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2024 TaylorMade golf balls: Which is right for your game and budget?

By admin Jun23,2024

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In December, 2023, inside a white tent erected in the parking lot of a factory, Mike Fox, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for golf balls stood in front of an international group of golf media members and made a bold statement.

“Over the last five years, our company has really aligned itself around being a golf ball company,” Fox said. “Back in 2017, we really took a shift and said that in five years, TaylorMade wants to be known, or goal, is to have people, when they think about TaylorMade, think about golf balls as much as they think about clubs.”

TaylorMade has been producing golf balls since well before 2017, and the brand creates woods that are as technologically advanced as any in the industry, with the Qi10 family being the third generation of TaylorMade drivers to feature a carbon fiber face. The brand’s irons are used by both of the world’s No. 1 players, Scottie Scheffler and Nelly Korda, and its wedges and putters have grown in popularity, too. Being known as a brand that offers golf balls at that level too would be no small challenge.

But TaylorMade has made massive investments in golf ball manufacturing, research and development, and logistics. The factory in Liberty, South Carolina, that Fox stood outside was TaylorMade’s North American golf ball plant where TP5, TP5x and Tour Response balls are made, boxed and shipped to North America. The company also has a factory in Taiwan, and on June 5, it opened a third golf ball plant facility, TaylorMade Golf Ball Korea, in Cheongju, South Korea.

Over the last two seasons, TaylorMade has also made big commitments to visual technologies for golf balls, including the creation of the MySymbol program, updates to the Pix design, additional colors in the Stripe balls and the unique Ink pattern. The TP5 and TP5x also received major updates for 2024, so discover how each TaylorMade ball is designed to perform and which might be the best option for your game and your budget.

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TaylorMade MySymbol golf balls. (TaylorMade)

In 2023, TaylorMade launched the MySymbol program, a customization and personalization service that allows golfers to replace numbers with symbols like animals, flags, food items, drinks and more. Instead of playing a standard TP5 with a black TaylorMade logo and a “2” on it, golfers can opt for something like a TP5 with a purple TaylorMade logo and a taco or an orange TaylorMade logo with a flamingo under it and “FORE” stamped on the side. Collin Morikawa, Charley Hull and several other TaylorMade staff pros now use MySymbol balls in competition.  

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TaylorMade TP5x Pix for 2024TaylorMade TP5x Pix for 2024

TaylorMade TP5x Pix for 2024. (TaylorMade)

In 2024, TaylorMade debuted an updated version of its Pix visual technology as well. The original black and orange triangles on the Pix balls were replaced on the 2024 TP5 Pix and TP5x Pix with a two-toned, diamond-shaped pattern that creates two distinctive lines when golfers hit a putt squarely. Tommy Fleetwood has been using the new Pix pattern in tournaments throughout the year.

TaylorMade TP5 (2024)TaylorMade TP5 (2024)

The five-layer TaylorMade TP5 for 2024. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Price: $54.99 per dozen

Specs: Five-piece, urethane-covered golf ball available in white, yellow and Pix patterns.

Who It’s For: Golfers who want an elite combination of distance off the tee and with long irons, plus greenside spin and a softer feel. For the sake of comparison in this story, we will use the TP5 as the baseline ball. Like previous TP5 balls, the 2024 model is a five-piece ball, with a rubber core encased in three mantle layers that are under a urethane cover. Each mantle layer is progressively firmer, with the softest mantle closest to the core and the hardest directly under the cover. The urethane cover is designed to be easily grabbed by the grooves of wedges and short irons, to enhance greenside spin and control on approach shots, chips and pitch shots. The most interesting thing about the updated TP5 is TaylorMade claims that this ball sounds and feels like a lower-compression ball but behaves like a firm ball. Feel is subjective, but many golfers prefer a soft feel at impact, but soft-feeling balls can be slower. Firm-feeling golf balls are usually faster, but golfers often find the harder sensation off-putting. In the 2024 TP5, TaylorMade added a material it calls Speed Wrap to the rubber to the core  that changes the way the ball sounds when you hit it. It’s a deeper, softer sound, and with sound and feel being closely linked, golfers should hear, and by extension, feel, a softer sensation at impact while the TP5 retains its compression of 83. The 2024 TP5 should feel softer than the previous version, and softer than the 2024 TP5x because it has a lower overall compression. The TP5 may be slightly slower than TP5x with woods and long irons, and generate a lower launch angle, too, but the TP5 is designed to create slightly more spin than the TP5x with wedges.

