The second generation of TaylorMade’s Tour Response ball for successful golfers features a new dimple pattern, revolutionary alignment aid and cast urethane cover.

For years, amateur golfers have been denied credible golf ball options designed specifically for them. Now, mid-swing speed club golfers now have an abundance of ball choices, with all major brands spotting the gap in the market and producing tour-quality ball designs that are suitable for everyday players.

For us, the TaylorMade Tour Response has been the best in its class since its first generation launched in January 2020…and now there’s a new and improved version.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tour Response, don’t think it’s just a cheaper, less capable alternative to TaylorMade’s tour-level TP5. This is certainly not the case.

The 2022 Tour Response comes with the same Tour Flight dimple pattern, cast urethane overlay and jacket material (HFM) as the TP5. The only real difference is that, rather than having the five-layer construction and 87 compression, which allows TaylorMade to dial in the specific spin characteristics that some high-speed players need, the Tour Response has three layers and a 70 compression. Simply put, this is a tour quality ball for non-tour players.

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

The shift to balls that are more optimized for golf clubs has also seen an increase in designs that help with alignment. TaylorMade joined this party with great success when they created the TP5 Pix in 2019, a ball that offers better feedback on alignment and roll. Now they integrate alignment technology into the Tour Response with the addition of “Stripe”.

Let’s take a closer look at the new Tour Response.

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The TaylorMade Tour Response 2022 is available in white, yellow and striped.

TaylorMade Tour Response Golf Ball (2022)

Recommended retail price £39.99 | BUY NOW: White Yellow Bandaged
Models white, yellow, striped | Cover Cast Urethane | Layers Three | Compression 70

Who is the tour response for?

Although it was designed for all club golfers, it is likely to be enthusiastically embraced by any golfer who can honestly say, “I’m not good enough to play a trick ball”, ” I don’t swing fast enough for a round.” ball” or “touring balls are just too expensive for me to play”. In our experience testing the original Tour Response, the model is a very credible alternative to Titleist’s Pro V1 for mid-speed golfers (i.e. 92 mph with a driver).

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same cast urethane cover and dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

It’s all in the cover

TaylorMade says that urethane coated balls perform significantly better than ionomer models, and the thinking comes down to how the urethane engages more with the grooves of a wedge or iron at the impact. The urethane bites into the grooves, especially around the green, giving extra spin and control.

However, not all urethane covers are created equal. TaylorMade claim the Tour Response is the only ball under £40 on the market to have a 100% cast urethane cover, which they claim improves consistency in production and performance.

The TaylorMade Tour Response has the same cast urethane cover and dimple pattern as the premium TP5 and TP5x balls.

Tour Flight dimples and soft feel

TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x balls have Tour Flight dimples, just like the Tour Response. By reducing the depth of the dimples but widening the bottom area, TaylorMade claims golfers get less drag from launch to max height, but also more air flowing through each dimple as the ball drops from the sky, which keeps the blows in the air longer.

With many club golfers enjoying soft feel golf balls, the Tour Response has a compression rating of 70. TaylorMade says a firmer mantle layer boosts performance, so there’s excellent energy transfer at impact, which prevents the ball from losing power by behaving like a marshmallow, which may be from simply continuing low compression.

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TaylorMade Tour Response Tape makes alignment easy.

360º Clearpath alignment

Around 40% of golf balls sold by TaylorMade are now in “visual space” – meaning something other than plain white – and this is a growing area. By 2023, TaylorMade claims this will be over 50%, so their engineers have been focused on helping golfers with alignment, feedback, visibility and awareness with the new Tour Response Stripe. A 360º band around the ball helps visualize the trajectory of putts more easily and highlights your aim.

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Tested: TaylorMade Tour Response Golf Ball

Gear editor Simon Daddow and digital editor Rob Jerram have both been big Tour Response fans since the 2020 original, and it’s their ball of choice.

We love the feeling of a ball designed just for us. Our data ranks him as a stunning generalist player. It was fast with a driver and iron (second in both categories in our club golfer’s ball test), which translates to our longest 7 iron and third longest driver ball, he n So there’s no distance dropout to achieve corner effect (which came in just 6% less than a Pro V1 at medium swing speeds).

The big decision now is whether or not to try the new Stripe model. We were skeptical of the chunky alignment strip, but on-course testing highlighted what the idea brings to the party.

In addition to lining the ball up on the green (and seeing how it rolls), we loved putting it squarely at the flag on par 3s or the center cut of the fairway from the tee. Some golfers will love the extra confidence the tape provides; for those who don’t, the standard Tour Response has proven itself.

TaylorMade knows the Stripe won’t float on every golfer’s boat, although they say it can improve putt alignment consistency by 20%, so there will also be solid white and yellow options.

TaylorMade Tour Response Tape makes alignment easy.

What TaylorMade Says About Tour Response

“Tour Response has already separated itself from the competition with materials and overall performance, but now with Tour Response Stripe it will also give golfers the information needed to improve their performance on the greens.

“We’ve seen many professional and amateur golfers take advantage of Clear Path Alignment in our pix golf balls, and now with the 360° Tour Response Stripe design, alignment assistance becomes even easier for the golfer. everyday golfer.”

TaylorMade Tour Response Tape makes alignment easy.

You can buy the new Tour Response, now: WhiteYellowBandaged

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Jerram is the digital editor of Today's Golfer.

Rob Jerram is the digital editor of todaygolfer.co.uk

He has been a journalist for over 20 years, beginning his career at Johnston Press where he covered local and regional news and sport in a variety of editorial roles for ten years.

Rob joined Bauer Media in 2010 and worked as Production Editor of Today’s golfer and world of golf magazines for ten years before stepping into the role of digital editor in July 2020.

He has been golfing for almost three decades and was a member of Greetham Valley at Rutland for eight years, playing on a 12 handicap.

Rob uses a Ping G driver, Ping G 3 woods, TaylorMade M5 5 woods, TaylorMade P790 irons (4-PW), Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges (52º, 56º, 60º), Evnroll ER2 putter and golf TaylorMade Tour Response Ball.

You can contact Rob here.