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“Speed meets enhanced visibility” in new TaylorMade TP5 Pix golf balls

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TaylorMade has announced the release of a brand new ball — the TaylorMade TP5 Pix, which features advanced visual technology (which you can clearly see in the featured image, which is, well, the point).

According to the company, the design for the ball was created while working with partners at Indiana University who found that the human eye processes lighter colors more efficiently when it’s darker and darker colors when it’s lighter, leading to the two-color pattern of the TP5 Pix as opposed to the typical single color design seen in most golf balls.

The TP5 Pix features two colors within one shape enhancing visibility at all times. The larger contrast graphics of the TP5 Pix aims to allow golfers to see how much overall spin and side spin is generated around the green, with the 12 evenly-spaced images providing feedback immediately on the spin being produced on shots around the green.

Speaking on the TP5 Pix, Mike Fox, Category Director, Golf Balls, said

“White, round and sits on the ground is no longer the norm for golf balls. Visual technology has given us the opportunity to not only change the appearance of the golf ball but also allows players to see immediate feedback where spin matters most – on and around the greens.”

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The TP5, of course, is equipped with all the features of the standard TP5. To recap, these include, a new Speed Layer System comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, featuring a new material called High Flex Material (HFM). According to TaylorMade, HFM is the fastest material the company has ever used, and the tightly wound spring of the HFM aims to create more rebound energy when compressed for added ball speed and also to increase the force on the driver face for added distance.

The Tri-Fast Core of the TP5 Pix features an extra large low-compression inner core with a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. Working in conjunction, these three layers seek to create lower drag and increased carry.

Also included in the new TP5 Pix is its Dual-Spin Cover which contains an ultra-soft cast urethane cover and a 30 percent more rigid inner cover. This system aims to provide golfers with maximum greenside control, as the rigid inner cover seeks to force the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for ultimate spin generation.

Finishing the TP5 Pix is a new SoftTough cast urethane cover which features a cast urethane compound and new paint formulation, in an aim to improve scuff resistance, shear resistance, and overall durability.

TP5 Pix will be available at retail on March 22 at an MSRP of $44.99 per dozen.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. jamho3

    Mar 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Those are ugly, Truvis for life!

  2. JP

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I must be a freak of nature! All this time, I’ve been able to find an all white golf ball! I am amazing!!!

    • Tiger Noods

      Mar 13, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      It’s not about *finding* the ball. It’s about being able to establish it as a 3-dimensional object in your vision, instead of a 2-dimensional optical illusion that many run into. This prevents skulling balls, and that’s why TruVis is popular.

      But sure, you’re amazing. Good job. You’re so special, you must be American.

      • yellolab

        Mar 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

        “This prevents skulling balls”…..seriously? Prevents?

    • Noe Mormon

      Mar 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Amazing! Special!

      Great job, princess!

    • jj7

      Mar 14, 2019 at 1:53 am

      proud of you man. you’ve finally graduated from the mini-golf course

  3. Mat

    Mar 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Ugly logo, but scientifically the real deal.

    This will be the new norm.

  4. Straight

    Mar 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    No such thing as side spin. Only back spin and spin axis. Please stop referring to side spin. People get confused by this. Won’t be long before you write something about “top spin.”

    • Vectors

      Mar 14, 2019 at 3:58 am

      Knowledge of axis systems would tell you either a) you have total spin and spin axis, or b) back spin and side spin. Given the numbers from either coordinate base you can easily calculate the other with a little trigonometry.

      Both systems work, you’re just arguing terminology

  5. Alex

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Vintage Taylormade…hitch your wagon to a gimmick. Hopefully Sam’s Club buys them out in time for the launch of the M17 which should be out next fall.

    • Jeffrey

      Mar 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Joke isn’t funny anymore. They have had a 1 year release cycle just like most other companies for many years now.

  6. Metthew

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I gamed the Truvis to see what was up. I’ll give these a shot

  7. Swirley

    Mar 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    You losers will all be playing these ugly rocks the second DJ or Rickie puts them into play. Losers…

  8. V

    Mar 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I can definitely tell when my ball is going left or (way) right without it looking like something out of a video game. Should look great in the fall too. Fail.

  9. golfraven

    Mar 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    What is next? Bananas on the balls?

  10. 2putttom

    Mar 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    first skinny jeans now …… golf balls that look like something outta Mario Brothers.

  11. ND Hickman

    Mar 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I’ll stick with my Truvis but hope TM fans like these balls.

  12. grossmsj

    Mar 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I could see these would be excellent to practice with, when you can focus on the feedback from shots you are working on. I might buy a dozen for that.
    No way would I be caught dead playing them.

