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TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver Review

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Since TaylorMade revolutionized driver design back in 1979 with their innovative 12-degree loft metalwood, they have continued to experiment and develop; producing some of the finest drivers on the market. One just has to look at the popularity of the brand on the Pro Circuit to see how well respected their drivers are. Continue reading this TaylorMade RocketBallz driver review as we dig deep into the features of the club to see why it already is a legend.

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Always on Top of Their Game

Not shy to spend energy and money on research, development, and rigorous testing, TaylorMade are constantly researching and trying new technologies or new combinations and they have had a string of successes. The RBZ RocketBallz Driver is no exception. It takes over from the Burner Superfast 2.0 and has proved to be a great hit with many golfers.

It fits in the game-improvement driver category and is built for greater speed and distance with generous forgiveness. They have reduced the shaft length by half an inch and the 46-inch shaft will give you more control with no noticeable reduction in speed.

They have also managed to keep it super light at less than 300 grams while still incorporating an adjustable hosel for those who prefer some control over their loft.

Key Technologies

Let’s start with what it does not have, there are no moveable weights and it does not have an adjustable sole plate as in some earlier models.

While this might not suit all players, it is incredibly light (under 300 grams), has great aerodynamics, grip components, and offers a host of other features and adjustability. You should easily be able to swing faster and achieve good distance and good carry with an ample amount of forgiveness.

Flight Control Technology

The Rocketballz Driver uses what they call a “Flight Control Technology” (FCT) hosel which enables you to choose from eight options to tweak loft and lie as well as clubface angle. You can decrease or increase loft by 1.5° and alter the face angle to 3° open or 3° closed.

Inverted Cone Technology

The Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) increases the size of the sweet spot and will maximize the speed on off-center hits as well as maximize distance on accurate hits.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver

The have also employed a thick-thin crown construction for a lower center of gravity for higher launch with lower spin. The TaylorMade RBZ driver is available in three lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, HL.

Shaft

The driver comes with a standard 55-gram Matrix X-Con 5 graphite shaft which most testers found perfectly suitable.

Appearance

TaylorMade has gone with the matte white crown and black face combination which they believe make alignment easier and better. Many of the testers and reviewers agree with this while for some it does take a bit of getting used to.

Feel and Sound

The Rocketballz gives good tactile and audio feedback on mishits so you know immediately if you have not hit it dead center. When hit square on, you will get a powerful, solid sound that is pleasing.

What the Reviews Had to Say

There were literally hundreds of reviews on the TaylorMade Rocketballz Driver and they were almost unanimous in their praise of the driver. The only negative comments I came across were in reference to the player’s own ability, not the equipment. I am sure they can work on that.

Most people commented on the main aspects of the driver: distance and forgiveness. Many said that they noticed an immediate and significant improvement in distance since switching to the Rocketballz Driver and appreciated the ease of launch and forgiveness.

Another very common thread was their praise for the price or value for money of the driver.

While the technology and features, as well as professional testers and reviewers comments, are always important to read, the unbiased opinion of those who have spent money on the club and taken the time to make a comment are always valuable reading.

Pros

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    Considering the quality and design, it is a very well priced driver
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    Distance is phenomenal on good connects and the great forgiveness means that off center hits still travel a good distance
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    Good aerodynamics and the lightweight design help generate the speed that results in the distance described above
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    Good adjustability for swing, conditions, or shot shaping
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    Most testers enjoyed the high launch with good carry

Cons

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    Some felt the launch was too high but then a bit of hosel adjustment is probably called for
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    You can never please everyone with appearance and while many raved about the looks, others were not impressed

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The Final Word

Overall, the Rocketballz is a solid driver that will help golfers from the beginner to a relatively low handicap player improve their swing speed and increase distance. At the same time, you have adjustability to fine tune it to your preference and a lot of forgiveness to salvage those inevitable mishits. Ultra fast swingers will probably find it a tad light for them but for the average golfer, it is a highly recommended, dependable driver.

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