TaylorMade Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls - FIRST LOOK

TaylorMade gives golfers what they want with the new Tour Response and Soft Response balls. 

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Mon, 3 Feb 2020
TaylorMade Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls - FIRST LOOK

TaylorMade Golf gathered insights from thousands of assorted golfers about the performance features they need from a golf ball. The clear No. 1 answer to the company’s question: "I want a golf ball that’s designed for me."

Golfers asked for it, and we responded. Introducing the new Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls from TaylorMade.

Highlighted by a 100% cast urethane cover, Tour Response delivers effortless compression and Tour-quality performance at an affordable price.

Engineered for effortless compression and dominant distance, Soft Response utilises a breakthrough Extended Flight Dimple Pattern along with an ultra-soft ZnO Flex Core™ designed to increase speed.

"Urethane is simply the best performing cover material you can use on a golf ball," said TaylorMade's director of R&D golf balls, Eric Loper.

"That’s why it’s found on 100% of the balls used on the PGA Tour. It’s that good. We’re bringing that same innovation to our Tour Response line – essentially making a softer version of our TP5/TP5x that utilises multiple Tour technologies.

"Soft Response is a multi-layer golf ball designed for even softer feel, and with our new Extended Flight Dimple Pattern the player can obtain explosive distance."

A softer 100% cast urethane cover allows grooves to better grip the ball for increased wedge spin – potentially creating thousands more RPMs of spin for the average golfer compared to ionomer products. A crosslinking chemical reaction forms the urethane material and creates an irreversible link for improved shear resistance and greater durability

The use of cast urethane puts Tour Response a step above other balls in this category and at this price point, as it’s the only non-Tour ball to offer this premium cover from a major manufacturer. It’s a blend of Tour-quality materials with performance specifically engineered to benefit all golfers.

Utilising the same technology that powers the hottest Tour ball in golf (TP5/TP5x), Tour Response relies on Speedmantle™ with HFMq to produce fast ball speeds. The firmer second layer surrounds the soft inner core and delivers an explosive transfer of energy.

TaylorMade's category director of golf balls and accessories, Michael Fox, said: "In this class where performance meets value, why would anyone play an ionomer ball when cast urethane is available? Every manufacturer agrees that it makes a better ball."


TaylorMade utilises a specialised Extended Flight Dimple Pattern to protect distance in a softer golf ball.

The shallow u-shaped dimples promote decreased drag and increased lift, ultimately allowing the ball to stay in the air longer at lower spin rates. This design is meant to appeal to players with average swing speeds, who often struggle to keep the ball airborne.

For this reason, many clubfitters match slower swing speed players with drivers that increase spin rates and allow the ball to stay in the air longer. However, with this revolutionary dimple design TaylorMade aims to improve distance for these players through intelligent golf ball design.

A soft ionomer cover adds to the feel of Soft Response, but also achieves improved scuff resistance, shear resistance and overall durability. With an ultra-low compression ZnO Flex Core™ (a compression of 35), Soft Response is engineered to meet the needs of golfers seeking an extremely soft feel without diminishing distance.

Available from today Tour Response has an RRP of £39.99 and Soft Response has an RRP of £24.99

Tour Response will be offered in white and yellow, while Soft Response will be available in white, yellow and matte red.

For more information please visit TaylorMadeGolf.com