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DEC. 20 CHAT WITH TAYLORMADE (Read what TMag replied to all of your questions pg 12)


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#1 HipCheck

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:57 PM

THIS HAS ENDED.  No need to ask more questions.

WRX EXCLUSIVE! TaylorMade Experts Talk 2012 Product with GolfWRXers
On December 20, TaylorMade joined us for 2 1/2 hours of live Q&A.  Click the link below to view.



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TaylorMade just announced the arrival of their new metalwoods and irons for 2012, including more images and information about the incredible new RocketBallz franchise and the next generation of the R series drivers in the R11S. After a great 2011, they are definitely bringing it to the marketplace again next year!

That said, such a line-up creates some questions for the golfer – Which driver is right for me? Where did the name RocketBallz come from? – and luckily for WRX, TaylorMade's experts will be coming here, live and exclusive, to help answer your questions.

We're using this thread take your questions for TaylorMade about the 2012 line… their product and R&D experts will be here on Tuesday, December 20, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST to answer. Feel free to leave your questions starting today and join in next Tuesday.

P.S. If you need some incentive to leave a good question: TaylorMade is giving 3 of the "Special Edition" packages to GolfWRX. Anyone who gets a question answered will be entered into a random drawing for a shot at one of the three 3-wood kits. Good luck and fire away!


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:01 PM

Simple Question:  Why "Rocketballz"?
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

How is the RBZ driver compared to the R11s as far as distance goes?  Is one more forgiving or longer?  Thanks

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

Sorry, that was an obvious and already stated question.  I'll try one more:  Say I'm shopping a Taylor Made driver next year- what will make me choose the R11s over the RBZ or vice versa?
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

Alright, I'll bite...

How is the channel on the new RBZ FW any different than what we've seen from a couple other OEM's over the last two years?

Compression Channel, Velocity Slot, Speed Pocket, etc.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:05 PM

as a golfer looking for a new driver or fairway wood, what are the benefits/drawbacks of the R11S woods vs. the new RBZ woods? what types of golfers is each line targeted for?  Thanks WRX and TM for the thread.
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:09 PM

I'm in...so with all of the focus on fitting/adjustability...why was that feature left out of portions of the RBZ line? Is this simply providing an obvious innovative place for the next line?

Thanks for doing this...!

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

Why did you replace the successful Burner series with RBZ?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:12 PM

How will the RocketBallz line help the weekend warrior who wants to add distance to his or her bag from the tee box and the fairway with a new metal wood?

Edited by JaxGolfer1, 13 December 2011 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:12 PM

Well we obviously know that the R11s fairway woods will allow for adjustably. What I am interested in is the setup of the Standard and Tour tour versions of the RBZ? Setup square, Open, Closed? Neutral, draw of fade weighted? Will these Tour versions of the RBZ be as fade biased as the Burner 2.0 TP?

Edited by harleydavis, 13 December 2011 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:13 PM

What seems to be more benificial in adding distance: adjustable flight control or longer, lighter shafts?

Also, where does a manufacturer possibly go from here in terms of increasing performance under current USA regulations?
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:14 PM

Love the avatar Sakman.....

By upgrading to the R11s, what will I gain compared to the older R11 in terms of performance? Or is it just additional adjustability?
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:15 PM

With the enhancement of the R11 line, will this also open the door to more additions in the publicly available TMAG R11 graphics "aftermarket" shafts?  If so, what new shafts are anticipated first (Ahina 70 & 80, AD DI, Kioyshi, etc)?  If no expansion in shaft selection is anticipated, please explain.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:17 PM

What is the static head weight difference in the R11 440 headed driver and the R11S 460 head?

What is the shaft length of the RBZ 3 wood, and 5 wood?

Will there be a 4 wood offering in the RBZ line?

Will there be new wedge line offering for 2012?

Why is it better for the MWT ports to be closer to the face than towards the rear of the club head like in the R9 Super Tri head?

Edited by evoviiiyou, 13 December 2011 - 04:18 PM.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:19 PM

for higher Handicappers (25). Which would be a better fit.  the RBZ or the R11 Driver/woods.  

Is one model better for high handicappers than the other and why.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:19 PM

Where will be able to purchase the Rocketballz products?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:21 PM

How are you able to create a fairway wood that gives you so much more distance than today's fairway woods?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:27 PM

What golf balls is TaylorMade releasing for 2012?  Is there just one RBZ golf ball or will there be different models and what are the differences between them?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:30 PM

Will the RBZ take over for the Superfast line that has been so popular among amateurs and even the pro's for the past handful of years? And what determination went into deciding the shafts for this model?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:36 PM

At this point, people seem to think of Titleist and other brands for workability and professional standards as far as drivers and woods are concerned, how will rocketballz and the new r11 help change the viewpoint of the internet junkies and show that taylormade is not only forgiving but the best choice from a performance and workability standpoint?


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

How does this fairway wood combine forgiveness and playability, two critical factors when deciding on a 3wd replacement?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

With both the new R11s and RBZ series drivers/woods having adjustable hosels, what will differentiate the two?  Will the R-series still be targeted towards the more "control" oriented golfer while the RBZ series towards the "distance" oriented golfer?  Going forward, will Taylormade continue to evolve the adjustability factor of clubs i.e. offer only clubs with FCT/MWT/hot-swappable shafts/etc?


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

I have always been an on and off Taylormade user since my Pittsburgh Persimmon through my R7 and 500 series.  When there is great technology and performance in a classic look, I'm in, but when I get lost a little when looks change dramatically in a short term.  I am not a big fan of different shapes, or extra flash.  I understand the white concept, however I don't really get all of the extra work on the crown.  

Can you describe the mindset behind all of the crown graphics on both new lines, and what purpose they serve?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

Why did you go back to releasing multiple different club heads (R11s, RBZ, RBZ Tour; R11s fw, RBZ fw, RBZ Tour fw, RBZ TP fw).
The trend seem to be towards one club head (adjustable) and multiple shaft options, adjustments to the uniform clubhead

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:38 PM

What handicap group do you hope to target with the RBZ line?Thanks


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:41 PM

First off - WOW! what a great looking product! This could change the game for fairway woods technology.

The velocity slot looks alot like the technology introduced in the ADAMS SPEEDLINE LP line. Can you explain how the RBZ line compares to the ADAMS SPEEDLINE product?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:41 PM

Has the RocketBallz line required the most R&D to date from Taylormade? Would you consider the advances made with the RBZ clubs to be more significant than say the R11, R9 or R7 when they were released?

Edited by jclark07, 14 December 2011 - 03:09 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:43 PM

First, KUDOS to a wonderfully successful 2011 with the R11 and Burner Superfast 2.0 drivers and fairway woods.  They have been a HUGE hit.  To follow-up on that success will be a true challenge.  As other OEM's appear to be gravitating towards "simple is better", how can you convince the customer that "more adjustability is better" with the R11S?  What makes the R11S "better" than the R11?  What data is available to support this?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:46 PM

Being a new player, my swing is constantly changing (hopefully for the better.) With that in mind, how often should I be fit for my driver? Will improved technique mean that the settings I have dialed in to my current TaylorMade driver need to be updated for maximum ball speed and optimal ball flight? Thanks.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:48 PM

Question 1: With the past years introduction to slots, on fairways. Nike is the only one who has put the compression channel on there driver. Why does the RBZ driver not have a slot, are there restrictions or ???

Question2: What measure did you go through to make sure the speed slot does not interact harshly or badly with turf.

Edited by Shaank0, 13 December 2011 - 04:49 PM.


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