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Callaway launches the Big Bertha V-Series Driver



There’s only two real ways for golfers to gain more distance with their driver; they can either increase their ball speed or improve their launch conditions. If they can do both simultaneously, well, then they’re in for some real distance gains.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha V-Series driver is designed to improve the speed portion of the distance equation. It uses a lightweight, aerodynamic club head as well as a lightweight shaft and grip to help golfers generate more distance.


“Aerodynamics are the reason bike helmets and airplane wings are designed the way they are,” said Tim Reed, senior vice president of product strategy. “The goal [with the V-Series] was to lower the drag, which in the aerodynamic world is to keep the airflow of the head attached.”


For that reason, the shape of the V-Series driver is rounder and sleeker than the company’s other Big Bertha drivers, which when combined with the club’s lighter weight helps golfers swing faster and transfer more energy to the ball at impact. That means more ball speed and more distance.


Just how much lighter the club is depends on what loft a golfer chooses.

The higher-lofted V-Series drivers — 10.5 and 13 degrees — are the lightest, with club weights about 290 grams and a 42-gram Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara E Series shaft (L, R, S and X flexes). That gives them a total weight that’s about 23 grams lighter than the company’s Big Bertha driver. The 9-degree model, which should attract better players, comes stock with a slightly heavier head and shaft: Fujikura’s Speeder 565 (R and S flexes). For that reason, it has a swingweight of D2, two points heavier than the other lofts.


Like the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha, the V-Series drivers use Callaway’s Forged Composite Crown and Hyper Speed Face designs, which allow those parts of the driver to be made lighter and stronger. Those structures are particularly important for a lightweight driver like the V-Series, because they allow the club heads to be made lighter while maintaining a high moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of a club’s forgiveness, or its retention of ball speed on off center hits.

As for its launch conditions, Reed says that the V-Series driver will not be as low spinning as the company’s Big Bertha Alpha driver, but that it is a fairly low-spinning driver. Golfers can also dial in the launch and spin of the club with its OptiFit adjustable hosel, which offers 8 different loft and lie combinations with a 4-degree loft range. Standard length is 45.5 inches.

The V-Series drivers will be available in stores August 22 and will sell for $399. Pre-orders begin August 8.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Callaway Big Bertha V Series drivers.

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  1. john

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Another win for the V series last week. Looks worth trying to me.

  2. Kyle Pelkey

    Oct 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I just got fitted by Cool Clubs in Scottsdale Az. Strongly recommend Matt there. Anyways…I tried this one, the Ping G30, the new Titleist 915 D2. I was shocked to find I was WAY more accurate and 15 yards longer with THIS V series Big Bertha. Open your mind and try things….I really wanted to go with the G30 or the Titleist…but it wasn’t even close folks! Yes, it IS all about the shaft…go get fit somewhere (like Cool Clubs) where they can vary the shaft and the clubhead. I wound up with the Callaway BB V series driver, G30 Fairway wood and TM SLDR S hybrid. Already got some awesome G30 irons I can’t say enough good about. TRY THEM ALL! You will likely be surprised. I had read biases about some. But I left with some a MUCH better fit for me (I’m 50 and my driver speed is only about 95mph).

  3. JJ

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

    You all might try it before making up your minds. I have this driver and hit it much better than anything I’ve tried this year or last which is considering a lot of new drivers. So many know it alls on forums base opinion without actually trying anything almost as if their convincing others of their opinion matters. Try stuff out then call BS.

  4. Desmond

    Aug 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Mark Crossfield seemed to like it … a lot. See review on youtube

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  6. Chuck

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

    So this whole theory — lighter head, ultralight shaft at almost 46″, low static weight — runs directly counter to what Tom Wishon carefully explained on these same digital pages.

    • Charlie

      Aug 9, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Different theories from different experts

  7. RG

    Aug 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    When we have a discussion about why golf participation is down let’s not forget that all the hype around clubs is a major turn-off to beginning players. So much bologna and ridiculous claims by OEMs.they’re shooting themselves in the foot with all the B.S.
    So the message I’m getting is that if I want optimum performance I need to buy new equipment every 3-4 months. No wonder people get turned off and leave the game. So much snake oil.

