Best TaylorMade Golf Balls 2022

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Best TaylorMade Golf Balls

The golf ball is the only piece of equipment with which you play every shot in every round, so it is important to find the best golf balls (opens in new tab) that are right for your game. TaylorMade is, of course, one of the tour ball brands, with many top pros playing its premium TP5 and TP5x models. But that doesn't mean that the best premium golf balls (opens in new tab) will be right for you and the way that you swing the golf club. Nor does it mean that TaylorMade doesn't have other ball models in its range that might suit you down to the ground, and cost a little less into the bargain.

Indeed, TaylorMade's current ball range has plenty of options for different types of golfer. Whether you're after more spin and control around the greens, a ball that offers all-out distance, or one of the best golf balls for women (opens in new tab), there's an option for everyone.

Be sure to check out the links through to our reviews, which will help to further inform you about which models will prove the best TaylorMade golf balls for your game. But alternatively if you prefer a different brand than TaylorMade then take a look at our guides on the best Titleist golf balls (opens in new tab)best Callaway golf balls (opens in new tab) and best Bridgestone golf balls (opens in new tab).

Best TaylorMade Golf Balls

TaylorMade 2021 TP5 Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Five-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) Also available in Pix design

Reasons to buy

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New Tour Flight Dimple Pattern improves aerodynamics and carry distance
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Larger, more reactive core boosts ball speed without compromising softness

Reasons to avoid

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Lower-launching iron flight will not be right for some golfers

The updated TaylorMade TP5 now boasts a new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern. This has been engineered for improved aerodynamics and carry distance for golfers across the ability spectrum. This new dimple design features a unique ‘dual-radius shape’ that optimises airflow around the ball to reduce drag and therefore promote greater distance.

The five-piece design features four increasingly stiff layers wrapped in a cast urethane cover, with the High-Flex Material (HFM) introduced in the previous generation still helping to optimally convert compression into ball speed.

This new model has a large, more reactive core for more ball speed, while remaining the softer of the two models for increased greenside spin and lower launch. It is also the more workable of the two models.

From driver through to the flatstick, the soft cover felt great and meant that, even when using it for the first time, making the adjustment from other brands was seamless. Around the greens it also performed exactly how we wanted it to. 

TaylorMade 2021 TP5x Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Five-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) Also available in Pix design

Reasons to buy

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New softer cover promotes increased wedge spin and lower launch
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‘Speed-Layer System’ boosts ball speed via improved energy conversion

Reasons to avoid

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Only faster swing speeds will get the most out of the TP5x model

The latest TaylorMade TP5x also features the new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern for improved aerodynamics, with the new ‘dual-radius shape’ dimples optimising airflow around the ball to reduce drag and therefore promote greater distance. The five-piece TP5x also uses the High-Flex Material (HFM) as part of a ‘Speed-Layer System’ designed to deliver added ball speed via optimal energy conversion.

TP5x remains the firmer of the two models, and is faster, longer and higher-launching in the right hands. But a new, slightly softer, cast urethane cover helps it grip wedge grooves better for increased spin and a lower launch around the greens.

Despite feeling firmer than the TP5, it’s certainly not too firm and TaylorMade has done a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low spinning golf ball with this firmer feel.

TaylorMade TP5 Pix Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Five-piece
Colors: 1 (white but special edition patterns available)

Reasons to buy

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Tour-proven visuals co-designed by Rickie Fowler
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Provides immediate feedback on how the ball is rolling

Reasons to avoid

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Graphics may be overly fussy for some golfers

The TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Pix balls are exactly the same as the non-Pix versions in terms of design, sharing the same technology and their five-piece construction. However, the Pix has been enhanced by the distinctive ClearPath alignment markings that were co-designed by PGA Tour star, Rickie Fowler.

The pixellated, triangular graphics are strategically placed around the golf ball to provide immediate feedback on how the ball is rolling. Golfers can calibrate the angle of their putt using the TaylorMade logo and the orange markings on the triangles, which combine to form two straight lines around the ball. On perfectly struck putts, the ball is designed to produce a perfect white line through its centre. But if the triangles start to blend together in disarray as the ball rolls, that means your putting stroke was crooked. 

Gaining this level of instantaneous feedback is a very unique feature that not many other golf balls can boast and can seriously help you save shots around the greens. But the Pix's graphics can also assist your game in other ways. While the ball's soft casing allows golfers to add more spin onto the golf ball with their wedges, you can also see how much torque you're getting on each of your chips around the greens by using the graphics on this ball, which will appear to move faster or slower depending on how much spin you put on the ball. 

The two contrasting colors on the graphics make this ball much more visible in different light conditions and that means it is a lot easier to find the Pix than a standard white golf ball if you get stuck in the tall grass. If you're looking for a ball that will give you the same distance as the TP5 but also help you save more shots around the green, then you should definitely consider the TP5 Pix. 

TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 3 (white, yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Fairly soft feel on the greens
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Good greenside spin control
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Consistently strong ball flight

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite as long for the faster swinger off the tee than some premium urethane balls

Sitting just below the TP5 and TP5x models is the new Tour Response golf ball. We noticed several improvements when comparing to the previous model. For example the new ball was faster off the face by about 3 mph versus the previous generation with a fraction less spin. This created six extra carry yards and seven additional yards in total. We noticed it spun a little less with the irons and wedges as well and yet there was no loss of control or feel. We also thoroughly enjoyed the feel with the putter as well because it gave a lovely soft touch off the blade. 

