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First Look: TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Golf Balls

First Look: TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Golf Balls

Taylormade TP5 and TP5x balls are one of the most recommended balls when it comes to performance. Let’s figure out why.


Almost everyone talks about the Golf Clubs which can make your game better by having more distance & better shots. But the game also depends on the type of ball you are using. Recently I am hearing more about the TP5 and TP5x balls, so brought these balls for testing and review to help you choose.

Taylormade TP5 Golf Balls
Taylormade TP5 Golf Balls


As the trend shows in company’s tour ball pairings, the version “X” is firmer than the standard. I tested out for this and found out that these balls also follow the rule but the difference is very minute.

The TP5 showed more satisfaction than the “X” Version. The clicking sound it produced is very low pitched and very muted. As some compression balls feel heavy on the putter it didn’t show that effect. I found the sound of TP5x is crisper than TP5, closer to ProV1. But again the difference is very minute, maybe most of the golfers have never found this.





Taylormade TP5 vs TP5x
Taylormade TP5 vs TP5x

Short Game:

The testing of the balls was started with the short-pitched shots and the received the same results as one would get from a urethane covered tour ball. I tried many different shots such as short pitched shots, half-swing shots, and full wedge shots, the spin was very reliable with any tour ball, I have tested.

I tried my high spinning shots with the Tp5x and interestingly found out that the difference was not that much to boast about. The company claims that both the balls have “highest wedge spin” in their advertising campaigns but with my testing and experience, TP5 is leading.





Long Game:

The difference between the TP5 and TP5x starts with the Irons according to their advertising campaigns. The difference is shown in the spin of the variants. The one with low spin is labeled as TP5 and the one with Mild spin is labeled as TP5x. My tests performed approximately the same. The difference was very minute & not considerable. However for high spin players, the difference can be much more significant.

The company has marked TP5 as longer and TP5 as the longest distance balls. This may be due to the slightly lower spin off the driver. Again the difference was not huge for me-about 150 RPM but I play low spin.

In comparison to other tour balls, nothing lacks in the features of TP5 & TP5. The balls deliver most of the features they boast about, I felt very little discrepancy between what is advertised and what is in actual, and that may also vary from player to player.


Taylormade tp5 and tp5x


The TP5 and TP5 are as much amazing as the company describes them. Both the balls are amazing, but I am more comfortable with TP5. The thing which matters most it that they perform well throughout the game from tee-box to the green.

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Golf Alignment Sticks & How to Use Them

What is Alignment in Golf?

Alignment is the most important yet an overlooked fundamental of golf. Without a proper club & body alignment, even a perfect swing can be wasted.

In golf terminology, alignment refers to the angle of both your club and your feet aiming towards your target line. Correct alignment will have your club face pointed directly down the target line, with your feet placed parallel to your ball path. Poor alignment can make you hit a shot 50 Yards left or right of your target.

Although, golfers spend days working on their swing and not consider if they are aiming in the right direction, but by using alignment sticks during practice, one can improve their game by correctly aligning themselves to the target line; giving their four-ball a run for the money.

How to use Alignment Sticks?

Now that you have understood alignment and why it is important, it’s time to understand how can you use Alignment Sticks to your advantage and increasing accuracy. You can a buy a pair of alignment sticks from here and start the drills mentioned below.

The most common way to use alignment sticks is by placing them parallel on the ground aiming towards your target line– one next to your ball, and the other along your toe line. By simply doing this you will be able to get the feel of what your proper alignment should be.


The Basic Drill

The following steps outline the basic drill to follow to effectively use your alignment sticks.

  1. Pick out a target in the range which is approximately as far as you can hit a 7 Iron.
  2. Place a golf ball on the ground and set one alignment stick next to the ball aiming in the direction of your target. Just place the stick giving you enough room to cleanly hit the ball without touching the stick.
  3. Place the second stick parallel to the first one, so you can set up your toes according to it. You will need to stand in the address position to judge how far would you need to place the alignment stick.
  4. With the setup complete, stand behind the ball to judge if the sticks are properly aligned towards the target. Then walk up to the shot, take your stance and place the club behind the ball. Use the alignment sticks to properly line yourself up and don’t be tempted to correct your aim once your are above the ball. Just hit a shot along the guided path.
  5. Watch the result and make corrections to your target line accordingly.

One important thing to note is that, over some time your swing may have naturally compensated for the lack of proper alignment and you might have developed a draw or a fade swing. So aiming more directly at the target might take some time to get used to, but trust us, this is the right step towards an improved and more consistent game.