    • JJ

      Sep 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Maybe they’re attempting to reach a more discerning audience. Keep complaining and convincing people to ignore innovation and new attempts at improving our games and see what happens. Ever think it possible that maybe there are some engineers putting some real science into the new clubs?

  8. Martin

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    V Series will not be successful product it will drop in price $100 in 3-4 months

    • setter02

      Aug 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

      You mean kinda like the Opti-Force that was released right around this time last year…

    • lumpy

      Oct 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Just got it and paid $125 less than $399 suggested price. By the way, it’s awesome !!

  9. christian

    Aug 7, 2014 at 4:45 am

    It’s a watered down JDM Legacy Platinum forged driver, been out for a year already. Comes stock with a lightweight and very premium Rombax Platinum shaft.

  10. John

    Aug 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Reading the previous comments was more exciting than this driver. I dont have much to add since you guys have all pretty much hit the nail on the head. Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike among others have become more of a marketing company these days than R & D. It seems there are a few companies; mainly Japanese, with the exception of Ping and Titleist (which is owned by Fila). That consistently produce quality product. Mizuno, Srixon, Titleist, Ping, Cleveland all seem to have the most consistently performing products on a year to year basis. I played the Srixon 701 tours for a long time, and I have seen guys on tour like Hideki and Graeme testing new irons that really peak my interest. I would love to see those in person and set em down behind a ball. I made the switch to the Z-Star and never looked back a few years ago. Best ball I have ever played. If their new clubs are anything like their balls I would love to see them statewide.

  11. MikeB

    Aug 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Enough with the D0 swing weights already!If it was a D5 to D8, I would jump on it in a flash!

  12. Regis

    Aug 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I gamed a composite about 10 years ago. May have even been a Callaway. Problem was it never provided enough feedback. Same with a couple of other Cleveland and Adams lightweight combos. They were awesome to demo or on a launch monitor but after a couple of weeks on the course I was lost, and I am a low SS Player which would seem be the target market for this technology.

  13. Double Mocha Man

    Aug 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Based on most of the comments I think we’re all through with “marketing” innovations. Released every 6 months. Wake us up when there’s something actually innovative, that actually smacks the ball longer and as straight as a rope.

  14. MattK

    Aug 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Can’t we just call it the Biggest Big Bertha 2? Or BBB2 for short?

  15. DK

    Aug 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    When can I pre-order my re-released Callaway C4 driver? Here’s the press release from 2002 touting the C4’s lightweight properties…

    “In addition to forgiveness, distance is also a key part of the Big Bertha C4 Driver. The lightweight clubhead makes it beneficial to use a longer shaft in an effort to help golfers of all skill levels generate more clubhead speed. The new Big Bertha C4 Ultralight graphite shaft is 45.5 inches long, weighs just 53 grams, and the tip diameter is a generous 0.400 inch to maintain stability and durability. Five performance-specific flexes are available to suit the needs of individual golfers. Including a proprietary new lightweight grip, a finished Big Bertha C4 Driver weighs approximately 280 grams — roughly 25 grams lighter than other drivers of comparable size.”

    Are they using a fill in the blank marketing template?

  16. DK

    Aug 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Really there’s nothing new on this driver. “New” aerodynamics on a sole design that looks fairly identical to the warbird, just a diff’rent paint job. Need to get rid of all those grooves on the face! Lightweight isn’t innovative anymore, they’re using face tech from the company’s other lines – AT LEAST THEY “KEPT THE AIRFLOW OF THE HEAD ATTACHED!!!” Once again, nothing new. Thanks Tim, that might be the worst quote promoting a driver in the history…

  17. goal!!!

    Aug 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I saw Harris English playing this at the practice rounds this week.

  18. Inthejonzone

    Aug 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Puke…optiforce V2…no thanks Callaway, glad I ditched the Alpha and went back to my old 910…dropped 5 shots since then!!!

  19. richard

    Aug 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yippee! Just what we need, yet another brand spanking new $400 driver! I hope this means I can find a mint alpha for $200 now!

  20. MHendon

    Aug 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Blah, Blah, Blah…. Hey but on the bright side my buddy just got the RAZR brand new less than a year old for $199

  21. Courtoni20

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Sweet! Now I can get last weeks model for next to nothing, Thanks Callaway!

