TaylorMade Golf Company Takes a Major Leap on the Path to Distance with the New TP5 and; TP5x Golf Balls

THE ALL-NEW TOUR FLIGHT DIMPLE PATTERN IS ENGINEERED FOR A NEW LEVEL OF AERODYNAMICS AND CARRY DISTANCE

 CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 8, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in innovation and technology, today announces the all-new 2021 TP5 and TP5x golf balls, building on a franchise that has earned the title of Most Complete Tour Ball in Golf.

Relying on the brand’s never done mentality, TaylorMade has once again pushed the boundaries of performance by redefining the path to distance with its new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern – designed to provide improved aerodynamics and carry distance at every level of the game. 

The revolutionary new dimple design has a unique dual-radius shape that decouples dimple volume from depth to optimize airflow around the golf ball during flight, ultimately reducing drag and promoting distance. 

TaylorMade first set out on this path in 2017, when TP5/TP5x debuted as the industry’s only five-layer Tour ball. By utilizing a proprietary construction with four increasingly stiff layers wrapped in cast urethane, engineers effectively created the foundation for optimizing both distance and spin. 

In 2019, the company wove High-Flex Material (HFM) into the construction of TP5/TP5x to more efficiently convert compression into ball speed. Known as the Speed-Layer System, this design injected a new level of speed into TP5/TP5x compared to the prior generation. 

Since 2017, we have blazed a path to distance and speed with TP5/TP5x – building upon a foundation of Tour-proven performance with the patented five-layer system at its core. With the development of HFM in 2019 and now the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern, we’ve examined every component of the golf ball to ensure that each layer is functioning at its highest possible level and working in unison to deliver unmatched performance on every shot.Michael Fox, Category Director, Golf Ball & Accessories

 UNIQUE IMPROVEMENTS TO 2021 TP5 & TP5X

While the new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern enhances performance for both TP5 and TP5x, each product was individually improved based on Tour player feedback. Analyzing insights from Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and others – who have used both prior models in competition – engineers discovered that players switched from TP5x to TP5 for the enhanced greenside spin and control in the short game. Conversely, players switched from TP5 to TP5x for the added distance and ball speed.

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For those reasons, the new 2021 TP5x has a slightly softer cast urethane cover that better grips the grooves on a wedge for increased spin around the greens with lower launch, while remaining the fastest Tour ball in the TaylorMade lineup. The 2021 TP5 now has a larger, more reactive core that delivers more ball speed while retaining the same feel and spin properties of the prior generation. 

TP5 still provides a softer feel, increased greenside spin and a lower launch in comparison to TP5x, which is faster, longer and higher launching. The new individual enhancements give golfers performance precisely where they want it the most in both models. 

TOUR VALIDATION 

Team TaylorMade’s top athletes have switched into the new TP5/TP5x faster than any product in the company’s recent history. Major champions Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa both elected to play the new ball in their respective 2021 openers. McIlroy took TP5x (21) to Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Championship, where he led after an opening round 64 before finishing the week in third at 13-under-par. Morikawa gamed the TP5 (21) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, citing the ball’s wind stability in Maui’s Hawaii breeze. He finished the week T7 at 20-under-par. 

Rory McIlroy plays TP5X #22 and Tommy Fleetwood plays TP5X #19

Tommy Fleetwood, the latest addition to Team TaylorMade, started playing the new TP5x almost immediately after signing a new long-term contract. Before making the decision, he elicited feedback from fellow TaylorMade athletes who vouched for the ball’s distance, spin control and stability in the wind. 

Those comments were quickly validated by Fleetwood’s strong play in Abu Dhabi, his first event with TP5x, where he finished in seventh at 10-under-par. At the time of this release, he ranked third in Total Strokes Gained on the European Tour. This adds Fleetwood to the long list of players moving into the 2021 TP5/TP5x. 

It’s one thing to test a new ball, it’s another to put it in play during competition with confidence and ease. The fact that Rory, Rickie, Wolff, Collin and Tommy all switched into the new ball for their first event of the year speaks volumes. The best players in the world have quickly embraced the performance of the new TP5/TP5x.Keith Sbarbaro, VP of Tour Operations

THE MOVEMENT HAS MOMENTUM 

The launch of TP5/TP5x spurred a movement that has TaylorMade among the fastest growing golf ball brands of the last several years. Since 2017, the company’s total market share has been on a steady and steep upswing, a growth trajectory that positions TaylorMade among the largest golf ball companies in the world. Golfers at every level of the game are making the switch to TP5/TP5x, while Tour adoption continues to happen rapidly. 

CHOOSING BETWEEN THE 2021 TP5 & TP5X 

The 2021 TP5 and TP5x offer complete tee-to-green performance thanks to TaylorMade’s proprietary 5-layer construction. Both models deliver world-class distance off the tee, with the TP5 having a softer feel and more spin around the greens, while achieving fast ball speeds with a new reactive core that is larger than the prior generation. 

TP5x is the fastest and longest ball in the current TaylorMade lineup, with a firmer feel and higher launch on iron shots. In addition, it has more greenside spin than the prior generation with a new and softer cast urethane cover. TaylorMade staffers anticipated to play the TP5 are Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff (pix), while Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood will expectedly gravitate toward the TP5x model. 

