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Best TaylorMade Golf Balls

Golf Monthly logo Golf Monthly 12/2/2021 Jeremy Ellwood
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Best TaylorMade Golf Balls

The golf ball is the only piece of equipment with which you play every shot in every round, so it is important to find the best golf balls that are right for your game.

TaylorMade is, of course, one of the tour ball brands, with many top pros playing its premium TP5 and TP5x models. But that doesn't mean that the best premium golf balls will be right for you and the way that you swing the golf club.

Nor does it mean that TaylorMade doesn't have other ball models in its range that might suit you down to the ground, and cost a little less into the bargain.

Indeed, TaylorMade's current ball range has plenty of options for different types of golfer. Whether you're after more spin and control around the greens, a ball that offers all-out distance, or one of the best golf balls for women, there's an option for everyone.

Be sure to check out the links through to our reviews, which will help to further inform you about which models will prove the best TaylorMade golf balls for your game.

But alternatively if you prefer a different brand than TaylorMade then take a look at our guides on the best Titleist golf ballsbest Callaway golf balls and best Bridgestone golf balls.

Best TaylorMade Golf Balls

The updated TaylorMade TP5 now boasts a new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern. This has been engineered for improved aerodynamics and carry distance for golfers across the ability spectrum.

This new dimple design features a unique ‘dual-radius shape’ that optimises airflow around the ball to reduce drag and therefore promote greater distance.

The five-piece design features four increasingly stiff layers wrapped in a cast urethane cover, with the High-Flex Material (HFM) introduced in the previous generation still helping to optimally convert compression into ball speed.

This new model has a large, more reactive core for more ball speed, while remaining the softer of the two models for increased greenside spin and lower launch. It is also the more workable of the two models.

The latest TaylorMade TP5x also features the new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern for improved aerodynamics, with the new ‘dual-radius shape’ dimples optimising airflow around the ball to reduce drag and therefore promote greater distance.

The five-piece TP5x also uses the High-Flex Material (HFM) as part of a ‘Speed-Layer System’ designed to deliver added ball speed via optimal energy conversion.

TP5x remains the firmer of the two models, and is faster, longer and higher-launching in the right hands. But a new, slightly softer, cast urethane cover helps it grip wedge grooves better for increased spin and a lower launch around the greens.

The TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Pix balls are exactly the same as the non-Pix versions in terms of design, sharing the same technology and five-piece construction.

However, they have been enhanced by the distinctive ClearPath alignment markings, that were co-designed by PGA Tour star, Rickie Fowler.

The pixellated, triangular graphics are strategically placed to provide immediate feedback as to how the ball is rolling. Line up using the TaylorMade logo, and the dark orange markings should form two straight lines on perfectly struck putts.

The two contrasting colours in the graphics are said to make them more visible in different light conditions.

The TaylorMade Soft Response is one of two Response models sitting beneath the brand’s premium TP5 product, along with the Tour Response ball (see below).

Soft Response has been designed with moderate swing speeds in mind, offering all-round performance with a softer feel, courtesy of a soft but durable ionomer cover.

The ZnO Flex 35-compression core helps maximise energy transfer at impact, with the Extended Flight Dimple pattern promoting decreased drag and increased lift. This allows the ball to stay in the air for longer at lower spin rates.

It is available in white, yellow or pink, and is one of the best soft feel golf balls on the market.

The three-piece Tour Response ball features a high-spring, 40-compression core that maximises energy transfer for added distance.

A firmer second layer around the soft inner core helps to increase speed while keeping spin low off the tee.

Up at the green, its cast urethane cover helps wedge grooves grip the ball better for more greenside spin. However, a crosslinking chemical reaction improves shear resistance to ensure this added feel doesn’t come at the expense of durability.

The TaylorMade Distance+ ball is about speed and distance, with its REACT Speed Core and aerodynamic 342-dimple pattern promoting low-drag, high-velocity performance.

The soft ionomer cover not only provides decent greenside feel, but also boosts the ball’s scuff- and shear-resistant properties for greater durability.

The final part of the package is a new cross-shaped ‘plus’ alignment stamp to help you line up and aim properly with the putter.

TaylorMade’s 60-compression RBZ Soft offers good all-round performance without breaking the bank.

The ball’s fast REACTcore stores and releases energy efficiently throughout the bag for excellent distance. The LDP 342 high-lift, low drag dimple design promotes a high launch and keeps the ball up in the air longer for optimum distance.

At the scoring end of the hole, the Iothane cover offers ample soft feel to help you play those shorter shots with confidence. Available in traditional white or high-visibility yellow.

Additionally, given the performance and the good value on offer here, we think the RBZ is one of the best golf balls for beginners around.

The Kalea is essentially designed for ladies who (on average) won't swing it as fast as men. But its performance attributes could work for anyone towards the slower end of the swing spectrum (perhaps kids or more senior golfers)

Its low compression generates more lift for more yards, with the High-Energy REACT core maximising driving distance.

A soft ionomer cover the provides soft feel into the greens along with excellent greenside spin.

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How we test golf balls

Here at Golf Monthly we have a highly experienced team of testers who are fortunate to play a lot of golf in different conditions and who have all been working in the golf industry for many years.

Some are better at the long game and off the tee; others excel on and around the greens.

We aim to test every ball model on the market as soon as it become available to us, putting in the hours out on the golf course, the practice ground, the short-game area and the putting green so we can get a feel for every ball's strengths and weaknesses from tee to green.

Obviously we also put the balls through launch monitor testing and often attend produt launches so we can have a better understanding of new technology. 

However it should be said no manufacturer can pay for a good review, we tell it how it is. 

What to consider when buying golf balls

Soft or firm? - The best premium golf balls come in alternative versions that spin slightly less for players who prefer a firmer feel or more control off the tee. Try both from various distances to find your preference.

Cover material - Urethane-covered balls offer the best spin control and feel but do cost more. Experiment to see if you notice enough of a difference to justify the extra cost, or whether the best mid-price golf balls might be an option.

Long game or short game? - Which aspect of the game is most important to you? Do you want to get as much distance as possible out of your golf ball or would you prefer a model that allows your short game to flourish thanks to improved feel?

Well we have created guides for both. If you value the former then check out our guide on the best distance golf balls.

Or, if you put a real premium on feel, perhaps our best soft feel golf balls guide might be a good next step.

Price - No buying guide would be complete without at least mentioning the price factor. Thankfully most brands make models at different price points so you can rest assured there will be a top-performing model for you, however much you want to spend.

Additionally another tip we have when it comes to golf balls is to practice with the same golf ball you play in competition because it will improve feel for a more reliable short game.

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