Over the past few years TaylorMade has made a big push in the ball market, and most recently, several significant players including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson have switched over to the new TaylorMadeTP5 line of balls. I figured why not give it a try. A personal best 65 with the TP5 the first time out of the gate convinced me.
For the technical stuff the TP5 is a “5-layer construction to actively improve or increase driver/iron distance, control and spin without sacrificing and industry leading greenside performance.” The ball has a Tri-Fast Core which consists of a very low compression inner core and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. This creates lower spin and increased velocity. A Dual-Spin Cover boasts an ultra-soft Cast Urethane cover and a rigid TP inner cover resulting in extreme distance without sacrificing feel or control.
Except for the cover, all of the ball technology is on the inside so you sort of have to trust the manufacturer that what is inside works. For the TP5, it does. Superb feel throughout the bag, great distance, durable, excellent in the wind –everything you would want in a ball.
What I found to be one of the leading characteristics of the TP5 is the sound it makes, or better yet, the sound it doesn’t make. A lot of the competitors make a clicky, cheap sound when struck, particularly with drivers and fairways metals made of titanium, steel etc. The TP5 is different, and in a positive way. A nice muted confidence inspiring sound with all the clubs, including the putter, is generated and is pleasing to the ear. Who needs a loud clanking sound when you are standing over a 3 footer? From a cosmetics point of view the TP5 is as clean as it gets. Simple TaylorMade and TP5 logos adorn the ball so it’s easy to line up and no need to fuss with a Sharpie.
For many years the pink elephant in the corner of the room when it comes to performance golf balls is the ProV1. Everyone wants to knock them off their perch. Now while TaylorMade has come out with some great balls in the past, the new TP5 line just might be the one to succeed. It is that good. www.taylormadegolf.com $44.99/dozen.