Expert Review: TaylorMade TP5 Pix 2.0 Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Dustin Semenza
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf ball, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2022.
The TaylorMade TP5 Pix 2.0 golf ball is a five-layer tour-caliber ball, which is best suited for more skilled golfers that can generate enough ball speed to take advantage of the technology. The Pix version of the TP5 is a fun, cool new take on golf ball alignment and I really like how the logos make it very easy to line up my putts. I really enjoy the soft feel of the ball when I hit my wedges and putts, and the high amount of spin it generates on anything from my wedges to my long irons.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2022 TaylorMade TP5 Pix 2.0
- Color: White
- Average score: 75
- Handicap: 2
- Experience: 20+ years of playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Draw
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 118 mph with a driver
- When I bought this: March 2022
- Days tested: I have played this ball dozens of times over the past several months.
- Where I’ve used it: I have used this ball at 20+ courses across the Phoenix Metro valley, and regularly practice putting and chipping with this ball.
- Weather and wind conditions: Mild to severe wind conditions, but mostly sunny calm days
- Turf conditions: Soft/wet conditions and firm dry conditions.
- Green speeds: Anywhere between 9-12
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted a ball that would provide a lower trajectory with my driver since I have no problem hitting the ball high. I also wanted a soft ball that I could feel grabbing the putter and wedge faces instead of bouncing off them as a harder ball would.
Why I chose this golf ball
I specifically selected the TP5 golf ball for the softer feel, lower trajectory with the driver, and improved spin it provides around the greens. I wanted a ball I could stop quickly when hitting irons, as well as when chipping onto the green. I chose the Pix 2.0 version because I wanted something that had a different look than a normal white ball, and I liked the idea of the logos on the ball being alignment tools for lining up putts.
If I was going to play in really soft conditions I would have selected the TP5x option. This is because it would not generate as much spin into the greens as the Pix 2.0, and I would not have to worry about spinning my approach shots off the green.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance on this ball is exceptional when hitting the driver. It provides a nice consistent trajectory and carries a long way.
- Feel: I love the feel of this ball especially around the greens and when putting. The TP5 ball is specifically designed to provide a softer feel when compared to the TP5x, and it makes it feel like there is more control with the short game.
- Green Spin: This ball generates a lot of backspin with every wedge and iron.
- Color: The white with the specialized Pix logos work great as alignment aids.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Green Spin: Depending on the softness of the conditions and swing speed, I have had issues with creating too much spin which causes the ball to roll off the greens.
- Durability: These balls do not last long in terms of the cover not showing marks from hitting shots. I have made marks on brand new balls with one swing of a wedge.
Best shot with this golf ball
One highlight is that TP5 Pix 2.0 allows me to control my spin with my short game a lot more. I was able to make four bunker saves in a round at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, AZ. Although I was previously very inconsistent with my bunker shots, during this round I hit all four very close to the hole by controlling the spin. I even hit the flag on one shot and it almost went in.
Value for the money vs. other options
From a cost perspective, the TP5 Pix 2.0 is the same price as other high-end golf ball options like the Titleist ProV1 and Callaway Chrome Soft. So, for a player that is able to distinguish the difference between a 4 or 5-piece ball and a less expensive 3-piece ball, then the value is absolutely there. However, for a player that loses a lot of balls and doesn’t have a preference for the feel of the ball, this would not be the best option. Most players can save themselves a lot of money by going with a more inexpensive option such as the TaylorMade Tour Response.
The TP5 Pix 2.0 not only provides the highest quality golf ball for skilled golfers looking to create spin into and around the greens, but it also features a unique and fun alignment tool with the strategically placed logos across the cover of the ball. I would highly recommend these balls to any player that is operating with a bigger budget, and is willing to try a new style of design and alignment assistance.