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 to rival the very best in each category. But that’s not to say the company has been resting on its laurels. 

The 2021 version has a new 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. Controlling trajectory was pleasingly easy and the spin levels facilitated fades and draws at will.

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.

To find a comparison in short game performance, we would probably most liken the TP5 to the Titleist Pro V1 which is high praise indeed.

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However, 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, so much so that even Rory McIlroy has put this ball into play.

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 some of the best golf balls for slow swing speeds.

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 soft feel 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 certainly 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.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer


Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour 2017, 13.5° - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 54 and 60 degree - Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x