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TaylorMade makes big claims about new TP5 and TP5x golf balls

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It’s not often you hear a company directly address another company by name — after all, they’re competitors — especially when it’s a titan in the industry. But that’s exactly what TaylorMade did at the launch for its new TP5 and TP5x golf balls.

Titleist is the most played golf ball on the professional tour, and the No. 1 ball in golf. That’s no secret, and TaylorMade readily admits it. TaylorMade says, however, that it has been able to create a longer, lower-spinning tour ball than the leader in the industry due to its proprietary designs.

TaylorMade was willing to demonstrate those claims in front of an audience full of media members at its launch event, using former amateur standout and new TaylorMade staffer Jon Rahm. The test pitted Rahm’s current golf ball, the Titleist Pro V1x, against TaylorMade’s TP5x.

At the range at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, Rahm tested both golf balls in windy conditions (blowing slightly into, and left-to-right), hitting off of the wispy Bermuda grass. After hitting 7-irons and 4-irons, Trackman numbers supported TaylorMade’s claims of higher ball speeds, lower spin and more distance — upward of 10 yards gained on multiple shots. In the wind, as you’d expect, a lower-spinning shot is preferable since it’s less affected by the conditions.

“It’s a higher ball flight, and isn’t spinning as much (as the the Pro V1x),” Rahm said of the TP5x golf balls. “It just goes farther.” Bear in mind, Rahm is a young staffer who’s paid by TaylorMade.

TaylorMade also claimed at the launch event that the balls are high-spinning around the green compared to their previous models, the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X, in addition to being longer and higher-launching.

“No (tour golf ball) is better than us inside 100 yards,” said Eric Loper, TaylorMade’s director of golf ball R&D.

So, in terms of technology and design, what’s different about these TP5 and TP5x golf balls that’s allowing these big claims?

While the previous line had a Tour Preferred X golf ball that was made with five layers, the new line now expands that 5-layer design into both the TP5 and TP5x golf balls. There’s also a new, larger “Tri-Fast” core, and a “Dual-Spin” cover that creates more spin with wedges, but less spin with lower-lofted clubs.

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TaylorMade TP5x and TP5 (right) are both 5-piece golf balls.

According to TaylorMade’s initial tour player testing, the TP5 and TP5x will be higher launching with irons (1-2 degrees), lower spinning (500-1000 rpm with irons, 0-200 rpm with a driver) and longer (+7-10 yards with irons, +2-4 yards with a driver).

The cores of the golf balls are extremely low-compression (TP5x = 25, TP5 = 16), according to TaylorMade, with a stiffer outer core and an even stiffer mantle layer. The three layers combine to restrict spin and improve energy transfer, and less spin directly leads to higher launch, according to the company.

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This faster core is coupled with a cover made from two pieces; a cast urethane, 322-dimpled seamless cover and a rigid thermoplastic inner cover. The firmer inner cover is said to force the softer, outer cover into the grooves of the wedges in order to create more friction, and thus more backspin around the greens.

The TP5x (90 compression) is said to launch higher and feel firmer than the softer TP5 golf ball (83 compression), which has a “mid-launch,” according to the company. Both golf balls will sell for $44.99 per dozen and will be in stores March 1, 2017.

Correction: The original article stated that the TP5 and TP5X could provide distance gains of 2-4 yards with irons and 7-10 yards with a driver. The story has been corrected to say that the balls could provide distance gains of 7-10 yards with irons and 2-4 yards with a driver. 

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  1. JonS

    Apr 29, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Every year golf manufacturers make many claims with their golf balls, and rarely are they fair or head to head comparisons to support said claims. The Taylormade Golf TP5x golf ball is legitimate and produces interesting results. Simply grab a 7 iron and see for yourself. I found the ball went higher and further and was excellent in the wind. It felt slightly firmer than the ProV1x golf ball, but that’s something that can be easily sacrificed for the performance.

  2. Almdudler

    Dec 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Who really want to have lower spin with the irons? Professionals usually controls their spin great! And amateurs mostly have trouble holding greens.
    Almost all irons in the GI and SGI market are stronger lofts/high launch with less spin.

    I want my 4-7 iron to one hop and stop.. Not bounce and roll off the green. Why is nobody thinking of this?

