Today I had the chance to play the Penta TP. I bought two sleeves and headed out to meet some friends at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT.
The Penta has 5 layers (thus the name), and each layer is supposed to make the ball react properly.
Layer 1: Feel
This layer is the urethane cover for high spin from shots of 100 and in.
Layer 2: Spin
The outer mantle layer is for delivering high spin with the short irons.
Layer 3: Control
Middle mantle layer prevents balooning for greater distance control between 140 and 170 yards.
Layer 4: Launch
Soft feel and high launch, low spin, provide ideal ideal conditions for long iron and hybrids to get the ball up in the air, land it with a steep descent angle requiring less spin to stop the ball.
Layer 5: Distance
Core is supposed to provide high launch low spin with the driver.
Putting Penta in play
I brought out the first two Pentas to putt with on the practice green. Right away I knew I was going to like this ball for putting. Feels great off the putter. Not hard or clicky, and soft enough, but not too soft. It felt just right and all day I was controlling my putts well.
Throughout my round I also found the the spin layer to be very effective. Shots from around 100 yards and in were stopping beautifully on the greens. Partial wedges were easy to hit accurately and the feel was butter soft.
The control layer for mid irons was also really good. I really did feel like I had good distance control in those critical distances from 140 to 170 and the ball also stopped nicely on the green with those mid irons.
The fourth layer, launch, was pretty good as well. I did feel the launch was a bit high with the hybrid and long irons but then again I’m also dealing with softer shafts that tend to balloon the ball for me. I’m not yet totally sold on this layer yet, but I’m willing to continue experimenting with Penta.
Layer 5, Distance. This was actually the most disappointing layer for me. I did feel like I lost some distance compared to other balls I’ve played with the driver. However the other layers more than made up for this loss of distance. I’m going to say that it was probably more a swing issue than the ball, but I’ll keep my eye on this and see if my distance with Penta improves.
If you’ve been reading this blog, than you know that I was recently fit by Bridgestone using their Ball Fitting Challenge. They fit me into the B330. While I liked the distance I got from the B330, the control was not like the Penta. On all shots from 170 yards and in the Penta is my go to ball. It performs so well in those areas that I can live with a shorter drive (but again that may be more a swing issue than the Penta). Well done TaylorMade. This is an excellent ball.