Wait until Christmas for TaylorMade’s “My TP” ball-number widget

Seems we might have jumped the gun by a few months with the news last week about TaylorMades new custom-number promotion on the TP series balls (but it was just so exciting!). Sometimes it sucks to live in Canada.

Following the instructions on, I filled out my order form (purely in the name of journalistic research, of course) and trundled it down to my local Golf-Bal-Mart (some names have been changed to protect the oblivious) _ one of many Canadian stores identified with the store finder feature on the My TP Ball website.

After about a 10-minute wait, I left my form with a suitably confused Bal-Mart employee and left feeling somewhat satisfied, if not largely aware of how this would all turn out.

Sure enough, Bal-Mart called the following day to inform me this feature was not yet available in Canada. Adding insult to injury, they left the message with my wife.

Harrumph, says I. When a news release lands in a Canadian inbox, by way of the Canadian office, should it not herald the availability of said product or service within the borders of the country in question?

Oh, well, looks like I made an ass of u and me again.

TaylorMade/adidas Golf Canadas director of marketing, Richard Sullivan, confirmed for me earlier today that the My TP Ball feature likely wont be available in Canada until Christmas at the earliest.

We want to ensure that this is executed properly and ensure that all the kinks are worked out prior to launching, Sullivan said in an email. We are targeting Xmas 08 for the Canadian launch.

Now my wife wants to get some “Golf Stud” balls for my Christmas stocking. Somebody needs to get Santa Claus on the phone and make this thing happen.

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James McCarten

When James McCarten isn't at the Ottawa offices of The Canadian Press, where he works as parliamentary news editor, he's either on the golf course or putting off his latest freelance golf-writing gig to spend time with wife Lisa and school-age kids Claire and Lucas. With 20 years of experience in Canadian journalism, James also suffers from a financially crippling addiction to all things Scotty Cameron.

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