TaylorMade 2021 TP5 Golf Ball Review

We put the new TaylorMade 2021 TP5 golf ball from to the test to see how it performed on the golf course

TaylorMade 2021 TP5 Golf Ball Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The new 2021 TaylorMade TP5 is a virtually faultless ball in every area of performance and should prove to be especially popular for those who play a lot of competitive golf. Most notably, the feel this golf ball delivers leaves a lasting impression.

Reasons to buy
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    Amazing feel on all shots

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    Impressive distance off the tee

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    Offers significant greenside spin

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    Extremely workable

Reasons to avoid
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    On the lower launching side

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TaylorMade 2021 TP5 Golf Ball Review

The TP5 golf ball from TaylorMade has gone from strength to strength since its initial release in 2017. It’s truly one of the best golf balls on the market, offering all-round performance that is up there with the very best in each category. But that’s not to say the company has been resting on its laurels. 

New for the 2021 version is a dimple pattern designed to improve aerodynamics and increase carry distance. Additionally, it remains softer than the TP5x, ensuring an excellent balance of distance and spin.  In our testing, it was found to offer exactly that. Distance off the tee was never an issue, while approaching greens the ball was very workable with an iron in hand. Flighting shots high and low has rarely been easier.

Around the greens, the TP5 performed just how you’d hope and expect it to, with maximum precision and control allowing us to be aggressive to our chosen landing spot in the knowledge it would react as we expected. On the green, it felt really nice off the putter face, too, which is a performance aspect that goes slightly under the radar. On foreign greens, this made it easy to gauge the pace from the get-go.

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But it’s the feel provided which is the lasting memory of the 2021 TaylorMade TP5. Most balls nowadays - in the premium golf ball market, anyway - can boast a solid combination of distance and spin but the feel of the TP5 would be hard to match. 

From driver through to the putter, the soft cover felt great and meant that, even when using it for the first time, making the adjustment from another brand was seamless (and could be permanent).

Thinking objectively, the only drawback to the TP5 would be that for golfers with lower swing speeds, or those who already launch it low and need something that helps them get it in the air more, they might be better suited to something else.


Who should play TaylorMade TP5 Golf Balls?

The TaylorMade TP5 is unique in that it will prove to be a great option for just about anyone. It offers tee-to-green performance that is tour-caliber, and is also one of the best feeling golf balls on the market today. For those who like a firmer golf ball or need help in creating higher launch conditions, the TP5x from TaylorMade would be worth consideration as well, but the TP5 will suit the needs of the vast majority of golfers very well, assuming of course that it also meets their budget requirements.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1