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TaylorMade TP5x (2024)TaylorMade TP5x (2024)

The five-layer TaylorMade TP5x for 2024. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Price: $54.99 per dozen

Specs: Five-piece, urethane-covered golf ball available in white, yellow and Pix patterns.

Who It’s For: Golfers who want a firmer feel, distance off the tee and with long irons, along with maximum greenside spin. Like previous TP5, the 2024 TP5x is a five-piece ball, with a rubber core, three mantle layers and a urethane cover. And, as in the TP5, each mantle layer is progressively firmer is you move away from the core. TaylorMade added Speed Wrap to the core of the TP5x, so the ball sounds softer and feels softer, but the TP5x has a higher overall compression (88) than the TP5, so it still is the firmer-feeling ball of the two. That said, the 2024 TP5x should have a softer feel than its predecessor and give players more speed with wood and long irons than the TP5, because it is firmer. That firmness should also help it a generate a higher launch angle. The TP5, however, is designed to create slightly more spin than the TP5x with wedges.

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TaylorMade Tour Response golf ballsTaylorMade Tour Response golf balls

TaylorMade Tour Response golf balls. (TaylorMade)

Price: $42.99 per dozen

Specs: Three-piece ball with a cast urethane cover. Available in white, yellow and striped. 

Who It’s For: Golfers who want a premium-quality ball with a softer feel and a less-than-premium price. TaylorMade wants you to think of the Tour Response golf balls as discounted premium balls because while they have been designed with many of the same features and benefits found in the company’s TP5 and TP5x, but you will find them for about $12 less per dozen. Instead of having five pieces like the TP5 and TP5x, the Tour Response is a three-piece ball that has a large rubber core, firm mantle layer and a cast urethane cover. With an overall compression of 70, Tour Response will feel softer at impact than TP5, but to give it more speed, TaylorMade designed Tour Response with the same high-flex material (HFM) casing layer found in TP5 and TP5x. On full swing shots, it compresses like a spring before snapping back into shape. This process transfers energy into the shot more efficiently, to create more ball speed. The soft urethane cover should help golfers generate more spin on approach shots and around the green. In addition to being offered in white and yellow, Tour Response also comes in Stripe versions that add either a lime, blue, orange or blue/pink stripe to the ball that gives players a massive alignment aid on the greens and reveals when putts are well struck or a player’s stroke adds cut or hook spin. With fewer layers than TP5 and TP5x, Tour Response players are giving up a touch of speed off the tee and with woods, retaining high-level greenside spin thanks to the urethane cover and saving $12 a dozen compared to TaylorMade’s most-premium balls.

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TaylorMade SpeedSoft golf ballsTaylorMade SpeedSoft golf balls

TaylorMade SpeedSoft golf balls. (TaylorMade)

Price: $24.99 per dozen

Specs: Two-piece, ionomer-covered ball available in white, yellow and Ink pattern (green, blue, orange, pink and red)

Who It’s For: Budget-minded golfers who want more distance off the tee. For many players, $54.99 for a dozen balls is just not going to happen, and the $42.99 per dozen Tour Response may also be out of reach. For budget-minded golfers who still want a ball that delivers solid performance and doesn’t feel like a rock when you hit it, TaylorMade offers the SpeedSoft. This two-piece, ionomer-covered ball was designed to provide soft feel and more distance. SpeedSoft was made with TaylorMade’s new PWRCore, which is exceptionally soft, so every golfer should be able to activate it off the tee for more distance. However, because the SpeedSoft has a 50 compression, it holds the distinction of being the softest-feeling ball in the TaylorMade lineup. With an ionomer cover, SpeedSoft will not spin as much around the green as TP5, TP5x and Tour Response, but it is also about half the price of those balls. And, for 2024, TaylorMade is offering it in white, yellow and a unique paint-brushed version called Ink.

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