    • dave d

      Aug 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

      $199? We are selling the RAZR for $75, RAZR FIT for $99. RAZR FIT is a great club!

      • MHendon

        Aug 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

        LOL I guess he over paid. I’m not sure which model he bought. Has the green paint on the bottom.

  22. enrique

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    42 and 55g shaft, 46″ and D0? Probably not what I’m looking for in my weekend money game.

  23. jim

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Looks alot like the old Great Big Bertha, or at least close. Seems the Warbird sole is making a comeback. I really think Callaway and TM release way too many clubs these days, it’s getting really confusing and can’t possibly be good for club sales either.

  24. Desmond

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

    That is one deep face … but no turbulators???


    That sole … brings back memories.

    • Desmond

      Aug 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      The driver will undoubtedly work for its market. I’ll give it a whirl in the simulator with a G30…

  25. bradford

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I tried this approach last season with the Adams Speedline 9088UL. It was stock with a Matrix Radix (s-flex). The club swung a D-0 weight, with a total weight of about 290g.

    The club was an absolute bomber–problem being the extra swing speed made it the wrong shaft for me. I normally swing around 103ish, and this club truly did kick it up to about 108-110. This is a huge gain, I realize–but instead of the high hook I expected, it was a ridiculously high slicing ball–which barely lost any distance, and provided no feedback (and no golf ball). The problem turned out to be that the shaft is so married to a particular swing type, it would produce huge misses in almost unpredictable directions for other swing types. I expect the same here…people will claim it’s longer, but the majority will find it just doesn’t work.

    That Adams sold for $25…not even the price of the lost balls it cost me

    • MHendon

      Aug 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Best thing for distance is solid contact. If a driver is longer or lighter than what you’re use to you’ll have a hard time making consistent contact. That’s why after a couple years experimenting with a 45 inch shaft I went back to 44. I’m not only more accurate but actually longer too.

  26. Vandy

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Re-releasing the optiforce. Bold strategy cotton

  27. tbowles411

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    They’re going back to the Warbird sole. It’s iconic because it worked back in the day. I’m sure it still works, but it remains to be seen of how it works with the head and if it’s geared to help folks not only get the ball in the air, but to stay in the fairway. That’s important.

  28. ND Hickman

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Pre-orders begin on “Augusta 8” you say?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Aug 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

      It appears that subconsciously I’m not ready for this year’s major championship season to be finished.

  29. adan

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Yawn. Plus, it’ll be on sale for $99 by this time next year. I do like the Mitsubishi Bassara shafts though.

  30. Hellsing

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Sooo… back to square one?

  31. Martin

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Doesn’t look like anything new here.

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Spotted: Luke Donald’s new Odyssey Versa 12 CS putter



Luke Donald has been using a center-shafted Odyssey #7 putter for a very, very long time. Recently Luke decided that he wanted to change it up and try some new putters, according to Joe Toulon, Callaway’s PGA Tour manager.

The new putter is an Odyssey Versa Twelve CS mallet, center-shafted, of course. Odyssey’s Versa high contrast alignment system debuted in 2013 and brought back this year with a full line of head shapes. The Twelve CS is a high MOI mallet with a  raised center section and “wings” on the sides. The head is finished in black and then a large white rectangle runs down the center of the putter to aid in aligning the putter towards the target. There is also a short site line on the top, right next to where the shaft attached to the head.

Odyssey’s famous White Hot insert is a two-part urethane formula that offers a soft feel and consistent distance control. The sole features two weights that are interchangeable to dial in the desired head weight and feel. The Versa Twelve CS usually comes with Odyssey’s Stroke Lab counterbalanced graphite shaft but Luke looks to have gone with a traditional steel shaft and a Super Stroke Claw 2.0 Zenergy grip in Red and White.

Our own Andrew Tursky asked Joe Toulon about the type of player who gravitates towards a center-shafted putter:

“Since it’s easy to manipulate the face angle with something center shafted, probably someone with good hands. If you’re a good chipper you may like the face control that a center shafted putter offers.”

Check out more photos of the Odyssey Versa Twelve CS Putter.

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7 takeaways from an AWESOME equipment talk with Padraig Harrington



Fans of golf equipment have long known that Padraig Harrington is one of us. Throughout his career, Harrington has been willing to test new products, make changes from week to week, and play with a bag of mixed equipment brands.

