The article offers a perspective on how thermal-modification affects the impact bending strength of five different wood species, an aspect that has not received as much attention as the well-studied static load behavior of thermally-modified timber (TMT). Since the TMTs are mainly employed as outdoor materials, where they may encounter impact forces, a comparative investigation into the flexibility and strength of these materials under impact is useful. This article evaluates different aspects of the TMT, such as deflection, strain in the impact region, the maximum force needed to initiate cracks, and the energy required for rupture. Wood planks from ash, beech, larch, oak, and spruce were thermally modified at 180 and 220 °C. They were cut into test specimens, while a separate set of unmodified specimens from each wood species served as the reference group. The specimens were subjected to an impact 3-point bending test, and an ultra-high-speed camera meticulously recorded the results. The images were processed by the digital image correlation (DIC) method to determine the deflection and strain distribution of the beams during the impact test. The deflection, maximum force, maximum longitudinal strain, and required work for rupture of each group were determined. The results showed that thermal-modification decreases the wood deflection and maximum longitudinal strain by approximately 50 %. In addition, the impact bending strength decreased by nearly 60 %. However, the impact bending strength did not exhibit a statistically significant decrease at 180 °C; in some cases, it even increased.