Mar 1st, 2017
TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Golf Balls
A genuine game changer?
Words: Daniel Owen
When you visit the clever people at TaylorMade, they often get excited about their latest drivers, and fairway woods that smash the ball even further than the ones that came before. But we've never seen them excited like this about a golf ball. In fact even with all the new toys that TaylorMade have announced today, it's the golf ball they seemed most excited by.
We saw footage of John Rahm testing the balls, and he seemed blown away by them compared to his current ball. He was hitting them considerably further, they were launching higher, and they were better in the wind.
The TP5 and TP5x both feature a proprietary 5-layer ball construction. In traditional golf balls with 3 or 4 layers, golfers are forced to settle for high wedge performance at the expense of distance, or more driver/iron distance at the expense of losing control and feel around the greens. TP5 and TP5x feature varying 5-layer constructions, whereby each ball maximises driver and iron distance while also delivering best in class wedge performance and greenside spin. This is achieved by a unique progressive construction that manipulates the size, compression, and materials of each layer, which allows the decoupling of driver and iron speed from iron and wedge spin.
The Tri-Fast Core consists of a very low compression inner core (TP5x = 25, TP5 = 16) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The combination of these three layers work in conjunction to create lower spin and increased velocity. This gradient makes the Tri-Fast Core so unique, as it builds up speed in transferring energy from the club face to the ball and delivers incredible distance on full shots.
The Dual-Spin cover boasts an ultra-soft Cast Urethane cover and a rigid TP inner cover. This system creates a condition that is ideal for greenside control as the rigid inner cover forces the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation. The result is a multi-layer cover that is designed for extreme distance without sacrificing feel or control around the green.
The Tri-Fast core and Dual-Spin cover give golfers more performance where it matters most – distance and wedge spin. Other characteristics can be more subjective, so TaylorMade have given golfers two options to choose from. TP5x is slightly firmer and launches higher, and TP5 features a softer feel with mid launch.
We can't wait to try these. As big fans of the current Tour Preferred golf balls, we're going to test these on a launch monitor soon to see how they perform.