Expert Review: TaylorMade Tour Response Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Bryan Friedman
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2021.
The TaylorMade Tour Response is a solid all-around ball. It balances distance, feel, and spin. It has proven to be durable for me throughout the season. This ball would be ideal for a mid handicapper (scores between 82-94) who is looking for a ball that does everything.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2020 TaylorMade Tour Response Golf Ball
- Color: White
- Average score: 85
- Handicap: 13
- Experience: 25 years playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Fade
- Typical trajectory: Medium
- Club swing speed: 120
- When I bought this: April 2021
- Days tested: 25
- Where I’ve used it: Five Ponds Golf Course, Warminster, PA, and Lederach Golf course, Harleysville, PA.
- Weather and wind conditions: Breezy, sunny
- Turf conditions: Excellent
- Green speeds: Normal to Fast
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a great all-around ball that performs in all aspects of the game, especially greenside spin and out of the bunker. I was ideally looking to compare the TaylorMade Tour Response to my previous ball, which was geared for distance.
Why I chose this golf ball
I decided to purchase this ball because I play TaylorMade drivers and know the research and development that went into creating this ball. I also considered buying the TaylorMade Soft Response ball as a comparison.
What I love about it
- Distance: The ball was long off the tee and also spot on with irons. The unique cover and dimple design make this possible.
- Feel: I especially like the feel of this new model ball. The ball has a urethane coating, which makes it feel as soft as any premium ball on the market.
- Durability: After a few wedge shots, the ball did not mark up as compared to other urethane-coated balls. After a few rounds, I was very pleased overall with the durability.
- Color: The glossy white finish makes it easy on the eye line and tracking in the air.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Green Spin: The one area lacking for this ball is green spin. I feel as though it rolls off the green with mid/long irons shots, compared with other premium balls that hold the green. Also, with sand and chip shots, the spin and rollout are difficult to dial in and control.
Best shot with this golf ball
My best shot with this ball was at Lederach Golf Club, hole 15, par 3, 215 yards. I used a hybrid off the tee to an elevated green, and this TaylorMade Tour Response ball flew high and true. It landed softly on the green, nestled up near the hole, and made birdie!
Value for the money vs. other options
So, this ball is a very good value for the money. It costs $15 less than the most expensive premium balls (such as the Titleist Pro V1 and Taylormade TP5) and performs almost as well. It lacks a tiny bit in distance (not explosive enough) and definitely in green spin. I would take this ball over comparable mid-level balls like Titleist Tour Speed and Callaway Super Soft.
This ball is perfect for a mid-handicapper who wants to try something new. It’s a great all-around ball that is not as expensive as the top-end models.