Understand where you are coming form. I gained at least 5-10 yards in distance per club. Not sure if that equals less strokes, but it did for me. I know I only have 2 rounds in since i switched, but a 73 and a 76 are both better than my handicap. Whether coincidence or not, the only difference in those 2 rounds was the Tp5x put in play. All I can say is try. Thanks for the response
The gain will be around the greens and appraoches to the greens. A Two Piece ball is good for distance...a three piece ball adds more control...a 5 piece adds even more!
I can hit a $2 ball say 145 with my 7 iron...the TP5 ($4) 140..so I lose distance...BUT on the approach shots, the $2 hits the green and carries on its merry way a few feet from the hole...a $4 hits the green, one hop and say's "Okay, here I am, 2 feet from the hole, put me in it".
More control v loss of a few yards...I know what I choose and I play with the TP5 and an 11 handicapper.
I would certainly look at the TP5X for a faster swing speed, but it's not all about compression - The TP5 is 83 compression and the TP5x is 90 compression so there is not much difference - there is also a ball flight difference between the two.
The TP5X’s firmer cover allows for more speed, a higher trajectory and less spin. You’ll get a much more powerful trajectory and more distance with the TP5X than you would with the TP5.
The TP5 has a .040" cast urethane cover thickness while the TP5X has a .020" cast urethane cover thickness and so the TP5 grips the grooves a little more, providing more spin which = loss of distance over the TP5X...but (in my opinion) more spin around the wedge distances with the TP5. I started with the TP5X, but changed to the TP5, prefering the softer feel around the greens.
You could also look at the new Titelist AVX.
I have been using the AVX's for 3 games now and must admit to liking them, they are longer than the TP5, or so it seems and they do stop well on the green. However, 3 games isn't enough time to really sate that they are longer/better/whatever..so I reserve final judgement for now...but they are nice to play with.
You won't find Tour Players using the AVX mate, it isn't aimed at them! The AVX is a mere ALTERNATIVE to the Pro V's..but the same price tag of about £41.
The Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX are differentiated based upon flight, spin, and feel. Compared to Pro V1, Pro V1x flies higher, spins more, and feels firmer. Compared to Pro V1, AVX flies lower, spins less, and feels softer....and has not as much stopping power on the greens as the Pro V1.
I play in Spain and over tha last few games, we've had no wind, but yes, the TP5 does hold it's shape in the wind and yes, stops quicker on the Greens.