TaylorMade has added to Tour Response by integrating the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern seen in TP5/TP5x, as well as the new 360 degree ClearPath Alignment with the new Tour Response Stripe.
In addition, the company announces the launch of its softest golf ball from cover to core with 2022 Soft Response.
With the addition of the new dimple pattern, Tour Response still retains a soft feel and 100 per cent cast urethane cover.
Compared to the previous generation of TaylorMade dimple patterns, the new dimple profile/shape creates TaylorMade’s most aerodynamic dimple pattern to enhance carry distance on all types of shots.
Tour Response features a unique dual-radius dimple shape that decouples dimple volume from depth to optimize airflow around the golf ball during flight, ultimately reducing drag, optimizing lift and promoting distance.
The 2022 Tour Response also features Speedmantle with HFM (High Flex Modulus). A firmer second layer surrounding the inner low compression core helps increase face interaction, maximizing energy transfer at impact for faster ball speeds.
“The new dimple pattern paired with a 100 per cent cast urethane cover simply creates a softer version of a tour level ball made for the everyday golfer that is looking to reap the benefits of our tour proven technology at an affordable price,” said Mike Fox, director of golf ball product creation for TaylorMade.
With the addition of the Tour Flight Dimple pattern, Tour Response technology now exhibits even more technology that is in the TP5/TP5x golf ball players such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and athletes are playing.
Tour Response is engineered to respond to the individual non-tour golfer’s game with a 100 per cent cast urethane cover for added greenside spin and better feel vs. ionomer.
A crosslinking chemical reaction forms the soft urethane material, which creates an irreversible link for improved shear resistance and greater durability in addition to the soft feel and added greenside spin.
To measure the effectiveness of a new cover, TaylorMade engineers utilized a combination of material property testing, robot and player performance testing. That research showed that in addition to increased durability, the new cover material is 12 per cent softer and 36 per cent more flexible than the previous material.
The 2022 Tour Response ball also features a low 70-compression design with a Hi-Spring core made for increased ball speed in a soft feeling golf ball.
In addition to the all-new Tour Response, TaylorMade introduces its latest innovation in visual alignment with Tour Response Stripe.
By drawing inspiration from the pix design with ClearPath Alignment technology, TaylorMade engineers brought groundbreaking 360 degree alignment to Tour Response.
This next-gen visible technology of Tour Response Stripe is a 22-millimetre digital band that wraps around the centre of the golf ball to help aim putts better, faster and more consistently. Inside the digital band is a thin black line to match with putter sight lines for immediate aid in alignment.
The multi-colour design of Stripe not only creates better alignment, but also feedback on the quality of the roll of each putt. Proper strikes are easily identifiable as the stripe rolls consistently to the hole, while off-centre strikes cause a wobble of the digital band.
Lastly, the dual-colour design allows you to see your product clearly all over the course.
“Tour Response already separated itself from the competition with overall materials and performance, but now with Tour Response Stripe it will also give golfers the feedback needed to boost their performance on the greens. We have seen many professional and recreational golfers take advantage of Clear Path Alignment in our pix golf balls, and now with the 360 degree design of Tour Response Stripe alignment aid gets even easier for the everyday golfer,” said Fox.
Tour Response and Tour Response Stripe are now available at retail with an MSRP of $49.99 Cdn. Tour Response is available in white and high visibility yellow, with an all-new enriched yellow urethane cover to help prevent chipped paint and provide bright visibility.
Soft Response is designed to give amateur golfers enhanced feel while maintaining ball speeds and distance. Soft Response is designed for moderate swing speed players with a new, softer core and a re-engineered ionomer cover for added greenside spin.
The changes produce a softer ball with an overall 50 compression (versus a 60-compression rate in the previous generation). An added SpeedMantle layer in its three-piece construction creates an efficient energy transfer at impact, resulting in a softer ball that enhances feel and maintains both ball speed and distance.
“Normally if you go that much softer, it is hard for the product to be as long as its prior generation, but we took advantage of the three layers of this product, which is unique at this price, to build up speed. In addition, Soft Response maintains game changing distance at an incredible soft feel to become a true game-changer in this category,” said Fox.
A unique Extended Flight Dimple Pattern is used to decrease drag and optimize lift, allowing the ball to stay in the air longer at lower speeds and lower spin rates.
Soft Response is now available at retail with an MSRP of $34.99 Cdn. in white and high visibility yellow.