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 Best Premium Golf Balls



Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls- To achieve a higher ball flight, the Pro V1 and Pro V1x feature a new spherically tiled dimple design. Titleist says it’s the most uniform golf-ball surface the company has created. The core of the Pro V1 has been reformulated; the Pro V1x uses the dual-core construction of its past versions.   Click here for more information


NIKE 20XI-X - The 20XI is the first ball on Tour to use a radical new core technology. The revolutionary RZN core delivers more distance off the tee and better control around the greens. It features faster initial velocity for maximum distance, the highest levels of MOI (moment of inertia) for longer, more controlled shots and new construction materials giving greater consistency ball-to-ball for highly predictable performance. Click here for more information



Srixon Z-Star- The extremely thin covers on Srixon balls (the XV is the thinnest in the industry at .012 inches) means there is more room for a larger core (1.58 inches) to produce more energy. a XV features a firmer compression with a dual-core design to help reduce driver spin (especially for players with high-speed swings). The Z-Star has been updated with a softer cover.

The NEW Tour B330 features a larger core, softer cover and Bridgestone’s proprietary Dual Dimple Technology. The new Dual Dimple offers superior aerodynamics and enhanced wind performance while the larger core produces faster ball speed for longer distance. The Urethane cover, now 6% softer than the previous model, also offers enhanced greenside spin control. Click here for more information


Callaway HEX Black Tour- This golf ball strikes the perfect balance of Tour performance for both the distance-seeker and the control freak. Engineered with a highly durable Urethane cover, this ball is designed for Optimized Tour Performance. HEX Black Tour promotes low spin off the tee for more distance in your long game and high spin on approach shots for total control and aggressive stopping power into the green.


TaylorMade Penta TP 5 - TaylorMade has improved upon its tremendous success with the Penta TP golf ball, the first and only five-layer Tour ball. Each layer is engineered to optimize performance in five key shot categories that skilled players need: driver, long-irons, middle-irons, short-irons, and partial wedges. The Penta TP5 Golf Ball features a new, softer core for a softer feel and to ease driver spin for maximum distance. Click here for more information


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  1. Pro v balls are soft feel and allow the ball to have spin and stop. Only issue is they get marked up with wedges.
    I hit a new wedge, and balls look like the went into a cheese grader. I get new wedges each year, well worth the money, and win enough off of the boys to pay for them. People don’t put enough thought on how important grooves are. Looking forward to playing the hex tour…..see if is better ?

    Swing speed on wedges = 90 mph Irons = 96 mph. Woods = 130 mph
    Handicap = 4

  2. strange about the complaints about the pro v1 and pro v1x being not durable. I drive 270 yards, but the pro v1x’s don’t get cut on my full wedge shots (even with my SM4 sand wedge)

  3. The Hex Chrome is a good ball for me. I can spin it a bit and it’s in the $35 range. Also don’t seem to lose distance and the soft cover feels good, especially when putting

  4. I put all these balls into play this year. Every ball was amazing except for one, the Nike 20XI. My scores were as is prov1x-66, 67, 64, 69, and 70. Z-star-71, 65, 68, and 68. Hex black-70, 71, 65, and 66. Penta tp5-72, 68, 68, and 66. B330-S-68, 68, 69, and 67. Then there was the Nike 20XI-X. 1st round I was +4 thru 9 holes. Switched to pro v1x finished -4 on back nine even for the round. I decided to play 2 full rounds with this new Nike ball and just stick it out. I shot over par for the first time in 20 rounds. 77 and 79. That is awful because the course I play at is very easy. The feel is absolutely terrible. Nike really screwed up on this new “RZN” BS! Titleist prov1x still tops the list of greatest ball. The new hex black and z-star are neck and neck for second. B330 and penta tp5 are very good high quality, and high performing balls as well. I would place the 20XI’s into a class of ball somewhere below the new top flite XL’s and Ti-techs.

  5. Have played Pro V1s and Pro V1Xs for a number of years. They are dependable, you know you´ll get a good ball with very good feel especially in the short game. However I have always been disappointed about the durability. The balls get cut and scratched after one wedge shot. So I have been trying other balls (Penta, B330 & 330S, Z-Star & Z-Star XV) and I have to say that the Z-Star is my absolute favourite. Long lasting, good wind performance and most importantly great feel around the greens

  6. 20XI-X is just too hard off the irons and putter. New v1x is scuffed after a few holes. IMO, best performer for me in a long while is Hex Black….but not willing to pay a premium just yet. Golfwrx sponsor was running specials, but then slammed us with $12 shipping. Love the b330s from a few years back…have not tried double dimple.

