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Kirkland Signature Golf Balls are… back?!

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Until they sold out of stores, Costco’s Kirkland Signature Golf Balls had the most buzz of any golf ball maybe ever, and they had GolfWRX members going CRAZY. It’s easy to see why; the 4-piece urethane golf balls were selling for only $30 per two dozen, roughly one third of the price of comparable products on the market.

It appears that a new “Kirkland Signature Performance One” golf ball has popped up on the USGA conforming list, updated on March 1.

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Based on information presented by the USGA, there are two Kirkland Signature models on the list — “Performance One” and “Tour Performance” — manufactured by SM Global LLC based in Seoul, Korea. The original Kirkland Signature golf balls were stamped “Tour Performance,” but a new “Performance One” is now on the list. According to the USGA conforming list, the Performance One will have a 4-layer construction and 360 dimples just like the original Costco ball.

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So, does this mean the Kirkland Signature golf balls will be back in stores? And how much will they sell for? What exactly is different about the new balls? For now, the future is uncertain, but this could be a good sign for fans of the Costco golf balls.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Kirkland Signature Golf Balls.

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  1. rory

    Jul 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    COSTCO always raises they’re prices over time as product becomes more popular….but we all just keep buying so I would bet a million$$$$ prices will be higher and if not right away they will soon be $20/doz not $15/doz

  2. Gorden

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    The company that made balls for Taylormade in South Korea may have been replaced by a company in Taiwan…could not find any thing on the web about this..if so that South Korea company is free to make as many balls as Costco can sell?????

  3. Frank

    Mar 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I’m wearing pants and a collared shirt. What’s your point? Have fun with your Top Flite XLs!

  4. Bert

    Mar 6, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I’m confused, the new replacement ball has been tested by the USGA and is on the Conforming List but is exactly the same as the one they previously sold. Was that ball on the Conforming List and if yes, why would an exact ball need to be tested? Oh it’s just a name change, then if that’s correct why aren’t they on the shelves? Sorry I’m always a skeptic.

  5. Tony Rich

    Mar 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    My 09 Vokey will outperform any of your new wedges.
    I will take any $10 wedge from the used bag with square grooves and skin circles around your ball…smizzlle.

  6. Fat Perez

    Mar 4, 2017 at 5:35 am

    More like the clown prince.

  7. Rocco

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Hey- you talking bout my RocketBallz?
    Still better than anything out there!

    • Frank

      Mar 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Ping I-15 outperform anything else I put in my hands.

  8. Fat Perez

    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Kirkland Signature………For the guy rocking the red “Make America Great Again” hat.

    • Limmet

      Mar 4, 2017 at 12:44 am

      So, for the victorious guy then…

    • Joey

      Mar 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

      @fatperez this is a golf forum. No need to shove your political views onto people. ??????

  9. chip

    Mar 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    They forgot to mention the 3rd ball

    zing! I know, I know…

  10. TR1PTIK

    Mar 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

    My club fitter gave me a Ksig to try. I haven’t even messed with it. I’ll eventually check it out when the season is in full swing, but I don’t get all the hype. I’ll still order 5 dozen Vice Pros or Pro +s at the beginning of every season. Not enough incentive for me to bother with Costco or the possible variability of the Ksig. Think about it. If they are in fact overruns of another product and they don’t have their own engineers and such to ensure quality and consistency – who’s to say the ball you played last month will be the same as the ball you play next month?

    • KillerPenguin

      Mar 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Because it’s a urethane ball that costs $1.25 a piece. I’m a budget golfer with a bazillion handicap who plays 12 year old irons acquired second hand and am a Costco member so I’m exactly the person who will line up to buy this. At that price, and at my level of skill, I’m willing to roll the dice on consistency between balls. My consistency in squaring the club face at impact is a much bigger issue than the quality of the ball I hit.

      • TR1PTIK

        Mar 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

        So at your skill level and consistency, why do you feel the need to hit a urethane ball? Why not just buy the Wilson Fly for $5/15?

        Just playing the devil’s advocate here. No offense. I just think the type of players that truly need that level of playability should also be thinking in terms of consistency and quality. With plenty of other players in the market and so many unknowns (currently) about the development of Ksisgs, why all the fanfare? I absolutely agree that the Titleist premium needs to die and other OEMs seem to recognize that (new Z-Stars @ $39.99/dz and similar pricing from Callaway).

      • ABLE

        Mar 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

        I’m with TR1PTIK on this one. If you’re a high handicapper (I can relate, I shoot over 100) then a four-layer urethane ball is a novelty and you really could be playing with used balls. If hitting consistently is your biggest problem, the quality differences between a Noodle, Velocity, Chrome, RocketBallz, Pro V1 and a used ball will be indecipherable. The only difference I can tell between a Velocity and a Noodle or Nike is that my wallet gets lighter when I hit a Titleist into the bush.