Here we have another advacned training drill by Ted Norby; that you can follow by using your alignment sticks

Where to buy Alignment Sticks from?

Here is a list of trusted golf shops you can buy the golf alignment sticks


Top 10 Golfers of 2016

The glory is not in winning once, but in winning again and again and again until you become the only one. Below are the men who have won over and over again and made their place in the top 10 of the golf rankings.

Rank 10:


Justin Peter Rose is an English professional golfer who plays most of his golf on the PGA Tour, still keeping his membership for the European Tour. He won his first major championship at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club and became the first English player to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996 and the first to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Rank 9:


Daniel John Willett is an English professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. In April 2016, he became the first European in 17 years to win at Augusta National.

Rank 8:


Dustin Johnson, an American professional golfer is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been third in the driving distance stats for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011 and has ranked inside the top five in each of his five years on the PGA Tour.

Rank 7:


World Number 7 – Adam Scott, an Australian professional golfer won the Australian Boys’ Amateur in 1997 and 1998. He was a member of the Golf Australia National Squad. Today he is a professional and ranks among the top 10 of the World.


Rank 6:


Henrik Stenson, a Swedish professional golfer his career high ranking of second is the best by any Swedish golfer. In March 2009 he created a storm in the media when he stripped to his underwear and golf glove in order to play a recovery shot from a muddy water hazard at the first round of the WGC-CA Championship.


Rank 5:


Another American Professional Golfer among the top 5 ranks on the Official World Golf Ranking right now is Rickie Fowler. The 27 year old is an almost self-taught golfer.


Rank 4:


American Professional Golfer Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. holds rank 4 on the Official World Golf Ranking right now. Watson can hit a ball over 350 yards and is amongst the longest drivers on the PGA circuit.


Rank 3:


Northern Irish Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy currently holds the rank 3 of Official World Golf Ranking. In 2012, he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour. He just turned 27 on May 4th.


Rank 2:


Jordan Spieth from the USA is currently rank 2 on the Official World Golf Ranking. The Time Magazine added him to their list of 100 most influential people and commented that he “exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.”


Rank 1:


According to Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day currently sits at top of the ranks. He is a golfer from Australia. He has been consistently performing well since he first won the WGC title in Feb. 2014.

Groove Sharpening Tools at

Groove Sharpeners & 4 Creative ways to use it.

The more often you play, more likely your golf club is likely to face wear and tear. The grooves on the club are designed to aid ball control and spin. Frequent use can cause damage to the grooves and impact your game. However, it isn’t easy to buy new golf clubs every few months.  The solution to this problem is Groove Sharpener.

4 Good reasons why you should use Groove Sharpeners:

1. New life for your old golf club:



With the correct and timely use of a groove sharpener you can improve your club’s working and give new life to an existing club.

2. Improves your game:



Golf pitch mark

A perfectly clean & groomed club can get you optimal backspin and great ball control. Make use of that Repair Tool.

3. Perfect Tool for all Irons:

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Image Courtesy: Photobucket

It has two different Cutting types -3 For U Type Club Grooves and 3 for V Type Grooves.

4. Saves Money:

Photo Courtesy: Golf Digest
Photo Courtesy: Golf Digest

Purchasing one good groove sharpener can save you a lot of money. It can help your golf club last much longer without compromising on your performance.

Jack Nicklaus – Greatest Golfer Ever

Anyone who has anything to do with golf or follows golf has heard of Jack Nicklaus. He is a player, a designer, a philanthropist and an inspiration. Many regard him as the greatest golfer of all time and he was titled “Golfer of the Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by most major golf publications in the world. You can say he was the “Sachin Tendulkar” of Golf.

June 24, 1961: Jack Nicklaus holds his trophies after winning the NCAA Golf Championship at Purdue, West Lafayette, Ind., June 24, 1961. Nicklaus beat Ohio State teammate Mike Podolski, 5 and 3, for the collegiate crown. (AP Photo-Courtesy GolfChannel)
June 24, 1961: Jack Nicklaus holds his trophies after winning the NCAA Golf Championship at Purdue, West Lafayette, Ind., June 24, 1961. Nicklaus beat Ohio State teammate Mike Podolski, 5 and 3, for the collegiate crown. (AP Photo-Courtesy GolfChannel)

Nicklaus’s career as a player spans over 25 years, in which he won 18 major championships. Nicklaus started playing golf when he was 10 and scored 51 the first time he ever played at Scioto Country Club. This is where he came in contact Jack Grout, who eventually became Nicklaus’ lifelong Instructor. Jack was a prodigy and went on to win the Ohio Open at the tender age of 16. The next year at 17, he won the International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament. He won many accolades during his career as an amateur and finally turned pro in 1961.

