degree),nike victory red (56 and 60 degree)
    putter: odyssey white ice 1

    • Keith

      Nov 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Nice set up! Mine is very Similiar once I buy the RBZ 3wood. What kind of shaft do you have in you’rs

  21. Brent Mann

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I thought it was BS. I hit my 910F on a frozen rope 165 ball speed maxing out around 169mph on my full swing golf simulator. The RBZ never dropped below 171mph and maxed at 179! As far as distance goes I am blown away. As far as a game day club, still not sure.

  22. Gary

    Feb 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I’ll wait until TM’s new line of woods comes out next year…then when they come out, I’ll still wait yet again for their even NEWER line of woods to come out the following year..see a pattern? By the time you test and decide whether to buy or not, TM has come out with an even bigger, better line supposedly. Frankly, it’s pretty ridiculous. People should just look at other brands that don’t use Mickey Mouse gimmicks and buy what they are comfortable with and get out of the Rat Race that is known at TaylorMade.

  23. Jim

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    That slot on the sole will dig. Happened with the Adams 3 wood I used last year. Awesome off the tee… but there are some situations where the clubs just grabs the grass like it’s velcro.

    I would like to see a 3 wood with JUST the slot on the top (I can used to that) and a smoother sole. Or one that isn’t exposed to the turf so much.

    Close but no cigar.

  24. sam

    Feb 20, 2012 at 4:40 am

    If you follow the threads over the years the 3 wood should go 350 yards or more. Every year one can pick up 15 yards with a new piece of equipment. My R11 cranks it out well and will stay in the bag.

  25. Nodak

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I dont care about a 3 wood, what about the 5 wood?

    Is it easy to hit and longer too?

  26. phizzy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Love the concept behind it and I’ve tested the tour version. It is indeed longer but, I did not want such a small gap between my driver and 3 wood distance wise. However, it will definately benefit amateurs with slower swing speeds who seek added distance off the tee and who need the added loft. 10-15 yards longer than my razr hawk 3 wood.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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