TaylorMade Tour Response Ball

Our verdict on the Tour Response ball from TaylorMade

TaylorMade Tour Response Ball Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Tour Response offers premium-like performance but falls falls £10 below its top-range ball. It is great for those who have a faster-than-average swing speed and want good control around the greens too.

Reasons to buy
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    Great all-round feel, distance off the tee and spin around the greens and comes in at a more affordable price than many top-of-the-range balls.

Reasons to avoid
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    Only fully effective for those with a slightly quicker swing speed.

In this TaylorMade Tour Response ball review, we wanted to see if it offered great all round performance at a competitive price

TaylorMade Tour Response Ball Review

In the Tour Response golf ball, TaylorMade is offering a cast urethane covered ball that comes in at around £10 less per dozen than the brand’s premium TP5 and TP5x balls, which has been updated for 2021.

The Tour Response has been launched along its sister ball the Soft Response, which is a softer-feeling ball with an ionomer cover instead of urethane.

taylormade tour response ball

In the long game testing, we found the Tour Response was a touch longer for our above-average swing speed than the Soft Response and comparable with the 2019 TP5 ball.

It produced a consistent flight and seemed easy to control in windy conditions, will well struck shots holding their line and maintaining good distance into the wind.

It is when we got towards the green that the Tour Response really came into its own. We set up one test – a pitch from around 30 yards into a firm green – and hit a series of wedge shots with the Tour Response.

There was no doubt the Tour Response just offered a greater amount of spin control on the greens than the Soft Response. Checking quickly on the second bounce, we felt as if we could be aggressive and committed when chipping toward the green.

For many amateurs, this is where a premium, urethane covered ball really comes into its own and the Tour Response certainly offered good spin control.

TaylorMade Tour Response and Soft Response Balls

TaylorMade Tour Response Balls

The Tour Response is certainly closer, both in terms of price and performance, to the brand’s flagship offerings in the TP5 and TP5x. If you are looking for that little more control around the greens compared to most other mid-priced golf balls, especially when pitching and chipping, then the Tour Response ball is well worth putting in play if you want to save a few pounds with limited sacrifice.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X