2013 TaylorMade Lethal

March 15, 2013 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new TaylorMade Lethal and provides this review in our series of 2013 golf ball reviews.

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The TaylorMade Lethal golf ball is part of TaylorMade’s Golf’s 2013 lineup and is intended to replace the TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball in their lineup.

The Lethal features a 5-piece construction with 322 dimple pattern and urethane cover.

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com

Here is a breakdown of the manufacturer’s stated player benefits according to TaylorMade*,:


• 5-Layer Technology promotes optimum spin control off every club.
• Seamless LDP (Low-Drag Performance) dimple pattern promotes the most penetrating flight of any TaylorMade ball.
• STA-White™ cast-urethane cover material promotes optimum feel and Tour-calibur spin.
• Progressive Velocity provides outstanding velocity for any given Swing Speed.

*Source: taylormadegolf.com

The Lethal carries a retail price of $45.99 per dozen.

The TaylorMade Lethal will be included in the next release of GolfBallSelector.com.

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Testing Approach

In testing and evaluation conducted by GolfBallTest.org, the TaylorMade Lethal was subjected to bench testing for compression, cover hardness, weight and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge.

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Notable Observations

Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the Lethal golf ball. Overall, the Lethal exhibits mid-range launch and slightly higher spin off all clubs (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge) when compared with the golf balls in the GolfBallSelector data base. Additionally, for a ball that is firm, spin rates were not low (reduced) as is often the case.

Driver Testing:

The spin rate of the Lethal is approximately 50-150 RPM’s higher than the Titleist Pro V1 (2011) and Titleist Pro V1x (2011) across low, mid and higher ball speeds. The Lethal’s overall distances are 1-3% higher when compared to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Bridgestone Tour B330-S due to its spin rate that was less than that of the Bridgestone balls.

6-Iron Testing:

6-iron testing across all ball speeds for the Lethal exhibits less spin and slightly longer carry distance when compared with the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x at the highest and medium ball speed level only. By comparison, both the Callaway Hex Black Tour and the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x exhibit higher spins and shorter carry distances testing when compared to the Lethal at the highest and medium ball speeds tested.

Sand Wedge Testing:

The Lethal has approximately the same amount of spin for a sand wedge as the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x at all ball speeds tested but slightly less spin when compared to the Nike 20XI-S (2012) and Nike 20XI-X (2012). Launch angles were approximately the same across all ball speeds when compared to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Bridgestone Tour B330-S as well as the Nike 20XI-S and Nike 20XI-X and the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x.

Bench Testing:

Our bench testing indicates that the Lethal has an overall compression reading of 104 points, which is comparable to the 2011 Srixon Z-Star XV but with a cover hardness that is softer and more comparable to the 2011 Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x. The Lethal measures between the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x in terms of overall compression reading.


On-Course Player Comments:

“The Lethal feels firmer than the Callaway Hex Black Tour and comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Bridgestone Tour B330-S especially off the putter and sand wedge”. “When comparing the Lethal to the Titleist Pro V1, I seem to get more similar spin and feel around the greens.

“The Lethal spins very much like a Titleist Pro V1. On approach shots, the Lethal reacted well to my hitting down on it and spun as I would have expected. Additionally, it rolled well off the putter as it felt solid but not hard”.


Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider the TaylorMade Lethal as it performs consistently across all ball speeds in our evaluation of launch and spin measures. Golfers looking for a mid launch angle ball flight off the driver, mid iron and wedge should benefit from the ball and those seeking a firmer feeling ball without losing spin on full shots will see those performance features in this ball. The Lethal should appeal to golfers looking for a slightly firmer golf ball on and around the green without losing spin performance.

In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the TaylorMade Lethal should consider its “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

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