Is TaylorMade’s 2022 Tour Response the perfect club golfer ball?

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TaylorMade reveal improved second-generation of the their hit club golfer Tour Response ball, including a new dimple pattern, revolutionary alignment aid and cast urethane cover.

For years, amateur golfers were starved of credible golf ball options designed specifically for them. Now, average swing speed club golfers now have an abundance of ball choices with all of the big brands spotting the gap in the market and producing tour ball quality models that are right for everyday players.

For us, TaylorMade’s Tour Response has been the best in this category since its first generation launched back in January 2020… and now there’s a new and improved version.

The TaylorMade Tour Response is a three-piece golf ball.

If you’re not familiar with the Tour Response, don’t be thinking that it is just a cheaper, lower performance alternative to TaylorMade’s tour-level TP5. It’s most definitely not.

The 2022 Tour Response comes with the same Tour Flight dimple pattern, the same cast urethane cover and the same mantle material (HFM) as the TP5. The only real difference is that, rather than having the five-layer construction and 87 compression, which allows TaylorMade to dial in the specific spin characteristics that some higher speed players need, the Tour Response has three layers and 70 compression. In layman’s terms, this is a tour quality ball for non-tour players.

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

The shift towards more club golfer optimised balls has also seen a rise in models that help with alignment. TaylorMade joined that party with great success when they created the TP5 Pix in 2019, a ball which provides better feedback on alignment and roll. Now they’re bringing alignment tech into the Tour Response with the addition of  ‘Stripe’.

Let’s take a closer look at the new Tour Response.

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The 2022 TaylorMade Tour Response is available in white, yellow and stripe.

TaylorMade Tour Response Golf Ball (2022)

RRP £39.99 | BUY NOW: White  Yellow  Stripe
Models White, Yellow, Stripe | Cover Cast Urethane | Layers Three | Compression 70

Who is the Tour Response for?

While it has been designed for all club golfers, it’s likely to be adopted with enthusiasm by any golfer who can honestly say, “I’m not good enough to play a tour ball”, “I don’t swing fast enough for a tour ball” or “tour balls are just too expensive for me to play”. From our experience testing the original Tour Response, the model is a very credible alternative to Titleist’s Pro V1 for average speed golfers (that’s 92mph with a driver).

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same cast urethane cover and dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

It’s all about the cover

TaylorMade say urethane covered balls are flat-out better performers than ionomer models, and that thinking comes down to how urethane engages more with the grooves of a wedge or iron at impact. Urethane bites into the grooves, especially around the green, which gives additional spin and control.

Not all urethane covers are equal, though. TaylorMade say the Tour Response is the only sub-£40 ball on the market to have a 100% cast urethane cover, which they argue improves production and performance consistency.

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same cast urethane cover and dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

Tour Flight dimples and soft feel

TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x balls have Tour Flight dimples and now, so does the Tour Response. By reducing dimple depth but making the bottom area wider, TaylorMade say golfers get reduced drag from launch to peak height, but also more air flowing into each dimple as the ball falls from the sky, which keep shots in the air for longer.

With lots of club golfers loving soft-feeling golf balls, the Tour Response has a 70 compression. TaylorMade say a firmer mantle layer stiffens up performance, so there’s great energy transfer at impact, which prevents the ball losing power through behaving like a marshmallow, which can come from just chasing low compression.

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The TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe aids alignment.

360º Clearpath Alignment

Some 40% of the golf balls sold by TaylorMade are now within the “visual space” – that’s anything other than plain white – and it’s a fast-growing area. By 2023 TaylorMade say the figure will be over 50%, which is why their engineers have focused on helping golfers with alignment, feedback, visibility and awareness with the striking new Tour Response Stripe. A 360º stripe around the ball helps visualise the path of putts more easily, and highlights your aim.

TaylorMade know the Stripe won’t float every golfer’s boat, even though they say it can improve putt alignment consistency by 20%, so there will also be plain white and yellow options.

The TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe aids alignment.

What TaylorMade say about the Tour Response

“Tour Response already separated itself from the competition with overall materials and performance, but now with Tour Response Stripe it will also give golfers the feedback needed to boost their performance on the greens.

“We have seen many professional and recreational golfers take advantage of Clear Path Alignment in our pix golf balls, and now with the 360° design of Tour Response Stripe, alignment aid gets even easier for the everyday golfer.”

The TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe aids alignment.

You can buy the new Tour Response, now: White – Yellow – Stripe

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Jerram is Today's Golfer's Digital Editor.

Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of todaysgolfer.co.uk

He has been a journalist for more than 20 years, starting his career with Johnston Press where he covered local and regional news and sport in a variety of editorial roles across ten years.

Rob joined Bauer Media in 2010 and worked as the Senior Production Editor of Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines for ten years before moving into the Digital Editor’s role in July 2020.

He has been playing golf for almost three decades and has been a member at Greetham Valley in Rutland for eight years, playing off a 12 handicap.

Rob uses a Ping G driver, Ping G 3-wood, TaylorMade M5 5-wood, TaylorMade P790 irons (4-PW), Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges (52º, 56º, 60º), Evnroll ER2 putter, and TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

You can contact Rob here.

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