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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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2023 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls secretly began tour seeding last week

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We’re used to seeing new equipment at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and indeed it’s the tournament at which Titleist has begun tour seeding for the next iteration of the Pro V1 golf ball in the past. This year, however, staffers apparently couldn’t wait until Vegas and “tour validation,” Titleist’s term for the process of tour seeding and feedback, actually began at last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

According to Titleist, Garrick Higgo, M.J. Daffue, and Gary Woodland, who had tested prototype versions of the 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x, were clamoring to put the balls in play. Higgo (Pro V1), Daffue (Pro V1x), and Woodland (Pro V1x) became the first three players to game the 2023 models in competition.

This week, Titleist Golf Ball R&D reps Fordie Pitts and Jeff Beyers will be fitting players at TPC Summerlin.

2023 Titleist Pro V1

Jordan Spieth had this to say about the development process behind the new Pro V1.

“The Pro V1 and ProV1x, as a whole, are the best balls in golf so it’s hard to say, ‘How are you going to possibly make that ball better when it’s already the best?’” said Jordan Spieth. “I think when you think of anything being the best, you’re really going against yourself then. You’re trying to beat your former self versus worrying about the competition. And I think Titleist does that. They continue to push being the best and continuing to stay No. 1 – and that’s a really difficult thing to do.”

2023 Titleist Pro V1x

Reigning Masters champion, Scottie Scheffler, described the paces he’ll be putting the new Pro V1 through:

“First thing I’ll always do is take them to the short game area. For me, that’s always the most important. From there I’ll go to the range and just look at numbers, carry, stuff like that. From there, I’ll go out on the course and just start hitting shots. So same thing I do in the short game area, have a few of my ball, have a few of the new ball and just try and hit the same shot and see how the ball reacts, see what it does in the wind and just go from there.”

“One shot that I’m always practicing is when I take some off of it. I need to see that it’s still the same (distance) gaps between my full shot and when I’m taking some off of it. When I’m practicing on the driving range, if I have a little mishit or if a shot doesn’t feel right…I usually have a really good feel for how far it actually carried. If my stock wedge is 140 and I’m trying to hit at 135, and maybe I catch a little bit off and I’m like, ‘man that really feels like 132,’ if it goes that distance, that’s really important to me. And that gives me a lot of faith in what that golf ball’s going to do.”

Stay tuned to GolfWRX for more on the 2023 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

“White boxes” of 2023 Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1 golf balls at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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New Ping G430 drivers hit USGA Conforming List

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On Monday morning, Ping’s G430 lineup of drivers landed on the USGA Conforming List.

In apparent keeping with the G425 line breakdown — low spin, maximum MOI, draw-biased — the family looks to include the G430 LST, Max, and SFT drivers, all of which feature both right-handed and left-handed models.

Per the description on the USGA site, the LST driver contains a “carbonfly wrap” crown, with each new driver also featuring a weight port for adjustability and an apparently forged face ala the G425’s T9S+ forged face. This would suggest Ping may be implementing a carbon fiber crown and deviating from titanium.

Ping had no additional comment on the G430 drivers at this point, but with the clubs now deemed “conforming,” we wouldn’t be surprised to see them on the PGA Tour at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Ping G430 LST

Ping G430 Max

Ping G430 SFT

As well as the new lineup landing on the USGA Conforming List, GolfWRXers have spotted the new drivers on social media, with some photos appearing to show the new driver in a black/gray/yellow colorway.

Here’s what our members have been saying about the new additions from Ping in our forum, but make sure to check out the entire thread at the link below and have your say.

  • MakersMarsh3: “Sound and feel are AWESOME. The carbon fiber and crown are more of a grey to me??? Has the slight 2 tone to it. The 3W wood seems to be the biggest improvement.  I have a hard time looking down on them and I thought it looked sweet.”
  • belh22: “Love the color scheme personally.”
  • m9: “The head looks to be an MOI beast, and the tungsten weight at the back appears to be smaller than that of the G425.”

Entire Thread: “Ping G430 lineup of drivers land on USGA Conforming List”

 

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/3/22): Bettinardi Inovai 8 Slant Neck 34” putter

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of 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 we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Bettinardi Inovai 8 Slant Neck 34” putter

From the seller (@eagles88): “Bettinardi Innovai 8 Slant Neck 34” putter with Bettinardi Super Stroke Grip $300.Used for one round. In excellent condition.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Bettinardi Inovai 8 Slant Neck 34” putter

This is the most impressive current listing 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

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