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TaylorMade launches new Tour Response, Tour Response Stripe and Soft Response golf balls

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TaylorMade Golf has today unveiled the all-new Tour Response, Tour Response Stripe and Soft Response golf balls.

Tour Response

The all-new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern of Tour Response aims to unlock  next-level aerodynamics while promoting maximum carry distance.

This tour proven technology, found in TP5 and TP5x, has been added to Tour Response for the first time and with the addition of the new dimple pattern, Tour Response provides a soft feel in a 100% cast urethane cover.

Per the company, compared to the previous generation of TaylorMade dimple patterns, the new dimple profile/shape creates the company’s most aerodynamic dimple pattern producing improved carry distance on all types of shots.

Tour Response features a unique dual-radius dimple shape that decouples dimple volume from depth to optimize airflow around the golf ball during flight, in design to reduce drag, optimize lift and promote distance.

In addition, the 2022 Tour Response also features Speedmantle with HFM (High Flex Modulus). A firmer second layer surrounding the inner low compression core is designed to help the ball explode off the face with increased face interaction maximizing energy transfer at impact to produce faster ball speeds.

“The new dimple pattern paired with a 100 percent cast urethane cover simply creates a softer version of a Tour level ball made for the everyday golfer that is looking to reap the benefits of our tour proven technology at an affordable price.” – Mike Fox, Director, Product Creation Golf Ball

Tour Response is engineered to respond to the individual non-tour golfer’s game with a 100% cast urethane cover for significantly added greenside spin and better feel vs. ionomer.

A crosslinking chemical reaction forms the soft urethane material, which creates an irreversible link in a bid to provide improved shear resistance and greater durability in addition to the soft feel and added greenside spin.

To measure the effectiveness of a new cover, TaylorMade engineers utilized a combination of material property testing robot and player performance testing. Per the company, that research showed that in addition to increased durability, the new cover material is 12% softer and 36% more flexible than the previous material.

The 2022 Tour Response ball also features a low 70-compression design with a Hi-Spring core made in design to offer maximum ball speed in a soft feeling bal

Tour Response is available in white and high visibility yellow and is at retail on March 18 with an MSRP of $39.99 USD.

Tour Response Stripe

By drawing inspiration from the PIX design with ClearPath Alignment technology, TaylorMade engineers brought the 360 degree alignment to Tour Response in design to offer the easiest golf ball to align that they’ve ever made.

This next-gen visible technology of Tour Response Stripe is a 22-millimeter digital band that wraps around the center of the golf ball to help aim putts better, faster and more consistently. Inside the digital band is a thin black line to match with putter sightlines for immediate aid in alignment.

The multi-color design of Stripe not only aims to create better alignment but also feedback on the quality of the roll of each putt. Proper strikes are easily identifiable as the stripe rolls consistently to the hole, while off-center strikes cause a can’t miss wobble of the digital band. Lastly, the dual-color design seeks to allow you to see your product clearly all over the course.

Tour Response Stripe is at retail on March 18 with an MSRP of $39.99 USD. 

Soft Response

With increased softness from cover to core, Soft Response is the softest ball in TaylorMade’sarsenal, designed to give amateur golfers enhanced feel while maintaining ball speeds and distance.

Soft Response is designed for moderate swing speed players with a new, softer core and a re-engineered ionomer cover in design to provide added greenside spin.

The changes produce a softer ball with an overall 50 compression (versus a 60-compression rate in the previous generation). An added SpeedMantle layer in its 3-piece construction creates an efficient energy transfer at impact, designed to result in a softer ball that enhances feel and maintains both ball speed and distance.

A unique Extended Flight Dimple Pattern aims to decrease drag and optimize lift, allowing the ball to stay in the air longer at lower speeds and lower spin rates.

In addition, the 3-layer construction in combination with the SpeedMantle builds resistance against the club face to build energy and create ball speed at this new softer feel.

