Which 2022 TaylorMade golf ball is right for me?

Published:

Some of the world’s best golfers use TaylorMade golf balls, but which of their models is best for your game?

TaylorMade make a habit of upping the ante when it comes to golf equipment. The ripples from the launch of the Stealth driver earlier this year are still being felt across the industry.

In 2021 TaylorMade released the latest version of its TP5 golf ball, which had a larger, more reactive core and uses an all-new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern, taking aerodynamics and carry distance to a new level for golfers at every level. 

Four years after setting out on a journey to “redefine the path to distance”, the company unveiled the ground-breaking five-layer design and a new dimple design that reduced drag and promoted distance.

RELATED: TaylorMade’s Stealth driver tested

Rory McIlroy uses TaylorMade golf balls

Many of its leading players had their input into the latest version of the TP5 and TP5x with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Collin Morikawa all contributing.

RELATED: What’s In The Bag: Rory McIlroy

It is typical of the approach of a company that is now arguably golf’s most influential equipment powerhouse. You can read our review of the best TaylorMade drivers, irons and putters to find out more about their technologically advanced products.

But let’s start with a look at the best TaylorMade golf balls.

The TP5 are one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade TP5 Golf Balls

RRP £49.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction Five-piece with cast urethane covers | Colours White, Yellow
Related: Full review

TaylorMade’s five-layer approach to tour balls gives more knobs and dials to tweak to tailor each ball to its target player and the TP5 is the slightly softer version preferred by 2021 Open champion Collin Morikawa.

The original TP5, launched in 2017, spurred a movement that has TaylorMade among the fastest-growing golf ball brands of the last several years. It utilised a proprietary construction with four increasingly stiff layers wrapped in cast urethane, creating the foundation to optimise both distance and spin.

Collin Morikawa uses TaylorMade golf balls

For the second generation in 2019 the company wove High-Flex Material (HFM) into the construction of their premium balls to more efficiently convert compression into ball speed. Known as the Speed-Layer System, this design injected a new level of speed into TP5 over the prior generation.

RELATED: What’s In The Bag: Collin Morikawa

Then in 2021 TaylorMade introduced the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern. The revolutionary new design has a unique dual-radius shape that decouples dimple volume from depth to optimise airflow around the golf ball during flight, ultimately improving the aerodynamics and increasing carry distance.

The TP5, also used by Matthew Wolff – he uses the TP5 pix (see below), has a little extra wedge and green-side spin (not full wedge shot spin), while the TP5x flies higher and is slightly longer with the driver and irons.

RELATED: Best Premium Golf Balls

The TP5x are one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls

RRP £49.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction Five-piece with cast urethane covers | Colours White, Yellow
Related: Full review

The TaylorMade TP5x is is the choice of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and others who have used it and the TP5 in competition. Engineers discovered that players switched from TP5x to TP5 for the enhanced greenside spin and control in the short game. Conversely, players switched from TP5 to TP5x for the added distance and ball speed.

Dustin Johnson uses TaylorMade golf balls

Taking that information on board, TaylorMade gave TP5x a slightly softer cast urethane cover that better grips the grooves on a wedge for increased spin around the greens with lower launch, while remaining the fastest Tour ball in their line-up.

RELATED: What’s In The Bag: Dustin Johnson

The TP5 pix are one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade TP5/TP5x pix Golf Balls

RRP £49.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER (TP5) | VIEW OFFER (TP5x)
Golf ball construction Five-piece with cast urethane covers | Colours Pix
Related: Full review

As well as the standard white TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x models, both golf balls are available in pix, the alignment system co-developed with Rickie Fowler and first released in 2020.

The ClearPath Alignment system uses 12 evenly spaced graphics to enhance visibility while significantly aiding in alignment on the putting green and helping golfers immediately gauge the quality of their stroke by watching the ball’s roll.

The 2021 pix’s visual technology was not changed but the performance was also upgraded to match the all-new design of the TP5x with the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern.

The Tour Response are one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade Tour Response Golf Balls

RRP £39.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction
 Three-piece with urethane cover | Colours White, Yellow
Related: Full review

TaylorMade’s second-generation of their hit club golfer Tour Response ball, includes a new dimple pattern, revolutionary alignment aid, and a cast urethane cover.

For years, amateur golfers were starved of credible golf ball options designed specifically for them. Now, average swing speed club golfers now have an abundance of ball choices with all of the big brands spotting the gap in the market and producing tour ball quality models that are right for everyday players.

RELATED: Best Balls For Club Golfers

For us, TaylorMade’s Tour Response has been the best in this category since its first generation launched back in January 2020… and now there’s a new and improved version.

The 2022 Tour Response comes with the same Tour Flight dimple pattern, the same cast urethane cover, and the same mantle material (HFM) as the TP5. The only real difference is that, rather than having the five-layer construction and 87 compression, which allows TaylorMade to dial in the specific spin characteristics that some higher speed players need, the Tour Response has three layers and 70 compression. In layman’s terms, this is a tour-quality ball for non-tour players.

RELATED: Robot tested – Which golf ball is right for you?

The Soft Response are one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade Soft Response Golf Balls

RRP £24.99 | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction
 Three-piece with ionomer cover | Colours White, Yellow, Pink

The Soft Response is a rare three-piece model (with Callaway’s ERC Soft) in what for many is a ‘value’ category.  The name gives a big clue as to who the Soft Response targets; players who like the feel of a very soft ball.

