TaylorMade introduces first five-layer ball


Pretty soon the golf ball is going to have more layers to it than an onion. On Tuesday, TaylorMade Golf introduced the first five-layer ball, the Penta TP, which is the result of three years of research and development with its Tour players.

Each layer of the Penta TP is engineered to optimize performance in five key shot categories – drives, long-irons, middle-irons, short-irons and partial wedges. Layer 1 features a soft Urethane Cover to increase spin on shots inside 100 yards; Layer 2 is composed of a firm, fast Outer Mantle which allows slower swingers to generate more ball speed and increase distance with their short irons;  Layer 3 is the Middle Mantle, which promotes the optimum spin for your middle-irons so you don’t balloon your approach shots; Layer 4, the Inner Mantle, surrounds the core and helps generate the high, soft-landing ball flight you want with your longer irons; and Layer 5, the core, is extremely soft and doesn’t compress all that much to produce a high-launch, low-spin ball that carries far and runs all day.  

Both Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen switched to the Penta TP at the PGA Championship, and were soon followed by Y.E. Yang – who won the PGA – Justin Rose and Jason Day. While the Penta TP was created for Tour pros, high handicappers will benefit from the extra spin the ball generates on short-game shots. The Penta TP will hit retail stores in Sunbelt states such as Florida, Georgia and Texas on December 1, 2009, and will be available nationwide on February 15, 2010. It will retail for $45.99 per dozen.