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Why Ben Griffin is making the surprising switch to a Maxfli golf ball

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Ben Griffin might be a little too young to remember some of the iconic Maxfli golf balls that won on tour, but that isn’t stopping him from putting the newest Tour X ball from the brand in play. Today, Maxfli and Griffin announced an exclusive partnership that will see the PGA Tour player using the company’s four-piece golf ball.

While Griffin might be the first PGA Tour player to put a new Maxfli golf ball in play, he isn’t the first profesional golfer to do so. Lexi Thompson has been playing the Maxfli Tour golf ball on the LPGA Tour since the beginning of the 2024.

 

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We caught up with Ben at the CJ Cup Byron Nelson in Texas this week to ask him about the new ball switch.

“I was able to finally get my hands on some and try it and immediately I saw faster ball speed with the driver, which is always something every golfer wants to see.

“Then I had to test a lot around the greens and test irons, test spins, test everything like that. Basically, I came to the conclusion that I thought this was probably one of the best golf balls for my game.

“And so I decided to make it official and partner with them and very excited to help kind of launch this golf ball and see where it takes us.”

Griffin’s ball of choice is the Maxfli Tour X, a four-piece golf ball that is made for highly skilled players that want consistent distance off the driver and spin around the green. An updated core design helps add the ball speed that Griffin mentioned and two ionomer mantle layers separate low spin driver shots from higher spin iron and wedge shots. Maxfli uses Center Of center-of-gravity balancing to ensure each ball has consistent flight in the air and roll on the green. Like all golf balls on tour, the Tour X features a cast urethane cover for maximum performance, and it has a tetrahedron dimple pattern to enhance aerodynamics.

It is exciting to see a golf ball at a lower price point — $39.99 at Golf Galaxy — being used by a top 100 ranked player in the world like Ben Griffin, and equipment junkies will be keenly watching his performance with the new ball.

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  1. Chuck

    May 2, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    It’s an interesting story, a nice story, and I was glad to read it.

    But I didn’t get any of the specifics that would be most useful… What are the spin numbers compared to competitor balls? All of these balls are functionally the same. Urethane cover (which may or may not differ much from one manuafacturer to another); multilayer core featuring ionomer mantles. There are some dimple pattern differences from ball to ball. All of the balls may well be slightly different; none can be significantly better than another. They just cater differently, to different elite player preferences.

    So is this Maxfli ball somewhat lower-spinning? Off driver? On wedge shots? Does it really behave differently in the wind and if so why?

    And also; is the ball made for Maxfli under contract by another manufacturer?

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WITB Time Machine: Bubba Watson’s winning WITB, 2018 Travelers Championship

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Bubba Watson captured his third victory at the Travelers Championship in 2018, erasing a six-stroke deficit with a final-round, 7-under 63 to top a quartet of golfers at 14 under par.

“I feel like this is my home course,” Watson said. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here. This means so much, not only from the golf side of it, but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family.”

Take a look at what Bubba had in the bag six years ago below.

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees @7.6 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex
Length: 44.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)

3-wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees, at 13.2 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2X
Length: 42 inches, tipped at 1.5 inches
Swing Weight: D3

Irons: Ping iBlade (2) Buy here, Ping S55 (4-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.25 inches (2 iron), +0.5 inches (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.5 inches

Putter: Ping PLD Anser (Blast Finish) Buy here.
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 34.25 inches, 4.5 degrees, 68.5 degrees
Weight: 340 grams

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Time Machine is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

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Riki Kawamoto WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Riki Kawamoto what’s in the bag ahead of the U.S. Open. Kawamoto was deciding on a 3-wood and putter. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 TX

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (14 degrees), Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (16 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (18 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (4), Callaway Apex MB (5-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.5  (18), Project X 7.0 (4-9)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (46-10S, 50-10S, 54-08C, 60-06C, 60-04C), Jaws MD5 (60-08T)
Shafts: Project X 7.0

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Tri Beam 2-Ball Blade CS, Odyssey Ai-One Jailbird Mini DB, Odyssey Ai-One Rossie

Grips: Palmax

Check out more in-hand photos of Kawamoto’s clubs here.

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Stewart Hagestad WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Stewart Hagestad what’s in the bag accurate as of the U.S. Open. Hagestad was deciding between 3-woods.

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees), Ping G430 Max (15 degrees), TaylorMade Qi10 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P770 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI (3), KBS Tour 125 S+ (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-12F), SM10 (54-14F, 58-08M)
Shafts: KBS 610 Wedge 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Grip: Scotty Cameron

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

See more in-hand photos of Stewart Hagstad’s clubs here.

 

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