Expert Review: TaylorMade Kalea Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.
The TaylorMade Kalea Golf Balls are one of the better golf balls on the market for feel around the green for their price. These are one of the cheaper balls on the market, but surprisingly performed better around the green then I would have thought.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2022 TaylorMade Kalea Golf Balls
- Color: White
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Left-handed
- Typical shot shape: Fade
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 97 mph
- When I bought this: November 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green, course
- Weather and wind conditions: Overcast, cloudy, windy
- Turf conditions: Wet
- Green speeds: Slow to medium
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a budget-friendly golf ball for my dad and stumbled across the TaylorMade Kalea and decided to give them a try. I was pleasantly surprised with their feel around the green.
Why I chose this golf ball
I decided to buy these golf balls because I believe for my dad they are a good option, as he only plays once a month and doesn’t need a high-end golf ball. He will enjoy these because of their feel around the green and they don't sacrifice too much off the tee.
What I love about it
- Feel: The feel is consistent around the greens and on approach shots into the hole. They tend to land softly when hitting the green. They don’t spin a ton, but if I plan on the ball rolling out, it bodes well.
- Color: The ball has a glossy finish to it that has a simple, sleek design.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Green Spin: The spin on the green is very average. Nothing flashy for a “cheaper” golf ball, but it doesn’t spin backwards a ton.
- Durability: The ball doesn’t last very long when it comes to the wear and tear. I hit a tree and landed my ball in some brush and it got nicks and scratches over the majority of the surface. I would say 18 holes is about all one is going to get out of this ball if they are a more serious golfer.
- Distance: The distance is right on. I can consistently rely on it to carry the same yardage on both drives and iron shots, but it's not as long as some of the other top tier balls (ProV1, TaylorMade TP5).
Best shot with this golf ball
I stuck a 75 wedge shot within five feet on my second hole and was pleased how it reacted to the green. Playing golf in November in Michigan, the ball doesn’t spin a whole lot. So it two-bounced and rolled up to the hole.
Value for the money vs. other options
These golf balls are one of the cheaper on the market. I also tried the Bridgestone E6s and the Vice Stix Drive golf balls and they were all relatively the same in regards to distance and feel.
This ball is a perfect ball for those who are the casual golfer who aren’t looking for anything special within their golf ball, but just a classic ball that performs well around the green and off the tee.