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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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    Jan 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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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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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

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Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

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Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

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Callaway launches Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X irons and hybrids

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With its new line of Rogue irons — consisting of Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X models — Callaway continues its search to answer a conundrum that’s plagued game-improvement irons for years; how do you make an iron that produces great ball speed without sacrificing sound and feel. The dilemma is that in order to increase ball speeds, engineers must make the faces of the irons thinner. The problem is, the thinner they make the faces, the more vibration is caused at impact, creating a longer-lasting, higher-pitched sound. Very few golfers want that off-putting, clicky sound, but they do want the ball speed and distance.

So, that’s why companies are experimenting with different materials and injections between the faces of game-improvement irons and their bodies. That buffer creates a dampening effect to reduce vibration, while still allowing faces to be constructed thinner to raise COR (coefficient of restitution, a measure of energy transfer) and ball speed. Companies such as PXG irons use TPE injections, and TaylorMade uses SpeedFoam in its new P-790 irons; Callaway says those constructions either constrict speed, or they don’t have a profound enough effect on vibrations.

For its Rogue irons that are made from 17-4 stainless steel, Callaway is using what it calls urethane microspheres, which are essentially little balls of urethane that it combines together, in the cavities of its irons. The difference between these spheres and other foams and materials on the market, according to Callaway, is that the material is porous. Callaway says the microspheres work to dampen sound without negatively effecting ball speed.

A look at the inside of a Rogue iron, via Callaway’s photography

The inner material in the cavity works in tandem with familiar technologies from previous iron releases such as Apex, Epic and Steelhead XR. Callaway says it has improved upon its VFT (variable face thickness) and Face Cup technologies, focusing on thinning out portions of the face where golfers tend to miss shots — low on the face, on the heel and on the toe. Each of the Rogue irons also uses Internal Standing Wave by way of Tungsten-infused weights that help control the center of gravity (CG) in the club heads; that means centering the overall weight between the scoring lines, and controlling where the CG is placed vertically throughout a given set (re: higher on the short irons for more control and spin, and lower on the long irons for more height).

For the consumer, all of this means getting performance-driven irons at a lower price compared to the Epic and Epic Pro irons. Each of the irons will be available for pre-sale on January 19, and come to retail on February 9. Read on for more info on each of the specific irons, and the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids that introduce Callaway’s Jailbreak technology into hybrids for the first time.

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Rogue irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway’s Rogue irons are the standard model in this line of irons, equipped with all of the technologies described above. According to Callaway, these are essentially Steelhead XR replacements, but have more compact shapes. In the Steelhead XR irons, Callaway used a wider profile in order to center CG between the scoring lines, but due to the inclusion of the Tungsten-infused weights in the Rogue irons, it was able to shape the irons more similar to XR and X-Hot irons of the past — more preferable shapes for GI irons, according to Callaway.

Stock shafts include True Temper’s XP105 steel shaft, and Aldila’s Synergy graphite shaft.

Rogue Pro irons ($999.99)

The Rogue Pro irons, as you may expect, have a more compact shape, thinner toplines and thinner soles than their standard-model-counterparts. Therefore, the Pro design will yield more control that better players will prefer, but they are still packed with all of the performance-enhancing technologies of the Rogue irons. They also have a chrome plating that better players may be drawn to.

Rogue X irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway described the Rogue X irons to me as “bomber irons.” They have lofts that are 3-to-4 degrees stronger than the standard Rogue irons, and they have longer lengths and lighter overall weights, but according to Callaway, they will still launch in the same window iron-for-iron (re: a 7-iron will launch like a 7-iron). Despite cranking down the lofts, they have bigger profiles, wider soles and more offset; those designs work to drag CG rearward, which helps to increase launch.

Combine that design with the Rogue’s VFT, Face Cups, Internal Standing Wave and urethane microspheres, and the result is an iron that’s “all about distance,” according to Callaway.

Rogue and Rogue X hybrids ($249.99 apiece)

As noted previously, the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids include Callaway’s Jailbreak technology. Like Callaway’s Rogue fairway woods, they use stainless steel bars behind the face instead of the titanium bars that are used in the Rogue drivers. Also, like all of the other Callaway clubs that use Jailbreak, the idea of the design is that two parallel bars inside the club head connect the sole with crown help to add strength to the body at impact, allowing the faces to be constructed thinner, thus, create more ball speed across the face. The Rogue and Rogue X hybrids also have Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology.

The standard Rogue goes up to a 6-hybrid, while the oversized, Rogue X “super hybrid” goes up to an 8-hybrid. Similar to the Rogue X irons, the Rogue X hybrids have an oversized construction, a lighter overall weight, and longer lengths. The goal with these Rogue X hybrids is to create higher launching, more forgiving and longer hybrid options for golfers who need help getting the ball in the air.

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