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Titleist 2014 NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT Solo Golf Balls

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Ninety-five percent of the time, golfers who are fit for a Titleist golf ball will be told that the best ball for them is either the company’s Pro V1 or Pro V1X. That’s because the Pro V1 and Pro V1X use Titleist’s most advanced materials and complex constructions to provide top-level distance and spin when golfers need it.

But all that technology comes at a cost – about $40 dozen – that many golfers are not willing to pay. That’s why Titleist offers less-expensive golf balls that aim to closely mimic the performance of the Pro V1 family.

Titleist’s 2014 NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls, for example, are designed to get as close as possible to the performance of the Pro V1 and Pro V1X without using their more expensive urethane covers.

The NXT Tour is a three-piece golf ball, with a softer compression dual core that contributes to lower-spinning shots with a golfer’s long clubs for more distance. The ball’s surlyn “FusaBlend” cover was made softer as well, which not only creates a softer feel, but adds spin on shorter shots.

The 2014 NXT Tour S is a two-piece golf ball designed for golfers looking for NXT Tour-level performance, but with a softer feel. Its compression is 10 points lower than its predecessor, and its cover was made softer as well to give golfers more spin around the greens.

Both the NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls have the company’s spherically tiled 302 octahedral dimple design, which gives them a similar trajectory: a deep, downgrade flight that creates a steep angle of descent. According to Mike Mahoney, Titleist’s director of golf ball product management, those flight characteristics are more similar to Titleist’s Pro V1X than the Pro V1, as the Pro V1 is programmed to have a more penetrating flight.

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What does spherically tiled mean? It’s a design that has multiple axes of symmetry. In the case of these golf balls that means that there are three places where the ball could be cut into thirds, and from an aerodynamic standpoint, the dimples would be exactly the same.

Both golf balls will sell for $33.99, and the NXT Tour S will be available in both white and Titleist’s “high optic yellow.”

Also new for Titleist in 2014 is its updated Velocity ($26.99) and DT Solo golf balls ($19.99).

The Velocity is Titleist’s distance-driven golf ball, with a high-energy, softer-compression LSX Core that was infused with the same ingredients in the Pro V1X’s outer core to allow the two-piece ball to be made softer without losing distance. Its new spherically tiled 328-tetrahedral dimple design mixes seven different dimple sizes to create a more penetrating trajectory with a shallower angle of decent for more roll.

The DT Solo maintains its positioning as Titleist’s lowest-compression golf ball, and delivers more distance than its predecessor through improved aerodynamics: a new spherically tiled 376 tetrahedral dimple design that uses eight different dimple sizes. It’s available in both white and yellow.

All four golf balls will be in golf stores Jan. 22.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Ernest

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

    95% of people who get fitted by Titleist are recommended to use the companies most expensive golf ball?!?! You dont say 🙁

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  3. David

    Jan 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve played a lot of different types of golf balls dating back to the original Titleist DT 90. I really like the feel of a softer ball, but it really only matters when it comes to putting. I had the opportunity to participate in Titleist’s ball testing during this past fall. Incredible ball…super feel, good distance, and excellent spin. Only problem is the ball was only marked “test” so I have no idea which model Titleist I was hitting. Curse you Titleist for teasing me like that!

  4. thefullsp

    Jan 26, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Golf lessons. Rinse. Repeat. I’m playing a mix of Lethals for serious rounds – just shipped in 4 dozen at cut price and some 2012 or so Srixon Z Star for early season when Shankapotomous is in full effect. Happy Sunday WRXers. Don’t follow the Crowd

  5. Taylor

    Jan 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Srixon Z star is a more durable prov1*, love em

  6. Roy striper

    Jan 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Go get Wilson FG tour or tour x. You’ll thank me.

  7. jc

    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    for 31 dollars, you can get the callaway hex chrome OR hex chrome plus and they are better than the nxt AND better or the same as the PRO vs…durable, long and they spin..

    haven’t tried the newest callaway speed balls..
    but geez,how many balls do we need??
    and can anybody tell the diff between a ball for under 90 swing speed and a 92 swing speed?

  8. Chris

    Jan 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I’m really excited about these balls(NXT TOUR S). I currently play a tour level ball, but if what they say is true, I could save quite a bit of money. Who knows though?

    • vettenut79

      Jan 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Although the claim is that the NXT and NXT-TOUR S provide a high level of spin around the greens, I have yet to see any lower-level ball provide the amount of short-shot spin as the PRO-V balls. The only possible exception would be the CALLAWAY HX-BITE……. Which is no longer made, at least under that model name.

      • Paul G.

        Jan 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

        you should try the mg c4 golf balls. they are 20/ dozen.

  9. Jason Feathers

    Jan 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The Pro V’s are awesome golf balls, but why has Titleist not used urethane covers for the NXT golf balls. Other companies such as Bridgestone, Maxfli, TaylorMade, and Top Flight have used urethane in their less expensive models and they are all cheaper than the NXT’s.

  10. Jim

    Jan 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Last time I checked, Pro Vs sold for $48 per dozen (where are you finding them for $39.99?) and are far out of the range of most golfers. That’s why the Chrome and RBZ Urethane and other similar balls are selling well because they’re much more affordable. Titleist needs to come out with a urethane ball that sells for less money to be competitive in that market.

    • C Masty

      Jan 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      agreed. The only $39 prov1 I’ve seen is prior years models. Where are these illusive balls?

      • Fred

        Jan 25, 2014 at 12:04 am

        I’ve seen Pro V X-outs pretty cheap, but I wonder about those.

  11. Mike

    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I play the prov1 but when I start a new season is use the nxt tour for the softness on all shots. It’s a great ball that people seem to pass up and I don’t know why. Everyone should give these new 2014 NXT a try !

    Play well

    • Xreb

      Jan 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      There are cheaper urethane cover balls that outperform (IMHO ofcourse) the NXT Tour. At $33 you can get a Chrome/Chrome+ for example. The NXT may not be a bad ball but it is not a great value…

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SPOTTED: Three new PXG drivers appear on the USGA conforming list

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Following up its original 0811 driver launch, PXG came out with 0811X drivers earlier in 2017. Now, as of December 18, there are three new PXG drivers that have popped up on the USGA Conforming Driver Heads list. The new heads include all 9-degree models; PXG ZZ, PXG XXF and PXG XX. Based on the placement of its signature screw-like weights, it appears there is a fade-biased head, a draw-biased head and a neutral head.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new PXG driver heads

PXG ZZ (Neutral)

The PXG ZZ head appears to have a slightly more compact shape than the XXF and XX models, and it also has only six weights in the sole that are placed in the rear of the head on the toe and heel. The placement of these weights suggest both high MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness) and a neutral trajectory bias.

PXG XXF (Fade-biased?)

The PXG XXF head has nine weights in the sole, with three weights placed out on the toe; this weight placement suggests a fade-bias. And with three weights closer to the face, this suggests a CG (center of gravity) that’s more forward than the ZZ model, possibly to lower spin.

PXG XX (Draw-biased?)

Like the XXF head, the PXG XX head has nine weights in the sole, with three weights forward in the head. The difference is that the XX model has three weights in the heel, suggesting a draw-bias.

What do you think about the new PXG drivers that appear on the USGA conforming list?

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new PXG driver heads

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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