TaylorMade Golf's ball-fitting process has four basic steps. "We recommend that you take our models on the course and hit them from various yardages and conditions," says Dean Snell, Senior Director of Ball Research. "Our fittings focus on approaches, chipping and putting."
1. The player hits five to 10 full wedges to the green with each ball. He looks at flight and landing conditions.
2. He repeats this process with his wedge of choice for 60-yard shots and 30-yard shots.
3. He hits chips with the four models, in precisely varied order, from greenside lies.
4. He strokes putts with the balls, in precisely varied order, from the fringe and the putting surface.
Current ball: Multilayer, urethane cover
Age: 50 Handicap: 1
Height: 5'11" Weight: 195 lbs.
Occupation: Golf operations
Residence: Wakefield, R.I.
Fitting Site: Quidnessett CC , North Kingstown, R.I.
New ball: TaylorMade TP Black
Donnell: "The Burner came off the face too hot, consistently sending the ball over the green. TP Black and TP Red were much more responsive on full wedge shots. In fact, shots felt and looked similar. On short approaches (60 yards and in), I preferred the feel of TP Black and the way it reacted. It sat down dead almost immediately."
Dean Snell, TaylorMade's Senior Director of Ball Research: