What’s the real story?
Over the last year or so there have been rumors about Titleist discontinuing production of their NXT Tour balls. In the blog below, we will address this as well as the differences in both NXT versions.
As we are doing these reviews of golf balls we will always remind our wonderful readers the make-up of a golf ball as mentioned below.
Every golf ball differs but normally there are 1-5 pieces of a golf ball
Generally made of synthetic rubber which range from 1 layer – 4 layers. A standard driving range ball has only 1 solid layer whereas Titleist Pro V1x has 3 (not including the cover)
Within the inner workings of multi-layer balls, you will find a casing layer. This casing layer is usually made up of a synthetic rubber of plastic. Titleist uses an anomeric casing layer to cover their inner core.
The outer cover of the golf ball (what you can visually see) usually made from Surlyn or Urethane materials.
Surlyn is hard and extremely durable which produces less spin and feel but does not scuff very easily (unless of course you hit a tree, cart path, your fellow golfer, etc.)
Urethane is much softer and less durable which will produce more spin and is less durable – after a round of 18 holes you will see minor blemishes or scuffs. (That is if you use the same ball the entire round)
Dimples are actually a very sophisticated part of the ball. They are critical in reducing wind resistance or aerodynamic drag. Less drag means more distance and more birdies. Dimples almost double the distance compared to a smooth golf ball
Now let’s compare NXT Tour vs NXT Tour S
The NXT Tour golf balls have three pieces and NXT Tour S golf balls have two pieces. The NXT Tour ball deliver longer drives, longer distance, and great stopping short game control. The soft core and cover ensure optimal feel and unmatched performance on the tee and the green. The NXT Tour ball has a lower compression which is great for lower swing speeds because the ball compresses quicker than a high compression ball.
Core: The center of the new dual core is 66% larger, decreasing spin on long game shots and providing longer distance on tee shots and with irons.
Dimple Design: The dimple placement and design depth maximize distance for golfers on every shot. The dimple pattern provides consistent ball flight for golfers in all conditions
NXT Tour S
The NXT Tour golf balls have three pieces and NXT Tour S golf balls have two pieces. The NXT Tour S is a high-performance ball which delivers low driver and iron spin which creates outstanding distance but gives excellent shot stopping ability. The NXT Tour S ball has a lower compression which is great for lower swing speeds because the ball compresses quicker than a high compression ball.
Core: The new core is the softest ever created for NXT Tour S, providing noticeably softer feel and very low spin on your long game shots for great distance.
Cover System: The new Fusablend cover is softer to enhance feel around the green and provide excellent shot stopping control.
Dimple Design: The aerodynamics package on NXT Tour S now has deeper dimple depths to slightly lower the trajectory for maximized distance.
The chart below is a side-by-side summary of the above, for those who like seeing pictures to help make those decisions.
Good or bad – Titleist did indeed DISCONTINUE their production of the NXT brand (don’t worry we have plenty of inventory for you).