  7. Been going back and forth between the Penta and the ProV1x…very comparable off the tee and around the greens. Recently tried the Calloway Hex (black) and found my short game with more feel

  8. We are spoiled a bit with technology. Even balls in the $20.00 catagory like the DT SOLO are light years better than the old balata’s. Better flight, more durable.

    We are almost comparing different cuts of prime steak now, at least to what was available 15 years ago.

  9. I have always been a Callaway golf ball guy and currently using the HEX Black. Although I love the feel and versitility of the HEX Black I feel that it is not nearly as durable as the previous Callaway Tour ball. I have recently tried some others (i.e., Bridgestone B330, Srixon, Penta) but I seem to have the same problem with all of them. After about 2 – 3 holes, the ball is unplayable. Especially when I hit a full short iron or wedge. Distance is not a concern but feel and spin is. Any suggestions?

  10. I have decided to try all the new balls this year. Price used to always be my issue, and still is I guess. But now having played these balls to my absolute surprise, the callaway hex blacks have been my favorite ball. Around the green it was like hitting a Velcro ball on carpet. It stops dead. My only complaint is that the outer layer is pretty soft and I gouge them fairly easily. I also quite liked the 20xi s. quite responsive as well on the greens and great feel. And then the B330 s are my next favorites. I feel that they last a little longer with the nice stopping power on the green.

  11. same as Nate, tried the 20XI-X at the weekend and was impressed with the feel and distance, unlike Nate mine didn’t last 36 holes, but am definitely buying a bunch of these this season.

    Markbrown to draw any conclusions on what to use compared to Tiger is ridiculous, I am pretty sure that you are not in the category of best player to ever walk this planet* He is also notoriously hard to change into new products.

    *without the other distractions

  12. Played the 20XI-X this weekend for the first time. After reading all the reviews I figured the best way was to try it myself. Well the ball is awesome. I like the hard feel to the ball. It spins more than the pro v1x. It is 100 times more durable. I played the same ball for 36 holes and it had very little wear on it. I hit one good wedge with the pro v1x and it looks like it has gone down the cart path. All I can say is to try out the different balls and take your word for it, not everyone else’s. I would have never tried them if I would have listened to the others saying it was a crappy ball.

  13. I used to play only Pro V1x. In my opinion they are the best feeling ball on the market. I wish they came in YELLOW, but they don’t so I tried the yellow Z Star. They are great too. I think the V1x is the best feeling, but the Z is a close 2nd.

  14. I always wonder how the other balls would play, however, it is always $$$ that stops me from trying other balls.

    My playing partners always plays the “LONG” non premium white balls, which prohibits me from trying other balls on this list.

    I personally play B-stone RX series (330 RX and RXS), and I like it alot. These balls are better than (IMO) Titleist NXT Tour, costs moderately better than ProV1 (or 1x), and fits my game better.

    Just wish my playing partners would step up and play some premium balls so that we can exchange ball or two to try other brands…oh well…

  15. I played the Pentas all last year and liked everything about them except the price. I was introduced to the Rocketballz this year through the RBZ fitting at my local Golf Galaxy. I have had a hard time leaving the Rocketballz ever since; decent spin around the greens, good feel off the putter and great boring ball flight even in windy conditions. Oh and the $26 price tag merely sweetens the pot.

  16. Having tried a few of the balls listed, i always find myself coming back to the B330-RX. For me, it flies forever and is dead staright. The Pro V1x is in the same category but my game seems to be suited to the B330-RX a bit better. Not at all impressed by the 20XI or the TP5. Hear good thing about the Callys but haven’t personally tried it yet…

  17. I normally play ProV1’s, but tried the Z-Star and was very impressed. Also liked the Hex, but haven’t tried the TP5, B330-RX, or the 20XI-X. All in good time…

  18. Does anyone like the Nike 2011? I tried them last year and was underwhelmed to say the least. Tiger is still playing the Tour D – that should tell you something.

    The Srixon is great and I am really impressed with the new Callaway Hex black Tour.