TaylorMade Penta TP5, Penta TP3, RocketBallz golf balls

April 20, 2012

From GOLF Magazine (May, 2012)

Penta TP5, $46 (Buy Now)
IT’S FOR: Better players who are looking for “Tour” performance.

SKINNY: The core of this 5-piece ball is 28 percent softer than the previous Penta ball. The objective is to decrease driver spin (by 100 to 250 rpm) and increase launch so shots struck with the big clubs fly longer. Its soft urethane cover provides a high degree of spin and soft feel on scoring shots.

Penta TP3, $35 (Buy Now)

IT’S FOR: Better players who require more spin off iron shots without sacrificing length off the tee.
SKINNY: The 3-piece Penta ball provides 5 to 15 percent more spin on full-swing short irons than the Penta TP5. However, it launches higher with less spin on half-wedge shots than the TP5. Like its sister product, the TP3 has a soft urethane cover that sounds soft at impact.

RocketBallz, $27 (Buy Now)

IT’S FOR: All skill levels
who want soft feel, control and long-game distance but won’t pay for a Tour ball.
SKINNY: This 3-piece orb has a lively core and soft, “fast” mantle to increase ball speeds at impact. The ball (75 compression) has a thin, soft ionomer cover for short-game control. Scoring shots such as pitches should launch higher and spin less compared with the two Penta offerings.

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.