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Titleist NXT Tour Golf Ball Review

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Who is this golf ball for?

The Titleist NXT Tour golf ball is a mid-level ball that is designed for the high-handicap amateur player.  Amateur golfers typically have a clubhead speed of 81 mph at impact.  This is relatively slow when compared to professionals, who average about 106-109 mph.  Ultimately, this golf ball is designed for golfers with a swing speeds somewhere around 90 mph.  The golf ball is designed to reduce driver and mid iron golf ball spin, which often cost amateurs distance and accuracy.  However, golfers who shape the ball can still take advantage of ball spin offered by the NXT Tour by shaping shots on short irons.  With the NXT Tour, Titleist has created a golf ball that should be long and straight off of the tee, but reactive around the green.

As is the case with any golf ball, the NXT Tour has multiple features and characteristics.  Let’s get into the details of the Titleist NXT Tour.

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Low Driver Spin and Soft Feel

The NXT Tour has been designed to give amateur golfers a golf ball that maximizes distance off of the tee while providing spin and soft feel around the greens.  It’s a three piece golf ball that is meant to compete with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x.  Titleist understands that most amateur players shouldn’t play their top of the line golf balls.  At the same, Titleist also knows that most amateur golfers want the ball to fly far and zip on the greens.  With the NXT Tour, Titleist is attempting to give the people what they want without giving them what they don’t need.

Why this golf ball is long and soft

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Dimple Pattern –

The Titelist NXT Tour features a 302-dimple pattern on the cover of the golf ball. The golf ball has a spherically-tiled 302 octahedral dimple design to maximize the aerodynamic nature of the ball.  This component of the golf ball creates penetrating ball flight.   As we mentioned before, the NXT Tour’s dimple pattern is intended to maximize distance while allowing for consistent performance in a variety of conditions.

If you have ever played golf during windy conditions, you know that some golf balls struggle in the wind.  High spin golf balls without an aerodynamic design can ballon up into the wind affecting distance and aim.   While the NXT Tour is not immune to the wind, it should be able to hold its own thanks to the dimple pattern.

Fusablend Cover –

The Titleist NXT Tour features a fusablend cover material specifically designed by Titleist.  This cover is meant to give the golf ball a very soft feel, almost akin the the Pro V1.  The soft feel of the NXT Tour is meant to avoid that “clicky” or rock-like feel that plagues many of the cheaper distance balls.  This hard feel can be particularly harmful when chipping and putting when the ball rockets of the clubface and doesn’t check.  The NXT Tour doesn’t suffer from this problem.  It’s soft upon impact and has a great spin rate on short irons that allows the ball to check.

Dual Core Design –

The NXT Tour golf ball features a dual core design with a soft center.  In fact, the center of the golf ball is 66% larger than previous models of the same ball. The reason for this larger core is to reduce the amount of spin you produce on long shots. A high spin rate on shots hit with your woods and long irons can often lead to an untimely slice or hook.  With the large dual core, the NXT Tour helps reduce an unwanted high spin rate on longer clubs. Most golfers will find that the NXT Tour offers a bit more distance and predictability off of the tee than the Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

Is this the best golf ball for you?

The Titleist NXT Tour is a fantastic golf ball for amateur golfers.  This is a great golf ball off of the tee and maintains its spin and soft feel around the greens.  Because most amateur golfers truly should not be playing Pro V1s, this is a great alternative.  With the dual core and fusablend characteristics, Titleist has killed two birds with one stone and created a great golf ball for mid to high handicap golfers.

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Titleist NXT Tour S Golf Ball Review

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The Titleist NXT Tour and NXT Tour S golf balls are very similar in both design and purpose.  Both golf balls are designed for mid-level amateur golfers.  The NXT Tour S, like the NXT Tour, is intended for golfers with slower swing speeds and golfers concerned with hitting a big slice or hook off of the tee.  Most golfers that average more than single digit handicaps don’t need a super reactive 5 piece golf ball and Titleist has recognized that.  While these golf balls share many of the same characteristics, the key difference between the NXT Tour and NXT tour S comes down to softness and feel.  Unlike the NXT Tour, the NXT Tour S is a two piece golf ball with a large soft core.  This means that upon impact, the NXT Tour S will feel very soft and will have excellent compression.  Let’s get into the details.