    • Prime21

      Dec 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

      That is what you WANT ur 4-7 to do, but they don’t. Amateur players face the same issues with their golf ball as they do with their irons, high launch, high spin. If you bring both issues down equally, a problem is created. Through technology, TM has given the average player the ability to offset these issues with clubs/balls that launch high with less spin. Now the player has the ability to stop a ball on a green with a proper land angle NOT an over abundance of spin. Tour players have always been concerned with launch charateristics, especially in the wind (think Tiger at the 2000 US Open). If one cannot arrive with less effective loft than when they started, their ball is going to balloon, period. Technological advancements mean players will get similar results without having to manipulate their shots (ball back, shaft forward, less loft) guving them the ability to make more of a “stock” swing, instead of a “flighted” one.
      Taylor Made has thought of this, but it’s obvious that YOU haven’t put much effort into YOUR thought process. Before you decide to post again, please make some effort to understand the science behind that which you are attempting to speak intelligently about. Otherwise, we will get another ignorant “hate” post that makes ZERO sense & this site has already reached maximum capacity with these types of posts. I hope your skull and roll iron shots improve for the 2017 season!

      • Ben

        Mar 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        You nailed it. While there is a lot of BS marketing, I’m getting pretty tired of the haters. I’ve recently switched to the TP5 bc it feels great off the putter and performed better in the wind. We’re literally splitting hairs, but I hit 5 balls on multiple holes into the wind (Chrome Soft X, Pro V1/1x, TP5/5x) and the TPs consistently performed slightly better. Combine that with not shearing as easily as the Pro Vs and it’s become a no brainer. Now if only the TPs came in Tour Yellow.

  3. Smizzly

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    “TaylorMade makes big claims”

    Truly shocking.

    Srixon and Bstone make much better balls than Callaway, Tmade and Titleist.

  4. Dave

    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

    blah blah blah blah

  5. justin

    Dec 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Callaway super soft the ones that look like soccer balls, that’s what I play and I honestly have never hit a better ball

    • Joe Galbreth

      Dec 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Ditto Justin….I really like the TruVis. Callaway is coming out with a newer Chrome Soft next spring. It also will have the TruVis design.

  6. Feel the Bern

    Dec 8, 2016 at 10:24 am

    heard this ball is 10% longer with the putter. Loft down!

  7. Greg

    Dec 8, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Lots of truly great balls out there. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to ProV1, you should have no trouble doing so.
    I’m just numb to anything Taylormade tells me anymore. From drivers,to irons, to balls, they make some good stuff…I m just staging my own mini protest and just won’t buy any of it.

    • Brad

      Dec 8, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      I am 99% with you Greg. I despise TM for every product…. except their golf balls. I switched 2 years ago to the TPx, and can honestly say there is not a better ball on the market. Period. I would be shocked if you couldn’t notice at least a slight advantage. It’s rare that I find a person as “brand-centric” as myself, so even suggesting this for a TM product is saying something coming from me. Give em a try.

      • Aa

        Dec 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        We’re not all idiots like you, Brad, and are just happy, positive, forward-thinking innovative people who love Taylormade, and have done so since the 90s. TM have been miles ahead in tech and everybody else are still laying catch up. Why wouldn’t you play their metals? Because you’re an idiot.

        • Jalan

          Dec 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

          Your Avatar is appropriate. You certainly act like a little child, as well.

  8. Jeffrey Purtell

    Dec 8, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Let me guess, these balls are more forgiving also.

    • Rj

      Dec 8, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Balls have been forgiving ever since Precept Lady

      • RJ's Man Card

        Dec 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        Personally, I wouldn’t know anything about that. We’ll just have to take your word for it, and trust your experience in using Ladies golf balls.

        • bh

          Dec 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

          The Precept Lady ball was a great ball. The changed the name to Laddie so the cavemen could be ok with playing them.

        • Mort

          Dec 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm

          The Lady is what came before the ProVs, is what ProV was copied from

  9. Wayne J Bosley

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Well they had to come up with something different and “special” seeing they are made by Nassau Korea and the Kirkland is so close to the TP models in structure and performance ,,,,,

    • Henry

      Dec 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

      The K-Sig is a 4 piece, these are both 5 piece. Yeah, there are comparable balls out there, but the K-Sig isnt one of them.

      • Smitty

        Dec 12, 2016 at 8:27 am

        The K-Sig ball is made at the same factory as the TP balls. It’s the same ball as the current TP 4-piece ball. TM had to respond by adding another layer and some marketing hype.

  10. James

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    What happens if you are hitting it with the new M1 or the new Proto irons? TM clubs on TM balls. Please tell me that it’s the greatest combination imaginable.

    Seriously though, I need to know the durability of the cover. I tear the cover with full wedge shots of the previous TP balls. I am really interested in the seamless cover!

  11. TexasSnowman

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    7-10 yds with the Driver…..Question: At any swing speed, Launch Angle, etc? TM makes a claim without any supporting information as usual. I would pay more than $45 dozen for extra 10 yards with the driver, but given the history of TM (17 yds!, etc) and USGA parameters for golf balls. I am very skeptical of their advertising, even with the staged event with Rahm.

  12. Josh

    Dec 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry TM. Kirkland signatures 2 doz for $30.

