The best Pro V1 alternative: TaylorMade TP5 Golf Ball (2024) Review

By , Today's Golfer Equipment Editor
  • At a glance

  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
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  • Pros
    • Additional cover durability over previous models.
    • The colour, Pix, Limited Edition, and MySymbol options are endless.
    • Lots of golfers will enjoy the feel and sound on quick greens.
  • Cons
    • You need to put a real premium on a softer feel and extra greenside spin to turn down the extra ball speed and distance of the TP5x.
  • RRP £44.99

What we say...

Faster, more feel, and extra greenside control… Does the 2024 TaylorMade TP5 rival the Titleist Pro V1?

Since entering the tour golf ball category in 2007, TaylorMade golf balls have been played by the game’s modern-day greats. Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, and Sergio Garcia have all played TaylorMade golf balls over the last 15 years, but only since introducing the TaylorMade TP5 franchise in 2017 has the brand kicked on to making some of the best golf balls available. Today Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood, and Rickie Fowler all play TP5 golf balls, a decision utterly supported by the findings of my most recent robot golf ball test.  

TaylorMade TP5 golf balls

The TP5 family comprises the softer and lower-flighted TaylorMade TP5, and the TP5x, which is faster, longer, and higher launching. Both models were last updated in 2021 so 2024 is the year TaylorMade feels their new Speed Wrapped Core can seriously improve speed whilst heightening sound and feel.

A graphic to show the Speed Wrapped Core at the center of the ball

Everything you need to know about the TaylorMade TP5 (2024) golf ball

New Speed Wrapped Core

Since their introduction in 2017, each new generation of TP5 ball has come with one special area of advancement over previous generations. The second-generation 2019 TP5x benefitted from a Speed-Layer System that incorporated High Flex Material to unlock new levels of speed. The 2021 TP5x came with a new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern that maximized aerodynamics and reduced wind resistance to add carry distance. Where the 2024 TP5x comes with a new Speed Wrapped Core that thanks to decoupling sound and feel from speed gives the biggest jump in performance since the TP5 was first introduced.

A Speed wrapped Core might not sound like much but TaylorMade say they’ve worked on the idea for a decade. Thanks to a new lower-density core additive it’s possible to bust wide open the ‘firm is fast’ and ‘soft is slow’ thinking that’s existed in the golf ball arena for decades. Essentially the idea means the TP5 has a better sound and more feel, without lowering the compression and becoming slower.

A graphic to show the progressive 5-layer construction of the TaylorMade TP5 2024 golf ball

New Progressive 5-layer construction

TaylorMade have used the tagline ‘the most complete tour ball’ for their tour-level TP5 models for a while now and they reckon a new progressive 5-layer construction idea expands on this concept.

Thanks to how the new Speed Wrapped Core optimizes variable stiffnesses between the core and mantle layers they’ve dialled down performance at both ends of the bag. So, less spin helps golfers add distance with the driver and long irons, yet enhanced spin control also comes into play when hitting the most delicate wedge approaches. A real win-win for decent golfers who already produce good levels of club speed.

Who is the TaylorMade TP5 (2024) for?

Even though the new TP5 comes with a slightly lower price tag the franchise is still a tour-level urethane-covered golf ball that’s aimed at decent players and those who just want to play the best golf balls available. In my mind, you need to be at least a low double-digit handicapper or better to warrant getting the best from a golf ball at this level.

A table showing the differences between the 2024 TaylorMade TP5x and TP5

Should you play the TP5 or TP5x?

The TP5 is TaylorMade’s softest feeling 5-layer tour ball. This model prioritizes a softer feel with enhanced spin around the green, it’s worth remembering though a majority of the company’s athletes choose the firmer TP5x out on tour. This ball will fit golfers who prioritize touch and feel in their short game and rely on precise and responsive control to score at their optimum.