VISUAL TECHNOLOGY & HIGH-VISIBILITY YELLOW 

TaylorMade released pix™ in 2020 to much fanfare among Tour players and amateurs alike. Being powered by the swagger and appeal of Rickie Fowler certainly helped, but it was the performance and functionality of pix that truly set it apart. 

Co-developed in conjunction with Fowler, the ClearPath Alignment™ system delivered innovation that golfers could see. The 12 evenly spaced graphics enhanced visibility while significantly aiding in alignment on the putting green and helping golfers immediately gauge the quality of their stroke. This technology was only further validated by the adoption of players like Matthew Wolff, who improved his putting inside 6’ by nearly half a stroke after switching and moved his OWGR from 44 to a peak of 14th. 

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For 2021, the visual technology behind pix will not change. However, the performance has been upgraded to match the all-new design of the 2021 TP5/TP5x with the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern, larger/more reactive core (TP5) and softer urethane cover (TP5x). 

The high-visibility TP5/TP5x Yellow will feature a new enriched yellow urethane that provides added durability and while maximizing visibility.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The 2021 TP5 and TP5x will be available at retail on 3/5/2021 at an MSRP of $64.99 CAD per dozen. The new TP5/TP5x pix and TP5/TP5x Yellow will be available at retail on 4/9/2021 at an MSRP of $64.99 per dozen CAD. To learn more about TP5 and TP5x golf balls, visit TaylorMadeGolf.ca.

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BREAKING – Tour Edge Golf signs Bernhard Langer

BREAKING NEWS: It’s a historic week for Tour Edge as we are officially announcing the signing of Bernhard Langer to #TeamTourEdge!


In this picture, our founder David Glod puts pen to paper with the 2-time Master champion at the Tour Edge HQ.

His playing of a Tour Edge hybrid at the November Masters was a catalyst for us to start working together on every club in the bag over the past couple of months.  

He will make his tournament debut as a Tour Edge staffer on February 26th at the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic in Tucson, AZ.  

The official announcement is incoming later today! 

#1 #pgatour #champions #legend #bernhard #langer #touredge #exotics

Srixon Introduces ZX4 Irons, Our Most Forgiving Iron Set Yet

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — February 8, 2021 — SRIXON®, a global leader in golf equipment innovation, announces the launch of the all-new ZX4 Irons, a fully hollow, face-forged iron set that brings forgiveness to the Srixon irons family. The ZX4 Irons officially launch in North America on March 5, 2021.

ZX4 Irons

The new ZX4 irons are a fully hollow set created to bring forgiveness to the Srixon iron lineup while maintaining the brand’s signature look and forged feel. The iron’s sharp address view and mid-sized profile give them a palatable shape, while their technologies produce exceptional performance.

Hollow from short to long iron, ZX4 irons give you the freedom to strike the ball across the face while still enjoying high shots that launch straight and find their targets. Premium, high-density tungsten in the base of ZX4’s long and mid irons lowers their centers of gravity significantly, producing a high-launch profile. A forged HT1770 Steel face is strong and light, increasing face-flex at impact for enhanced speed and distance. And a 431 Steel body absorbs vibrations for softer feel.

ZX4 also feature Srixon’s new MainFrame technology, a one-of-a-kind face design that increases ball speed on every shot. Milled into the backside of each ZX4 face, MainFrame is a variable thickness pattern made up of grooves, channels, and cavities. This pattern maximizes COR for more ball speed and enhanced distance. The engineering team used artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop the unique face pattern, with computers running thousands of simulations before settling on the fastest design.

The unique Tour V.T. Sole gives ZX4 smoother turf interaction and improved impact feel. The V-shaped sole glides smoothly through turf, even if you strike slightly behind the ball.

Like all ZX irons, ZX4 also feature the resurgence of Srixon’s popular sole notches. Revered by professional tour players, these heel and toe notches enhance iron workability without sacrificing forgiveness.

“The new Srixon ZX4 irons mark a new revolution in forgiveness for Srixon,” says Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering at Srixon. “The irons include a fully hollow construction with wide soles for getting the center of gravity extremely low and providing maximum forgiveness from the turf. The ZX4 irons accomplish this in addition to MainFrame technology, Tour V.T. Soles, tungsten weighting, and the look and feel expected with Srixon ZX irons.”

Key Innovations Inside ZX4 Irons:

  • MainFrame – A variable thickness pattern made up of grooves, channels, and cavities. This pattern maximizes COR for more ball speed and enhanced distance.
  • Hollow Construction – Hollow in every loft, ZX4 delivers higher shots that launch straight and stay on target.
  • Tour V.T. Sole – Smoother turf interaction and improved impact feel help the V-shaped sole glides smoothly through turf.
  • Tungsten Weighting – High-density tungsten in the base of ZX4’s long and mid irons lowers their centers of gravity significantly to deliver high, easy launches.
  • Face Forged – A forged HT1770 Steel face is strong and light, increasing face-flex at impact for enhanced speed and Srixon’s signature iron feel.

