Who Makes Noodle Golf Balls? Brands Explained

Noodle golf balls are highly regarded by many golfers as one of the most affordable and reliable golf balls for beginners and high handicap golfers alike.

It makes for interesting reading how the company progressed through the years and who makes Noodle golf balls now.

Initially, the Maxfli brand was part of the Dunlop Slazenger group which was formed by now-defunct British Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd. (BTR) who consolidated their various sports brands which they have acquired as part of their take-over of Dunlop Holdings in 1985.

The most recognized brands in its stable included golf, tennis, squash, and badminton through the Dunlop Sport, Slazenger, Maxfli, and Carlton Sports brands.

Management Buyout

A management buyout of the Dunlop Slazenger company was facilitated by private equity firm Cinven In 1996. This did not achieve the results that the management team expected and was soon under the control of a consortium of banks led by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

At the time TaylorMade adidas Golf had a licensing agreement in place with Maxfli giving TaylorMade adidas Golf the option to purchase the Maxfli brand. They took this option in 2004 and Maxfli became a brand within the TaylorMade adidas Golf group.

Slazenger Golf Products Company acquired the rights to Slazenger Golf in North America. TaylorMade adidas Golf retained the Noodle trademark and associated golf ball patents.

TaylorMade is renowned for their equipment and premium golf balls even though they own the Maxfli and other brands. Dick’s Sporting Goods acquired the rights to Maxfli from TaylorMade adidas Golf on February 11, 2008, on their way to becoming a player in the golf equipment market. They have also acquired the rights to Top Flite golf clubs and balls in 2012 from Callaway.

Although Dick’s Sporting Goods own the Maxfli brand, Noodle golf balls are still being manufactured by TaylorMade adidas Golf at its manufacturing facility in Korea.

Under the stewardship of TaylorMade adidas Golf, Maxfli moved its focus from premium balls, such as Black Max and Red Max, to distance balls while TaylorMade adidas Golf expanded its brand into the premium market.

Maxfli produces other golf accessories such as golf bags, gloves, training aids, and umbrellas.

The latest Noodle golf balls are aimed at the average golfer with a swing speed of between 70 and 95 MPH.

The most recognized Noodle golf balls on the market today:       

  • TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft Golf Ball
  • TaylorMade Noodle Neon Matte Lime Green Golf Ball
  • TaylorMade Noodle Easy Distance Golf Ball

Being manufactured by TaylorMade adidas Golf you can rest assured that it follows the same quality assurance processes as the premium golf balls and conform to the legal requirements of the governing bodies of golf.

The various golf balls under the Noodle brand are similar in construction and it’s only the color that distinguishes between the golf balls.

TaylorMade Noodle Long and Soft golf balls are traditional Noodle golf balls aimed at golfers with a swing speed between 80 mph and 90 mph. It comes with a durable high-quality Iothane cover with 342 dimples designed for an increased spin around the greens.

Its low compression rating of 34 will add distance to your tee shots.

TaylorMade Noodle Neon Matte color golf balls are for the more adventurous and flamboyant golfers with its neon design available in red, blue, and lime green.

It comes with a higher compression rating than the Noodle Long and Soft rated at 62.
TaylorMade Noodle Easy Distance golf balls have the lowest compression rating making them ideal for young or seniors with a slower swing speed below 80 mph.

The durable anti-scuff Ionomer cover is made from top-quality materials.

Final Thoughts

Noodle golf balls are sure to last a long time if you don’t lose them since they are aimed at high handicapped golfers.

Fortunately, they are unlikely to make too much damage to your budget if you have to buy them every month.

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Nick is the founder of GolfSpan and an avid golfer. He's not quite a pro but has over 15 years of experience playing and coaching golfers worldwide. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience when it comes to choosing the right golf gear and finding the right setup for your game.

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