TaylorMade's RocketBallz not just about metalwoods

By Global Golf PostMay 29, 2012, 5:45 pm

Most of the buzz about the RocketBallz brand has been all about the drivers and fairways that carry that name. But TaylorMade technicians say the irons in that line deserve plenty of attention, too.

They maintain that those clubs were designed to deliver greater distance, and that distance comes from the way they utilized metalwood technology to create irons with faces that flex like those on their drivers. At the same time, the equipment maker worked hard to bolster accuracy.

For starters, it employed a new Toe-Bar feature and then combined that advance with a revamped Inverted Cone that is made to expand the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed and promote more distance on off-center hits. As a result, engineers say that they were able to stiffen the toe area of the clubface, so that when it flexed during a shot, it directed the golf ball straight ahead as opposed to off-line.

Every RBZ iron head features a progressive length and shape and has been coordinated to ensure proper trajectory and distance gaps throughout the set. The large, thin clubface is strong and stiff at the perimeter and thin at the inner edge, so that the face may flex more freely.

More specifically, the RocketBallz 3-, 4- and 5-irons boast a new, hollow clubhead construction akin to TaylorMades line of metalwoods that works with the 455 carpenters steel face to provide a lower Center of Gravity (CG) and a greater transfer of energy at impact. In addition, a new urethane layer in the head of each iron is used to absorb unwanted vibrations without slowing down the face.

According to Sean Toulon, executive vice president at TaylorMade Golf, the company brought in metalwood engineers to help create irons with faces that behave like drivers, sending the ball easily high and far, almost as if it was bounced off a trampoline.

Just what something called RocketBallz is supposed to do.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.