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USGA Conforming list shows TaylorMade TP5, TP5x golf balls, new Chrome Soft

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Checking the USGA Conforming List, whether it be golf clubs or golf balls, can often give a sneak peak to upcoming releases. Or sometimes it can be misleading, and the product never actually sees the light of day.

For today, however, let’s assume the former, and that new TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls, as well as a new Callaway Chrome Soft, are signs of new golf ball releases from the respective companies.

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The TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls seem to pay homage to the Penta TP5 golf balls from the company’s past, or they could just be prototype names. Either way, it can be assumed that one will be a softer Tour ball, while the other will be a slightly firmer; that’s if the standard TP5 and TP5 “x” follow the general nomenclature of TaylorMade’s previous release (Tour Preferred, Tour Preferred X).

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The Callaway Chrome Soft “X” could be a retail release of prototype golf balls that were already on Tour, as predicted in this thread, or they could be golf balls with slightly different characteristics than the original Chrome Soft. Surely Callaway wouldn’t go softer than the Chrome Soft, but nothing is impossible.

Related: Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the new golf balls on the USGA conforming list

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  1. birdy

    Nov 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I like them

  2. Joey5Picks

    Nov 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    It’s moot because the Kirkland Signature is now the #1 value in golf.

  3. Clemson Sucks

    Nov 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

    The new chrome soft. The ball that changed the ball that changed the ball that changed the ball

    • Rimjob

      Nov 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      ….that actually didn’t change anything, because they now have to release a harder X ball because they knew the Soft was too soft for hard swingers

  4. Jacob

    Nov 11, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I use them they’re definitely the best.

  5. larry

    Nov 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Trump baby!!!

  6. TP mon

    Nov 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t think they could improve on the TP ball that much, they’re already so perfect. It’s so forgiving on mis-hits it’s unbelievable

  7. DaveFromAccounting

    Nov 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I know, darn things move without even touching them. DJ, and his US Open trophy, must really think they are crud. He’d definitely gain 10 yds easy from switching to a Pro-V.

  8. Rob

    Nov 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Chrome soft and chrome soft X

  9. suhdude

    Nov 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    a new chrome soft? yes please.

    • Neil Cameron

      Nov 11, 2016 at 4:44 am

      maybe the supersoft will be called chrome soft now.seems to be great brand now

  10. new stuff!!

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    new Chrome Soft!! now I won’t feel as bad losing my current Chrome Soft under the leaves.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about their favorite watch for golf

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their favorite watches for golf. WRXer ‘Sourpuss’ asks fellow members: “Dealer’s choice, cost is of no concern. What would you wear if you could afford it? Top 5 of your choice?” and WRXers have been weighing in with their choices in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • sheppy335: “Garmin S40. Love the feel and look.”
  • golfkrzy10: “Apple iWatch with the hole 19 app. Yardage, score, fway, and putts. Perfect for my minimalist walking views on the golf course.”
  • jcboiler: “Second the Apple Watch. Need to look into the apps though.”
  • Deadsquiggles: “If it didn’t bother me to play with a heavy watch, I’d wear my Deep Blue NATO Diver Automatic. But instead, I wear my cheap GShock.”
  • Golfjack: “I thought I was going to come in with a witty comment about my expensive watch, but looks like I’m late! Anyway, I wear my Galaxy Active 2 normally now. Used the Golf Caddie app for a few times. It worked well enough, but I don’t see it helping too much. Still prefer using apps on the phone if I need GPS info. Otherwise, I just use my rangefinder.”

Entire Thread: “Favorite watch for golf?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about iron covers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing iron covers with WRXer ‘anythingfinite’ championing the use of iron covers when walking. As a walker, ‘anythingfinite’ says

“I hated the sound of clubs clanking together with every step. So I used neoprene iron covers and endured the ridicule for years. They never, ever slowed my play as I average 18 holes in a little over 2.5hrs playing by myself. It was never about protecting resale value, just about the noise.”

And our members have been discussing iron covers and whether they currently use them or would be tempted to use them in the future.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jvincent: “Clanking irons in the bag is like the sound of metal spikes on a path. It’s old school golf.”
  • Z1ggy16: “Toss your club cleaning towel in the clubs to help stop them from clanking *as much*. You can also use your one hand to kind of hold some of them in place as you walk.”
  • Windlaker_1: “I use the neoprene covers. Not for resale value, as I normally keep them so long they aren’t worth diddley-poo at that point. Use them to maintain a nice-looking set of irons.”
  • MtlJeff: “I don’t really notice it that much when I walk, to be honest. Maybe its how I arrange my clubs….If the clanging is bothering me, you can just move the clubs slightly, and it usually mitigates it. But if you’re like, breakdancing down the fairway, tough to stop it.”
  • puttingmatt: “It’s your choice. I use iron covers, lets me not forget a club around the green, as the cover in pocket is a quick reminder that something is a miss. Also, it’s a good way to protect your clubs, and at these prices, makes you wonder why not since woods and putters are sold with covers that are intended to be used. One other note, it may keep others from assessing what’s in the bag, and keep a thief wondering if the bag is worth the effort. Hate the feeling about club theft, but clubs are targets.”

Entire Thread: “Confessions of an iron cover user”

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