April 11, 1965: Jack Nicklaus winds up as he is about to toss his ball down the fairway after he putted out to win the Masters. He fired a record score of 271, 17 strokes under par. (AP Photo)

This was a golfer to look out for and people around him were forced to take notice. Just a year after turning pro, in 1962, Jack won his first U.S. Open title. Next year, he bagged the Masters tournament and PGA championship. By 1966, at 26, he had won all major golf tournaments. He continued to play and win till 2005 and closed with 23 PGA tour wins.

June 16, 2000: Jack Nicklaus in his final round at the U.S. Open, at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Getty Images). Courtesy: Golf Channel
June 16, 2000: Jack Nicklaus in his final round at the U.S. Open, at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Getty Images). Courtesy: Golf Channel
April 9, 2005: Jack Nicklaus waves goodbye during his final round at the Masters. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
April 9, 2005: Jack Nicklaus waves goodbye during his final round at the Masters. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Apart from being one of the most successful golf players of all time, Jack has also established his company, Nicklaus Design as the best in Golf course design and creation. The company has designed over 290 golf courses all across the globe. For six consecutive years from 2004 to 09, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack “The Most Powerful Person in Golf,” for his contribution as a golfer, designer and business person.

Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images
Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus continues to be actively involved even today with golf in one way or another. He has written books about golf, promoted golf computer games, managed tournaments, and supported social causes. He is a man worth respecting and a man worth learning from.

5 Indian Female Golfers to look out for in 2016

B.R. Ambedkar said, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” So, it stands true that to check and comment on the progress of golf in India, we need to comment on the women playing golf in the country. Women golfers are slowly and steadily coming to the forefront and it shouldn’t be long before they reach the very top.

Some of the professional female golfers who are noteworthy are as under:


Aditi Ashok:

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This 18 year from Bangalore is making the nation proud in Women’s golf. The only Indian women in the top 500 of Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking), she also holds 57th Rank in the Olympic Rankings on Aditi turned professional in January 2016 and since has given Indian community enough reasons to be proud of her.


Kishi Sinha

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This 5’5” girl stands tall with an Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking) of 740. She is a member of the Indian golf team and started playing golf when she was just 9 years old.


Gauri Monga:

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23 year old Gauri is from New Delhi and ranks 843 in the Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking). She started playing golf when she was 12. She turned pro in 2014 and also won the title of Rolex Player of the year in 2008 and 2010. Before turning pro in 2014 she ranked #1 on the IGU Ladies Amateur Merit list 2008-09 and 2010-11.


Vani Kapoor:

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Vani is a 22 year old pro golfer from Delhi. She turned professional in 2012 and ranks 865 according to Official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking). She was also appointed Thailand’s Golf Ambassador in February this year. Before turning pro Vani was ranked #1 Women Amateur Golfer in India in 2009 and 2011.


Sharmila Nicollet:

Sharmila is a 25 Year old Bengaluru girl was the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the european tour. She  won her first tournament at the age of 14 with a staggering margin of 15 Strokes. She is known for her aggressive rounds of practicing & spends at least 6 hours a day on the course.  She Ranked #1 in 2011 on the WGAI rankings & is ranked 7th in 2016. But this fighter looks ferocious this season & is expected to give other contenders a run for their money


Let’s support the women golfers as much as the men. Hopefully there would be many more professional female golfers in India by 2020.

4 Reasons why spike-less shoes are better.

For a long time it was believed by golfers worldwide that spiked or cleated golf shoes were better. But all along it was wrongly assumed that cleated and spiked shoes meant more stability. However, the concepts have changed and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that there are many reasons why spike-less shoes are considered better now.

#1. They are Light Weight

Removing the spikes means a whole lot of metal is removed from the shoe. This makes spike-less shoes a lot lighter & gentler than their older siblings. Walking the golf course for 18 Holes is no longer a suffering on your feet.

# 2. The traction is as good as spiked shoes

All the time more sophisticated traction designs have been coming up and have radically improved the performance of spikeless shoes in softer and wetter conditions. So, no need to worry about stability.

# 3. More stylish

They look great. They can be worn both on and off the golf course and no matter where you wear them, they look stylish and great. So, no need to waste anytime changing shoes. Play golf instead. They are also easier to clean and maintain.

# 4. More comfortable

Because lighter weight means more comfort. They are even comfortable when walking on the Hard floor,

Golf in India: When and Where It Started?

