TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

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TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

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The TP5 has a softer feel and more spin around the greens, while achieving fast ball speeds with a new reactive core that is larger than the prior generation. My hunch … and it’s only that … is that TaylorMade is likely to release a higher-compression, lower-spinning offering later this year. By softening their mass-market offering, they’ve created space to be aggressive with a new ball. TaylorMade TP5x—Diameter and Weight

Apart from one having an X on it, there really isn't much to separate the two in the looks department. However, it is a different story when it comes to feel, with the TP5 remaining noticeably softer than theTP5x. In total, we flagged six percent of our sample as bad. That’s only two balls which, while obviously not perfect, is a solid result. In one case, we observed a significant layer incursion. These occur when the inner layer hasn’t fully cooled before the next layer is added. Effectively, we’re talking about one layer melting into the next.Swing speed, spin rate, and feel preference. If you aren’t getting the driver up to at least 105+ mph then the TP5x might actually cost you yardage so go with the TP5. If you have the swing speed for them both, then grab a box of both and get on a launch monitor or take them out to your local course and see which one plays better for you. We were seriously impressed by the TP5's feel though and, arguably, it is the golf ball's strongest factor! A number of the best premium golf balls on themarket can boast a solid combination of distance and spin, but the feel of the TP5 would be hard to match.

As we’ve come to expect from TaylorMade, the TP5x qualifies as small. It’s fair to say the company finesses its way to meeting the USGA minimal requirement, but nevertheless, the entire sample conformed to the rules.For the second generation in 2019 the company wove High-Flex Material (HFM) into the construction of their premium balls to more efficiently convert compression into ball speed. Known as the Speed-Layer System, this design injected a new level of speed into TP5x over the prior generation. It’s difficult to test the “distance” of a ball as it can be affected by many other factors like spin and launch that make it more important to get the right ball rather than the “fastest” or longest. The most notable difference when it came to feel was around the greens. Testing the TP5x, it definitely does feel firmer than the TP5, which some may prefer as you get a louder sound at impact. The high-visibility 2021 TP5x Yellow has a new enriched yellow urethane, finished with UV resistant yellow paint to provides added durability while maximising visibility. The 2019 model was white urethane with UV resistant yellow paint. How does the TP5x fit into TaylorMade’s 2021 golf balls line up?

I didn’t see that much of a difference in spin with the 7 iron shots (only about 400 rpm). This could be a result of variation in my swings but I wouldn’t expect to see a major difference in performance on most iron shots. While we do run into the occasional odd ball from TaylorMade, generally speaking, the consistency of the TP5 series is as good or better than most. With the new model, diameter and weight consistency fall within the Average range while compression consistency achieves a rating of Good. The TP5 remains the only five-piece ball on the market from a major manufacturer. While its competitors would no doubt dispute it, TaylorMade’s position is that more layers provide greater opportunity to tune spin performance throughout the bag.Company number: 1394141; Registered office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA and H Bauer Publishing, The TP5 and TP5x introduced a new technology that Taylormade calls “High Flex Modulus” (or HFM) in 2021. They claim that the material is more efficient at converting energy from the club impact into the forward momentum of the ball. While we did observe some minor bits of debris in the core, generally speaking, there was nothing of any real concern. Notable, though not necessarily an issue, were several variations in core color. The majority of the ball featured a bright red core like the one shown above. However, we also found a few balls with much paler cores. The best way I know to test a ball’s distance is to see if there is a difference in the smash factor when using the same driver with each ball. Smash factor can be calculated by ball speed/swing speed.

Taylormade has said that the TP5x does use a slightly harder urethane cover compared to the TP5. So, I think one place where the TP5x may come up a little bit short of the TP5 is for those short chips and pitches on a fast green when you need some real stopping spin on the ball.I tried them out on the course as well and got a little more distance off the driver and the 3 wood. Of course, this isn’t a scientific experiment, but on good swings, I saw the TP5x was consistently about 5 yards farther. The Taylormade TP5 ball is a great alternative for those of you that like to play the ProV1. It is certainly a premium golf ball and in the same class as the more popular ProV1. With a lower compression than the TP5x, you can get great performance out of this ball with a driver swing speed around 100-110. This new dimple pattern is designed to increase aero which results in greater carry distances by reducing drag in the assent and producing a steeper and faster descent for greater overall distance. Spin is probably the single largest differentiator between the TP5 and TP5x. The TP5 is a higher spinning ball on all shots throughout the bag.

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