TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s new “Lethal” golf ball begins shipping today. The Lethal follows up the company’s Penta franchise as a five-piece ball that will be played by many of its Tour players. Justin Rose, in fact, use a prototype Lethal ball to finish second at the 2012 Tour Championship and in the 2012 Ryder Cup Matches.
“Our engineers set out to create a golf ball with all-around performance for all conditions,” said Dean Snell, TMaG’s vice president of golf ball R&D. “Today’s clubs are designed to launch the ball higher, so our team worked to ensure that these higher launch conditions do not cause the shot to balloon or become more affected by the wind. We designed Lethal to further maximize distance, extend the second stage of flight, and control spin and aerodynamics when playing into the wind.”
Similar to the Penta ball that it replaces, Snell said Lethal (suggested retail price $45.99 per dozen) features five separate layers that provide a “layer for every shot,” optimizing spin and launch through the bag. It also has what TMaG calls “Progressive Velocity,” meaning the fastest layers of the ball are on the outside, which provides outstanding velocity regardless of swing speed. As a result, Snell said, Lethal can be played by Tour professionals and amateur golfers of all skill levels.