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Low Spin and Super Soft Feel

The NXT Tour S has been designed for amateur golfers looking for low spin off of the tee but soft feel around the greens.  The NXT Tour S is a two piece golf ball with a soft cover that features a super large and compression friendly core.  With the NXT Tour S, you’ll feel the ball crushing at impact from driver to wedge.  This “crushing” feel is a high smash factor that gives the ball great distance and great feel.

Why does this golf ball feel so soft?

Image of the dimple pattern and insides of the NXT Tour S golf ball.

Dimple Pattern –

Just like the Titleist NXT Tour, the NXT Tour S also features a 302-dimple pattern on the cover of the golf ball.  This is the same spherically-tiled 302 octahedral dimple design for maximum aerodynamic quality.  The NXT Tour S will go long of the tee with little spin and will play great in the wind.  In this regard, there is virtually no difference between the cover of the NXT Tour S and that of the NXT Tour.

Fusablend Cover –

Just like the dimple pattern mention above, both the NXT Tour and NXT Tour S have the same type of fusablend cover.  Fusablend is a tough but soft cover that gives you great feel and great durability.  Not only will this golf ball react on greens, but it will hold up over time better than a Pro V1.  This is because fusablend is a more durable material than urethane, which is used on the Pro V1 and Pro V1x covers.

Large Compression Core –

The real difference between the NXT Tour and the NXT Tour S lies in the core of the golf ball.  While the NXT Tour has an inner core and an outer core, the NXT Tour S has a single large core. This large core maximizes compression on impact and gives the golf ball is soft feel.   You can also expect the NXT Tour S to have a moderate height on shots due to the low spin rate.  This means that your driver and long irons won’t balloon up into the atmosphere.   If you are hoping to bring down your high ball flight in order to tack a bit of extra distance onto your drives, the NXT Tour S may be a smart pick for you.

Is this the best golf ball for you?

The Titleist NXT Tour S is a fantastic golf ball for amateur golfers that love a soft feel.  The NXT Tour S features a low spin rate, is responsive on the greens, and doesn’t feel like a rock.  If you’re looking for a soft feeling golf ball that reacts on the greens, but are afraid of hitting wild shots off of the tee, this is a great golf ball for you.

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Titleist Velocity Golf Ball Review

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Who is This Golf Ball For?

The Titleist Velocity golf ball, as the name implies, is designed for golfers looking to add distance to their game.  This golf ball is purely about getting more yardage out of your driver and irons.  It has been specifically engineered to significantly increase ball speed off of the clubface and to produce a high launch angle and lower spin rate.  These properties translate to longer drives, longer irons, and longer fairway woods.  You’re not going to hit the ball as far as Dustin Johnson, but this golf ball will definitely get you further down the fairway and closer to the green.

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Effortless Power

Because the Titleist Velocity golf ball has been engineered to launch high with a low spin rate, you can count on it to add yards to your drives and iron shots.  Advancements in golf technology like TrackMan have clearly demonstrated the advantages of a lower spin rate coupled with a high launch angle. Every tour pro is looking to maximize their launch angle and spin rate because it translates to effortless power and lower scores. The Titleist Velocity golf ball will help you achieve exactly that.

Why This Golf Ball Goes So Far

The secret to the Titleist Velocity  golf ball is the science behind it.  The Titleist Velocity is a two piece golf ball that features a large core.  The large core of the golf ball produces added speed off of the clubface generating longer distance.  The Titleist Velocity also has a spherically-tilted 328 tetrahedral dimple design engineered to improve the launch angle and flight of the golf ball.  There is no need to swing as hard as you possibly can to get this golf ball to go far.   This is a pure distance golf ball through and through, which will not bite and back up on the greens.  This ball will feel a bit hard off of the face of the club and will roll like the wind when it lands on the fairway.

