TaylorMade has introduced TP5 Pix golf balls that use advanced visual technology to offer more visibility.
The growing trend of golfers playing a golf ball that allows for a different look has also opened the door to improving visual performance and visual technology through the use of machinery that has never before been used.
Pix, derived from the word “pixelated,” was designed following extensive research with partners at Indiana University, the same team the company has used for a multitude of projects including TaylorMade’s most recent putter line, Spider X, that features the new True Path alignment system that was optically engineered to help golfers visualize the intended target line for improved putting accuracy.
Pix offers enhanced visibility compared to a normal white golf ball, with the human eye processing lighter colours more efficiently when it’s darker and darker colours when it’s lighter.
That led designers to the two-colour design of TP5 Pix. While most products have only one colour within a single image or shape, TP5 Pix’s unique design features two colours within one shape, to enhance visibility, regardless of the time of day.
Producing this shape requires a printing machine that has taken more than 18 months to design and develop.
The high-contrast graphics of TP5 Pix allow golfers to see how much overall and side spin is generated around the green.
Pix’s unique pattern with 12 evenly-spaced images allows the product to show spin when putting and chipping. The feedback the ball provides allows the golfer to immediately see the amount of spin being generated and the direction of that spin on shots on and around the green.
“White, round and sits on the ground is no longer the norm for golf balls,” said Mike Fox, category director of golf balls and accessories for TaylorMade.
“Visual technology has given us the opportunity to not only change the appearance of the golf ball,but also allows for players to see immediate feedback where spin matters most – on or around the greens,” said Fox.
Durability of graphics is a foremost concern on any golf ball with graphic or lettering, and to reduce wear and smearing of the graphics on TP5 (and TP5x), engineers have utilized under coating printing to ensure maximum graphic durability, the same process the TaylorMade logo and TP5 side stamp goes through.
The TP5 and TP5x, and now the TP5 Pix, feature High-Flex Material (HFM) and a Speed-Layer System.
The new Speed-Layer System is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, featuring a new material called HFM. HFM is the fastest material TaylorMade has ever used and is essentially a tightly wound spring and when compressed generates more rebound energy for more ball speed. The tightly wound spring characteristic of HFM also increases the force on the driver face, further increasing the speed of the golf ball when it leaves the driver face.
The Tri-Fast Core consists of an extra-large, low-compression inner core (16 compression in TP5 Pix, the exact same as TP5) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle.
The combination of these three layers work in conjunction to create lower drag and increased carry.
The Dual-Spin Cover boasts a soft cast urethane cover and a 30 per cent more rigid inner cover for greenside control, as the rigid inner cover forces the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for enhaced spin generation.
Additional enhancements in the 2019 TP5 and TP5x models includes a new Soft-Tough cast urethane cover. In order to achieve improved scuff resistance, shear resistance, and overall durability, the new cover features a cast urethane compound and new paint formulation.