TaylorMade says the release of its Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf balls comes after a decade of prototyping and testing.
“Golf ball innovation doesn’t just happen overnight. Rather, it is a series of ongoing conversation with our tour players,” said Dean Snell, vice president of golf ball R&D.
“These conversations have led to the introduction of breakthrough technologies, including low drag aerodynamics for ultimate wind resistance, a five-layer construction for superior control throughout the club set and now our softest and most durable cover,” added Snell.
Technologies include a REACT Core for greater ball speed, a Spin Mantle for precise and consistent spin rates and Low-Drag Performance Aerodynamics, a 322-dimple pattern designed to minimize distance loss on low spin shots and maintain a penetrating ball flight into the wind.
A new technology is Soft Tech, a soft, durable cover that is made of a cast urethane for a softer feel around the greens than previous TaylorMade offerings. The Soft Tech cover is also designed to provide higher resistance to shearing.
What separates Tour Preferred and the Tour Preferred X from each other is spin.
The Tour Preferred is designed for players who desire more spin in the mid-to-long iron shots. The additional spin is designed to promote a higher trajectory on approach shots.
Tour Preferred X maintains the same spin and trajectory into the green as its predecessor, Lethal. Unlike Lethal, Tour Preferred X is designed to promote better greenside control because of its new Soft Tech cover.