First Look: TaylorMade TP5, TP5x (2019) golf balls

TaylorMade TP5 2019 golf balls TaylorMade

First Look: TaylorMade TP5, TP5x (2019) golf balls

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First Look: TaylorMade TP5, TP5x (2019) golf balls

Gear: TaylorMade TP5, TP5x golf balls
Price: $44.99 per dozen
Specs: Five-piece, urethane-covered ball
Available: Feb. 15

The Goal
Using a new material, TaylorMade updated the TP5 and TP5x balls to be faster and deliver more distance without sacrificing greenside spin and control.

The Scoop
TaylorMade calls the three inner-most layers of the five-piece balls the Tri-Fast Core. The innermost portion is exceptionally soft with a compression around 16, and each layer that encases it is progressively firmer.

For 2019, TaylorMade updated the fourth layer, which encases the Tri-Fast Core and is directly under the urethane cover. It is made of a high-modulus resin called High-Flex Material (HFM). TaylorMade went through more than 120 blends of material to find it. HFM is stiff to resist deforming at impact, but it is not brittle, so it won’t crack or break.

TaylorMade TP5 2019 golf balls

TaylorMade TP5 golf balls are constructed using five layers of material. (TaylorMade Golf)

TaylorMade said the result of using HFM in the fourth layer is more speed, a higher launch angle and less spin. That results in iron shots that reach the same height, but further downrange because that height is achieved through improved launch conditions and speed instead of spin. However, approach shots come down on the same angle of descent, so they have the same stopping power.

At the same time, the soft urethane cover material is easily grabbed by the grooves on wedges, which creates a lower launch angle with higher spin rates for greenside control.

TaylorMade TP5x golf balls

TaylorMade TP5x golf balls (TaylorMade Golf)

The TP5 has an 85 overall compression and will feel softer at impact than the TP5x, for which compression rises in 2019 from 90 to 97. The TP5 will fly slightly lower and should produce marginally more spin with wedges, while the TP5x will feel firmer and should deliver a little more carry distance.

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