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The 2018 TaylorMade Project a golf ball is a great value. Tour ball performance for well below tour ball prices.
A few years ago, TaylorMade introduced the original Project a golf ball. The concept was simple and very appealing: give the recreational player a ball that spins like a tour ball around the green and is long for the average player. For 2018, Project a has been upgraded with a new core and the same dimple pattern you’ll find on the TP5 and TP5x golf balls. We tested it to see if it’s still one of the best values in golf.
Thanks to the urethane cover, the Project a golf ball has the soft feel of a tour ball when you’re putting. Impact produces a soft “tock” that’s similar to the TP5. If you want to split hairs, I would place the Project a between the TP5 and TP5x in terms of softness, but I suspect most players would find them indistinguishable.
Where the Project a differs from the TP5 balls is on the irons and wedges. With those clubs, it has the soft, heavy feel of a low compression ball. When I got to the long irons and driver, I found that the difference was barely noticeable.
With the wedges, the Project a is on a level with any tour ball that I’ve tested. From full swings to pitches, this ball spins like a top. If you have the short game skills, the Project a can execute any shot you want.
Moving into the irons, I found the Project a to be right between the TP5 and TP5x. Said another way, it has spin characteristics similar to your prototypical tour ball. There’s enough spin to shape your shots, if you want to, and ample spin to hold a green.
The driver is the one area where the Project a was not as strong as the TP5 balls for me. While the spin numbers were good, the ball speed was slightly lower with the Project a. The difference was minimal – 1-2 MPH – but, like every golfer, I want every bit of distance I can get from the tee.
At $35/dozen, and available in white or yellow, the TaylorMade Project a is a strong performer and an excellent value. If your driver swing speed is under 100 MPH, you may be better off with the Project a than the more expensive TP5, and players in the 100 MPH range may not be able to tell the difference.