TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls

TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X golf balls

TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls

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TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls

Most golf balls are constructed using either two, three or four pieces, but many of TaylorMade’s premium balls have used five pieces since the debut of the Penta TP in 2009. With the release of the new TP5 and TP5x, both of which are five-piece balls with cast urethane covers, TaylorMade is touting more distance with lower spin off the tee while maintaining greenside control.

The three innermost layers of each ball feature a Tri-Fast Core, comprised of a core encased in an outer core then a mantle layer. The core of the TP5 has a compression of 16, while the TP5x’s core has a compression of 25. TaylorMade said the combination of an extremely soft inner core with progressively firmer layers around it helps produce speed on full-swing shots.

Over those layers, TaylorMade added a Dual-Spin cover, which is made by layering a soft, cast urethane cover over a firmer inner cover. The firmness of the inner cover is designed so that the soft outer layer easily can be grabbed by wedges and short irons on chips, pitch shots and approach shots for more control.

“Our tour players expect all that from our golf balls,” said Eric Loper, TaylorMade’s director of golf ball research and development. “But what is really different with these two balls are they are noticing distance gains. And that’s coming as a result of the Tri-Fast Core.”

Loper said TaylorMade has worked on the TP5 and TP5x for nearly 10 years, and the company thoroughly studied how it plays for recreational golfers.

“We have done a lot of testing across a wide range of handicaps, and they are going to see a lot of what our tour players are seeing, which is right around a half- to a full club-length with their irons and some extra distance off the tee,” said Loper. “Typically, an iron shot’s flight reaches its peak height through spin, but the problem with using spin rates to gain elevation is that it creates a lot of drag. The TP5 and TP5x, since they launch higher with less spin, have significantly lower drag, which equates to more ball speed and distance.”

The TP5, which has an overall compression of 83, will fly slightly lower than the 90-compression TP5x but will feel softer. Both balls will be in stores starting March 1 for $44.99 per dozen.

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