If you want to hit chips that check, a urethane cover is a must.
▶ OVER R40 ▶ UNDER R40
R50/R40 The B330 and B330-S are made for faster swingers (170 kph or more). The B330-S is for those wanting a little more spin. At R10 less a ball, the B330RX and B330-RXS are for sub-170-kph swings. The RXS is softer and spins more on short shots.
performance ★★★ ★½ innovation ★★★★★ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★★ ½
taylormade project (a)
R40 The urethane cover produces the kind of greenside-checking spin that can help average golfers – who miss far more greens than they hit. But the lower-compression core is formulated so it’s soft (for feel) and resilient (for faster ball speed).
performance ★★★★ ★ innovation ★★★★★ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★★★ ½
callaway chrome soft/x
R50 Chrome Soft was a success, but some didn’t like its pillowy feel. Solving that issue is Chrome Soft X. Both models have a dual-core, four-piece construction with a urethane cover. However, the X provides a firmer feel with a more penetrating trajectory.
performance ★★★★ ★ innovation ★★ ★ ★½ feel ★★ ★★ ★ demand ★ ★★
titleist pro v1/v1x
R65 Titleist shows it’s in command of its technology with subtle but significant improvements. A new dimple design on the four-piece V1x promotes a higher trajectory, and the revamped three-piece V1 comes with a reformulated core for less spin.
performance ★★ ★★ ★ innovation ★ ★★ ★½ feel ★★★★ ★ demand ★★★ ★ ★
R50 A new dimple pattern and redesigned cores (the Z-Star’s is softer; the XV’s is larger and softer) help the ball carry further. A new cover coating (13-percent softer than the previous version) helps friction on short shots. Fast swingers will like the XV.
performance ★★★★ ★ innovation ★★ ★★ ½ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★ ★
titleist nxt tour
R45 The ionomerblend cover helps the ball feel soft, but the large dual core and its soft inner core are the real technological story behind this ball. The result is a higher ball flight with less spin and more distance for the longer clubs. Who couldn’t use a little of that?
performance ★★★★ ½ innovation ★★★ ★½ feel ★★ ★★ demand ★★ ★★ ½
srixon ad333 tour
R40 This new lowcompression model features less spin on tee shots and a higher ball flight with the irons. The tour-quality urethane cover with a highfriction coating produces extra grab on short shots normally reserved for elite balls.
performance ★★★ ★ ½ innovation ★★★ ★ feel ★★ ★½ demand ★
wilson duo urethane
R40 Wilson has claimed to have the softest ball in golf. As others pursued that title, Wilson took the next step by adding a urethane cover. The result here is a ball that feels soft (the core compression is only 25) and provides a little tour sauce on short shots.
performance ★★ ★★ ½ innovation ★★★ ★ feel ★★ ★★★ demand ★ ½
R60 Making golf balls is like baking cakes: More layers add complexity – and greater rewards. That’s the idea behind these five-piece balls. We’ll spare you the chemical-engineering talk. The TP5 is softer with a mid-launch. The TP5x is firmer with a higher launch.
performance ★ ★★★★ innovation ★ ★ ★★ ½ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★ ★
titleist nxt tour s
R45 This two-piece companion to the NXT Tour features a softer version of Titleist’s ionomer-blend cover for those who want a little extra spin on short-game shots. The lower-compression core means shots throughout the bag will feel slightly softer.
performance ★ ★★★ innovation ★ ★★★ feel ★★★★ demand ★★★★½
bridgestone e6 soft
R35 The e6 has made a name for itself over the past decade by keeping average golfers’ tee shots in play and their iron shots launching higher. The updated version’s softer core aims to improve feel throughout the bag. The core is also larger for faster ball speed.
performance ★★★ ★ ½ innovation ★★★ ★ ½ feel ★★ ★★ ½ demand ★★★ ★ ½
R20 This soft ball gets needed speed from a resilient cover.
performance ★★ ★★ ½ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★★★
R28 This top-seller’s revise includes more speed, better spin.
performance ★★★★ ½ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ ½ demand ★★★★★
R25 Pinnacle’s softest ball ever produces low spin for distance.
performance ★★★★ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ demand ★★★
R25 A cover coating increases friction for short-shot spin.
performance ★★★ ★ ½ innovation ★★★ ★ ½ feel ★★★ ★ demand ★★★ ★ ½
R35 Its reputation as Titleist’s distance ball long established, the current version offers a new focus on feel, thanks to a thinner cover. Still, the larger, more resilient core powers distance, and a high launch helps iron shots land at a steeper, green-holding angle.
performance ★★★★ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★ ½ demand ★★★★★
srixon soft feel
R25 Updates include a softer inside and a thinner, softer cover.
performance ★★★★ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ ★ demand ★★★
wilson duo spin
R25 This three-piece ball features an extremely low-compression core (it actually measures below zero, at -55) to help reduce spin on the longer clubs. The soft, flexible mantle provides extra short-iron spin, and the resilient ionomer cover adds velocity.
performance ★★★★½ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★ ½ demand ★★
titleist dt trusoft
R30 It’s soft with low spin but still has approach-shot control.
performance ★★★★ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ demand ★★★★
TBA Forget the funky name. This ball, which will be available in South Africa in August, is sneaky good for golfers with swing speeds of less than 160 kilometres per hour. It has a compression of just 65, which means it has a soft feel with less spin off tee shots.
performance ★★★ ★ innovation ★★★★ feel ★★★★ demand ★