Taylormade’s TP5 lineup is getting a lot of hype lately (and made it into our list of the best golf balls overall).
With Dustin Johnson, Rory McElroy, and Jason Day playing them, it makes sense to give them a look. But if you’re reading this, then you want to know the difference between the TP5 vs. TP5x and which one you should be playing.
The main differences between the Taylor Made TP5 and TP5x have to do with compression and cover softness. The TP5 has an overall compression rating of 85 and a softer cover while the TP5x has a compression rating of 97 and a firmer cover. This means that the TP5x will have less spin and a more piercing ball flight.
- Taylormade TP5 vs. TP5x Comparison Table
- Taylormade TP5 Breakdown
- Taylormade TP5x Breakdown
- Should I Play The TP5 or TP5x?
Taylor Made TP5 vs. TP5x Comparison Table
If you’re looking for more detail, you can check out our complete Taylor Made TP5 Review also.
Compared to it’s sibling, the TP5 has a noticeably softer feel.
As you get closer to the green, the difference becomes more pronounced. The TP5 feels a lot closer to the ProV1 than the TP5x does. This is especially true with wedge shots and shorter pitches and chips around the green.
What I liked about the TP5 was that it fell somewhere between the ProV1 and the firmer TP5x. So if you want all the benefits of a higher spinning tour caliber ball but with a slightly firmer feel then this might be a good choice.
Spin is probably the single largest differentiator between the TP5 and TP5x. The TP5 is a higher spinning ball. This comes with some positives and some negatives.
Mostly, this is likely due to the softer compression (and slightly softer cover when it comes to short game shots). This ball as a somewhat lower launch angle though to prevent the higher spin rate from causing the ball to balloon up in the air.
The spin rate for a ball is less about preference and feel and is really just a matter of matching your swing to the correct ball. So I would suggest picking up a sleeve or a box and trying them out compared to similar balls on the market. Based on my using the ball I found that the spin rate was lower than the ProV1 on similar shots. So if that ball is a little too spinny for you then the TP5 might be a great option.
Driving and Long Game
The TP5 and TP5x are sporting a new technology that Taylormade calls “High Flex Modulus” (or HFM) and claims that the material is more efficient at converting energy from the club impact into forward momentum of the ball.
I tried it out on the course compared to a ProV1 and with a swing speed around 108 on average, I actually got a little more distance off the driver and the 3 wood. Of course this isn’t a scientific experiment, but on good swings I saw the TP5 was consistently about 5 yards farther. Your results may vary and keep in mind that less spin may mean more distance off the driver but can also mean less ability to stop a long iron on the green. So balance your options and use the ball that matches your game.
I enjoyed putting with this ball. I usually prefer a soft feel on the greens, and the TP5 was a little firmer than my usual gamer but after a few putts, it was easy to get used to.
As an aside, I hear a lot of advice to start with putting when evaluating a golf ball. Frankly, in this day of launch monitors and amazing analytics, that’s a bad idea. You’ll just end up picking a ball as close to the one you’re currently using because, well, that’s what you’re used to. That will eliminate balls that may really help the rest of your game.
It won’t take you long to get used to putting with any kind of golf ball…so go with the one that matches your swing.
Who Is This Ball For?
The Taylormade TP5 ball is a great alternative for those of you that like to play the ProV1. It is certainly a premium golf ball and in the same class as the more popular ProV1. With a lower compression than the TP5x, you can get great performance out of this ball with a driver swing speed around 100-110.
The TP5x is the firmer lower spin brother to the TP5. It has similar technology built-in and gives players with a more aggressive swing another option.
Well it stands to reason if you read the description of the TP5 above then you know that the TP5x feels firmer. It still sports a urethane cover so it still feels like a good premium golf ball.
The TP5x is a lower spinning ball. Designed for those with higher swing speeds, it helps keep your backspin in check. This helps add distance to your drives (if you have a high enough swing speed to compress the harder ball).
However, that also means that you lose a little bit of spin on the shorter shots as well. For those of you that worry about the ball spinning back too much on the greens after a wedge shot, then this might be a good thing.
Driving and Long Game
The TP5x is designed for high swing speeds with the driver. With a compression rating of 97, you should be swinging that driver around 110mph or higher in order to get the most out of this golf ball.
The lower spin rate on this ball helps control both sidespin and backspin. So if you are working with a high swing speed, the TP5x will let you rip it without worrying about too much backspin causing the ball to balloon up into the air. This also means that sidespin is controlled a little more than the TP5 as well.
The TP5x claims a higher ball flight, which you may think is a bad thing if you are playing in some wind. But this ball gets up there and has more of a piercing ball flight. So it actually plays quite nicely in the wind. Better than the TP5.
Around The Green
I think one place where the TP5x may come up a little bit short of its cohort is for those short chips and pitches on a fast green when you need some real stopping spin on the ball. The urethane cover gives you decent spin on short shots, but not quite as much as the TP5.
Taylormade has said that the TP5x does use a slightly harder urethane cover compared to the TP5.
Who Is This Ball For?
The TP5x is for the low handicap player with high swing speeds. So if you are swinging your driver at 110+ mph then the TP5x might help you add some distance, decrease the backspin, and help you get a more piercing ball flight into the wind.
Should I Play TP5 or TP5x
Really, this decision should come down to just a couple of factors….
Swing speed, spin rate, and feel preference. If you aren’t getting the driver up to at least 105-110 then the TP5x will cost you yardage so go with the TP5. If you are, then grab a box of both and get on a launch monitor or take them out to your local course and see which one plays better for you.
Your individual swing will dictate whether you need the TP5 or the TP5x (to control backspin).
If you’ve used them, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought. Is there something that I should include above that I missed?