By The Modern Golfer
August 28, 2009

Taylor Made’s Penta TP 5-piece tour golf ball is making headlines because it’s the first golf ball to feature five layers. The Penta TP, so named for its five layers, is a Tour Pro-spec golf ball designed to maximize the wide variety of clubs and situations encountered on the course — not just distance or spin or softness like other golf balls. The Penta TP will be the right ball no matter if you’re putting, driving, or working irons, wedges and hybrids.

Penta TP 5 Layers


  • A soft urethane material to promote a high-spin rate, but lower trajectory on wedge shots and pitches for more control
  • Soft feel with putters and wedges

Outer MantleCut-away view of Penta TP golf ball

  • An easily-compressed, fast layer designed to create optimal spin and flight conditions when ball speeds are below 120 mph
  • Spin for short irons and wedges

Middle Mantle

  • A semi-firm layer designed to be compressible on shots with a ball speed between 120-140mph
  • Control with mid-irons

Inner Mantle

  • Designed to create high-launching, low-spinning shots with a ball speed between 140-160mph
  • Greater launch with long irons


  • An extremely fast, low-compression layer activated by powerful, fast swings, producing higher ball speeds and less spin on drives for increased distance
  • Distance off drivers

Pro Appeal

The Penta TP, which took some three years to develop, is being played by Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen and golf’s man-of-the-hour Y.E. Yang. The ball will take some muscle to get the most out of the layers’ compression characteristics, but keep in mind that club designs are making swings faster and thus more powerful through aerodynamics testing and MOI tweaking. It’s no coincidence that stable, fast-moving clubs and balls such as the Penta TP are crafted and released together.

Unlike the pros, you’ll have to wait. The Penta TP golf ball isn’t expected anytime soon, perhaps as late as February 2010! But keep checking this article and the Penta TP product page for updates on ordering and ship dates.

Posted in New Product, Product Announcements

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