Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Daniel
Review of the TaylorMade TP5x golf ball.
Golf ball reviews are a dime a dozen, but not many of them are focused on golf ball performance. The TP5x is the first to ever use a polyurethane cover to build a low spin, high MOI golf ball.
One of the most important factors in golf ball performance is spin. The TP5x produces an extremely low spin rate and a high initial ball speed on approach shots. The combination of low spin and high speed allows players to get more work done with their clubs in less time and makes it easier to hit higher shots.
The TP5x is also designed to give players a bit more confidence when they are off the tee, particularly on tougher courses where high spin golf balls tend to be most advantageous. If you are hitting the ball too high, or even on the fairway, you’ll be able to work on your shot with more confidence knowing that the TP5x will not spin as much and won’t fly as far.
Table of Contents
TaylorMade TP5x golf ball: Design
Rather than being redesigned, TaylorMade’s 2022 TP5x golf ball has been enhanced.
The 2022 TP5x is the firmer of the two balls in the TaylorMade TP5 range, as we cover in TaylorMade’s 2021 TP5 Ball Review, so if that’s your style, you’ll enjoy the 2022 TP5x.
The new TP5x 2022 features shallower dimples and steeper sides in a ‘Tour Flight’ dimple pattern that uses 322 dimples. Using this approach, the flight will be slightly slower with less drag for a more rainbow-like effect.
In order to provide a stop on the green, the ball with less spin has a steeper landing angle.
TaylorMade TP5x golf ball: Performance
On the course, the TP5x stopped very quickly, but around the greens, it did not seem to be a high spinning ball with a lot of checks. Yet the control was still pretty good due to the cast urethane cover which is a feature of premium golf balls like this one.
TaylorMade’s TP5 golf balls have excelled in wind stability in the past, and the 2022 TP5x is still among the best. Perhaps it stands out less in this regard than it used to, so maybe other models have caught up with it in this regard.
With four increasingly stiff layers beneath the cover, the club improves speed and distance. I found the distance to be pretty consistent with what I would expect from my clubs, so any gain was marginal.
There is a slight difference in firmness between the TP5x and TP5. I preferred the TP5x due to its louder impact sound. You may be able to hear the audible feedback you need to judge the speed of your putts if you use an insert putter.
There is no doubt that TaylorMade has done a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low spinning golf ball with this firmer feel.
As with the white and yellow TaylorMade TP5x dozen boxes, the Pix pattern is also available in the white and yellow TaylorMade TP5x dozen boxes. A strategically placed graphic helps with alignment and provides feedback on ball roll.
In my opinion, it isn’t that useful, but if you are into this sort of thing then it might have its uses, and in this respect, the Pix pattern isn’t inferior to anything.
Should I play the TP5x or TP5 golf ball?
The TaylorMade 2022 TP5x and TP5 provide complete tee-to-green performance thanks to TaylorMade’s five-layer construction.
TaylorMade’s current line-up provides world-class distance off the tee, but TP5x is the fastest and longest ball out there, with a firmer feel and higher launch. Also, it has a new and softer cast urethane cover that gives it more greenside spin than its predecessor.
With a new reactive core that is larger than the prior generation, the TP5 has a softer feel and more spin around the greens.
Pros and Cons
|REASONS TO BUY||REASONS TO AVOID|
|Premium urethane cover||Less spin around greens than TP5|
|Good stability in the wind|
The TaylorMade TP5x golf ball offers a good balance of tour performance and feels in a golf ball with a better spin and a firmer feel.