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TaylorMade PentaTP - the first ever 5-piece construction ball
January, 2010

The most elaborate new ball on the market is undoubtedly the TaylorMade PentaTP (Guide price: £42.99, doz) the first ever 5-piece construction consisting of core, three different mantle layers and a urethane cover. In a neat technical story, each of the five layers is apparently configured to provide optimum performance for each of the five main areas of play.

The TaylorMade PentaTP ball The TaylorMade PentaTP ball

For example, the low-compression core and soft inner mantle are designed for the high-launch/low-spin conditions most conducive to the maximum distance required from the driver and long irons, respectively. The same concept is tempered progressively through the next two layers for steadily greater spin and control before the soft cover engages for maximum control and the promise to compensate significantly (though presumably not in full) for the ‘lost’ spin implied by clubs with 2010-grooves.

The TaylorMade PentaTP ball

In keeping with the main marketing message that all golfers can benefit from the new ball because of the way the different layers accommodate different swingspeeds, there will, refreshingly, be only one version of PentaTP. No Reds, Blacks, x’s or other potentially confusing compression options.

An early thumbs-up from Sergio Garcia (who always chooses his ball entirely according to greenside control) is clearly a coup for TaylorMade, though next season’s short-game stats will be the true test.

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