TaylorMade have announced their 2017 ball lineup which is highlighted by the two new models: TP5 and TP5x golf balls.
Both of these two golf balls incorporate 5-layer construction to actively improve or increase driver/iron distance, control and spin without sacrificing any industry-leading greenside performance.
So what makes these golf balls stand out? Well their unique advantage starts with the 5-layer construction. In traditional golf balls with 3 or 4 layers, you 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, where each ball maximises driver and iron distance while also delivering best in class wedge performance and greenside spin, giving you the best of both worlds.
So how is this achieved?
This gradient is what 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.
Then there is the the Dual-Spin cover which 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 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.
So how do you choose between the TP5 and the TP5x balls?
They both offer complete tee-to-green performance thanks to TaylorMade’s patented 5-layer construction. TP5x is slightly firmer and launches higher, and TP5 features a softer feel with mid launch.
NCG Equipment Editor James Savage sat down with Eric Loper, the Director of TaylorMade golf ball R&D.
What were the thought processes behind TP5?
“A ball that reduced spin with the driver and irons but retained greenside control. The five-layers is a great platform for us to do this.”
How would a five-layer ball differ from a two-piece ball?
“Five layers allowed us to not compromise. With fewer layers you can choose high wedge spin for example but then that has an impact on your driver and iron spin. ”
How do each of the layers work?
“The soft inner core pulls spin out with driver and irons when you are deforming the ball. Each additional layer adds additional speed.”
What will players using the new TP5 balls notice?
“This ball will be noticeably different if you’re a tour player or an average player. Out on the course you are going to see more distance with your irons. The ball flight will be a little bit higher and stronger. We’re talking about half to full club length gains so golfers will have to recalibrate how far their irons go. Who doesn’t want to hit their irons further? Who wouldn’t want to hit an 8-iron instead of a 7-iron?”
Pricing & Availability
TP5 and TP5x will be available at retail from the 3rd January at an RRP of £49.99 per dozen.