TaylorMade Penta TP

November 3, 2009 – New York, NY. GolfBallSelector.com, recently completed its initial testing on the TaylorMade Penta TP and provides this preview in advance of the complete testing of major new balls to be entered into the GolfBallSelector.com database in the next release.


The TaylorMade Penta TP, announced September 1st, is a 5-piece golf ball construction, comprised of what TaylorMade describes as a low compression core, three mantle layers and a soft urethane cover with 360-dimple pattern.




In our initial review, the Penta TP was subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and limited player testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. The testing was conducted by GolfBallTest.org.


The Penta TP will be included in our next scheduled GolfBallSelector.com site release after the complete human and robot ballistics and bench testing procedures are uniformly applied to this and other newer technology balls, so we do not make any application statements. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount in choosing the right ball.



According to TaylorMade, the new Penta TP “is the first 5-layer Tour ball engineered to deliver optimum performance in five key areas: feel, spin, control, launch and distance.” TaylorMade states the benefit of each layer as follows:

• The core promotes high launch/low spin off the driver for maximum carry and distance, as well as more ball speed for long-hitters.
• The inner mantle delivers soft feel, high launch and low spin off the long-irons for exceptional distance plus a high, soft-landing flight.
• The middle mantle gives you more control with mid-irons, and prevents up-shooting, ballooning and falling short of the green.
• The outer mantle promotes optimum spin off short-irons, as well as higher ball speed and increased distance.
• The urethane cover delivers a soft Tour feel plus a combination of higher spin-rate and lower launch angle on wedge shots.




Notable Observations

Initial player testing indicates that the Penta TP exhibited more spin off the 6-iron and sand wedge while slightly less spin off the driver when compared to the TaylorMade TP Red LDP at the relatively higher ball speeds in the range of 140-155 mph.

In 6-iron testing, the spin rate of the Penta TP was approximately 200 RPM’s more than the TaylorMade TP Red LDP. In comparison to other soft cover “Tour” balls the Penta TP performs in the same general spin range for a 6-iron as the Titleist Pro V1 and Nike One Tour. In sand wedge testing, the Penta TP generated approximately 500 RPM’s more of spin than the TP Red LDP. This finding indicates a spin rate similar to the Titleist Pro V1 and slightly less spin than the Nike One Tour, which places it in the group of the highest spinning balls we have tested to date.

Initial bench testing indicates that the Penta TP has a compression range of 98-100 compression points which is similar to the 2009 Titleist Pro V1 compression as posted in the comprehensive compression and cover hardness schedules of GolfBallSelector.com. This is approximately 7% higher than the TaylorMade TP Red LDP and 4% lower than the Srixon Z-Star X, meaning it is an above average compression ball by comparison to most golf balls, and similar to other “Tour” balls. However, with the new 5-piece construction of the Penta TP, such comparative evaluations of compression using these few measurements are limited. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Penta TP exhibited similar cover hardness to the 2009 Titleist Pro V1 but was 5% softer than the TaylorMade TP Red LDP.

We found the durability to be similar to other premium golf balls. We subjected the Penta TP to approximately 60 strikes in our testing. Here is a comparison of a new golf ball to the ball that was tested.



GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the TaylorMade Penta TP should consider its “best fit” potential for their own game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com.

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  • 1. Mickey Shriver  |  November 6th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I would love to try your golf balls. Is it possible you could send me a free sample? I’ve been using Bridgestone for a long time now.

  • 2. hatley  |  November 6th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I would like to test these golf balls out.

  • 3. Hidden Tester  |  November 6th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I got a chance to test this ball early, but only on wedges… as that is my specialty. So this is the only area I will comment on in specific. Overall I found this ball ball a solid tour ball. You have to have the swing-speed, and great control of your swing speed to take full advantage of drivers, hybrids, fairway woods, and irons.

    As for the short game. Starting with 49° I started to see a big difference in the type of shots that would generate spin. Basically, it was bump and run for all types of tight shots, but there was ample spin on full swing shots. This left me sort of confused… The ball really is not workable in close. This ball is really designed for tour pros, who our needed to play the new groove rule. Mainly those are already shorter off the tee, and who normally play a full wedge.

    Amatuers have no business trying to play this ball. Nor do Tour players who have any issues with distance either.

    Expect 5 piece balls to do 3 things. 1. Be tailored to specific group on the tour. 2. Give the non-conforming ball makers something very special R&D insight to give more of the general public to care less about the USGA 3. Disappear.

  • 4. Raymond Andrew Cuffey  |  November 10th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Very informative and helpful site. Can only help the average gofer to improve his game!!

  • 5. LOU ANARUMO  |  August 24th, 2010 at 10:46 am


  • 6. jeff langley  |  October 30th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Great ball except for durability. Every wedge or short iron shot chews off pieces of the cover, after 2 or 3 shots the ball is unplayable.

  • 7. David W.Johnson  |  April 17th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m looking for a ball that will perform around the greens and off the t box equally well. Been playing Titliest Pro V1 for years but I would love to try a sleeve or two of the new Penta ball if I could. I play Taylor Made burner irons already so this ball may be a good fit for me.
    Thanks so much, DJ

  • 8. Aaron Casseri  |  May 8th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    i would love to test these golf balls out. i play with taylormades and would love to try these!!

  • 9. LARRY SWETT  |  May 8th, 2011 at 5:55 pm


  • 10. Carl Heard  |  May 12th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I have not played Taylor made golf balls and this new one sounds great. I would love to test some. Carl

  • 11. Scott Sullivan  |  January 31st, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    What is the release date for the TP5? I played some samples and really want to play this ball in 2012!!!

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