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TaylorMade TP5 & TP5x: What’s the difference?
The TP5 and TP5x golf balls are the two premium ball offerings from TaylorMade and are the balls used by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Colin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler to perform on the PGA Tour. Despite both the TP5 and TP5x retailing at the same price, they offer very different performance characteristics to suit different styles of golfer.
In the video below, we discuss these differences with one of TaylorMade’s lead Tour fitters, Chris Trott. He explains how the performance varies and which golfers are suited to which ball.
Both golf balls are made up of a core and then another 4 layers that differ in thickness to make up the two different balls and ultimately provide different spin and launch characteristics. Both balls are finished with a soft, yet tough cast Urethane cover, but it is the three layers between the cover and core that allow these balls to perform differently. The TP5 golf ball is the softer of the two premium golf balls which will create a larger amount of spin with the wedges, making short sided up-and-downs and tricky tucked away pins more accessible.
Chris Trott is a TaylorMade Tour fitter who works with some of the best players in the world to dial in their equipment. Despite the majority of golfers wanting to purely gain distance from the tee and often achieving this through a lower spinning golf ball, Chris references the fact there are key benefits of a ‘stalling ball flight’ when striking a TP5 golf ball with irons.
“The ball is going to peak and come down steeper and therefore stop quicker with this golf ball” explained Chris.
The higher spin and rising ball flight of the TP5 will not suit everyone though and that is why the TP5x golf ball is perfect for those who deliver the club a little steeper, generate a lot of spin and could use the firmer outer layers of the TP5x to help keep the spin rates down.
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