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Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S and Velocity: What you need to know



Golf ball performance means different things to different golfers, which is why Titleist currently offers six different kinds of golf balls at four different price points.

Last January, the company released its new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls ($47.99), designed to create the best-possible performance for golfers from tee to green. They use Titleist’s most expensive constructions, namely the company’s thermoset urethane covers.

In October, the Titleist released its DT TruSoft ($21.99), a two-piece golf ball low on compression and high on affordability. It’s positioned as the company’s softest-feeling golf ball to date.

Occupying the space between is Titleist’s new NXT Tour and NXT Tour S ($34.99) golf balls, as well as its new Velocity ($26.99). Each ball uses a different construction specific for its intended audience.

The NXT Tour, NXT Tour S and Velocity golf balls will be in stores January 28. 

NXT Tour


  • NXT Tour golf balls target golfers who want performance similar to Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1X, but are more price sensitive.
  • The balls have a three-piece design, which includes a dual-core construction.
  • The inner core of the new balls is softer and 66 percent larger, which will lower spin with a golfer’s woods and irons to help them create more distance. A firmer outer core, along with Titleist’s thin, Fusablend cover, helps golfers retain spin on wedge shots.
  • In Titleist’s 2016 golf ball line, only the Pro V1 and Pro V1X create more greenside spin than the NXT Tour.
  • The NXT Tour golf balls have a spherically-tiled, 302 octahedral dimple design. Compared to the NXT Tour S golf balls, the NXT Tour golf balls will create a higher trajectory that’s similar to the company’s Pro V1X.

NXT Tour S


  • The NXT Tour S golf balls ($34.99) have a two-piece design, as well as a compression that’s lower than the NXT Tour to give them a softer feel on all shots.
  • They use a softer-compression core, which will reduce spin on long shots for increased distance, as well as a softer Fusablend cover that maintains the short-game spin of the previous model.
  • Like the NXT Tour, the NXT Tour S golf balls have a spherically-tiled, 302 octahedral dimple design. The balls will create a lower trajectory than the NXT Tour S.
  • The NXT Tour S golf balls are available in both White and High-Optic Yellow.



  • The new Velocity golf balls ($26.99) are longer than past models thanks to a design that uses a larger core and a thinner cover.
  • According to Matt Hogge, director of product implementation for Titleist golf balls, the company added more “fast rubber” to the Velocity’s LSX core, as well as a thinner, NaZ2 cover that together increase ball speed over previous models regardless of what club a golfer is hitting.
  • The increased ball speed not only contributes to more distance, but a higher trajectory that will help golfers stop their shots on the green through a steeper angle of descent.
  • Compared to the NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls, the Velocity golf balls will launch higher and spin less around the greens.
  • The Velocity golf balls use a spherical-tiled, 328 tetrahedral dimple design. They’re available in single-digit numbers (1-4), as well as double-digit numbers (00, 22, 77 and 99) that were chosen by Team Titleist members in a company-run contest.
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  1. AGF

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This sentence is not clear:

    Like the NXT Tour, the NXT Tour S golf balls have a spherically-tiled, 302 octahedral dimple design. The balls will create a lower trajectory than the NXT Tour S.

    I think the ‘S’ at the end shouldn’t be there…

  2. M-Herd4

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I started playing the NXT Tour S ball last year. Love it! Gonna try the High-Optic Yellow color this year. You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to golf balls.

  3. matt_bear

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Pro V1’s were just on holiday sale for $39.99 and the annual buy 3 get 1 free deal is about a month or 2 away….so $35 for a dozen NXT’s is hardly price sensitive. That’s probably the worst price point to get after. Crazy to think we’re probably 2-3 years away from NXT reaching the Pro V1 price of a couple years ago.

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Whats in the Bag

Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)



Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)



What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes


From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player



It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

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Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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