This Wednesday I was able to attend a TaylorMade media day event yesterday at the La Costa Resort. Want to thank all the great TMAG staffers (Christa, Michael, Dave and Mike) for having me and sharing this exciting line of prodcuts. I was even able to play a round with Tom Kroll, the global product lines manager for woods.
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PENTA TP5 Balls
The Penta had a pretty good year in '11. Darren Clarke won the British open, currently 3 players in the top 10 in the world use the Penta and 25 million Penta balls were put into play. Taylormade golf balls also doubled it's market share. Illustrating just how committed TMAG is to being #1 in every category. There will also be some surprises with some of the new tour players that will be playing the TP5 in 2012, but I've been sworn to secrecy about it
The New Penta TP5 continues the 5 Layer technology —cover, outer mantle, middle mantle, inner mantle and core—engineered to optimize performance in five key shot categories: driver, long irons, middle irons, short irons and wedges. The big changes for the new ball is the 28% lower core compression which equates to a reduction of spin. The lower compression also results in a softer feel, TMAG measures by sound in hertz. Compared to the ProV1 it's softer than the ProV1 and spins less that the ProV1x.
Taylormade claims distance jumps of 10 yards. I got to play with the latest version of the Penta line and was pleased. The balls definitely felt soft, something that to me is most evident in hitting putts. Can't say I hit it 10 yards farther, would be tough to tell anyway since I was hitting a lot of the new TMAG clubs, but would confirm that the balls performs well into the wind and is great for shots around the green. The greens at La Costa North course, where I was playing in the TMAG media day, are new and newer greens tend to repel balls. But I was able to hold greens with long and mid irons.
The Penta TP 5's will be $45 a dozen