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The golf ball is the one piece of equipment we use for every shot on the golf course and so finding the right model for you is particularly important to helping you play better golf, lowering your scores and your handicap index. There are a huge amount of models out there and so finding the right one for you can feel a little overwhelming.
To help, we spoke to one of TaylorMade’s lead Tour fitters, Chris Trott in the video below. He talks through the benefits of the different balls in the TaylorMade range and explains why going down the premium route doesn’t have to be the right choice for every golfer.
As Chris explains, from a standing start you need to look at the speed you possess as a golfer and whether or not you need some extra help in launching the ball or if you already have the speed to achieve a strong flight throughout the bag.
“If you can launch a six-iron half of that number, so there is around 31° of loft on the blade, so if you can launch a six-iron around 15°, you’re pretty good and it shows you’re compressing the ball and probably have speed, so that brings you straight away into our premium ball line, the TP5 and TP5x” explains Chris.
The TP5 and TP5x are premium priced, and this is justified through the abundance of technology and performance on offer with these balls. The TP5 is the softer of the two balls, that has a little more spin, helping attack tucked pins with irons and offering a little more grab on the greens. The TP5x is a touch firmer, a feat achieved by varying the thickness of the 5 layers that make up the ball and in turn lowering the spin to promote a powerful and penetrating ball flight.
Chris continues by explaining there are slightly lower compression balls on offer for those who don’t have the speed to get the most out of the premium priced offerings. “Those would be the Soft Response or the Tour Response golf balls. There is a Urethane cover on a Tour…