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The Core –

The Titleist Velocity is a two-piece golf ball with a large diameter core of 1.575 inches.  The large core can be thought of as the engine that produces the added speed and longer distances of the Titleist Velocity.  A large core on a two piece golf ball producer higher ball speeds.  And higher ball speeds translate to more distance.

The Cover –

Titleist decided to give the Velocity golf ball a thin NaZ2 Suryln cover.  Suryln golf balls are typically used for distance balls due to the efficient energy transfer the cover provides at impact.  Suryln is a harder material that is very durable.  While you wont find a lot of bite on golf balls  with a suryln cover, the ball will go further.  This golf ball will also feel slightly harder than premium golf balls like the ProV1 and Pro V1x on and around the greens.  This is because of the stark contrast between a urethane cover and suryln.  While urethane is sticky and soft, suryln is hard.

Is this the best golf ball for you?

The Titleist Velocity will give you more yardage off of the tee – plain and simple.  Don’t expect it to bite and zip and react on short irons.  But know that it will fly farther than most other golf balls.  The Titleist Velocity golf ball will give you the distance you need to get more distance out of your longer clubs.   If you want more distance and high ball flight, this is the golf ball for you.

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The Titleist DT TrueSoft Golf Ball Review

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Who is This Golf Ball For?

The Titleist DT TrueSoft is designed for beginners and weekend golfers looking for a combination of feel and overall performance.  The DT TruSoft is Titleist’s updated version of the old DT SoLo. People loved Titleist’s DT SoLo golf ball, but Titleist decided to rename the golf ball after making a few improvements.  Now we have the DT TrueSoft.  This golf ball has been designed to reduce spin on longer shots while increasing spin on shorter shots.  This ball is designed for golfers who want the distance of the Titleist Velocity, but want a softer feel around the greens.  At $25-$30 per dozen, this golf ball is also affordable.

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The Complete Package

The DT TruSoft golf ball is a great “all around” golf ball.  Because the Titleist DT TrueSoft spins less with longer shots and more with shorter shots, it will benefit your game from tee to green.  Low spin off of the tee means longer drives and shorter approach shots.  Higher spin rates with wedge shots, pitches, and chips provides the control needed to take advantage of par 5s and save par when needed.  You’ll definitely feel a difference between the DT TrueSoft and the Titleist Velocity.  The DT TrueSoft feels remarkably softer and easier to control on and around the greens.

Why You Get the Best of Both Worlds

The Titleist DT TrueSoft is not a pure distance ball like the Titleist Velocity.  It’s  designed to give you the best of both worlds with a focus on wedge play.   The DT TrueSoft, like distance balls, reduces backspin on drives but its soft feel defines the golf ball.  This means you’ll still see plenty of distance with all your woods, hybrids, and long irons but it also gives you control.  The idea behind this ball is more about improving your short irons and wedges while providing a soft feel while putting.  Tour pros call the shots from 110 yards and in “scoring shots” for a reason.  Golfers tend to shoot lower scores when they have these shots dialed in.

Image of the core of the Titleist DT TruSoft

The Core –

The Titleist DT TrueSoft is a two-piece golf ball with a very low compression core designed to enhance feel. Because the ball is designed to produce lower spin rates with drives and long irons, you still get plenty of distance while reaping the benefits of its soft feel.  Because of its super compression characteristics, the ball will not “click” off of the face of your clubs.  It will have a more spongy and receptive feel when striking the ball.

The Cover –

Titleist gave the DT TrueSoft a super soft pure ionomer cover.  The cover also features a spherically-tilted 376 tetrahedral dimple design. The dimple design and ionomer cover combine to give this golf ball the ability to spin lower with longer clubs and higher on short shots and chips.  But again, this ball is all about the soft feel.  It is principally a more affordable soft feel version of the Titleist NXT Tour S.

Is this the best golf ball for you?

If you have a swing speed below 90 mph and you’re looking for an affordable ball with great feel, this is the ball for you.  The Titleist DT TrueSoft golf ball in an impressive improvement on an old favorite (DT SoLo).  While not as long as a distance ball (Velocity) this is an affordable golf ball with tremendous feel.  The Titleist DT TourSoft improves your short game through its overall feel and it feels like a dream with a putter.

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