TaylorMade say it’s pretty common practice for club fitters to match lower speed players with higher lofted drivers as the extra spin helps shots stay in the air for longer, and the Soft Response does the same thing through golf ball design. Its unique dimple pattern aids distance and we’ve found it to be impressively long with a consistent flight off the tee.

It doesn’t spin as much as urethane models such as the Tour Response, but it feels soft off the face and at £2.08 per ball we think the TaylorMade Soft Response is one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers.

RELATED: Best Golf Ball Retrievers

The Distance+ is one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade Distance+ Golf Balls

RRP £18.99 | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction
 Two-piece with ionomer cover | Colours White, Yellow
Related Full review

The Distance+ was launched in 2021 and, as the name suggests, it is a distance golf ball, providing a mid-height launch.

The React Speed Core and 342 Aerodynamic Dimple Pattern help increase the ball’s carry distance and, with 77 compression, you can expect a soft feel and mid-high wedge spin.

As an added bonus it features a brilliant cross hairs alignment side stamp to help you on the greens. At £18.99 a dozen (£1.58 a ball) it’s one of the best value golf balls available, as well as being one of the best golf balls for distance and for high handicappers.

RELATED: Best Golf Balls for Beginners

The Kalea is one of the best TaylorMade golf balls

TaylorMade Kalea Golf Balls

RRP £21.99 | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction Two-piece with ionomer cover | Colours White, Matte Purple, Matte Peach

As a brand, TaylorMade are champions of the women’s game with a complete ladies’ line-up of hardware from tee-to-green including the Kalea golf ball.

Engineered specifically for ladies with a slow-to-moderate swing speed it has the lowest compression of any ball TaylorMade offer (60 compression), and as we’ve already suggested, the slower your swing the more compression you need.

It’s been designed to give you a helping hand to get more lift on your shots, making this one of the best kadues golf balls for distance. The secret lies hidden in the heart of the ball, where TaylorMade’s high-energy REACT core allows the ball to compress off the club face faster, boosting carry distance.

Adding power sometimes means a compromise to control, but not in this case. The Kalea’s soft ionomer cover improves feel and increases the spin you get on your touch shots, so you get great feedback with the putter in hand.

RELATED: Best Golf Balls For Ladies

GOLF BALLS: FAQs

Which professional golfers use TaylorMade golf balls?

Where to start! TaylorMade have made huge strides in the golf ball market in recent years with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Matthew Wolff, Rickie Fowler, Charlie Hull, Sung Hyun Park, Maria Fassi, Brooke Henderson, and Sierra Brooks.

How do I choose the best golf ball for my game?

Choosing the right golf ball can be a minefield. Between them, the big golf brands (Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Srixon, Bridgestone and Wilson) alone have more than 40 different models to choose between… and that doesn’t include different colour or alignment aid choices.

To the untrained eye, most golf balls promise similar benefits – more speed, more distance, less spin with a driver, more spin with a wedge, along with great feel. Researching them all and testing a few to find one that compliments your game is way beyond the attention span of most club golfers.

But after years of testing and fittings, we know that identifying the right ball for your game and handicap can help lower scores. Like every piece of golf equipment, you need to test it and find out if it’s right for you before putting it into play.

However, we also know that it can be expensive and that you want the best value golf balls for your money.

So where should I start with choosing a golf ball?

Read our brand-by-brand breakdowns of golf balls, along with our guides to the best balls for club golfers, high-handicappers, and low handicappers, and then choose a few models to try.

Some brands even do golf ball fitting days, while others have fitting questionnaires you can fill in on their websites which will help identify the right model for you.

We’d recommend always using the same ball for every round, especially during the main season. Golf is all about consistency, from the swing to your equipment. While it’s tempting to use those balls you find in the rough, you’ve no idea how long they’ve been there, how they were treated, or if they’re right for you.

We’d also avoid lake balls and refurbished. The lure of a bag of TP5s or Pro V1s for half the price can be great, but there are plenty of tests that show the performance levels really suffer, which could cost you vital distance, spin and, ultimately, shots.

And, while you can’t pick the balls you get on the range (unless you’re a Tour Pro), you can choose the balls you use to practice things like chipping, bunker shots, and putting. If you’ve got a ball that you no longer deem fit for putting into play on the course, we’d recommend you keep these to one side for practice as they’ll still give a fairly accurate representation of the ball you’ll use on the golf course.

Ideally, when choosing a ball, you’ll identify some models that are within your category and be able to pick up some sample boxes or just buy a sleeve of three of each of those balls.

If you go to a ball fitting, you’ll be fitted for your 7-iron swing and then you should fit your driver to the ball. 

Then take a selection of golf balls to the practice green and chip and pitch with them to see which model and cover gives you the best results, before putting with your favourite two to see which feels best off the putter face.

How much should I spend on golf balls?

Once you’ve worked out the level of ball that is right for you, you need to be honest about how much you can realistically commit to spending on golf balls in a season and see if that matches up. The typical club golfer gets through six dozen (72) balls a year, so even if you’re using a pretty basic two-piece, you’ll be looking at around £120 minimum. If you play one of the more premium models then it’ll be £240 or upwards.

Keep an eye out for deals. A lot of ball manufacturers do offers where you can buy four dozen for the price of three, and it’s always worth seeing if the price of the previous generation of the same ball drops once the new version goes on sale. We managed to pick up several boxes of TaylorMade’s first-gen Tour Response ball for £20 each when the new model was launched.

And while they might not be the coolest bits of kit, we’d recommend you add a ball retriever to your bag as they can save you a sizeable chunk of cash if you can get your ball back from the pond or bushes.

READ NEXT: Best Golf Balls 2022

- Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this page, we never allow this to influence product selections.