  13. John meikle

    Dec 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Those extra 2 yards will make sure I reach the rough and those pesky fairway bunkers…

    • Guia

      Dec 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Why do you think the difference is 2 yards, or were you being funny?

      • Guia

        Dec 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        Oh, I re-read, and irons are 2 – 4 yards. Your right that is minimum, but 7 – 10 off of the driver is quite a bit.

        • rymail00

          Dec 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

          Granted it is a gain, but small with the irons but like you said that’s a lot with the driver.

          What I find shocking if true is that it can knock off 200rpm on irons and 500-1000 rpm with woods. That’s a HUUUGE claim…..and kinda hard to believe. I wonder if those numbers got put in backwards and should be 500-1000 for irons and 200 for woods?

          • Guia

            Dec 7, 2016 at 11:02 pm

            I think that the stats would mean more if they used Iron Byron.

            • Steve S

              Dec 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm

              Exactly! Best ball test ever done was by consumer reports 7 or 8 years ago. Used the Iron B. hitting driver and 8 iron. Measured distance and accuracy. Showed that the expensive balls were good but not worth the money. Their best buy was the Titliest DT Solo, about the cheapest ball in the test.

  14. Jim

    Dec 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    ProV’s are the most over rated over priced balls of all time. Forget Trackman. Test honestly yourself. Go to the 150 yd dot, and hit 2 of your proV with whatever you hit 150. Then drop a Bridgestone Rx, B330s, Callaway SR or Chrome and see.

    When I was a kid, you found TopFlites in the woods / fescue….rarley a Titleist, Maxfli or Slazenger Balata. Walk the edges now and ProV’s are everywhere. People that shouldn’t be playing them to begin with get tired of looking on every hole! By the 5th /6th they just drop another.

    not surprised anything performed better, and NO, I’m not a TM guy. I wouldn’t play anything from TM unless the paid
    me beaucoup, then I’m sure they’d find something in the Tour-Only box I’d dig

    • Jonno

      Dec 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      this guy gets it, prov1’s are the most over-rated piece of golf equipment ever made. If you really believe that any of the other golf companies couldn’t dissect a prov1 and analyse exactly what makes it the way it is – then you’re just crazy. What the other golf companies are trying to do is get the same marketing and brand loyalty that the prov1 garners – the product has been overtaken by larger budgeted competitors years ago, but they still sell the most! Titleist also pay more golf professionals than any other brand yet only other brands get called out for “he only plays X because he’s paid by X”.
      Titleist and the prov1 should be a business case study in marketing world wide.

    • Rj

      Dec 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Yes. Thank you for letting us know that you’re an idiot

    • Progolfer

      Dec 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Ever since Callaway sued Titleist for their ProV1 design infringements, the ball hasn’t been anywhere near as good as it used to be. It’s shorter off the tee with more spin, and spins less around the greens. A lot of people don’t know this, but professionals are allowed to use the original ProV1’s with modern stampings on them– it doesn’t violate the lawsuit. There’s a reason so many pro’s play the “current” ProV1. My recommendation is if you find an older one in good shape, keep it!

      • Brian

        Dec 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

        Not sure about Callaway, but I know Titleist pays Bridgestone a royalty for ever ProV1 sold due to patent infringements. Would be suprised if they stole tech from Callaway also.

  15. chinchbugs

    Dec 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I can’t wait to get those +2 yards with the irons!

    • Double Mocha Man

      Dec 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      … but you need to combine those 2 yards with the new irons that get you 6 extra yards and your new swing that gets you 8 extra yards… and presto chango, you’re 16 yards longer with your 9-iron!

      • chinchbugs

        Dec 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm

        Never thought of it that way…add that to the +17 I’ll be getting with the driver and I am up to +33 yards. That par 4 just went from mid iron in the wedge! Take my money TM!
        (J/K I wouldn’t be so foolish to give TM any of my money)

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The most popular rangefinders on Amazon right now (Summer 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular rangefinders on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling rangefinders on Amazon as of September 2020.

1. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder

The TecTecTec VPRO500 rangefinder is currently the best-selling rangefinder on Amazon

From the listing:The VPRO500 Golf Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards with continuous scan mode, advanced Pin-Seeker technology, and a durable rainproof body. Provides fast measurement with +/- 1 yard accuracy, together with Pin-Seeker technology to accurately measure overlapping subjects, perfect for measuring golf flags, hazards and wooded areas.”

Price: $149.99

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2. Callaway 300 Pro Golf Laser Rangefinder

Callaway’s 300 Pro Golf Laser rangefinder features slope measurement and can scan multiple targets at once

From the listing:Slope feature measures angle of incline/decline and automatically calculates slope adjusted distance. 6x magnification; range 5-1000 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy. Pin acquisition technology (P.A.T.) quickly locks onto the pin from up to 300 yards away. Exclusive BIRDIE feature delivers audible “chirp” to confirm distance acquisition to flagstick.”

