TaylorMade Distance+ Golf Ball Review

We check out the TaylorMade Distance+ golf ball in this review and video.

TaylorMade Distance+ Golf Ball
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Golf Monthly Verdict

This is an extremely good value two-piece ball, which is a small fraction of the price that you will be paying for a premium ball, and offers many of the benefits that you would expect from a multi-layered ball

Reasons to buy
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    Very affordable price

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    Will last forever

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    Good for low swing speeds

Reasons to avoid
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    Takes getting used to on the greens

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    Lack of spin with your chips

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TaylorMade released the two-piece Distance+ ball on the same day as the all-new premium five-piece TP5 and TP5x balls in 2021. The headline here is that these are made for distance and are targeted at those of us who want a few extra yards but, more noticeably, it helps to get the ball airborne for lower swing speeds and they really are good value. Put simply these are about a third of the price of the company's premium offering and will tick enough boxes to make it a worthwhile investment for many of us.

TaylorMade say that the 'Distance+ offers high-velocity performance for distance on all shots. Combining a REACT™ Speed Core and high-speed, low-drag aerodynamics, golfers will experience a golf ball designed for speed'. That's what they say, but how did it actually perform? The review and video below goes into this.

I hadn't used a 'distance ball' for years and was pleasantly surprised given that my previous experience of such balls was like playing with a rock where you had no control. Off the tee these were long, no noticeable difference to a premium ball so don't suddenly expect to find an extra 20 yards, but the distance was maybe on a par with a ball that I would normally use which is impressive given how affordable they are.

They're touted as a mid-launch ball which is definitely true with the driver. The flight was great off the tee and, if you did want to keep the ball down, this was possible so there is definitely scope to hit different shots here.

Clubbing wise I was hitting the same clubs as usual but where I really noticed the difference was with the shorter irons. In this area of the game I definitely struggle for height but with the Distance+ the ball was coming off the face a lot higher and, given the lack of spin, you were able to stop the ball with a full shot.

Around the greens is where it will put some, but not all, players off. If you are a good chipper and rely on getting plenty of spin then this won't appeal. It comes off the face nicely but there is a noticeable lack of 'grab' when you strike one properly. 

If, like me, your short game is built around hitting chip and runs and putts from everywhere then there really isn't too much of a difference. The sound isn't as nice, it's a bit 'clicky', but it really depends on what the strengths of your game are and how you want to play to them.

On the greens it's far easier to offer some feedback with the putter and this was very different from normal. My tendency is to leave absolutely every putt that I hit short and this really wasn't the case here. If you use a non-inserted putter then it's even quicker off the face and it does take quite a bit of getting used to. Again, this might do you a few favors as it might make you get the ball to to the hole but there does feel like a lack of control with the putter.

There is a Plus Alignment Aid side stamp on this ball which is there to help you line up your putts. This didn't work for me as I like a single line and don't like too much going on. I also thought it made the ball look a bit cheap but this is all personal preference.

It's a great value ball and it will last forever. I used the same ball for 18 holes, hit a variety of trees and poor shots and there were no signs of any wear and tear so, if you could do with a bit of help off the tee and to get the ball airborne, and you don't want to spend too much on balls then this is ideal.

Mark Townsend
Contributing editor

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.