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    The company that made balls for Taylormade in South Korea may have been replaced by a company in Taiwan…could not find any thing on the web about this..if so that South Korea company is free to make as many balls as Costco can sell?????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

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

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  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

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Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

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Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

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“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

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For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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