TaylorMade rolls out 2016 golf balls

TaylorMade revamps Tour Preferred X, Tour Preferred and Project (a) golf balls

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015
TaylorMade rolls out 2016 golf balls

TaylorMade has released its 2016 golf ball line-up, highlighted by the new Tour Preferred X, Tour Preferred and Project (a).

The brand, which claims its new line-up provides "exceptional feel, performance and spin around the greens", is already celebrating instant success as Justin Rose clinched the Hong Kong Open with the new Tour Preferred X ball in play for the very first time. 

Hong Kong Open Justin Rose - In the Bag

TaylorMade Tour Preferred X ball: 5-layer construction, 87 compression

The new Tour Preferred X ball features a new thicker re-engineered Soft Tech cast urethane cover for more greenside control and the same LDP 322 dimple pattern found in the Tour Preferred.

Similar to its predecessor, the Tour Preferred X delivers low spin off the tee, low iron ball flight but with more greenside spin, as preferred by the best players in the world.

TaylorMade Tour professionals who play the Tour Preferred X include Rose, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and 2015 PGA champion Jason Day, along with dozens of others.

Available: 15 December 2015
RRP: £44.99

TaylorMade Tour Preferred: 4-layer construction, 80 compression

The new Tour Preferred ball features TaylorMade’s next-generation SpeedMantle inner layer, comprised of a material that is more than 65% softer and more flexible than the previous generation’s mantle.

The development of the new mantle has allowed engineers to create a softer feeling ball, while still maintaining the performance characteristics of the original Tour Preferred golf ball.

The ball provides higher launch and more spin for long irons while maintaining the same distance off the tee and greenside spin as the Tour Preferred X but with a softer feel.

It still features TaylorMade’s proven Soft Tech cast urethane cover, the company’s softest and most durable cover to date, and Low-Drag Performance Aerodynamics (LDP), a 322 dimple pattern that provides distance off the tee and a penetrating flight through wind that tour players prefer.

The Tour Preferred is designed for players of all swing speeds looking for a softer tour performance golf ball.

Available: 15 December 2015
RRP: £44.99

TaylorMade Project (a) 

TaylorMade’s 2016 line-up also features the bolstered Project (a), designed specifically for the competitive amateur player to promote more spin and improved performance where needed most: 30 yards and in.

The new Project (a) has an overall compression of 70 - vs 88 in the original model - that was achieved by dropping the core compression 33%.

The core compression has been reduced from 60 to 40 by way of a REACT Core with a new speed optimised formulation.

As amateur players generate nearly 50% less spin than players on tour, Project (a) is specifically designed to deliver more spin on mid irons, short irons and shots around the green, resulting in enhanced control and increased scoring opportunities. 

The new Project (a) retains the proprietary Soft Tech cast urethane cover, TaylorMade’s softest and most durable, to provide higher greenside spin, softer feel and improved durability. 

Available: 15 December 2015
RRP: £34.99