  11. Hifade

    Mar 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I’ll bet these new balls are completely different, but Costco is trying to capitalize on the original demand. The first run were balls manufactured with Taylormade cores that TM had left over and unloaded to Costco (like selling scraps). When they were gone…..they were gone. I highly doubt this new version is constructed with the same components.

    • Tom

      Mar 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      were in the heck did that info come from

      • OingoBoingo

        Mar 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        I’m thinking the same place as unicorns and faeries as it’s pure fiction and speculation.

      • Dr Troy

        Mar 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm

        Hifade is right. That info was relayed on the golf channel during a special clip on the craze for the Ksig…Its not fiction or speculation.

    • Dr Troy

      Mar 3, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Hifade is right. That info was relayed on the golf channel during a special clip on the craze for the Ksig…Its not fiction or speculation.

  12. DC1

    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Maybe there will be a softer version, and a firmer version…like prov1 and x?

    • ABLE

      Mar 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Probably not. Costco has a tendency to market a single product that goes after the market leader, rather than having four versions. Kirkland isn’t known for its variety within the brand.

  13. Josh

    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Most urethane covered balls are made by big OEM’s in America by American workers. These balls are made in Korea. If you buy these balls, but complain about jobs being lost overseas, you are a HYPOCRITE.

    • setter02

      Mar 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Super happy that you play clubs that were 100% manufactured in N/A, wear shoes that were made here, use gloves that were also made here, clothing, sunglasses, electronic devices, etc… I mean, I wouldn’t want to call you a hypoc…

  14. Donald Quiote

    Mar 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I cant wait till these are on sale in the BST for $70 a dozen.

  15. Garry Pierce

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I doubt the price will change much. Think like a retailer. They have these products called advertisement loss leaders. Laymen’s term. Gets people in the door, to spend more money. Costco found out people were buying more than a couple dozen balls. Costco is one of the best at getting people to spend money.

  16. MT

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    People are talking about which overruns these will be not understanding where golf balls are made, how golf balls are made, and the background of the golf balls history.. This isn’t history class so I won’t get into all that business, but for those that think there is that big of a difference in a golf ball…… Welcome to never never land

    • Joey5Picks

      Mar 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Excellent point.

    • Peter Pan

      Mar 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Big difference. Titleist doesn’t spend millions on R&D for nothing. They make better golf balls. Choppers may not know the difference but tour professionals do. It all depends whats most important. A somewhat better ball or saving $$$.

      • Brian

        Mar 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        Lol…titleist doesn’t spend millions on ball R&D, they spend millions putting those balls in the hands of pros to fleece ship like you out of $50 for a dozen.

    • Frank Cruz

      Mar 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Fully agree!

  17. Golfguy

    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Might not be the same ball as before. Depends on whether they could get their hands on the same components. I thought they were out of the Taylormade cores.

  18. chris b

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Let the hype begin! Wonder which overrun this will be?

  19. Dat

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

    If they produce these for a full season, Titleist will go out of business.

  20. Brian Connellan

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:37 am

    My guess is that Taylor Made felt “Tour Performance” was too close to “Tour Preferred” so they had to relabel it. Hopefully the ball itself is the same

    • DING DING DING!

      Mar 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      I think you nailed it.

      • Ronny

        Mar 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        The fact we are seeing the words Kirkland and Tour on the golf ball seems like a stretch. Next up-Kirkland Tour irons.
        All so wrong on so many levels.

  21. LaBraeGolfer

    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I have a feeling they are going to sell the comparable ball for a lot more and then the ball that is the same price as the old one will be a two piece distance ball. I hope I am wrong, I would like to try them if I stop in while they have them.

    • baba black sheep

      Mar 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

      I’ll bet you’re right. Rather than just jacking the price up to where it should be on the Tour Performance ball they probably just had the manufacturer stamp Performance One on it so they can sell it for more by calling it a newer and better ball.

    • Scott

      Mar 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Maybe you did not see the chart at the bottom. Both balls appear to be 4 Piece. I am not sure what the “SC” means for the Tour Performance ball. Soft Compression maybe?

      • Lopey

        Mar 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

        SC means Solid Core.

        They aren’t going to jack up the price. They’ll make them membership only and use it to sell memberships. They do this with a lot of products. Sell them at cost and make no profit but use them as leaders to sell memberships.

        • Jim

          Mar 3, 2017 at 11:45 pm

          …So far, they seem to be pretty smart with their other offerings. They aren’t losing money on these, and they made the entry at a time when the “regular” golf market was generally depressed….Dick’s eliminating the PGA pros & shrinking the sqft in golf, Nike quit…I doubt they’re looking to jump in much beyond this and risk mission creep….just like when NIKE SWORE TO US – absolutely swore they’d “never end up like Top Flite”. “We’re just going to have these two premium balls (DD & TW) one mid-price and one soft”… keep it simple and they’ll do fine.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

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Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

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TMag’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TMag’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
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Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
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