The TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls have taken the professional tour and amateur game by storm - but why?
Educate yourself on the key tech behind the TaylorMade TP5, find out why so many of the World's best golfers use them, read our reader reviews and enter for your chance to WIN either a 10 year supply or 1 year supply of TaylorMade TP5s!
The Tech Behind The TP5's
TaylorMade engineers found that the golf ball category, in its current state, is largely built on compromises. The team's goal from the outset with TP5 and TP5x was to create a ball that was longer, straighter, better into the wind and responsive around the green. A ball with no compromises.
Both new balls benefit from a patented five-layer construction that TaylorMade first introduced to the market in its Penta TP ball at the 2009 PGA Championship. That breakthrough five- layer technology led to a game-changing ball that not only generates optimal speed and reduces spin on tee shots, it also provides plenty of softness for desired feel around the greens.
From the Tri-fast core to dual spin cover and tee-to-green performance, there are a lot of key technical aspects that go on behind the scenes to make this high-performance golf ball.
The Tour Pro Verdict
With five of the World's top 10 players now using the new TaylorMade TP5x on the course, we took a closer look at how the TP5x has benefited them on the course.
Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm have all won multiple times in 2017, and with Players Champion Si Woo Kim and three more former major champions all using TaylorMade's five piece golf ball - it's been an incredible year for the TP5.
But why have so many players made the switch?
What Rory has said: “I’m seeing numbers that I haven’t seen before, and I really think this TaylorMade TP5x is going to help me. At Augusta, where it was windy, I struggled. On Saturday and Sunday, the 14th hole was playing into the wind and 15 was playing downwind."
"On 14 I could barely hit an 8-iron 140 yards, and on 15 I was pitching it 195. That’s a 55-yard discrepancy between an into- the-wind and downwind shot with an 8-iron. It was way too much. How are you supposed to pull a club when the ball is doing things that you just don’t expect it to do?"
“I started testing TaylorMade’s TP5x the weekend after Augusta, and very quickly I realised it was much better in the wind. I had that 8-iron in my head from Augusta so I just hit 8-irons to see what this TP5x does in the same wind. All of sudden I’m hitting 8-irons that are going the number I want them to – or even further.
"With this ball it launches high and doesn’t spin as much as the ball I had been playing – with better distance, more consistency and better spin rates than what I had been getting with the iron/ball combination I used at Augusta.”
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TaylorMade's new five piece golf ball has taken the professional game by storm since it was launched in January, and has been put in to play by World No.1 Dustin Johnson, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia, plus Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Players Champion Si Woo Kim.
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Reader Test: What Eight TG readers made of the TP5
We selected eight ordinary golfers with varying handicaps (from ve to 17) to attend our TP5 test day. Each player was tted on the range for their ideal ball – TP5 or TP5x – using their 7-iron and a SkyTrak launch monitor, which normalised the numbers to take into account a strong wind into the players’ faces.
Each player then hit the course for 18 holes with a dozen of each ball. During the round, every player conducted back-to-back tests with their own balls, in identical conditions. We also invited further feedback from rounds at each golfer’s home club, where they’d know intimately how far tee shots normally go and what they usually hit into greens.