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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  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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?

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    • 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…