What equipment fans may not know, however, is just how brilliant of an equipment mind Harrington truly has.

Ahead of the 2023 Valero Texas Open, I caught up with Harrington to pick his brain about what clubs are currently in his bag, and why. The conversation turned into Harrington discussing topics such as the broader equipment landscape, brand deals in 2023, his driver testing process, why he still uses a TaylorMade ZTP wedge from 2008, square grooves vs. V-grooves, and using a knockoff set of Ping Eye 1 irons as a junior.

Padraig Harrington’s 2023 WITB

Below are my 7 major takeaways from the extensive gear talk with Harrington.

1) Padraig’s stance on equipment contracts, and why he prefers Wilson

Harrington is a longtime Wilson staffer, and although he supports the brand and uses their equipment, he doesn’t use a full bag of Wilson clubs. He finds Wilson’s understanding of a player’s need for flexibility to be beneficial to the player, and it’s attracting more and more professional players to the company (such as Kevin Kisner and Trey Mullinax).

“Wilson wants me to play whatever I’m comfortable with. It’s very important. They’re not a manufacturer that says, ‘We want you to play 14 clubs.’ There’s always a club you don’t like. That’s just the way it is. So Wilson is like, ‘We want you playing well and playing the best clubs for you.’

“I am very comfortable with their irons. I’m very comfortable with their wedges, as you can see. They have an old hybrid 4 iron that I love. They have a new hybrid 4-iron that is too powerful. I put it in the bag last week and I had to take it out. The thing is, I use a 4-iron and a 5-wood. My 4-iron has to go somewhat relative to my 5-iron, and then I have to bridge that gap between 4-iron and 5-wood, so it has to do both. The new 4-iron was going 230 yards. My 4-iron goes about 215-235, maybe 240 on a warm day. And my 5-wood is like a warm-day 265 in the air, but I have no problem hitting it 235, so I can cross it over. But this 4-iron, the new version, it just went. I couldn’t hit the 215 shot with it; it’s just too powerful. That’s why I have the old 4-iron in the bag, but it does the job to bridge the gap…

“As players get more money, they’re less dependent on manufacturers. They need the service of a manufacturer – because, like I need to be on that truck and get things checked. But you’re seeing more players see Wilson as an attractive option because you don’t have to use 14 clubs. If you’re not happy this week with the putter; you know, Wilson has the putters, they have everything, but if you want to chase something else for a moment…remember, there’s two things you’re chasing. If you’re a free agent, it’s not good to be changing a lot. That is a distraction. But it’s nice to have the option that if somebody…like I feel Titleist has come out with a great driver. And I’m able to work my way straight into Titleist and say, ‘Hey, gimmie a go with that. Oh, this is a great driver, I’m going to use this.’ Wilson is aware of that. They want their players to be happy and playing well. Like it’s still 10 clubs, but it’s just not 14 and the ball.

“The irons are great, there’s no doubt about that. They’ve won the most majors. They make a gambit of irons. If you want to use a blade, they have the blade. If you want to use my iron, which is just a good tour composite, it has a bit of a cavity-back, you can do that. If you want to use the D irons that have rockets going off there, you can have them. Like the 4 iron, the one they gave me, it was a rocket! And guys are happy to carry driving irons like that, but mine has to match in with the 5-iron. It was just too high and too fast.

“So yeah, I think you’re going to see manufacturers go more of that way. Our players want to be independent, but the problem is that full independence is not great. You don’t want a situation where you’re turning up – as you see kids who make it into their first tournament, and the manufacturers start giving them stuff, and they’re changing. You don’t want to be the guy changing too much.”

2) The dangers of a 64-degree wedge

Although Harrington himself uses a Wilson Staff High Toe 64-degree wedge, he seldom practices with it. Here’s why he warns against it:

“The big key with a 64 wedge is DO NOT use it. No, seriously, do not use it. It’s a terrible wedge for your technique. That club is in the bag and it gets used on the golf course, and it gets used when it’s needed, but you don’t practice with it, because it’s awful. So much loft will get you leading too much, and you’re going to deloft it. Hit one or two shots with it, then put it away. You’re better off practicing with a pitching wedge and adding loft to be a good chipper instead of practicing with a lob wedge and taking loft off. A 64-degree wedge is accentuating that problem. It’s a dangerous club. It does a great job at times, but it certainly can do harm.

