TaylorMade is seeking to offer overall balance through five shot categories with the introduction of its five-layer Penta TP golf ball.
“We spend a lot of time with tour pros asking questions,” said Dean Snell, head of TaylorMade golf ball research and development.
“Most think the ball they play is lacking somewhere. Some say their ball performs great in the short game, but costs them distance, while other players said the opposite about their ball. Some feel their ball performs great off the middle and short irons, but isn’t long enough off the tee and doesn’t spin enough on short shots.
“The takeaway was simple – if we could create a ball that performed well in all areas we would have a revolutionary product. That’s what inspired us to create our newest ball, Penta TP, which is every bit the breakthrough we hoped it would be.”
Each of the five layers in the Penta TP is engineered for performance in five key shot categories – driver, long irons, middle irons, short irons and partial wedges. The five layers of Penta TP include the core, inner mantle, middle mantle, outer mantle and cover.
Layer 1: Cover
The soft urethane cover is designed to promote a higher than average spin-rate on partial wedge shots within 100 yards of the flag. The Penta TP’s soft, durable Urethane Cover is designed to offer the necessary characteristics to deliver a combination of lower launch angle and higher spin-rate, while also providing soft feel.
Layer 2: Outer Mantle
The firm and fast outer mantle promotes spin off the short-irons to stop the ball quickly so it doesn’t roll off the front of the green or take it back too far from the hole. The outer mantle is the fastest mantle in the ball and, because it’s positioned just beneath the cover, it’s easily compressed by slower swingers (ball speeds of 120 miles per hour and below), helping them to generate higher ball speed for increased distance.
Layer 3: Middle Mantle
The semi-firm and fast middle mantle promotes mid-launch and mid-spin off the middle irons. Mid-launch promotes control; while mid-spin keeps the ball from up-shooting, ballooning and falling short of the target.
The middle mantle consists of a fast material, allowing medium-slow swingers (who average from 120 to 140 mph in ball speed) to generate more ball speed and distance, as they will compress only the two outermost mantles underneath the cover.
Layer 4: Inner Mantle
The soft, fast inner mantle promotes soft feel, high launch and low spin off the long irons for distance and high, soft-landing flight that helps the ball sit quickly on the green.
The inner mantle consists of a fast material, which helps players who average from 140 to 160 mph in ball speed to generate more ball speed and distance, because although they don’t swing fast enough to activate the core, they are able to activate the three layers between the core and cover including the inner mantle, which is the deepest of the three.
Layer 5: Core
The extremely soft, low-compression core is the most critical layer in promoting high launch and low spin off the driver, which are well known to be the launch conditions that promote maximum carry and distance.
Despite being soft and low-compression, Penta TP’s core is still very fast, which allows players who generate fast ball speed – in the 140 to 180 mph range – to generate more ball speed.
The layers of Penta TP are configured strategically to promote progressive distance, which allows it to deliver distance to all types of swing speeds.
The added spin that Penta TP promotes in the scoring zone is especially important in light of the groove-change rule that will be implemented in high-level competitions by the United States Golf Association/Royal and Ancient in 2010.
The new grooves will cause less spin depending on the lie ,much less out of the rough. Penta TP is designed to help some players recover some of the spin likely to be lost because of the new rule.