The de­vel­op­ment of the new TP5 and TP5x golf balls.

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When Tay­lorMade first ex­am­ined the golf ball in­dus­try more than a decade ago, the com­pany re­alised it was built on a se­ries of com­pro­mises. You wanted pure dis­tance off the tee? Fine, there were plenty of balls that could give you that, but you’d have to sac­ri­fice some feel and spin around the greens to achieve it. You wanted great short game con­trol? Sure, there were balls for that area of the game, too, but they came at the ex­pense of ball speed off the face in your long game.

Tay­lorMade wanted to cre­ate a ball with ab­so­lutely zero com­pro­mises – a ball that was longer, straighter and more re­spon­sive around the greens. The com­pany also wanted to cre­ate a ball that per­formed bet­ter in the windy con­di­tions in which we all play from time to time. That is an ex­haus­tive per­for­mance check­list, which is why it took the best part of a decade to per­fect the new TP5 and TP5x golf balls. Both mod­els fea­ture the patented five-layer con­struc­tion Tay­lorMade in­tro­duced in the Penta TP ball back in 2009. That tech­nol­ogy led to the de­vel­op­ment of a ball that not only gen­er­ated fast ball speed and low spin on tee shots but also de­liv­ered the soft­ness, feel and con­trol de­sired within pitch­ing range of the green.

The lat­est breakthrough has been the de­vel­op­ment of the new Tri-Fast core – three lay­ers of ma­te­rial that com­bine to cre­ate higher launch, more ball speed but less spin on full shots.

The ball has been so well-re­ceived that many world­class play­ers have al­ready put the new TP5 and TP5x balls in play, and the feed­back they’ve given has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. Rory McIl­roy, a re­cent ad­di­tion to the Tay­lorMade fam­ily of staff pro­fes­sion­als, re­cently called the TP5x “The best ball he’s ever hit” while the young Span­ish sen­sa­tion Jon Rahm, who had pre­vi­ously used an­other brand of ball his en­tire life, claimed the “dif­fer­ence was un­be­liev­able”.

But although the ben­e­fits of the TP5 and TP5x are tried and tested on Tour, they’re just as valu­able to you – the am­a­teur club golfer. Over the next 15 pages, we’ll show you how Tay­lorMade built its new ball, how it works and why you need to put it in your bag right now. We’ve even en­listed the help of a cou­ple of Tay­lorMade staff pro­fes­sion­als, Dustin John­son and Justin Rose, to help you make even big­ger im­prove­ments to your game, by show­ing you how to hit longer driv­ers and sharp­en­ing up your short game.

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