Overall the long game performance in particular has been taken up a notch. For a relatively low-compression ball, we were impressed by the strength of the flight and the overall distance. When you couple that with the spin control offered by the cast urethane-cover, you have a solid all rounder that provides regular golfers with a good value for money alternative.

taylormade Tour response stripe golf ball review

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Color: 1 that is white, black and yellow

Reasons to buy

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Strong ball flight
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Good greenside spin control
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Clear alignment tool

Reasons to avoid

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The garish design may distract some

TaylorMade love to start new trends and the Tour Response Stripe epitomises their commitment to developing new golf technology. Similar to the TP5 Pix released in 2021, the standout feature of this golf ball is its striking design that looks to assist golfers with their alignment on the greens. The inclusion of the big yellow stripe around the ball might not be to everyone's taste, but it does have a purpose of assisting golfers in calibrating the angle of their putts while also helping players assess the quality of that stroke. 

For example, when we hit a putt sweetly and at the right speed, we noticed the strip cleanly rolled end-over-end. When we hit the ball crooked, the yellow line turned to a blur around the golf ball. This level of instantaneous feedback is a unique feature of this golf ball and can really help you save shots around the greens. 

Being made of the same composition, the Stripe performs in a similar manner to the Tour Response ball, enabling golfers to reach long distances off the tee thanks to its three-piece casing. Overall, it is an excellent all-around golf ball that is great for players looking to work on their short game and maximise distance from the tee. 

TaylorMade Soft Response golf ball

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 3 (white, yellow, red)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel off the putter face
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Superb short game spin control

Reasons to avoid

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Faster swingers may see a drop off in driver distance

TaylorMade also updated the Soft Response golf ball in 2022. TaylorMade says it is the softest ball it has ever produced and that was something we really noticed on the greens. It has a lovely feel of the face of the putter and this extends to the wedges.

Overall the TaylorMade Soft Response 2022 is a product that promises plenty of performance. Whilst faster swingers may see a drop off in distance at the top end of the bag, slower swingers will still be able to benefit from the superb short game performance without seeing the same drop off. 

TaylorMade Distance+ Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow)

Reasons to buy

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REACT Speed Core and aerodynamic cover design boost ball speeds
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New ‘plus’ alignment helps you line up and aim better on the greens

Reasons to avoid

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 As with any distance ball, feel and control are not its primary attributes

The TaylorMade Distance+ ball is about speed and distance, with its REACT Speed Core and aerodynamic 342-dimple pattern promoting low-drag, high-velocity performance.

The soft ionomer cover not only provides decent greenside feel, but also boosts the ball’s scuff- and shear-resistant properties for greater durability. The final part of the package is a new cross-shaped ‘plus’ alignment stamp to help you line up and aim properly with the putter.

taylormade rbx soft

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Good all-round performer at a very attractive price
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Very soft for enhanced feel will help in the short game
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Offers plenty of distance for those with slower swing speeds

Reasons to avoid

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May launch too high for those who naturally hit it high already

TaylorMade’s 60-compression RBZ Soft offers good all-round performance without breaking the bank. The ball’s fast REACTcore stores and releases energy efficiently throughout the bag for excellent distance. The LDP 342 high-lift, low drag dimple design promotes a high launch and keeps the ball up in the air longer for optimum distance.

At the scoring end of the hole, the Iothane cover offers ample soft feel to help you play those shorter shots with confidence. Available in traditional white or high-visibility yellow. 

TaylorMade Kalea Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 3 (white, purple, peach)

Reasons to buy

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Low compression will help slower swings create more ball speed and distance
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Available in white or eye-catching matte purple and peach

Reasons to avoid

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 Medium to fast swings speeds will not reap maximum benefits from its design

The Kalea is essentially designed for ladies who (on average) won't swing it as fast as men. But its performance attributes could work for anyone towards the slower end of the swing spectrum (perhaps kids or more senior golfers)

Its low compression generates more lift for more yards, with the High-Energy REACT core maximising driving distance. A soft ionomer cover the provides soft feel into the greens along with excellent greenside spin.

How we test golf balls

Here at Golf Monthly we have a highly experienced team of testers who are fortunate to play a lot of golf in different conditions and who have all been working in the golf industry for many years.

Some are better at the long game and off the tee; others excel on and around the greens.

We aim to test every ball model on the market as soon as it become available to us, putting in the hours out on the golf course, the practice ground, the short-game area and the putting green so we can get a feel for every ball's strengths and weaknesses from tee to green.

Obviously we also put the balls through launch monitor testing and often attend produt launches so we can have a better understanding of new technology. 

However it should be said no manufacturer can pay for a good review, we tell it how it is. 

What to consider when buying golf balls

Soft or firm? - The best premium golf balls come in alternative versions that spin slightly less for players who prefer a firmer feel or more control off the tee. Try both from various distances to find your preference.

Cover material - Urethane-covered balls offer the best spin control and feel but do cost more. Experiment to see if you notice enough of a difference to justify the extra cost, or whether the best mid-price golf balls might be an option.

Long game or short game? - Which aspect of the game is most important to you? Do you want to get as much distance as possible out of your golf ball or would you prefer a model that allows your short game to flourish thanks to improved feel?

Well we have created guides for both. If you value the former then check out our guide on the best distance golf balls.

Or, if you put a real premium on feel, perhaps our best soft feel golf balls guide might be a good next step.

Price - No buying guide would be complete without at least mentioning the price factor. Thankfully most brands make models at different price points so you can rest assured there will be a top-performing model for you, however much you want to spend.

Additionally another tip we have when it comes to golf balls is to practice with the same golf ball you play in competition because it will improve feel for a more reliable short game.

FAQ's

Are TaylorMade golf balls good?

The simple answer here is yes. At the top end of the spectrum, TaylorMade golf balls are used by some of the world's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa. Then the brand also makes models for every type of player, as well as every level. Importantly, whatever you are after from your golf ball, TaylorMade will offer a high-quality model. 

If you found this guide on the best TaylorMade golf balls informative, don't forget to look at the specific golf balls section of the Golf Monthly website.