What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the new TaylorMade TP5 golf ball
The TP5 golf ball is TaylorMade’s tour golf ball that is trusted by a few golfers you may have heard of – Colin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Nelly Korda, and many more.
So what’s so good about this ball that’s allowed it to rack up multiple wins on every professional tour in the world? Find out in our 2023 TaylorMade TP5 golf ball review.
TaylorMade TP5 golf ball review: NCG Summary
The TaylorMade TP5 golf ball is one of the most winning balls in professional golf, and with its long driver distances and really consistent iron spin and distance control, I can see why so many tour players trust it.
With white, yellow and Pix pattern options, there’s a TP5 for all golfers who want tour performance out on the golf course.
- Feels fantastic
- Really consistent distance and flight with irons
- Low spin from the driver
- Spin rates could be higher with a wedge
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I’ve tested the Pix and plain white versions of the TP5, which sounds like overkill, but when you really love a golf ball, you want to test all the iterations of it before you decide on what your gamer will be before the season.
I’ve very embarrassingly never used a Pix ball before and was pretty hesitant about it. I like my golf balls plain and white, with the choice of marking them up myself in my own power. A few putts with the Pix model has completely flipped my preference on its head.
Out of the box, you know these balls are tour balls straight away. The new dual-spin cover is made from a cast urethane cover that has an ultra-soft feel even in your hand. Rickie Fowler had his hand in designing the Pix pattern on the ball for putting and short game, so despite my wariness of it, I was looking forward to giving it a go.
Our mega ball test at Woodhall Spa started around their fantastic short game area, hitting a variety of different-length putts, chips and bunker shots. I loved the way the Pix created continuous lines when rolling to display whether id hit a good putt or not.
I was really able to spin the ball well out of bunkers and on short pitches and chips around the greens. My wedges really seemed to get a good purchase on the ball, and I could get it to settle quickly after landing. I also liked how you could see the ball spinning with the pix pattern.
The 50-yard pitch data I collected was not too bad, although not as much spin as I’d like to achieve consistently. This could, in large part, be down to user error as there are a couple of shots with 7000+rpm which would be more than acceptable out on the course. (ball testing is really hard).
The 7 iron shots I hit had spectacularly consistent data. The spin numbers are so consistent and really high, which means I could stop the ball on any green anywhere. The shots had a higher launch than I was used to compared to my usual Titleist Pro V1, and although my carry distance isn’t mind-blowingly long, I am happy with the front-to-back dispersion.
Knowing what you’re going to get is the key to expert iron play, and the TaylorMade TP5 delivers that tremendously.
Driver testing also went well for the TP5. I hit my longest carry of the day with the TP5 at 279 yards and averaged my lowest spin of any other ball. The 165mph ball speed is not too shabby, either. I had a high penetrating ball flight which would work pretty much anywhere.
This is an excellent ball and a real contender for the tour ball of the year. It is quite a high compression, so may not suit low-speed players, but is extremely high performing and will be tough to get out of my bag for the rest of the season!
TaylorMade TP5 golf ball review: The Details
Colours: White, Yellow, Pix
RRP: £49.99 per dozen
How do we test golf balls?
At National Club Golfer, we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.
We headed to Woodhall Spa Golf Club to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. We tested each golf ball on the putting surface and around the greens before collecting data on 50-yard pitch shots, with a 7-iron and with a driver.
What to consider when buying a new golf ball?
Golf ball feel is a personal preference. Different balls on the market will feel softer or firmer depending on their compression and structure. It is crucial to test balls when putting, chipping and hitting long game shots to check you like the performance across all areas.
How far you want to hit the golf ball is a crucial consideration when picking a brand and model. Getting the right compression relative to your swing speed and strike will help you get the maximum distance out of a golf ball. You also need to consider if getting maximum distance is important to you or if you would rather give up some yardage to gain in other areas.
Generally, lower handicappers are looking for a ball that spins more so they can get more control around the greens. In this case, getting a ball with a urethane cover is really important as it will give you the most spin and control.
Not everyone wants to spend £50 a dozen on golf balls. When picking the right golf ball for you, you should consider how much you want to spend relative to what performance you want.
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