TaylorMade Penta TP5, Penta TP3, RocketBallz golf balls
Penta TP5, $46 (Buy Now)
IT’S FOR: Better players who are looking for “Tour” performance.
Penta TP3, $35 (Buy Now)
RocketBallz, $27 (Buy Now)
Also available from TaylorMade:
Burner, $22 (Buy Now)
For golfers who typically hit only a few greens per round. The soft 2-piece ball is engineered for high spin on wedge shots from 100 yards and in. (It generates as much spin as Penta balls on 50- to 70-yard shots.)
Noodle Long & Soft, $16 for 15 pack (Buy Now)
High-launch, low-spin ball built for distance on every shot. Feels slightly firmer than the Burner.
From GOLF.com (January 5, 2012)
Several golf balls on the market are made from three pieces—a core, a mantle layer and a cover. A few golf balls designed for fast-swinging players add a fourth layer. But two years ago TaylorMade released the Penta TP, golf's first five-layer ball, and staff pros including Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Sean O'Hair have been using it ever since.
Now the company is releasing an updated version, the Penta TP5, along with the new Penta TP3 and the RocketBallz ball. Here's the skinny on all of them:
As the name implies, the Penta TP5 still has five layers: a core, three mantle layers and a urethane cover. What's new is the compression of the core, which has been decreased by 28 percent, and according to TayorMade will increase distance off the tee. The company also says that the ball spins less than its predecessor and anticipates it will be the ball of choice for the vast majority of its tour staff. The TP5 will be in pro shops starting Feb. 3 for $45 per dozen.
The new Penta TP3 is constructed from three pieces. It has the same urethane cover as the Penta TP5, one mantle layer and a core. TaylorMade says the TP3 will spin more than the TP5 and will cost $34 per dozen when it hits the shelves on March 3.
The RocketBallz ball is being touted as a "Bomber with bite." It is made from three pieces and shares the same core as the Penta TP3, but instead of a urethane cover the RocketBallz features an ionomer cover. Like the new RocketBallz line of clubs, this ball is all about distance and will cost about $26 per dozen when it hits shelves on Feb. 3.