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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

Velocity

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  • 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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Collin Morikawa’s winning WITB: 2021 Open Championship

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Equipment accurate as of The Open. 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), P7MC (5-9), TaylorMade P730 (PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

(Photo courtesy of SMS on Tour)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Juno

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (2021)

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

Featured image via @sms_on_tour

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Details of Collin Morikawa’s WITB changes at The Open

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

Collin Morikawa’s superb play over the opening two days of The 149th Open Championship has come after the American made some equipment adjustments heading into this week.

The 24-year-old, who shot 67-64 in the opening two rounds at Royal St. George’s, swapped out three key irons before Thursday’s opening round.

Morikawa switched from his TaylorMade P730 irons to the brand’s P7MC model in his 7-iron through 9-iron, a decision made after finding the P7MCs aided his turf interaction and provided a more centered ball strike, as well as a touch more forgiveness.

“I changed my irons, my 9- through 7-iron that I normally have blades in. I changed to the MCs strictly because I couldn’t find the center of the face,” said Morikawa following his second round. “Those are three crucial clubs that are some of my favorite clubs. My 8-iron is my favorite club in the bag, and when I wasn’t able to hit it (well) last week well, I knew I had to try something different.”

Last week’s Scottish Open was Morikawa’s first experience on the links. He finished T71.

Full piece here. 

Featured image via @sms_on_tour.

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2021 (July)

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of The Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (2021) (2), Titleist T100 (2021) (4-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid (2), True Temper Project X 6.5 (4-9)

Jordan Spieth’s bag at The Open. (Courtesy of SMS on Tour)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @8, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2021)

Featured image courtesy of @sms_on_tour.

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