Having seen many pretenders to the ProV1 throne come and go, it was easy to be sceptical about the TaylorMade TP Red ball's claims. However for once the ball has lived up to the hype. The TP Red is a little softer feeling than the TP Black and it and performs very well in all areas. Distance is good and the feel on and around the greens was very good. We attended a TaylorMade demonstration with Paul McGinley and he did manage to get more ball speed (and hence distance - about 5-7 yards) from the driver than he did with the main rival ball and it is certainly no shorter in our experience. The big plus for us was that the cover of the TaylorMade TP Red was as durable as the ProV1, which is where a lot of other balls have fallen down. Definitely an alternative, but better than - well, that will be down to your personal preference.
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TaylorMade TP Red Golf Ball - Product Details
If you are looking to play something other than a Pro-V1, you won't go far wrong with the TaylorMade TP Red ball. It has a long and penetrating flight with the woods and delivers excellent spin with irons. It has a fantastically soft feel, but the skin is very durable. 18 holes with this and I find it only has some minor scuffs, even with my sharp grooved wedges. Is it better than the Pro-V1? It's hard to say and ultimately it will come down to subtle personal preferences, but I find it very difficult to fault so have loaded my bag with them.
I bought a dozen TaylorMade TP Red balls from the States a few weeks ago and have tried them on and off since. They are very much like the Titleist Pro V1 balls but go about five/ ten yards further. They spin quite well and sit down nicely and also feel good when putting. I haven't played them enough to make a decision on whether to ditch my Pro V1 golf balls yet but the early signs are very encouraging.
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“Softer feeling..promotes a slightly lower ball flight.” – October 2007
“Hard to say whether or not it really delivered.” – October 2006