TaylorMade is set to make its debut in the premium putter category with the upcoming launch of the Rossa TP by Kia Ma line, which features three blades and two mallets that will begin shipping in mid December.
TaylorMade has made fast and furious progress in the putter category over the last several years, culminating in this year’s smash hit Spider putter. Now, PutterZone.com has the early scoop on what TaylorMade is saying about the new Rossa TP by Kia Ma putters ($299).
“Rossa TP by Kia Ma putters are guaranteed to appeal to the golf purist who loves classic design and flawless execution,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s senior director of putter creation. “When you pick one of these putters up you realize right away the person who created it is someone special.”
So who, exactly, is Kia Ma? His name may not be as familiar as Cameron or Bettinardi to the average golfer, but he is a legend among tour professionals.
Ma is a native of Vietnam who endured a 17-month immigration to the United States in 1980. He found a home in the golf industry, assembling clubs for Shamrock Golf before joining Ray Cook in 1987.
According to TaylorMade, “His talent for applying the exact degree of heat needed to bend a shaft to the precise amount of curve or angle became legendary. He started his own company, K & M Golf, which quietly serviced some of the most powerful brands in the game. Six years ago he joined TaylorMade, and since then has been instrumental in elevating the company’s stature in the world of putters.”
Until now, Kia Ma’s putters have been reserved for TaylorMade’s Tour Staff professionals. Sergio Garcia used one of Ma’s custom putters in winning the Castello Masters two weeks ago and the HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday. Garcia’s putter is a modified Daytona with a silver finish.
The Rossa TP by Kia Ma line includes the Daytona, Monaco (pictured here) and Imola blades, and the Monte Carlo and Maranello mallets. Each is milled from soft 1020 carbon steel. The Daytona and Monaco also feature six tungsten weights embedded behind the heel and toe.