2021 TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Golf Balls

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Switched to yellow today playing with the wife. Had an old one I started with that had already played a round, and switched to this one just before the turn. Hitting some fairways (and some limbs), couple tough punch outs from mixed hardpan/rocks/twigs, and every lie in between, and this is my ball after cleaning. Definitely not perfect, but it's interesting to me that what seems like a softer cover holds up fine for me and the way I crunch balls, but I can chew the cover off some other X's (that seem thinner) in just a few holes/couple specific lies. I think they seem to take on colors and look dirtier than previous version, but I don't have any actual playability issues. The ProV1x doesn't actually seem any better to me overall. Marks in different ways, but I pull them after the same number of holes on average. Haven't put the new Srixon XV into play, so can't say on that one, and I try not to compare balls across different types (X vs. non-X, hard vs. soft, whatever). I can generally play a full round with the TP5x though, with it doing everything I want it to do, and that's about the most I get out of any ball. So I'm sticking with 'em.

I don't play yellow much. Mostly when I play with casual groups and one buddy, so this isn't my area, bit I think I actually have a harder time tracking this yellow than a couple others. I lost it a couple times today in lower light, and I've noticed that before. Might just be a me thing.
The TaylorMade yellow seems to have a bit more of a green hue in it. If you are losing the yellow in lower light, how can you possibly track a white one?
 

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The TaylorMade yellow seems to have a bit more of a green hue in it. If you are losing the yellow in lower light, how can you possibly track a white one?
It's interesting you ask that, because Wife was using a Vice Pro Plus .. yellow (?) that look really green to me, and I couldn't follow that thing in the air well at all. I'm better with their bright red. Like I said, probably a me thing, but would likely keep me from playing it for anything serious. I literally had no idea where it went a few times today. I mostly know where I hit something, but one was really hard to find and I was laughing when she went full @Smiter and suggested we just check the video. Lol. I don't know if I see white better or it's just more familiar maybe.
 

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It's a bit of mystery to me, because I'm really hard on balls, but this cover seems thicker and softer, and like it gets rubs and smudges more than actual scuffs or cuts for me. The turf here is definitely outside the norm from my experience though so who knows. With some harder balls with thin covers I can get through them real quick on certain strikes. Like when I pinch them it cuts, and these seem more pliable-ish. It's weird. Srixon's always seemd the most durable, and I like V1x, which seems close in cover durability for me. They've softened that this year too though.

I loaded up a sleeve from a different box to see if I get any different results, and if it ever dries out here that could maybe change things too.

I am leaving work early tomorrow to play a quick 9 and I will keep an eye on how the balls hold up. I hope they hold up well because I have about 20 sleeves of TP5s.
 

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I am leaving work early tomorrow to play a quick 9 and I will keep an eye on how the balls hold up. I hope they hold up well because I have about 20 sleeves of TP5s.
Me too. I played a regular 5 a little bit today, but not enough to get a feel for durability.
 

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Me too. I played a regular 5 a little bit today, but not enough to get a feel for durability.
I played 9 holes today and was disappointed in the durability of the yellow TP5. I used brand new balls and noticed after 3 holes that one of the balls had a small scuff mark on it. I looked through my bag at the TP5s I used the last time I played and all of them had scuff marks were the yellow had come off.

I have some white TP5 balls I will try next time I play and see if they are any better.
 

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Yikes @Out West. I doubt the white changes anything..

I swapped balls on hole 11 today, because mine had a nick in it. It had flown over a path I couldn't see at serious velocity, and may have hit it, so I didn't really worry about it.


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This is the one I finished with. Couple little rubs, but I'll start with it next time out and probably get 9 holes or so.
 

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Also, this is totally my ball. Getting more dialed in with my Apex TCB, I'm getting better at manipulating flight and spin with them, and have been able to do some really impressive things on both ends of the spectrum with this ball. It suits what I'm doing out there really well.
 

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I am nowhere near good enough to get full productivity out of the ball and am just happy when I keep it in front of me. I am sure I could have purchased a cheaper ball and been happy, but I really like how the TP5 feels when I hit it so I am sticking with it.
 

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I’ll be giving the 21 tp5x a try. Have several of the tp5x practice balls to loose first
 

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I played 9 holes with a white TP5 and saw no issues with the ball. Unlike the yellow TP5, the cover seemed to hold up and I did not notice any scuffs or marks on the white ball. Unfortunately, the next day when I went to play 18 holes I lost too many balls to be able to give any sort of review for how the ball held up.
 

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Having read through this thread, I am seeing a few comments about the durability of the cover

For those of you who have played the previous version, would you say the '21 ball is better or worse for durability as I have played a couple rounds with the '19 ball and am seeing quite a bit of marking on them that I haven't seen on the '21 CSX I have also been playing

After how the '19 TP5x performed on Saturday, I am definitely keen to see how the new version performs, but durability and it being more expensive than the CSX means it needs to perform a lot better for me to consider a permanent swap to a TM ball
 

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