Everyone see Rick Shiels' review the other day on TP5 and TP5x? He preferred the TP5 which is also my preference due to the increased spin around the greens...I'm a low spin guy...and need to scramble a lot!
Here's the link:
Oh and Rory's TP5x is pretty sweet. I snapped these on the truck last week at Sawgrass...
Here's my concerns everyone talking about distance I could care less about distance as you score hitting irons into green which makes stopping the ball much more important than hitting it farther so therefore the no spin thing kinda a turnoff right from start! Impressed on what hearing about but honestly I'd rather only drive ball 270 and have a ball gonna stop on green than a ball can hit 290 but can't stop on firm greens play on. I been playing Project (a) and am impressed gonna take a lot a firm evidence to get play ball advertised as low spin.
Your concerns are well founded, but I think they're a bit misplaced. You can stop a ball with spin, or you can stop a ball with height and angle of descent. For mid-to-long irons specifically, the latter is far more important. If a ball spins a little less off a 5-iron, but flies higher and lands at a steeper angle, it's going to stop more quickly than the ball that spun more and flew lower.
If you also gain a half-club to a club of distance with the lower spinning ball, you might be hitting 6-iron into the green instead of a 5-iron. In that case the ball will actually gain some spin due to the higher loft of the 6-iron and you still get the benefits of the steep angle of descent. There really isn't a trade-off here. The lower spinning, higher flying ball is going to be better in almost all scenarios.
If you're concerned about spin off short irons and wedges, I can't really persuade you from a computer, but I'd say just go try the TP5 family and see what you think. I haven't noticed any loss of spin on short approach shots when compared to previous balls I've played, so I don't think your concerns are applicable there. The cover material starts to matter a whole lot more than the core construction on those shots and that cover is plenty responsive. You won't be giving up anything compared to other balls.
After years of playing an X ball (long-time Pro V1x user, then TPx), I have settled into the TP5 for now because I absolutely love them around the greens and off the putter. The soft feel is incredible. I need to go back and test the TP5x now that the weather has warmed up, but I initially landed on TP5 because of the slightly more penatrating flight and that feel around the greens.
The TP5 continues to impress me. I played a qualifier yesterday for our state match play events in less than ideal conditions--50ºF, 15-20 MPH wind--and the ball was fantastic in all areas. Both of my fellow competitors were playing Pro V1x and it was easy to see differences in the way the wind was affecting their drives and approach shots.
I'm also impressed with the durablity of a cover that feels so soft and responsive. This ball was played for 18 holes and there are only a few spots where the cover shows any sort of marks. Durability is not one of my deciding factors when picking out a ball, but it's always a nice surprise when it's there. I could easily play this ball for another 18 holes.
The reviews we're getting of this ball are almost hard for me to even believe.
Also, this makes me want to start a "how do you mark your ball" thread...