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TaylorMade launches all new 2021 TP5 and TP5x golf balls

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When it comes to TaylorMade and technology most people think of drivers and fairway woods, but with the release of the all-new TP5 and TP5x golf balls for 2021, TaylorMade is looking to continue to show golfers that they can be leaders in the premium ball category too.

History of innovation

Although the TP5 name has only been around for a few generations, TaylorMade debuted the original five-layer ball over 10 years ago with the Penta TP. Before that, the company offered the much-loved TP Red and TP Black balls that featured LDP (Low Drag Performance) dimples, which helped maintain lift at low spin to increase carry on mishit shots.

In 2019, with the release of the most recent TP5 and TP5x balls, the next technology introduction was High-Flex Material (HFM) to more efficiently convert compression into ball speed. This “Speed-Layer” system, as it was effectively named created up to 1 mph additional ball speed compared to the previous generation.

2021 TP5 and TP5x golf balls: What’s new

TaylorMade is looking to optimize aerodynamics once more with what it is calling “Tour Flight Dimple Pattern” to improve both ball-flight stability and carry distance throughout the bag. The new dimple design alters the relationship between dimple volume and depth, which leads to reduced drag and optimized lift that keeps the golf ball in the air longer through its descent leading. TLDR; more potential distance.

“Since 2017, we have blazed a path to distance and speed with TP5/TP5x – building upon a foundation of Tour-proven performance with the patented five-layer system at its core. With the development of HFM in 2019 and now the Tour Flight Dimple Pattern, we’ve examined every component of the golf ball to ensure that each layer is functioning at its highest possible level and working in unison to deliver unmatched performance on every shot.”  – Michael Fox | Category Director, Golf Ball & Accessories

 2021 TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls: Which one is right for you?

Both the TP5 and TP5x feature the Tour Flight dimple design, but under the cover is where they separate themselves.

Tweaks were made to both balls based on player feedback, which included insights from Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, and others who had used previous generations.

  • TP5 – The 2021 TP5 has been given a larger core designed to deliver more ball speed while still maintaining the soft feel and high greenside spin properties as the previous generation. When compared to the TP5x, the standard TP5 will also have a slightly lower initial launch.
  • TP5x – On the other end of the spectrum, the TP5x has been given a softer cover to increase greenside spin while still maintaining its lower spin performance and a firmer feel overall.

Visual technology is here to stay

In 2020, TaylorMade launched Pix, and thanks to its popularity, the visual technology package will not be changing. Golfers will have the option of Pix for both the new TP5 and TP5x balls. .

TaylorMade will also continue to offer the TP5 series in high-visibility yellow with a new enriched yellow urethane formula to provide added durability with maximizing visibility.

2021 TP5 and TP5x golf balls: Price and availability

The new 2021 TP5 and TP5x golf balls will be available at retail and online starting March 5 in the standard white configuration for $47.99 per dozen.

The TP5 and TP5x Pix and yellow will be available at retail beginning April 9 for $47.99 per dozen for yellow and $49.99 for Pix.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. William Davis

    Feb 10, 2021 at 9:55 am

    I have a set of TP9s (Mizuno)

  2. Simms

    Feb 8, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Seems the TP black (or red) showed up 3 years ago as the Kirkland 4 piece…did not believe it until we compared them…..a ball Snell worked on I believe.

  3. I know donkeys

    Feb 8, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Kuchar sucks big donkey.

    • SHAD GOLDSTON

      Feb 9, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Kuchar is King and the world’s best caddie tipper!

  4. Jeff

    Feb 8, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Need a head to head with these and the new Pro v before the 4 for 3 sale.

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