Price: $199.99

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3. Gogogo Laser Rangefinder

The Gogogo laser rangefinder, which can measure up to 650 yards, is designed for golf, hunting and bowhunting

From the listing:The most cost-effective rangefinder you can find on the market to provide you everything you need for golfing, hunting, bowhunting and other professional application with reliable product quality and after sales service. Both models have slope function. The physical slope switch is for tournament legal. Provide high-precision distance measurement. Integrates latest functions such as continuous range readings, ARC (angle range compensation), Pin-Seeking and Flagpole-Locking Vibration (Vibrate when the flagpole is locked) and Speed Measuring.”

Price: $90

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4. Wosports Golf Rangefinder

Featuring 650 yards range with slope and flag lock, the Wosports rangefinder takes fourth spot

From the listing:Innovative battery cover design, battery cover and range finder are inseparable. Don’t worry about missing battery cover. Meter and Yards Switching: In the boot state, Please long press “MODE” button for more than 3 seconds.”

Price: $109.99

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5. Acegmet Golf Rangefinder

The Acegmet rangefinder features 6x magnification and can measure up to 650 yards

From the listing: “Many range finders have the function of locking on the flag, but when golfers use it on the golf course, they will find that they can only lock the grass. And our rangefinder golf is used to measure small objects in the distance. The golf laser range finder automatically excludes interference from surrounding objects. Prioritize the nearest measurement target for ranging. And when locked on the flag, the golf range finder will provide a short vibration for the golfer.”

Price: $80.84

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6. TecTecTec Laser Golf Rangefinder VPRO500S

The second TecTecTec rangefinder that is popular amongst Amazon consumers 

From the listing:Our VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards with continuous scan mode, advanced Pin-Sensor technology, and a durable, water resistant body.Gives you the actual distance with Slope or without Slope (conforms to UGSA Rule 14-3). Advanced Pin-Sensor Technology and NEW Slope estimated distance mode.”

Price: $179.99

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7. MiLESEEY Professional Precision Laser Golf Rangefinder

Includes slope compensation and a target range of up to 660 yards

From the listing: “Mileseey Laser range finder golf developed with TOF (Time of Flight) technology and angle slope compensation system provide the accurate angel-compensated distance for uphill and downhill shot, Flagpole Lock(scanning), distance/angle/speed measurement; Speed Measuring Range: 18 ~ 300km/h; Perfect rangefinder for Golf, hunting, engineering measurements and outdoor activities, suitable for outdoor long-distance measurement.”

Price: $88.90

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8. TecTecTec ULT-X Golf Rangefinder

With a range of up to 1,000 yards it’s no surprise the TecTecTec ULT-X rangefinder is a popular product on Amazon

From the listing:Struggling to lock on to flags over 150 yards away? With TLT (Target Lock Technology), your ULT-X laser rangefinder will instantly catch flags at up to 450 yards and hazards at up to 1000 yards with high quality 6x magnification providing bright, clear images. Using the latest optical technology, the ULT-X gives you the most accurate and reliable measurements with an unprecedented accuracy of ± 0.3 yards at distances of up to 300 yards, ± 0.5 yards at distances of up to 600 yards and ± 1 yard at distances up to 1,000 yards.”

Price: $249.99

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9. Pro Golf Rangefinder

Another powerful rangefinder with a 656 yard range

From the listing: “Measuring the maximum distance of 656Yard (600m), the measurement unit can be freely switched between m and YD, the measurement accuracy is ±0.54Yard, the laser wavelength is 905nm, the telescope magnification is 6X,perfect for measuring golf flags, hazards and wooded areas.Built-in rechargeable lithium battery, more convenient to use.”

Price: $79.99

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10. Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

Featuring the first ever integrated laser/GPS display, the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder rounds out the list

From the listing:First ever integrated Laser/GPS display. Dual battery source (CR2 for Laser and USB for GPS). PinSeeker with JOLT Technology. Range to a flag: 400 yards. Accurate to 1 yard.

Price: $339.99

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Msd71.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Msd71

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(Refinished by Continental Golf)

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Shaft: Aldila NVS Hybrid 85 X

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Shafts: Nippon Modus 125 S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 125 S

Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto (35″)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

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We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member lilceasar – Titleist 915 driver, 3 wood, & hybrids

If you need to spice up your long game, this set of 915 Titleist heads has everything you’re gonna need and comes in at a great price.

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The P7MCs have already become one of the most sought after iron sets in golf at the moment, and if you are someone that likes to wait for those first “new” sets to hit the used market then snatch these up quick.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: P7MV irons

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Brand new and ready to ship, this 8-degree SIM head makes for the perfect spin killing driver—all you need is a shaft and you will be good to go.

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