Titleist Velocity Vs. Taylormade TP5X Golf Balls Comparison Overview

What’s the difference between balls with 2-piece construction vs. balls with say, five-piece construction?

While this is a topic of debate, it is generally agreed upon that golf balls with more pieces perform better all-around than ones with less pieces.

Still, that doesn’t say much about what the specific differences are. We wanted to be able to put into words what these performance differences were so we tested two very different golf balls side-by-side.

Titleist Velocity Golf Balls Overview

The Titleist Velocity golf balls sport a 2-piece construction style which, we found to be more congenial to high handicap players.

The two-piece construction is very good for preserving energy from full swings as it transfers to the ball.

As you can imagine, this makes the Titleist Velocity balls great to use off the tee – especially if you have a slower swing speed.

The core and dimple pattern also gives these balls a straight flight path so they would be even better for high handicappers who need help staying on the fairway.

However, near the green and off the deck, we found that the 2-piece construction really limited spin control.

You don’t get the responsive feel you get from balls with more pieces with the Titleist Velocity which is their main downfall when compared to balls like the Taylormade TP5X’s.

Taylormade TP5X Golf Balls Overview

The Taylormade TP5X golf balls have a 5-piece construction design which, we think will be much more suitable to lower handicap players.

That’s because the 5-piece construction gives players the ability to work the ball on short approaches and on the green.

The excess outer layers of these balls are really where the acute spin control comes from.

The Taylormade TP5X balls also have a urethane cover which helps even more with feel and roll control on the green.

While you won’t get much help with distance off the tee if you are a high handicapper, these tour-grade balls offer the spin control that the Titleist Velocity’s noticeably lack.

These balls also launch surprisingly high for such high compression ratings. They have a firmer feel than the Titleist Velocity balls as well.

In so many words, more layers will grant you the ability to spin and work the ball around the green. With fewer layers, you get a bit more distance and stability off the tee which may be better for higher handicappers.

Titleist Velocity Quick Facts

Compression: Mid

Cover Material: Surlyn

How Many Pieces: Two-Piece

Core Material: N/A

Dimple Type: Quadrilateral Dipyramid (346)

Spin Level: Low

Best Suited for: Low to mid handicappers

Taylormade TP5X Quick Facts

Compression: 90

Cover Material: Urethane

How Many Pieces: 5-Piece

Core Material: Urethane

Dimple Type: 322

Spin Level: High

Best Suited for: Low to mid handicappers

Performance Off the Tee

We really liked the distances we were seeing with the Titleist Velocity balls.

Most of the testers in our party were able to squeeze around 190 yards out of these balls while the slower swingers in the group were still hitting close to 180.

They are certainly not as soft as the Callaway Supersoft balls; but faster swing speed players will appreciate the added feel.

Performance from the Rough

It was a bit hard to control roll-out when getting these balls out of the rough.

They launch high enough (which actually became problematic when the wind picked up) but you don’t get optimal roll control.

Performance from the Fairway

Again, we would have liked a slightly lower shot shot trajectory from these balls but we would say that the exceptional distance with the long irons makes up for the shape these balls take in flight.

Performance Off the Tee

The compression of these balls is significantly lower than the Titleist Pro V1X balls.

The core is also made of urethane which gives these balls a softer feel from the tee. This is good news for slower swing speed players but the faster swingers in our party were getting better distance with the Titleist Pro V1X balls.

Performance from the Rough

The Taylormade TP5X balls yield excellent launch even from the rough.

The soft urethane cover makes it easy to scoop the ball up and work it as needed so that you land optimally on the fairway.

Performance from the Fairway

With the longer irons and hybrids we were getting a bit more spin than expected from a tour-grade ball – great for long par 5’s but not so great on shorter approaches.

Titleist Velocity Selling Points

  • Better for lower handicap players
  • Good carry distance
  • High launch
  • Low long-game spin
  • Better feel off the tee
  • Soft on putts

Titleist Velocity Cons

  • More expensive
  • Not great for high handicappers
  • Launch high from the rough
  • Roll control is lacking

Taylormade TP5X Selling Points

  • More affordable
  • Softer feel
  • Excellent launch
  • Urethane cover
  • Urethane core
  • Tour-grade

Taylormade TP5X Cons

  • Not as long
  • Sometimes uncontrollable launch
  • HIgher fairway spin
  • Lesser short-game feel

Who are the Titleist Velocity Balls for?

This would be a good fit for mid handicappers who want better short-game feel.

The Titleist Velocity’s are a good middle ground between extremely soft balls like the Callaway Supersofts and tour-grade, lower compression balls.

Long and short-game spin is kept to a minimum but they still feel reasonably soft.

How Are They With Short Irons?

We liked the more substantial feel we got from these balls when playing with short irons. The higher compression made them more substantial.

On the Green

These balls play a bit hot off the putter which worked well for moderate speed greens. Faster greens posed a bit of a problem.

Overall Rating: 95/100

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Who are the Taylormade TP5X Balls for?

If you want an overall softer feel with tour-grade performance, then the Taylormade TPX5 balls would be a better fit for you.

The Taylormade TPX5 balls have a compression that is more congenial to the rest of us mortals. If you are swinging around 92 MPH, then these balls will fit you better than the Titleist Pro V1X balls.

How are They With Short Irons?

If you can typically work the ball the way you want to with short irons, the Taylormade TPX5 balls should feel pretty good to you. They yield moderate side spin with the short irons and launch high so you can shape short approaches pretty much however you want.

On the Green

The soft urethane gives you excellent control on fast, firm greens.

Overall Rating: 93/100

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