Soft Response is available at retail on March 18 with an MSRP of $29.99 USD in white and high visibility yellow.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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  1. Pingback: GolfWRX Members Choice: Best golf ball of 2022 (best non-tour ball) – GolfWRX

  2. jgpl001

    Mar 22, 2022 at 4:42 am

    A Tour Respond Stripe…..now I have heard it all, well done TM, well done….
    The TP5 and TP5x are stunning balls, why do we need this nonsense?

  3. Rich Douglas

    Mar 18, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Everyone is selling an “almost-Tour” ball these days, often using it to try out new cover designs.

  4. mark

    Mar 18, 2022 at 9:39 am

    This is great. As someone who loses white balls in the cloudy sky (have a vision issue), more options of colors and patterns is wonderful. I have been using color and pattern balls for years.

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Spotted: 2024 Fujikura Ventus Blue shaft on tour

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We got a sneak peek at the new Ventus Blue shaft from Fujikura a few weeks ago, and we are now seeing out on tour for the best players in the world to test.

This week at the Genesis Invitational, the crew from Fujikura is in attendance and excited for the new shaft to make its debut. The new Ventus Blue shaft will have a very similar profile to the current Ventus Blue and should offer players launch and spin numbers that are comparable. What Fujikura has improved is the internal technology, VeloCore, that has made the Ventus and Ventus TR shafts so popular on tour and in fittings all over the world.

We asked Fujikura’s Spencer Reynolds about the new Ventus Blue and VeloCore Plus:

“The key to this one is really new technology…This will be our first profile to feature what we call VeloCore Plus. What we did is we took the original profile of the original Blue we launched…back in 2018 on global tours. So over the last handful of years, we’ve learned a lot about material integration and material layouts and kind of where we can push the envelope a little bit.

“And we wanted to keep a similar profile that gave similar feel, launch, and spin numbers but we wanted to tighten the dispersion and increase the speed. We figured out how to do that and we kinda reengineered VeloCore a bit. We took the key elements…full -length pitch material and then the 40-ton material…we took those key elements and enhanced some of those. We…increased the tonnage and increased the strength of those materials.

“Then we added a third material as a bias core to essentially give it a really solid feel. I think it’s what we’re left with is a profile that bumps up speed, increases accuracy, tightens dispersion, and has incredible feel to it. So what we found in player testing was increases in speed, and a lot of the feedback we got from feel was it just feels tighter than the original — not stiffer, still kind of the same bend profile, softer in the handle, stiff in the mid, ultra-stiff in the tip — but just an overall tighter feeling to the shaft.

“So we tested it. We’re psyched about it. Obviously excited to have it out here on tour, and we’re ready to rock and roll.”

This new Ventus Blue even sports a new matte blue paint that is lighter than the original and has a slightly different “Ventus” text near the center of the shaft. Fujikura also made some slight tweaks to the Ventus logo near the grip, adding some different micro-texture to the silver graphic.

This new Ventus Blue with VeloCore Plus should be out to Fujikura dealers at the end of February.

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Spotted: Tiger Woods in Sun Day Red shoes, apparel at Genesis

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After last night’s brand launch event, we fully expected Tiger Woods to arrive at Riviera for practice rounds ahead of the Genesis Invitational in Sun Day Red apparel.

What was less certain — perhaps unlikely, depending on who you talked to — was that the 15-time major winner and recent FootJoy Premiere Series enthusiast would sport Sun Day Red footwear.

However, Woods is doing just that, as evidenced by these shots from our tour photographer.

While we don’t have product details for the new shoes — or much in the lineup, really — we do know product will be available at retail starting May 1. Additionally, polos will cost between $115 and $175, cashmere sweaters will be $250 to $350, per a New York Times report.

Woods and Nike ended their famed 27-year relationship in January. The Genesis Invitational is Woods’ first “non-Nike” tournament.

Check out more photos of Tiger in Sun Day Red here as well as a full WITB look.

 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (February)

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  • Tiger Woods WITB accurate as of the Genesis Invitational. Woods’ 3-wood will be a game-time decision.

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9.75)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @13)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees @18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: 2023 TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 Raw (56-12TW, 60-TW11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (2024)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

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