The TaylorMade TP5 ball is one of the products featured in our Editor's Choice product list.

TaylorMade TP5

Editor’s Choice 2019

Many of us probably still use a golf ball that doesn’t suit our game. However, as the one piece of equipment you use on every shot, it pays to get your model right. TaylorMade has released new (2019) versions of its premium TP5 and TP5x, with design enhancements said to improve tee-to-green performance as well as durability – and we’re impressed.

More ball speed

One of the key upgrades involves a new High-Flex Material (HFM), which enhances speed without impacting spin and other areas of performance. Both the TP5 and TP5x balls feature a Tri-Fast Core, which consists of three layers that work in conjunction to create lower drag and increased carry. Meanwhile, a soft urethane cover and a more rigid inner combine to provide more greenside control by forcing the cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation.

While both models deliver significant distance off the tee, the TP5 has a softer feel, launches lower on iron shots and has more spin around the greens, while the TP5x has a firmer feel and will generate higher launching iron shots.

Greater durability

In addition, a new Soft-Tough cast urethane cover, whilst a mouthful to pronounce, is another key piece of technology. For those of us who get frustrated when balls seemingly scuff too easily, this enhancement will be welcomed. The new cover features a cast urethane compound and new paint formulation to help each ball feel better and last longer.

TaylorMade staff professionals are said to be experiencing noticeable gains in ball speed across different swing speeds, including Rory McIlroy. There appears to be some very good reasons to make a switch to TaylorMade’s premium five-layer ball. Factor in the improved durability, and they represent excellent value for money, too.

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