Retail Information and Pricing

Pricing: ZX4 Irons (8-piece steel) – $1,299.99, ZX4 (8-piece graphite) – $1,399.99

U.S. Retail Launch Date: March 5, 2021

Women’s Golf Day honours Antony Scanlon (IGF), Jackie Davidson (The R&A) and La Cala Resort, Spain with Inspire Action Award

INSPIRE ACTION AWARDS RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., 2/4/2021 ) Women’s Golf Day (WGD) has announced this year’s winners of the WGD Inspire Action Awards. Congratulations to Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director of Golf Development at The R&A and Antony Scanlon, Executive Director of the International Golf Federation (IGF), and La Cala Resort. The Awards, which are in their 4th year, recognise those who have inspired action and created opportunity for women in golf.

Antony Scanlon and Jackie Davidson join past recipients; Steve Mona, Cathy Harbin, Lisa Longball Vlooswyk and Annika Sorenstam, the latter has recently been confirmed as the new IGF President. Scanlon shared: “I’m truly honoured to receive such a meaningful award and proudly do so on behalf of the International Golf Federation. Our involvement with Women’s Golf Day reflects the IGF’s overall advocacy for gender equality and the importance of providing women not only with playing opportunities, but the ability to contribute in roles of influence and decision-making in golf. We also are extremely pleased and proud to have welcomed Annika Sorenstam as our new President. Knowing that Annika is a past recipient of the Inspire Action Award makes this honour even more special to me personally, as no one better exemplifies the Women’s Golf Day mission to engage, empower and support women and girls through our sport than she does.” 

Jackie Davidson, whose work at The R&A has included the evolution of The Women in Golf Charter, commented: “‘I would like to say thank you very much to Women’s Golf Day for this award, it is recognition of the collective efforts of many. I’m proud to play a part, in my role with The R&A, in working collaboratively with organisations across the industry to make golf more appealing, accessible and inclusive.”

This year, a new category was added to recognize a venue or location that has created an extra special Women’s Golf Day experience thus amplifying their commitment to creating opportunity and unity for women through golf. La Cala Resort in Mijas, Spain, is honored with this Award, which was announced during the Women’s Golf Day (WGD) annual presentation at The PGA Merchandise Show on Thursday, 28 th January. The WGD community has been inspired year-on-year by La Cala’s ability to deliver first class Women’s Golf Day events and wanted to recognize the action they take and their commitment to community.

Elisa Gaudet, Founder of Women’s Golf Day explains, “Historically we honored individuals, this year we wanted to add an award for locations/venues to celebrate their outstanding effort and commitment to hosting a spectacular WGD event and specifically this year La Cala Resort. All of the recipients are incredibly inspirational to us, and they have all helped Women’s Golf Day Engage, Empower and Support more women and girls around the world. We are very excited about 2021 and know that when the event comes around La Cala Resort will be inspiring even more women and girls to take up and stay in the game.”

Edouard Des Fontaines, Sales & Marketing Director at the La Cala Golf Hotel and Spa accepted the award on behalf of the team at the Spanish resort, “It is a great surprise and delight to receive this award from Women’s Golf Day. The team here at La Cala are proud to be part of the Women’s Golf Day community.  We have a genuine passion for inspiring women to take up the game, so this award means a great deal to us all. We will certainly be thrilled to display it at our 2021 event on June 1st!”

Women’s Golf Day takes place across the globe on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Location registration for Women’s Golf Day 2021 is now open and locations signing up using the code WGD2021 before February 28th will receive an industry discount. WGD is delighted to confirm that for the second year in a row, PGA Coaches will receive MSR credits for hosting an event. For more details visit http://www.womensgolfday.com/register

Women’s Golf Day Supporters:

Partners and supporting organizations of WGD are: Ahead, All Square, Annika Foundation, ASIAN GOLF, Callaway Golf, The California Alliance for Golf, Chronogolf, ClubCorp, EGCOA, European Tour, European Tour Properties, PGA of America, FootJoy, The First Tee, Gallus Golf, The Golf Channel, GolfNow, International Golf Federation, LET, LPGA, LPGA Amateur, Modest Golf Management, NGCOA, NGCOA Canada, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Superstore, The R&A, Sky Sports, Titleist, TopGolf, TPC Properties, Troon Golf, Troon International, USGA, WE ARE GOLF, Women & Golf, The World Golf Foundation and more.

ABOUT WOMEN’S GOLF DAY:

Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global movement that strives to Engage, Empower, and Support women and girls through golf. The one-day, four-hour event, has now taken place at more than 900 locations 68 countries since its inception in 2016, and has introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport. WGD is the fastest-growing female golf development initiative.

In 2020, WGD’s primary hashtag, #WomensGolfDay, received more than 59 million global impressions to nearly 37 million people viewing WGD content. Women’s Golf Day is unique, there is nothing like it in sports, a one-day sporting and community celebration event that unites women through golf across the globe for 24 hours straight transcending race, religion, language, geography or economic status.

Visit http://www.womensgolfday.com  @womensgolfday, #WomensGolfDay #WGDunites