TaylorMade TP5 & TP5x for 2021


A new dimple design with two radii improves air flow over the TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls. TP5 has also has a larger more response core while the firmer TP5x has a softer urethane cover.

Fast Facts:
TaylorMade TP5 golf ball
5-layer construction with cast urethane cover
Tour Flight Dimple Pattern
Soft high spin
Larger core
Choice of white or yellow
At retail March 5, $49.99 dozen

TaylorMade TP5x golf ball
5-layer construction with cast urethane cover
Tour Flight Dimple Pattern
Firmer feel
Short shot spin improved
Choice of white or yellow
At retail March 5, $49.99 dozen

TaylorMade’s 2021 TP family of five-layer premium balls has a redesigned dimple pattern with a shallower radius for less spin off the club and steeper sides to increase the carry distance as the ball comes down. In addition to overall improvement to ball flight and distance this new design also helps long iron shots stop more quickly.

The distinction between TP models of previous versions has be maintained for 2021 with the TP5 having a softer feel and more spin around the greens. The TP5x is longer than the TP5 but this year the cover is softer to help on scoring shots.

TaylorMade says their staff pros on Tour often switch between the two depending on the course and whether they want a ball with higher spin or one with more distance. The TP5 and TP5x also are available with the pix option used on Tour by Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff called ClearPath Alignment that enhances visual feedback to ensure the ball is aimed on the correct putting line.

In the announcement Michael Fox, Category Director for Golf Balls was quoted, “Since 2017, we have blazed a path to distance and speed with TP5/TP5x – building upon a foundation of Tour-proven performance with the patented five-layer system at its core. With the development of HFM in 2019 and now the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern, we’ve examined every component of the golf ball to ensure that each layer is functioning at its highest possible level and working in unison to deliver unmatched performance on every shot.”

Pricewise the TP5/TP5x are $5 per dozen more than the 2019 version but competitively are the same price as the 2021 Titleist ProV1/V1x. Callaway’s entry in this, the high end of the ball market, is the 2020 Chrome Soft/Chrome Soft X at $48 per dozen.

Ed Travis

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