Whereas the TP5x prirotizes ball speed making it the ideal choice for golfers seeking increased velocity off the clubface. The new TP5x reduces driver and long iron spin (over the previous model) so there’s a focus on distance while maintaining greenside control. This would be the choice ball for golfers seeking less driver spin and wanting to hit shots a fraction higher through the bag.

Both the 2024 TP5 and TP5x produce less driver and long iron spin than previous models while maintaining wedge spin. Spin variance is the biggest differentiator between the two models. Where the TP5 offers more wedge spin, the TP5x produces less driver and long iron spin along with a higher launch but flatter trajectory.

The 2024 TaylorMade golf ball family

TaylorMade doesn’t just make golf balls for tour players

If you’re a club golfer with a driver swing speed hovering around 88 – 98 mph it’s important to remember TaylorMade also makes the brilliant urethane-covered Tour Response (£39.99 RRP). For price-conscious golfers, there’s also an ionomer-covered Soft Response (£24.99) which will be updated this spring too.

So, while this premium TP5x sits at the top of the price tree there are plenty of other TaylorMade golf ball alternatives out there to better fit your game and budget.  

TaylorMade TP5 Pix golf balls

Meet the family

TaylorMade can do things other golf ball brands can’t and that’s printing 360° around the golf ball’s surface. I’ve been to the TaylorMade golf ball plant in Liberty, South Carolina where the company have invested $100 million in making better golf balls more efficiently but also intending to own the golf ball visual tech arena. 2024 is the year the company’s clever master plan comes together.

TaylorMade have a blueprint in place to switch how golfers buy golf balls based on feel and performance to factoring in emotion in a way no other golf ball brand does. That means the TP5 (and its TP5x sibling) will also be available as Pix models with an updated pattern.  

For 2024 the Pix design has been refreshed and thanks to having thousands of rounds under their belt playing Pix Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler have had direct input into this newly updated design. Golfers can expect a noticeably better motion diamond pattern, where the previous design was triangular. The colors are also brighter and in greater detail so golfers get better roll feedback on the green and greater help for aligning squarely at their target.  

TaylorMade TP5 Pix golf balls

There will also be further limited edition models (keep your eyes open around the Masters in April) with motifs ranging from beer jugs to pizza, flowers, and US college logos. Golfers in the USA will also be able to customize the TP5 and TP5x much more deeply with their own design through TaylorMade’s MySymbol platform.

From what I’ve seen it’s not beyond the realms of possibility in just a few years a majority of golfers will want to play golf balls customized with their favorite pattern or design.

Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler with their TaylorMade TP5x Pix golf balls

TaylorMade on the 2024 TP5

Michael Fox, Senior Director of Product Creation, Golf Balls

“Our learnings from countless player and Tour tests show that golfers, unsurprisingly, favor a softer more muted sound with added distance. Historically, the challenge has been the inability to improve one without negatively impacting the other. With this understanding, we’ve evolved our golf ball design process by uniquely decoupling feel and speed through material advancement, a complete departure from the conventional. The material-level advancement positions our TP5/TP5x family as having the best feel in the industry with faster constructions.”

Details: TaylorMade TP5 (2024)

RRP: £44.99 / £47.99 TP5x Pix

Construction: 5-layer

Cover: Urethane

Target golfer: Tour level

About the author

Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow – Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World. Working alongside our test pro Neil Wain, Simon has made the most reliable source for golf club testing.

Despite his youthful looks, Simon has played golf for more than 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

Simon’s job means he plays regularly around the world, and rates Kingsbarns as his favorite course. He uses a PXG 0311 GEN6 XF driverTaylorMade Stealth 2 HL (15º), Ping G400 (20.5º), PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybridPXG 0311 GEN6 P irons (6–PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Ping 21 Fetch putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

You can contact Simon via email and follow him on Twitter for loads more golf equipment insight.

Product Information

TaylorMade TP5 (2024) golf ball

RRP: £44.99 / £47.99 TP5x Pix

Construction: 5-layer

Cover: Urethane

Target golfer: Tour level

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