Expert Review: TaylorMade TP5x Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
All photos by Bryan Friedman
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
The TaylorMade TP5x is a good all-around premium golf ball option. It has a piercing ball flight, making it fly super high and long. It does prove to be difficult to control green spin though. I would recommend this for mid and lower handicap players who are trying to dial in the best in ball performance.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x
- 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: Medium
- When I bought this: July 2022
- Days tested: 5 days
- Where I’ve used it: Lower Makefield Highlands Golf course and practice range, Makefield, PA
- Weather and wind conditions: Clear weather, little wind
- Turf conditions: Fast
- Green speeds: Fast
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a premium ball that would have extra long distance, hold the green well on approach, and have excellent greenside spin.
Why I chose this golf ball
I decided to buy this ball due to a recommendation from my brother. He liked the way it flew for him and recommended it to me. I also considered the PROV1x but wanted to put this one to the test first, over and above the TaylorMade Tour Response ball.
What I love about it
- Distance: The TP5x produces top distance of any premium 3-piece ball. It has a piercing flight off the tee and fairway alike, making it go farther in most conditions.
- Durability: From what I can see, this is a very durable ball. I used the same ball off the tee and around the green for about 72 holes with no scuff marks or wear.
- Color: The glossy white urethane cover is excellent for this model and makes it very easy to view top-down.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The TP5x did not have the preset feel among other premium balls I have played. Off the tee, the ball has a rather hard feel (due to the “x” model, I’m certain), and around the green, it was difficult to control the rollout.
- Green Spin: The green spin for this ball was noticeably poor for me. Coming into the green with mid and long irons, the ball would hit and spin off the back of the green. I normally don’t have this issue with other premium balls, which surprised me with the TP5x. It’s hard to score well when the balls constantly roll off the green.
Best shot with this golf ball
The best shot with this ball was at Makefield Highlands #9 par 5, 545 yards. The ball flew long and straight off the tee, about 285 yards. Set me up for a good second shot near the collar of the green and then chip and putt for birdie.
Value for the money vs. other options
I did not find much value in this ball versus other premium balls since it costs approximately $50 a dozen. In my opinion, other better models, such as the TaylorMade Tour Response and Srixon Z star, have the distance and the green spin that players need to score well.
If players are looking for pure distance and a piercing ball flight, then the TP5x is for them. However, I should warn them that they will always need to hit the front of the green or play in extremely soft conditions, or else they won’t have a lot of green in regulation.