  13. Tider992010

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    It amazes me how each OEM has the same technology and name it something else, truvis vs PIX, jailbreak vs hammerhead, speed channel vs cut through technology, speed foam vs gel. Everyone works from the PGA allowed limit so they all should be pretty good. It just ends up being what looks good to you individually. When is a 4 iron, not a 4 iron……….., when it is a 3 iron with a 4 on it.

    • I

      Mar 13, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Get over the whole iron label thing man.
      Back in the day there were no A wedges and no G wedges. They didn’t know how to name a Gap wedge. And go back even longer they didn’t have a Sand wedge.
      Shall we take numbers off woods and start calling them by names again?
      Wuss

    • Old Man Shaking Fist At Sky

      Mar 13, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Only Balata Balls are real balls.

      Get off my lawn.

  14. Summit

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Those might be the ugliest looking design they could have put on the ball. Fail…

    And to the person that mentioned “camouflage on a golf ball during the fall”, you are absolutely right! this will be impossible to see when the leaves start falling.

  15. Mako Shark

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Guy Fieri comment had me lmao. looks like a distracting ball to make the game even harder – who can focus on this thing?

  16. dat

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    These look like they are meant to get lost in the weeds.

  17. david

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    taylormades answer to truvis… eh.

  18. John

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    It took a university study to come up withe revelation that we see dark colours clearer in light conditions and light colours more clearly in dark conditions? I’d figured that out for myself, thanks.

  19. Robyeaks

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    This comment thread is the highlight of my day. Dilly dilly.

  20. Ryan

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I introduce to you the Callaway Xhot golf ball, by Taylormade.

  21. Jim

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Just looks like TM’s answer to the Callaway Truvis. Not that good looking though.

  22. David

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Finally a ball that looks like Guy Fieri.

  23. Boyo

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Never did like those Callaway soccer balls either…

  24. Smith

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Chrome5 TP Soft with TruPix Technology

  25. Mvan

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This is literally like putting camouflage on a golf ball during the fall here in MI

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GolfWRX Spotlight: P2 putter grips

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Product: P2 putter grips

Pitch: From P2: “The patented P2 technology is based on the way the shaft is housed through the bottom of the grip. This effectively elevates the golfer’s hands at address, locks the wrists in place and creates sought after shaft-forearm symmetry.”

Our take on P2 putter grips

Putting is the one part of golf that truly levels the playing field – a sliding two-footer is worth just as many shots as a 345-yard drive, and from beginner to pro, we’ve all experienced the simple agony of missing one we know we really should have made. With so much recent focus on redefining putter technology the one part of the club that is still highly overlooked is the grip — but P2 is trying to change that.

The key part of the P2 design is the Bottom Shaft Housing that positions the grip asymmetrically around the shaft – on the vertical plane (don’t worry the grip are 100 percent symmetrical). This design, fully legal under the rules of golf, has scientifically proven through the use of Quintic, results that show both improved strike pattern on the face as well as getting more putts started on line at the intended target.

Part of the reason this design helps golfers putt more consistently is that it puts the putter more inline and on plane with the forearm to help create a single motion. As much as we would all love a putting stroke that flows as smoothly as Ben Crenshaw or Brad Faxon the amount timing needed in the hands to produce great results through these methods is often too difficult even for the better player to achieve. In a way, the P2 Grip design helps you get into an “armlock” position without fully overhauling your putting technique (and it allows you to keep your current putter).

In my personal testing, I decided to use the P2 Core Classic. This was my preferred grip since it offers the smaller width while giving the full experience of the Botton Shaft Housing tech. My putter specs are generally flatter than most with a lie angle around 68 degrees, when using a traditional grip this results in having the butt end point more towards my belly button and, as I’m fully willing to admit, a more rotational stroke. I never had to adjust any of the specs on my putter to get the grip to do exactly what it says it will. The grip plane became more aligned with my forearm and after a small adjustment period to the new shape, I was 100 percent making a more pendulum stroke with less arc. So far, results inside have proven to be a success, and I’m looking forward to taking it out to the course once the season really gets started.

Within the P2 lineup, there are four shapes and two weight categories to choose from to allow the player to find the exact fit for both grip method and balance. The original “Core” series is on the heavier side of the grip weight spectrum, but for many players using modern heavier putter heads this could be a huge advantage to help give your putter a higher balance point, and at the end of the day, produce a smoother putting stroke. As the current trend of research from multiple OEMs has proven, a higher balance point through weight distribution can lead to some big improvements in stroke consistency.

Whether its a claw, cross-handed, or more of a traditional grip method you use, there is a P2 grip that should fit your style and hopefully help you sink a few more putts.

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos

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Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their suggestions.

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.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
  • ivygynonc: “I have a set of Kyoei MB’s black.  They are nicer than my BBs as far as feel and looks.  Look great at set up.  Can’t go wrong with these.  And they are on the low end as far as costs for JDM blades, at least they were when I bought mine.”
  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

Entire Thread: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

 

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