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Maxfli, the Next Top Flite?

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TaylorMade just announced the sale of the Maxfli brand name to big box retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods this week.

This announcement was not really all that surprising. TaylorMade has allowed the Maxfli brand name to languish in a saturated golf ball market. TaylorMade had recently jumped back into the ball market with their TP Red and TP Black premium golf balls. The only Maxfli that was hanging on to any sort of acceptable sales numbers was the Noodle. Not surprisingly, TaylorMade is keeping the Noodle name within their brand strategy. According to Yahoo Finance, the price of the Maxfli brand sale will be kept confidential. You can bet that big box retailers Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy will be selling looking to sell a bunch of Maxflis in the very near future.

In the past, Maxfli made some excellent performance oriented golf balls. The Black Max immediately comes to mind. Of course, the Noodle has always been a top seller. It seems like Maxfli is now destined to be the next Top Flite. The Top Flite brand was swept under the rug by Callaway, becoming an afterthought practically overnight. Only recently has Top Flite, rather their parent company, Callaway, tried to ressurect the Top Flite brand with the introduction of the new D2 series and the Gamer. Unfortunately, it may be a little bit too late for this once proud golf ball label. I don’t see Top Flite as a major player any time soon. I hope that Maxfli can survive into the fututre.

Maxfli has been around the block and it is a shame that this brand will most likely be watered down in some shape or form. Will they now be known as a harsh feeling, two for one, big box deal of a golf ball? If so, that’s too bad. It is surprising that after a failed foray into the ball market during the mid 1990’s (remember the Innergel) TaylorMade used their brand name ahead of an established, and possibly more marketable Maxfli name.

However, it appears TaylorMade had a plan in place. They relied on the Maxfli brand to bridge the gap, if you will, until research and development of the new TP series was ready for tour level battle. According to Dean Snell, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Research and Development, "In the price point that we are dealing with today for TaylorMade’s golf balls to be the best products in each category we weren’t going to put TaylorMade on there until we were ready with that product. Today we are ready."

TaylorMade waited patiently until the the new TP ball was worthy of the TaylorMade nameplate. They wanted to develop a real tour level presence. Now they have it. With the premium ball in place, It looks like the re-branded TaylorMade Noodle will fill the void nicely a few rungs down in price point.

Will it be long before another once proud golf ball line starts doing guard duty on the shelf, right next to the Top Flite? Maybe, maybe not.

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  1. Mike Ewing

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    The golf industry is going through a phase of consolidation. The market is tighter and the competitors are scrambling for a larger peice of the pie. Callaway did it with Hogan and Top-flite. Hogan was once a proud name with a decent tour presence, since Callaway the name has almost been silented. Callaway in the mean time has increased it’s marketing on clubs, balls, apparell, shoes,etc. a one stop shop for all your golfing needs all with the Callaway Brand Name attached. Nike has taken a similar approach but starting with clothing/shoes and then entering the ball and club market but once again a one stop shop all with the Nike Brand Name. Now we have Taylormade/Addidas Golf clothing shoes clubs and balls a slightly different approach with the shoes and clothes falling under the Addidas brand name, but the two are becomming more interchangeable. Titleist.Footjoy may want to step it up on the complete brand one stop shop or they might lose out on the tighter market. It’s been a while since we seen a ball club combo from Maxifli the revolution irons are the last I remember. bridgestone and srixon are marketing a combo of ball & club but i would be interested in the market share comparisons to Callaway, Nike, Titleist and Taylormade/Addidas.

  2. 18th Legion

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Sorry, I re-read the article and misunderstood the part about TMAG selling the BRAND name to Dick’s, which makes my previous comment irrelevant.

  3. 18th Legion

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Has TaylorMade-adidas indicated that they would sell the MaxFli name? It would be a great pick-up for a compnay such as MacGregor or Adams looking to get into the golf ball business. Unfortunately, I could see TMAG not wanting to sell the name to prevent future competition.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

From the seller: (@lasallen): “For sale is a BRNR mini 11.5 deg head only in brand new condition.  $325 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

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Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made.

From the seller: (@DLong72): “Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made. ?: $1150. ?? 100% milled collectors item from the limited releases commemorating when Ping putters won every major in 1988 (88 putters made). This was the model Seve Ballesteros used to win the 1988 Open Championship. Condition is brand new, never gamed, everything is in the original packaging as it came. Putter features the iconic sound slot.

Specs/ Additional Details

-100% Milled, Aluminum/Bronze Alloy (310g)

-Original Anser Design

-PING PP58 Grip

-Putter is built to standard specs.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Inside Collin Morikawa’s recent golf ball, driver, 3-wood, and “Proto” iron changes

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As you probably know by now, Collin Morikawa switched putters after the first round of The Masters, and he ultimately went on to finish T3.

The putter was far from the only change he made last week, however, and his bag is continuing to change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage.

On the range of The Masters, Morikawa worked closely with Adrian Reitveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, to find the perfect driver and 3-wood setups.

Morikawa started off 2024 by switching into TaylorMade’s Qi10 Max driver, but since went back to his faithful TaylorMade SIM – yes, the original SIM from 2020. Somehow, some way, it seems Morikawa always ends up back in that driver, which he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship, and the 2021 Open Championship.

At The Masters, however, Rietveld said the duo found the driver head that allowed “zero compromise” on Morikawa’s preferred fade flight and spin. To match his preferences, they landed on a TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9-degree head, and the lie angle is a touch flatter than his former SIM.

“It’s faster than his gamer, and I think what we found is it fits his desired shot shape, with zero compromise” Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.

Then, to replace his former SIM rocket 3-wood, Morikawa decided to switch into the TaylorMade Qi10 core model 13.5-degree rocket head, with an adjustable hosel.

“He likes the spin characteristics of that head,” Rietveld said. “Now he’s interesting because with Collin, you can turn up at a tournament, and you look at his 3-wood, and he’s changed the setting. One day there’s more loft on it, one day there’s less loft on it. He’s that type of guy. He’s not scared to use the adjustability of the club.

“And I think he felt our titanium head didn’t spin as low as his original SIM. So we did some work with the other head, just because he liked the feel of it. It was a little high launching, so we fit him into something with less loft. It’s a naughty little piece of equipment.” 

In addition to the driver and fairway wood changes, Morikawa also debuted his new “MySymbol” jersey No. 5 TP5x golf ball at The Masters. Morikawa’s choice of symbols is likely tied to his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Not enough changes for you? There’s one more.

On Wednesday at the 2024 RBC Heritage, Morikawa was spotted with a new TaylorMade “Proto” 4-iron in the bag. If you recall, it’s the same model that Rory McIlroy debuted at the 2024 Valero Texas Open.

According to Morikawa, the new Proto 4-iron will replace his old P-770 hollow-bodied 4-iron.

“I used to hit my P-770 on a string, but sometimes the distance would be a little unpredictable,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “This one launches a touch higher, and I feel I can predict the distance better. I know Rory replaced his P-760 with it. I’m liking it so far.” 

See Morikawa’s full WITB from the 2024 RBC Heritage here. 

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