Today India houses approximately 2.5 lakh golfers and 196 registered golf courses but it is quite interesting how it all started. So here’s the story: Way back in 1829, long before the first major course was opened In the USA and Europe, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club was established. However, it did not get the title of Royal until 1911, when the title of “Royal” was conferred upon it by King George V and Queen Mary to celebrate their visit to Calcutta. It is the oldest golf club in India and was the first one outside the UK in the world. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club remained central to the story of golf in India for a long time.

During this period India was under the rule of the British crown and hence under the influence of British many new Golf courses came into existence. The Royal Bombay Golf Club which is now obsolete was established in 1842 and it was followed by the Bangalore Golf Club in 1876. Later in 1898, golf arrived in Shillong as a result of the efforts of a group of British civil service officers who constructed a course in an area called Laban. By the turn of the century, a dozen golf clubs had emerged all across India.

A major shift happened in the history of golf in India in the 1955, when some golfers in Calcutta (now Kolkata) organised and established the Indian Golf Union. Until the formation IGU all golf clubs in India were following the rules of St. Andrews in Scotland under the affiliation of the Royal Calcutta Club. After its formation the IGU worked with an objective to promote the game in India. Today, the Indian Golf Union is at the helm of golf in the country and is affiliated to the World Amateur Golf Council.

In 1957, with an aim to train assistant professionals and caddies IGU started its first training camp at the Royal in Calcutta. Seven years later, in 1964, the India Open Golf Championship was played in Delhi for the first time. Today this is the most important golf championship in India.

P.G. Sethi became the first and only amateur Indian golfer to win the Indian Open in 1965. The next time an Indian golfer won the tournament was in 1991 when Ali Sher won the title. Since, Ali Sher’s victory in 1991 the golf scene has evolved a lot in India. Everyday new golfers join the club. But never forget how it started.

5 Most Difficult Golf Courses in India

As they say, “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” There are some courses in India which present great challenges to a golfer’s abilities. Five of them are as under:-

Kalhaar Blues and Greens, Ahmedabad – Gujarat

Kalahar Greens - Ahmedabad is designed by Nicklaud Golf Designs (Source -
Kalahar Greens – Ahmedabad is designed by Nicklaud Golf Designs (Source –

The winner of the ‘Best Golf Course of India 2015’ by India Golf Awards, at 7425 yards this is also the longest course on the plains. The course is designed to offer unique challenges to a golfer, like sand and beach bunkers, 14 water bodies etc. It tests a golfer’s putting skills as the greens have very severe undulations & require very careful consideration. So, are you up for the challenge?

Eagleton Golf Resort, Bengaluru – Karnataka

Course layout - Eagleton Golf course (Source - golfdesigns)
Course layout – Eagleton Golf course (Source – golfdesigns)

It started operating in 1999 and was a first of its kind in the southern region. Spread over 7100 yards, this 18 hole championship course is a challenge and delight to play at with alterations in elevation, water hazards, 68 bunkers & a whole lot of mature tree line. The greens are between 8 to 9 stimp and go up to 10-11 during a tournament, further adding to the challenge.

Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar – Jammu and Kashmir


Picturesque view of the golf course
Picturesque view of the golf course


It is an absolutely stunning golf course covering over 300 acres. Because of its location over hills, it has a lot of elements of beauty as well as difficulty. It was made out  of a forest & poses great trials for golfers because of its changes in undulations.

The beautiful Morning view of the golf Course.
The beautiful Morning view of the golf Course.

The greatest challenge is handling the rough on this course & analysing the lines & slopes on the greens.

Jaypee Greens, Noida – Uttar Pradesh

Jaypee Greens GOlf course Aerial View (Source - The hindu)
Jaypee Greens GOlf course Aerial View (Source – The hindu)

Spread over 7347 yards, it’s a par 72 course. There are over 88 bunkers spread throughout the course. Apart from the bunkers, you can also find water bodies, long holes, strong wind here, which add challenge and difficulty. The 3rd hole is a designed to test your tee shot. The 5th hole can be a beast because of water, bunkers & a very fast green. A combination of beauty and beast, that’s what this golf course offers.

The CIAL Golf and Country Club, Kochi – Kerala

Entrance of the CIAL golf course, Kochi
Entrance of the CIAL golf course, Kochi

The newly constructed, CIAL golf course is a 18 hole, par 72, course spread over 130 acres. 9 holes are currently operational.


Planes, mounds along the fairway, water, wind – enough diversions are present on this course to make your round challenging.

So, if you want an interesting and challenging round of golf, try one of these course for your next game.