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.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: