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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

TaylorMade Golf Balls

We haven’t quite figured out the marketing plan behind the TaylorMade line of balls. Maybe its all pinned to Sergio breaking through. And what’s with the naming, anyway? The Burner? RocketBallz? The Noodle? They have a bit of work to do. TaylorMade also doesn’t have as advanced marketing material as some of the other manufacturers, lacking the online golf ball fitting tools or other information to help customers make a selection between the different models.

We’ve played with a number of TaylorMade balls (including the Noodle), and made our purchase decision the same way that others likely will who are considering a TaylorMade ball: based on price. In the absence of any useful information from the company to compare the different models, we’ll select those that are in our desired price range. And TaylorMade appears to be catering to this decision-making process, offering balls with retail prices spread across the teens to the mid-$40.

TaylorMade Golf Ball Lineup
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Some brief descriptions: The TP5 is TaylorMade’s 5-layer ball, the first 5-layer ball in golf. The TP3 is, of course, TaylorMade’s 3-piece ball, which offers higher spin for amateurs. The RocketBallz offers “insane” distance, but they fail to provide any quantitative (or qualitative) information comparing to their other models (like Titleist does, for example). We are guessing the RocketBallz ball providez at mozt a few more yardz on drivez than their other ballz. The Burner? Soft plus reasonable distance. The Noodle? Inexpensive.

TaylorMade Penta TP5
MSRP: $45.99
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TaylorMade Penta TP3
MSRP: $34.99
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TaylorMade RocketBallz
MSRP: $26.99
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TaylorMade Burner
MSRP: $21.99
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Noodle
MSRP: $15.99
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