The TaylorMade Penta TP Golf Ball is the first 5-layer tour ball. Each layer is designed to provide optimal performance on every shot. It has the benefits of the TP Black and the TP Red in one ball. This ball is long off every club, has increased short game spin and controlled launch and spin off irons. The Penta is engineered for Tour professionals but is playable for everyone!
- A urethane cover provides softer feel and a higher spin rate on critical wedge shots within 100 yards
- The outer mantle delivers optimum spin off short irons to stop the ball quickly on the green without sacrificing distance
- The middle mantle increases control with mid irons and helps prevent up-shooting, ballooning and falling short of the target
- The inner mantle promotes a soft feel, a high launch and low spin off long iron shots for incredible distance
- The core produces faster ball speed, high launch and low spin off driver shots for maximum carry and distance
I was always skeptic of this ball. First with 5 layers...hmm..ok. more awesome than anything ever..hmm...ok. Until a TM rep told me to just try them. He gave me two dozen, and try, I did.
I could'nt get into this ball. I didnt see any game changing aspects or something that just pulled me into my game. It was like a blind date every single game. Just could not find a connection or balance with this ball. It fits nothing about my game. It seems like one of those "tour" balls they over-priced and hyped for the average folks to fork over the dollars. We are such fools for gimmicks before results.
Drive Grade: C
Off the driver it felt hard, super hard. And for all that it seemed to go nowhere with a pretty boring ball flight. It looks like it just loses life in mid-air then sinks to the ground. The hard feel for a $40 tour ball with under-performing distance, it just never caught on as a drivers ball to me. If driving is your game, TP is not for you. I like my tour balls to feel like tour balls. Not feel like a $15 go nowhere hard ball.
Irons Grade: B-
The irons I saw some improvement from the driver. But, still, a really hard feeling off the face. Same boring flight, but, it does hold the greens well for much surprise. I like that the ball shaves pieces off instead of shredding and leaving pieces hanging. So I felt ok chunking this thing on wedge shots and opening up it's spin profile. The control off the irons was decent, but not on par with something like a Pro-V1, but should be ok for the average guy, but too hard for the low handicapper to enjoy.
Putter Grade: B
Hot off the face and hard. Rolls nicely when you hit the groove and has a nicer roll on wet greens than most.
This ball just under-performs for it's price in my eyes. It has it's benefits, but I don't see it being the all around players ball that it claims. It lacks too much and offers little. Don't expect to shave strokes off this ball, but expect about your average score. No big surprises which will keep you on your norm. But just wont be there when you need it most. Try the Pro-V1 if you want the full package. Also bridgestone tour balls are really top notch to the all around game.