My 2008 TP Black and Red LDP taste test
08 TP Red vs 08 TP Black vs 06 TP Black vs 07 Pro V1xSee Post 7 for update. TP Red is the winner.
Got a chance to play more golf during the holidays and I got a hold of the 2008 TP Black (which came in a sleeve marked "protobox"). I played 3 rounds with the 2006 TP Black, 2008 TP Black, 2007 Pro V1x and decided to do my own "taste test". I usually play the 06 TP Black since I loaded up from GPPGolf.
Method Used: Went out and played golf. Anytime, I could hit multiple balls from the same distance\lie then I did. The rest of my foursomes were not too amused but they're duffers and I told them this was "scientific research" that I was going to blog on.
Driving. This was a toss up between the 08 Black and 07 V1x. I had a longer drives with the V1x but it felt like I made better contact during those swings. 06 TP Black was shorter than the other balls by a few yards. Not enough for me to change what iron to use on the next shot but was noticeable
Full Swing Wedge Approach. With my 58* spin milled wedge, average distance was around 103 yards with about 8ft of spin back; with the Pro V1x around 105 with about 5 ft. I didn't get a chance to hit the 06 TP Black much but I usually hit same distance as 08 TP but with slightly more tour sauce. Oh yeah, I cheese grated all the balls. Looking at a previously used 06 TP Black, the little strings were longer and the cuts a little deeper. Anecdotal here, but it appears the 08 TP cover is better. Durability wise, the 08 TP was the same as the 07 V1x.
Wind. This is where I like the 08 TP Black. It was blustery during one of the days. I had to hit full PW from 105 yards and came up short on all shots. Visually, 08 TP just looked better in through the wind, second was the V1x, while the 06 TP was the worst.
Feel. This is so hard to test between the balls that it comes down to preference. I like the Pro V1x the best here since I seem to be closer to the hole with my chips, pitches and putts. The TPs just felt harder of putter face. I'm indifferent but if I had to rank them I'd say the feel on the Pro V1x and 08 TP is good while the 06 TP feel is ok.
My Conclusion. The 08 TP is better than 06 TP since I get a little bit better distance, feel and wind play. Better than Pro V1x? I don't know. I can play with either ball and it won't affect my score. Which one will I use? Answer, whatever is cheaper between the 08 TP Black and 07 Pro V1x.
BTW, I also have a sleeve 08 TP Reds…
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