A STORY OF FIVE LAYERS, BUT NO COMPROMISE
The development of the new TP5 and TP5x golf balls.
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.