Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose - fourth and fifth respectively in the latest Wyndhams US PGA Tour event - are among the players using a new TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball due to be released soon.
The five-piece ball (Pente means five in the Greek language) has been three years in development in anticipation of the new groove rules introduced for Tour players from January 1 and for elite players by 2014.
According to sources, the aim is for the ball is to improve performance in driver, long-irons, mid-irons, short-irons and pitching with wedges.
The cover of the Penta TP is made of a soft urethane material to promote a high-spin rate, but lower trajectory on wedge shots and pitches for more control. The outer of the three mantle layers - and most-easily compressed is designed to create optimal spin and flight conditions when ball speeds are below 120 mph, equivalent to a pro's short irons.
The middle mantle layer is reputedly designed to compress on shots with a ball speed between 120 and 140 mph (mid-irons), while the inner mantle creates high-launching, low-spin shots with long-iron ball speeds (140 to 160 mph).
According to TaylorMade, only the fastest swingers will be low-compression core but those who can should expect higher ball speed and less spin on their tee shots.
Commented Rose, who was first in greens in regulation at the Wyndhams, hitting 91.7 %, in his first week with the Penta: "I've missed five greens intotal for the week and my distance control with my irons was phenomenal. But I didn't have an opportunity to chip much with the ball, which is where it's at its best. I'm really excited about its performance."
The Penta TP ball is available from March with a recommended retail price around £40.
FOOTNOTE: Acushnet, which also makes Titlest, Cobra and FootJoy equipment, is rumoured to be launching new NXT and Pinnacle balls in the New Year.
New TaylorMade ball revealed