MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is the place we quantify the standard and consistency of the golf balls available on the market that can assist you discover the most effective ball to your cash. At present, we’re looking on the 2021 TaylorMade TP5x. An overview of the tools we use might be discovered right here. To be taught extra about our check course of, how we outline “dangerous” balls and our True Worth metric, try our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab web page.
Concerning the TaylorMade TP5x
Of the 2 balls within the present TP5 retail household, the TaylorMade TP5x is billed because the higher-launching and lower-spinning. It’s additionally the firmer of the 2 although it’s not as agency because it was. A degree of emphasis within the design of the brand new fashions was to take away any causes in a roundabout way associated to efficiency for golfers to decide on one ball over the opposite.
The TP5 stays the one five-piece ball available on the market from a serious producer. Whereas its opponents would little question dispute it, TaylorMade’s place is that extra layers present larger alternative to tune spin efficiency all through the bag.
The manufacturing story stays a bit non-standard. You would possibly even say odd. The cores and interior mantle layers are produced in Taiwan. The almost completed balls are shipped to TaylorMade’s U.S.A. plant the place covers are placed on.
Finally test, TaylorMade is sourcing cores from a few factories. Whereas this could introduce some inconsistency, that’s not universally true. Our gauges will inform us if there are any points.
On our gauge, the brand new TaylorMade TP5x measures 91 compression on common. That’s down seven factors from the earlier technology.
Important shifts in compression from one technology to the following are uncommon so it’s noteworthy when it occurs. To present you a body of reference, the compression change from the 2019 TP5x to the brand new mannequin is roughly the identical because the distinction between a Professional V1x and the usual Professional V1.
Merely put, the brand new ball is appreciably softer. Anecdotally, it’s a bit shorter (although it’s by no measure a brief ball). We suspect it spins extra across the inexperienced and positively feels a bit softer.
Vacating the upper finish of the compression house the place balls just like the Titleist Professional V1x Left Sprint and now the Callaway Chrome Smooth LS dwell is an attention-grabbing resolution, particularly as golfers have gotten extra conscious of those choices. To some extent, it feels a bit like TaylorMade is strolling away from an rising class the place it was already one of many leaders.
My hunch … and it’s solely that … is that TaylorMade is prone to launch a higher-compression, lower-spinning providing later this yr. By softening their mass-market providing, they’ve created house to be aggressive with a brand new ball.
TaylorMade TP5x—Diameter and Weight
Not one of the balls in our TaylorMade TP5x pattern exceeded the USGA weight restrict of 1.62 ounces.
Likewise, not one of the balls within the pattern failed to satisfy our roundness customary. In actual fact, not a single ball was near difficult it. Merely put, there aren’t any notable weight or diameter points.
Centeredness and Concentricity
In complete, we flagged six % of our pattern as dangerous. That’s solely two balls which, whereas clearly not good, is a stable end result. In a single case, we noticed a major layer incursion. These happen when the interior layer hasn’t totally cooled earlier than the following layer is added. Successfully, we’re speaking about one layer melting into the following.
Minor incursions stay prevalent and this does appear to be an ongoing concern with TaylorMade, although, in comparison with the prior technology, they had been neither as quite a few nor as extreme.
A second ball was flagged for a major shift within the inside layers. Technically, the core was off-center, although the bigger concern was a major distinction within the outer layer thickness from one facet of the ball to the opposite.
Whereas we did observe some minor bits of particles within the core, typically talking, there was nothing of any actual concern. Notable, although not essentially a difficulty, had been a number of variations in core colour. Nearly all of the ball featured a vivid crimson core just like the one proven above. Nonetheless, we additionally discovered a couple of balls with a lot paler cores.
Outer mantle colours ranged from pale inexperienced (above) to neon inexperienced. It’s uncommon to see variation in mantle colours however, once more, our gauges present the most effective perception into whether or not there’s a ensuing inconsistency.
We famous no vital defects. Minor defects had been restricted as nicely and, aside from a couple of pin marks left over from the portray course of, there’s nothing a lot to notice. That’s factor.
On this part, we element the consistency of the TaylorMade TP5x. Our consistency metrics present a measure of how related the balls in our pattern had been to at least one one other relative to the entire fashions we’ve examined so far.
Whereas we do run into the occasional odd ball from TaylorMade, typically talking, the consistency of the TP5 sequence is nearly as good or higher than most. With the brand new mannequin, diameter and weight consistency fall inside the Common vary whereas compression consistency achieves a ranking of Good.
The balls in our first field had been a bit lighter however not by any vital measure.
Aside from one ball in field No. 2 that was a bit on the heavy facet, the consistency of weight throughout the pattern falls inside the common vary.
As we’ve come to anticipate from TaylorMade, the TP5x qualifies as small. It’s truthful to say the corporate finesses its technique to assembly the USGA minimal requirement, however however, the whole pattern conformed to the principles.
Field 3 was a tick bigger on common however total consistency was solidly inside the common vary.
Compression consistency throughout the TaylorMade TP5x pattern was above common (what we classify as Good).
The compression delta throughout the pattern was 9 factors. That’s one level higher than the present database common.
The common compression delta (the compression vary throughout the three factors measured on every ball) falls on the excessive finish of our common vary. Notably, not one of the balls confirmed greater than a 2.5-point variation throughout any of the three factors measured.
True Worth is how we quantify the standard of a golf ball. It is a projection of what you’d must spend to make sure you get 12 good balls.
The True Worth will at all times be equal to or larger than the retail worth. The larger the distinction between the retail worth and the True Worth, the extra you have to be involved in regards to the high quality of the ball.
To be taught extra about our check course of, how we outline “dangerous” balls and our True Worth metric, try our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab web page.
Common to Good throughout all of our main consistency metrics.
Persistent, although sometimes minor, layer points.
The TaylorMade TP5x will get an total grade of 82.
Whereas we did discover a few minor points, there aren’t any vital points to dissuade you from taking part in the TaylorMade TP5x.
The “True Worth” of the TaylorMade TP5x is $50.77. That’s a rise of simply six % over retail.
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