“It’s not bad having it in the bag for a certain shot, but it’s a terrible club to practice with. I literally hit one or two full shots with it, a couple chips with it, and that’s it. I know if I spend too long with it, I’ll start de-lofting.”

3) The interchangeable faces on TaylorMade’s ZTP wedges from 2008 were Padraig’s idea?!

I couldn’t believe it myself, but Harrington says that the idea for TaylorMade to offer interchangeable face technology on its ZTP wedges in 2008 was originally his idea…

“The TaylorMade is obviously attracting a lot of attention, but that was my idea! Myself and a consultant for Wilson, I got him to build changeable faces and he sold that to TaylorMade…that’s fully my idea. He sold that then to TaylorMade, and TaylorMade produced them, which I was happy about. But TaylorMade couldn’t sell them. You can’t get people to clean the grooves, so they weren’t going to buy a new face. Why have 400 faces at home? So I went out and bought these faces to make sure I had them for life. And I was home chipping a while ago, and I have a nice 58. I like the grind on that wedge, and the fact I can just replace the face and have a fresh face every three weeks, it’s just easy, so that’s why that’s in there.”

4) Driver testing isn’t all about speed

“The driver companies know I’m a free agent when it comes to drivers, so every time a new driver comes out, they’ll come to me and say, ‘Hey, would you have a look at this?’

“I will test everything, yeah, but it has to beat what I have in the bag. And Wilson’s new driver is the same. They brought out a new driver and it’s great, but I love the driver I’m using. So I say, ‘Look, guys, not only do you have to be as good as the incumbent, you have to be better, because I already know this and I’m familiar with it.’

“Wilson has built a very, very good driver. There’s know doubt about it. But I love the driver I’m using. And none of these manufacturers can build me a driver that’s better.

“Ball speed gets a driver into the conversation, and then you bring it to the golf course. So the driver has to be going as good as my current driver, and then I bring it to the course and see if I can hit the thing straight. I have gone down the road [of prioritizing speed]…I used a driver in 2014, and it never worked weekends. But it was fast. I used it for about six weeks I’d say – six tournaments – and I missed six straight cuts. It never worked the weekend. It was really fast on the range, but it just wasn’t good on the course.”


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5) Playing with knockoff irons as a junior

“I played as a junior for Ireland, under 18’s, and I owned half a set of golf clubs, and they were imitation Ping Eye 1’s. I borrowed the other half set off my brother. We had a half set each. I had the evens, he had the odds. In that tournament, there was a guy playing with Ping Berylliums with graphite shafts. They cost 1,900 pounds. Mine cost 100 pounds, and they were knockoffs. So I played, for my country, with a set of knockoffs. Before I used those knockoff clubs, I used a mixed bag of clubs. As in, I picked up whatever club they had. The 6-iron might go farther than the 5-iron. The 5-iron might go with a fade and the 7-iron might go with a hook, but I knew what my clubs did. Each club had a purpose.”

6) Using square grooves and V-grooves simultaneously

Square grooves – or “box grooves” – were outlawed by the USGA in 2010 because they were said to help golfers spin the ball too much. V grooves are said to provide less of an advantage because they restrict the sharp edges of the grooves, thus reducing the amount of friction imparted on the golf ball. Prior to the rule change, however, Harrington actually used both V grooves and box grooves, and he’d adjust his setup depending on the golf course.

“What’s interesting is, when the box grooves were around – very few people know this – I carried two sets of clubs at all times. I carried a V groove and a box groove.

“Yeah, see, the box grooves were unbelievable out of the rough, spin wise, but if the rough got to a certain level, the ball would come out so low and with spin that it wouldn’t go very far. Your 7-iron coming out of this rough would only go like 140 yards and it wouldn’t get over any trees because it would come out so low. What I was doing was, if I got to a golf course with this sort of a rough, I’d put in a box groove 7-iron and a V-groove 8-iron. If I got in the rough and I had 170 yards, I’d hit an 8 iron and get a flyer, because the 7 iron wouldn’t get there depending on the lie. And I couldn’t get it over things. So if there were trees, you needed the V groove to get over the trees. A box groove wouldn’t get up in the air.

