Ball Lab: TaylorMade TP5 Assessment


MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of the golf balls on the market to help you find the best bang for your buck. Today we're taking a look at the 2021 TaylorMade TP5. To learn more about our testing process, how we define "bad" balls, Check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

About the TaylorMade TP5

an overview of the TaylorMade TP5

Of the two balls in the current TP5 retail family, the TaylorMade TP5 flies a little higher and spins significantly more through the pocket than the TP5x. It's also a bit softer, and while we don't condone choosing your golf ball by feel, that's definitely one reason some choose the TP5 over the TP5x.

The TP5 remains the only five-piece ball from a major manufacturer on the market. While its competitors would undoubtedly deny this, TaylorMade's position is that more layers provide a greater opportunity to tune spin performance across the bag.

As we have already noticed several times. TaylorMade's manufacturing approach is unique. The cores and inner cladding layers are made in Taiwan. The near-finished balls are shipped to TaylorMade's facility in the United States, where the sleeves are attached.

TaylorMade TP5 compression

a table with detailed information on the compression of the TaylorMade TP5

On our track, the 2021 TaylorMade TP5 measures an average of 87 compression. That's about three points less than the previous generation. It's only four points softer than the current TP5x and identical to the Titleist Pro V1 (although the spin profiles are significantly different). While it will never be confused with TaylorMades Soft Response or even the Tour Response, it is certainly on the softer side by legitimate PGA TOUR ball standards.

TaylorMade TP5 diameter and weight

A single ball in ours TaylorMade TP5 Sample exceeded the USGA weight limit of 1.62 ounces. Accordingly, it was marked as bad.

We did have a few spheres that weren't perfectly round, but none of them in the sample did not meet our standard of roundness.

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TaylorMade TP5 inspection

Centeredness and concentricity

As with the TP5x, we marked six percent of our sample as bad. In both cases, the cause was considerable differences in layer thickness in two or more layers.

As with other TaylorMade TP5 series balls, we've encountered issues with multiple layer penetration (the outer layer effectively melts with the inner layer). While they were widespread, none were significant enough to mark the ball as bad. However, this is still an issue for TaylorMade and we hope it will be improved (if not fixed) in the future.

Core consistency

It's not uncommon to find a few different shades of kernels on TaylorMade. This is not uncommon in the industry and in most cases if it's a real problem it will show up in the gauge readings.

We also noticed some differences in the coat color. This is a little more unusual, but we will again limit ourselves to the measuring devices.

We noticed a few pips with some speckles … call it unmixed material. Regardless, few balls were hit and we didn't feel that this would have a major impact on performance.


No coverage deficiencies were found.

TaylorMade TP5 – Consistency

In this section we describe the consistency of the TaylorMade TP5. Our consistency metrics give a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were compared to all models tested so far.

The results of our consistency tests (below) are frustrating. On the one hand, it is reasonable to say that most of the problems we encountered were due to a single box. On the other hand, all balls of a given model are supposed to be the same and in this case there is a strong argument that was not the case with the TP5s we bought.

a ball-to-ball consistency chart for the TaylorMade TP5

Weight consistency

  • Balls in Box 1 were heavier than Boxes 2 and 3 and contained a single ball over the USGA weight limit.
  • I suppose box 2 best represents the sample average, while box 3 was a bit weak.

Diameter consistency

  • TaylorMade makes a little ball. To say box 1 is big (by TaylorMade standards) is an understatement.
  • Boxes 2 and 3 have smaller average diameters and almost all balls dance dangerously close to the minimum allowable diameter, which is exactly what we expect from TaylorMade.

Compression consistency

  • Box 1 is the outlier here too. It's firmer and generally less consistent than the other boxes.
  • The compression delta over the entire sample was nine points. That is not outstanding, but in the average range.
  • The average compression delta (the compression range across the three points measured on each ball) is at the high end of our average range. It is noteworthy that only a single ball showed more than three points difference over the three measured points.

Real price

True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It's a projection of what you would have to spend to make sure you got 12. receive Well Bullets.

The real price is always the same as or higher than the selling price. The greater the difference between the Selling Price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.

TaylorMade TP5 Summary

To learn more about our testing process, how we define “bad” balls and ours Real price metric, Check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

If you allow me to do a little editorial, the TaylorMade TP5 (and I suspect the TP5x) frustrates me to death. It would make sense for TaylorMade's offerings to be those that challenge Titleist for supremacy in the marketplace, especially given its unique five-layer construction and the ability to more precisely tune spin throughout the bag. The thing is, with every Ball Lab we go through, it becomes more apparent that TaylorMade still has some work to do on the quality side of the equation. It's reasonably consistent most of the time, but sometimes not – and these layer penetration issues are far more common than other brands with a similar double jacket construction. It shouldn't be happening.

For many golfers, the TP5 lineup checks all the criteria, but the consistency doesn't always live up to the potential of the performance characteristics.

The good

  • Throw away the first box and the numbers are pretty good.
  • The smaller average diameter (with two of the boxes) should be an advantage in terms of distance.

The bad

  • One of these boxes is not like the others.
  • Persistent level problems

Final grade

the TaylorMade TP5 receives an overall grade of 65.

The rating is due to a sub-par consistency for both weight and diameter, along with the three poor spheres noted in the sample (one weight and two layers of concentricity problems).

TaylorMade TP5

TaylorMade TP5

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