5 Piece Golf Balls – What Are They?
Five-piece golf balls are the latest innovation in golf ball technology. They have been around since 2010, but still haven’t really taken off. In fact, many people don’t even know what a five piece ball is. But it’s important to understand how they work because they do make a difference.
The biggest advantage of a five piece ball is that they give you better feel and control. They are designed to help you hit longer drives and shorter irons with less spin. So why aren’t they everywhere? Well, most manufacturers make four-piece golf balls balls because it is cheaper. If you’re looking for a great game improvement ball, try a five piece.
Five-piece balls were introduced by TaylorMade with the ‘Penta’ model, but in over a decade the best brand of golf balls still don’t use it. Srixons are usually two or three-piece golf balls, and the Titleist Pro V1 are 3 piece.
What Do The Extra Layers Do?
The main benefit of each layer of the golf ball is to add more spin separation and performance benefits to your golf shot. While it will be the most costly item in the pro shop, the five-piece golf balls will provide the best, Tour-quality performance.
A five-piece golf ball will usually include three mantle layers, sandwiched between a high-tech core and a soft outer layer. Every mantle layer reacts differently depending on the shot speed and angle. They’re designed to be the best they can be at each situation.
The layers between the core and the outer shell are where control is given to the short iron shots. It also provides the ammo to give the longer clubs more distance. The outer shell is what makes contact with the golf club and provides control. This is also where the backspin is created.
If hit well, a multi-layered ball can provide great spin. It will also feel softer off the clubface You can see the difference between hard and soft golf balls here.
Compression is a hot topic today and many think that more layers equal more compression, this is wrong.
Key Differences Between 4 and 5 Piece Golf Balls
The main difference between a four-piece ball and a five-piece golf ball is that the latter adds one extra layer to the solid core, which is usually used to increase ball speed while maintaining high spin rates with the long iron clubs. This extra layer allows the ball to fly further because it gives the golfer more momentum to carry over into the follow-through.
This extra layer can also make the balls feel a little softer. However, it does add weight to the ball, which makes it harder to launch. As such, the 5-piece ball generally performs better off the tee.
Golf ball creation is largely a question of compromise: If you want to keep the ball flying straight and true, you sacrifice distance. Conversely, if you want to increase distance, you sacrifice accuracy. There are many different types of materials, shapes, and sizes that can be put together to form a golf ball.
As a general rule, the softer the ball feels, the better the feel and response you’ll receive from the ball. Most pro golfers prefer the soft cover balls.
I remember watching an interview with a guy named Steve Flesher who worked at Snell Golf. He was talking about how he did ball testing with Jim Furyk. Whenever Jim would hit his 3 wood with a 4-piece, he could barely keep the ball in the air – even though he was hitting the ball really well. When Jim played with a 5-piece, however, he kept the ball up there much longer. Apparently, the extra layer gave him more control and stability.
The 3 Piece Golf Ball
A three piece golf ball is a type of golf ball that has a solid center surrounded by a durable outer core. Three piece golf balls are designed to provide maximum distance while maintaining control and accuracy. They are typically used by better golfers because they offer greater forgiveness than a one-piece ball. However, they do require a little extra skill to use properly.
Three piece golf balls come in many different types and styles. Each style offers a different set of characteristics that suit a specific player’s needs. There are some three-piece golf balls that are specifically designed for beginners, others for intermediate golfers, and some for high handicap golfers. Some three piece golf balls even have a special design to help improve the feel and playability of the ball.
Should The Average Golfer Use a Ball with 5 Pieces?
A professional golf player or your buddy who is scratch might benefit from using a 5 piece ball. However, the same benefits do not apply to the average golfer.
A high-speed swing is required to take full advantage of a 5 piece ball, and the results are just too eratic in the case of a high handicapper. Those with double-digit handicaps would do best with a 3 piece ball.
Compared to two-piece balls, a three-piece ball should provide better distance, increased forgiveness and good control. It also costs less than a typical 4 or 5 piece ball, but the choice will largely depend on what you personally enjoy.
All in all, I definitely prefer three-piece balls to two-piece golf balls, adding additional layers may improve things at first but they will eventually become redundant as you get to a 4 or 5 piece.
Our Picks for 5 Piece Golf Balls
I read a study recently which looked at which types of golf ball brands professional golfers use. It found that nearly 70% of the best PGA Tour players use Titleist Pro V1 (3-piece) and Pro V1x (4-piece), but some do use a 5-piece ball.
More than 25 percent of the players who aren’t using Pro V1 or Pro V1x use a TaylorMade TP5 or Tp5x. These eight golfers have won eight major championships between them. If I’m a bettor, I will be looking at this.