HOW WE FITTED RORY FOR THE TP5x
By Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade Tour
I got to spend a day with Rory shortly after the Masters. I knew he’d been playing other stuff this year and that he’d had a few issues. I knew that our ball would solve those issues. I told him that before we tested, so all I had to do was show him.
Thankfully, we were able to test in Florida where it was windy. With Trackman you can see how far the ball actually flies and you can see the launch angle, spin and ball speed. Importantly, you can track this data in a ‘normalised’ and ‘unnormalised’ mode.
In the normalised mode, the top players hit the ball virtually the same distance every time with any given club. When we asked Rory to hit 7-irons in normalised mode, all of his shots were within three or four yards of 185 yards. In unnormalised mode hitting his previous ball, some shots flew 153 yards and others flew 173. There was a 20-yard gap between short and long. With the TP5x that difference reduced from 20 yards to 10 yards. We couldn’t believe it so we tested again with another 10 balls, then again with another 10. Same result. The performance in the wind was what sold him on the ball.