The TaylorMade Soft Response Golf ball was introduced as an affordable ball for the 2020 season and has now been given a makeover with the second generation released for 2022.
One of two new balls launched by TaylorMade for 2020, the Soft Response and Tour Response were incredibly well received as alternatives to the TP5 and TP5X, TaylorMade’s number one ball.
The Soft Response plugged a gap in the middle market and such has been the success that the ball has been improved with a lower compression, new cover pattern, longer ball flight and reduced spin levels.
What TaylorMade say about the Soft Response 2022 balls:
“With increased softness from cover to core, the softest ball in TaylorMade’s arsenal is designed to give amateur golfers enhanced feel while maintaining ball speeds and distance.
“Soft Response is designed for moderate swing speed players with a new, softer core and a re-engineered ionomer cover for added greenside spin.
“The changes give you a softer ball with an overall 50 compression. An added SpeedMantle layer in its 3-piece construction creates efficient energy transfer at impact, creating a softer ball that enhances feel and maintains both ball speed and distance.
“A unique Extended Flight Dimple Pattern decreases drag and optimizes lift, allowing the ball to stay in the air longer at lower spin rates.
“It completes a harmonious design, with all features working in unison to elevate performance for players with slow-to-average swing speeds.”
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TaylorMade Soft Response Design & Features
The TaylorMade Soft Response is a 3-layer golf ball and the softer version compared to sister ball the Tour Response.
It is ideally suited to golfers with moderate to slow swing speeds who are seeking a soft, responsive ball without losing distance.
The new 2022 version has been designed to extract more carry, distance and less spin than in the original model thanks to changes to the urethane cover and SpeedMantel layer.
The softer feel comes from the low 50 compression, which has been reduced from 60 in the first generation, while the secondary SpeedMantle layer has been made slightly firmer to help energy transfer and maximise distance on all shots.
The cover of the Soft Response has also been altered in the new 2022 release with the Extended Flight Dimple Pattern reducing drag and increasing carry distances through the air. You can also expected less side spin from the latest model.
The Soft Response balls are available in white and yellow colour options.
Verdict: Are the TaylorMade Soft Response balls any good?
The TaylorMade Soft Response performed well out of the box when first released in 2020 and the 2022 model has plenty of improvements in it.
The performance has been fine tuned to provide more length, less spin and more overall distance that golfers with slower swing speeds will love.
If you can’t afford TaylorMade’s TP5 balls, or want a budget ball that is soft and forgiving, the new 2022 Soft Response balls are an eye-catching option to add to the bag.
How much do TaylorMade Soft Response balls cost?
Soft Response balls retail at around £23 / $30 per dozen.
What is the compression of the Soft Response ball?
The overall Soft Response compression is 50 for this 3-piece ball, which has a core of 30 compression.
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