The TaylorMade TP5x golf ball is the premium product from the brand. There are already signs that the 2017 newcomer can have a significant impact at the top end of the sector.
In recent times, the golf ball marketplace has been dominated by Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball—and Srixon’s Z-Star, Bridgestone’s B330 and Callaway’s Chrome Soft to some extent—when it comes to what professionals use on the PGA TOUR and European Tour.
But TaylorMade have made some fast inroads into the sector and in the TP5x they have a real game-changer in the armoury and one to which several tour stars have now turned to. This is including the 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Justin Rose.
The most significant of them, however, has been Rory McIlroy, who—after signing a long-term equipment deal with TaylorMade following the end of his contract with Nike—was full of praise for the TP5x. He had initially gone for the Pro V1 but made the switch after being so impressed with the TP5x.
“I tested quite a few balls and this was the one that I landed on and that was really it,” he said. “The ball was what led me to this point because it was like this is the best ball I’ve hit, ever. I feel like it’s really the best ball for me going forward.”
So what makes the TaylorMade TP5x so special and why is it now the ball of choice for some of the leading names in world golf?
Does it really live up to the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x, which has been the number one golf ball for so long?
The ball has been developed from its predecessor, the TP5, and features a 5-layer design with a Tri-Fast Core and a Dual-Spin Cover. It should perform equally well regardless of the club you’re hitting. From driver to wedge, you’ll get optimum performance.
The 3-layer core ensures the greatest energy transfer for impressive speed and distance, while the dual-spin cover helps produce exceptional spin levels from short irons and wedges to help hone your short-game.
TaylorMade TP5x: the design
The design of the ball is such that it produces a higher speed and a higher launch angle. The trajectory is somewhat different to other rivals’ products, the TP5x benefitting from an unusually steep landing angle (as a result of the higher launch) which helps stop the ball quicker.
The TP5x also produces less spin in flight to help maximise distance. That is made possible due to the dual-spin cover with a softer outer layer and a firmer inner layer. As a result, the performance of the TP5x in windy conditions is simply superb—regardless of the height of flight.
The TP5x is an impressive product, incredibly durable and providing both distance and control. It is a ball with a big future and one which can threaten Titleist’s Pro V1 as the world’s leading and most popular golf ball. The only downside from a golfer’s point of view is that it retails at a marginally higher price that the Pro V1, but perhaps that’s down to the confidence behind it.
See also: Srixon Z-Star Golf Ball Review