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



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.


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 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.



  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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Lydia Ko explains why her PXG 58-degree wedge is so different



During the PXG 0311 Gen2 iron launch at Scottsdale National Golf Club, I caught up with 20-year-old Lydia Ko — who once became the youngest ever to reach a world No. 1 ranking at 17 years old — to discuss what’s currently in her bag. She discusses switching into the new Gen2 irons, what she likes about them, and also what’s so different about her 58-degree wedge. Joining us was PXG engineer Mike Nicolette who works with Ko on fitting and building her wedges.

Enjoy my interview with Ko and Nicolette above, and click here to hear more from Nicolette.

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New Balance adds 2 new Minimus shoes (1 with spikes)



Building on its popular Minimus line, New Balance is adding two new shoes for the fall. Most notably, the Minimus Tour will feature spikes for the first time.

Both models high performance, lightweight shoes feature waterproof uppers and a REVLite midsoles.

Individual details below.

Minimus Tour

  • Low 4mm drop midsole, with a wide forefoot
  • Skeletally engineered FantomFit upper, providing ultralight support and fit
  • Ultra-flexible Ndurance rubber outsole
  • 6 Slim-Lok Zarma Tour cleats.
  • Ortholite insole for cool, dry comfort
  • 2-year waterproof warranty
  • Weight: 11.7 oz.
  • Colors: Dark Grey/Green, White/Black and Black.
  • Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E
  • Retail Pricing: $119.95

Minimus SL

  • Breathable waterproof microfiber upper with ultralight FantonFit support
  • REVlite 4mm drop midsole
  • Outsole is a flexible Ndurance spikeless rubber
  • Flex grooves strategically placed to move with the natural motion of the foot
  • Weight: 9.4 oz
  • Color: Grey/Green, Black/Red, Grey/Orange
  • Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E
  • Retail Pricing: $99.95
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Luke List, using just his wedge to putt, takes JT to the 18th hole



Typically in match play, a golfer looks to gain an advantage over his opponent in order to win the match, such as hitting more fairways, more greens, or making more putts. While playing against Justin Thomas in the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, however, Luke List bent his putter, and he resorted to using his wedge on the greens for the remainder of the match. Quite the disadvantage.

“I was walking off the 6th tee, and I was a little unhappy about the way I was feeling, a little under the weather,” List explained after the round. “And I thought it was like a brush area and I just kind of swiped my putter, and it turned out to be a wall. It bent like a fraction of an inch. So unfortunately I couldn’t use it the rest of the way. Stupid on my part.”

List was 3-down through seven holes, playing against the No. 2 golfer in the world. Game over, right?

Well… List remained 3-down until the 15th hole when he dropped this bellied-wedge into the hole from off the green.

Then, List rolled in this short birdie “putt” with his wedge on No. 16 to go 1 down.

In the end, List lost to JT 2-down. But the fact List forced the match to even go to the 18th shows a lot of fight.

Related: See the clubs Luke List has in his bag in 2018

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