“No one else was doing it. I played with the box groove for a couple years before I realized that in certain rough, you need the V groove to get there. Hale Irwin played a U.S. Open seemingly with no grooves. Off the fairway it’s meant to make no difference. I would disagree, but that’s what the officials would say. But out of the rough you needed the flyers to get to the green. The V grooves were doing that for me. You get your flyer to get of the rough to get the ball there, but then if it was the first cut of rough, or light rough, or Bermuda rough, or chip shots, it would come out so low and spinny that you’d have no problem.

“I can’t believe that people didn’t realize that I was doing this two-groove thing all the time. I swear to you, you could stand here, you would not launch a 7-iron over that fence there if it was box grooves out of light rough, and V groove would launch over it. The launch characteristics were massively different.”

7) Blame the person, not the putter

Interestingly, Harrington, for all his tinkering, has only used a handful of putters. It turns out, there’s a good reason for that — although he’d like his current model to be a few millimeters taller.

“I used a 2-ball when it came out. Then I used a 2-ball blade, which I won my majors with. I always had a hook in my putts, so not long after I won my majors, I went to face-balanced putter because it helps reduce the left-to-right spin. I started putting really badly in 2013 and 2014 – I had some issues. And then come 2016-2017, I just said, look, I putted well with this putter. If I use this putter, I can’t go back and say it’s the putter’s problem. It’s gotta be me. So I went back to the face-balanced 2-ball blade because I’ve had good times with it. I may have only used 5 or 6 putters in my career.

“I’m really happy that I’ve got a putter that I know I’ve putted well with, and I don’t blame the putter. I can’t say that anymore. I don’t blame my tools, I blame myself if I miss a putt. So it comes down to…I know the putter works, then it’s me. Me, me, me.

“You know, I’ve toyed with using other shafts in the putter, and I will look at other putters, but things are askew to me when I look down. So I can’t have a putter with a line on it. It doesn’t look square to the face. I’ve never putted with a putter that has a line on it for that reason. I line up by feel. I know that putter works, I know it suits me, so that’s why I go with that…

“I prefer a deeper putter (a taller face). The one issue I have is I hit the ball too high on the face, but they won’t remodel the whole system to make me a deeper putter. I’ve tried some optical illusions to try and get it where I hit the ball more in the center, but I hit it high. It seems to be going in the hole so I’m not going to worry about it too much. But in an ideal world, if someone came along and said they could make the putter 3-4 millimeters higher, I’d be happy with that.”

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TaylorMade survey on ball rollback finds everyday golfers massively against introduction of Model Local Rule



In response to the USGA and R&A’s recent announcement that they plan on rolling back the golf ball for the professional game, TaylorMade Golf issued a survey asking everyday golfers to voice their opinion regarding the topic of golf ball bifurcation. Today, they are sharing the results.

Almost 45,000 golfers across more than 100 countries spanning a variety of ages, abilities and participation levels took the time to complete the survey and have their voice heard, with some of the major findings shown below:

  • To the best of your knowledge, do you agree with the proposed golf ball rule?
    • 81% No
    • 19% Yes
  • Do you think average hitting distances in professional golf need to be reduced?
    • 77% No
    • 23% Yes
  • Are you for or against bifurcation in the game of golf (i.e., different rule(s) for professional golfers versus amateurs)?
    • 81% Against
    • 19% For
  • How important is it for you to play with the same equipment professional golfers use?
    • 48% Extremely important
    • 35% Moderately important
    • 17% Not important
  • If the proposed golf ball rule were to go into effect, would it have an impact on your interest in professional golf?
    • 45% Less interested
    • 49% No impact
    • 6% More Interested

The results also show that 57 percent of golfers aged 18-34 years old would be less interested in the pro game should the rule come into effect, while five percent said they would be more interested.

“The goal of our survey was to give golfers the opportunity to voice their opinion on this proposed ruling as we absorb the MLR and its potential effects on the everyday golfer. We are grateful that nearly 45,000 golfers across the world felt the need for their voice to be heard. The overwhelming amount of responses show the passion, knowledge and care for the game our audience possesses. Each response and data point is being reviewed as we will utilize this feedback in our preparation to provide a response to the USGA and R&A.” – David Abeles, TaylorMade Golf President & CEO

You can check out the survey results in full here.

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