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TaylorMade Tour Prototype Golf Ball — Project 5

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TaylorMade has started its prototype process for a new tour ball, calling it ‘Project 5’ for now.

This is the tour prototype golf ball that TaylorMade Golf Tour Staff Professional Justin Rose put into play at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Prior to the start of the tourney at TPC Boston, Dean Snell, TaylorMade VP of Research and Development was on-site to test the new prototype ball. Rose put the new ball in play for 9 holes and was longer that the current model he was using.

Rose said, “This is what I’m looking for. Balls are staying on line so much better and carrying out longer.”

He liked it so much, he asked if he could play that week in Boston.  He played 18 holes in the Pro-Am with the ‘Project 5’ and came back to Dean and said “I don’t how you did it, but outstanding work.”

Dean says “This is the first time in 24 years on tour for me that a player wanted to play a new ball that same day as proto testing.  I called the plant, had 4 dozen overnighted and brought them back to him Thursday for the start of the tourney.”

We’ll have to see what the ball is called when it comes to production. Of course the TaylorMade prototype ball can’y just be put into play without USGA approval first, so this has likely been in development for a while. Some screen grabs from the USGA’s approved list are attached.

What do you think, current Penta and Non-Penta users?  Click here to discuss in the GolfWRX forums.

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. mike

    Dec 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    OK, I got up enough nerve to use the ball Darren Clarke’s caddie gave me. I didn’t pull it out my bag until the 16th hole because I was spraying my drives all day on a course that has a lot of trouble off the tee. I tee’d it up on a short par 4 with no water trouble. I usually hit my drives with around 230 yds of fly with little to no roll out. The tee shot flew out about 240 with no roll because of the terrain. Very soft coming off the club face. Hit a PW to 6 feet from the pin. Stuck like a dart to the green. Made my straight uphill putt for bird. Both the wedge and the putt very soft off the club face. Put the ball away for 17, because I usually block my drives into the jungle on that hole, which I did again. Took it out again on 18. long par 5. Ripped my drive about 270 with good roll out. Didin’t cautch my 3-wood clean and ending up in a bunker 110 from the green. Hit the green with a 9-iron on and sunk an 80-foot putt for bird. Used the ball on 2 holes and got my only 2 birdies that day. I wish I had a dozen of these balls so I could play a full round with them. Makes me wonder if what you hear is true that golf equipment manufacturers make one set of products for pros and another for us ameteurs.

  2. mike

    Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Darren Clarke’s caddie gave me a Project 5 ball yesterday at the Thailand Golf Championship where I marshalled the 3-ball he was in. Darren was obviously playing this ball that day. He was just as long off the tee as Hunter Mahan and Chapchai Nirat at over 300 yds. These 2 guys are 10+ years his junior. I’m going to play a round with it soon and I’ll post my opinion of the ball. The dimpling pattern is almost identical to the Titleist ProV1x but the ridges around the dimples are a little crisper.

  3. Johnny

    Oct 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Looks like Callaway Hex Golf Ball Pattern.

  4. Andrew

    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I have this golf ball. Justin gave me one. Its pretty sick

  5. Elliott

    Oct 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Looking forward to winning golf tournaments with it.

  6. Danny

    Sep 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    cant wait to game this ball!!!

  7. Brody

    Sep 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This is to be the “Rocket Fuel”, right?

  8. mmontisano

    Sep 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

    finally a seamless ball from TM!

  9. Mike

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    or maybe the Royal Plus 6 from eons ago!

  10. Homer

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Looks like Callaway’s Hex Black Tour

  11. Bryan

    Sep 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Blah blah blah… 3 months repeat story.

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