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Final Reviews: Maxfli Tour/TourX

Ratings Distribution

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Detailed Ratings

Game Bag or Shag Bag, Tour
Game Bag or Shag Bag, Tour X
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On Course, Tour
On Course, Tour X
Sound & Feel
Equipment Type: Golf Ball
Vendor: Maxfli

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Plenty of golfers aren't looking to spend $50 on a dozen golf balls. And in a perfect world, they'd pay less and retain all the performance of the higher-priced options.

Maxfli isn't trying to win any market share battles with the industry leaders. But, what it can offer golfers for around $35/dozen (currently two for $55) is a lot of value for a ball that consistently bests more expensive models in performance and manufacturing consistency tests.

And unlike many balls made overseas by reputable third-party manufactures (Foremost, Nassau), a good bit of technology contained within the new balls is unique to Maxfli. The core formulation is exclusive to Maxfli as is the new high flexural modulus mantle. The cast urethane cover is softer than last time around too but, otherwise, it’s the same 318 dimple pattern as last time around.

Interesting in high performance at a reasonable price? We're looking for Forum members (US and International) to test and review a dozen each of the revised Maxfli Tour and TourX balls. Click the blue "Sign Up" button in the upper right to apply for testing!

Testers Annouced!
Please congratulate our 8 testers for the Maxfli Tour & TourX Balls!
@Nunfa0
@edingc
@JeremyD
@Tom the Golf Nut
@Jtom2012
@Josh Ross
@Bluesman57
@Tyler86

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Miscellaneous
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Looking forward to having Max go head-to-head with my Snell MTBx balls.  One test that I already have in mind is seeing which one goes farther into the woods, water and OB.  Fun!

Thanks to MGS and Maxfli for my first product testing opportunity.  I started playing golf relatively late: in my early 30s, which was in the late 1980s.  I played in two leagues at work, and at least one more time a week on weekends.  Back then, I had gotten my index to the mid-13s, and breaking bogey fairly regularly.

Flash forward to the first decade of the new century.  Work travel had severely curtailed my golf time, and I was down to maybe 5-10 rounds a year.  Eventually, due to to the travel schedule and injuries, I stopped playing completely; that was 16 years ago.  Last year, I was newly-retired, and began a part-time seasonal job at a local muni in Fort Wayne.  This is in NE Indiana, more or less half way between Chicago and Cleveland.  My love for the game has been rekindled, at the ripe young age of 64. 🙂

So far, my back and arthritic hips are limiting me to 3 or 4 rounds a month, but even so, with lessons and new clubs, I am actually hitting my drives 15 yards farther than I did when I was in my 30s.  My index is currently 15.3   I used to dread the driver, and resorted to 3 wood most of the time, but now it is my favorite club in the bag.  Is it my strength?  I guess so, but with so much to work on, that's not saying a whole lot.

Based on my swing speeds (low 90s with the driver) and careful study of the great ball reviews here on MGS, I have chosen the Snell MTBx.  For me, it gives me what I need in a ball, which are good distance off of the tee, and decent spin into greens.  I'm not looking to hit a wedge and pull the string on the ball as it hits the green, spinning back like a yo-yo, just the confidence that, with a well-struck wedge or short iron, my ball will stop reasonably quickly, and not go skidding off of the green.  Manufacturing consistency is also important to me; I want to be sure that any mishits are a result of my swing, and not a flaw in the ball that I can't see.   A great thing about the Maxfli's that we will be testing is that it seems that they will be in the same category as the Snells I play, facilitating comparisons.

My typical ball flight has a rather high trajectory, and when I do hit a ball well, a slight push-draw.  Unfortunately, my misses are much more common than those golden shots, the most common of which is a putrid low snap hook.  Lately, my back has been acting up, causing me to subconsciously restrict my turn.  At its worst, I will pick up the club steeply on the backswing, and, trying to correct the path on the way down, either hit it fat, or a thin wormburner.

Since I do lose balls, my first plan is to take the Maxfli's and Snells to an indoor range with Trackman, and compare numbers before taking them onto the course.  I'm looking forward to it!

The Review :September 6, 2021

Maxfli Tour and TourX Golf Balls – Official MGS Forum Review by Oze

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I was very pleasantly surprised with the packaging of both Maxfli balls, especially in comparison with the utilitarian packaging of my Snells.  In my opinion, both the outer box for the dozen balls and the sleeves of three just say "class", and give my the feeling that I am in the presence of top-shelf golf balls, and especially the black ot the Tour X!Sleeves.jpg.2b59a396ad01bb7b6b07c966f24a1ff6.jpgSleeves_Back.jpg.37b172e1a52ae35413d9176f3ba13c32.jpg

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The high gloss white finish on both of the Maxfli's was pristine on all 24 balls, and appeared identical to the Snells.

The "Tour CG" and "Tourx CG" alignment aids seemed a bit odd to me, and in my opinion, look gimmicky and took away from my overall impression of "class" with these balls.  I decided to perform the salt water balance test, and so filled a glass measuring cup with salt water, and spun away with 6 balls of each type.  Given that a ball coming to rest at the same spot repeatedly indicated an out of balance ball, with the center of gravity fixed and that if they came to rest in different, random positions indicate a balanced ball, here are my results:

Number of balls that were in balance:

  • Snell: 4/6
  • Maxfli Tour: 6/6
  • Maxfli Tour X: 3/6

Again, for someone of my skill level, no big deal, but it is good to know that if I miss a putt, it is my own fault, and not a ball that was out of balance.  Suffice it to say that I did not use the "CG" alignment aid on neither tee shots nor putts.

And so, on to the testing.  I decided to break the it up into three areas:

  1. Chipping and putting
  2. Trackman analysis
  3. Full rounds of golf

My testing philosophy was that I am auditioning the Maxfli balls as a possible replacement for my current ball, the Snell MTB-X.  Given similar price points, I would expect there to be a clear, compelling reason to switch, especially since I tend to be brand-loyal.  Given a significantly lower price, the bar to switch would of course be set much lower.  At the current price difference of $5/dozen if I buy two dozen of the Maxfli's I consider the price to be effectively the same.

My playing partners' reactions to the new Max's were mixed, but humorous.  I have been out of the world of golf for 16 years or so, and in any case, have never been an equipment snob.  Initial comments included, "What are you hitting?  A Maxfli?  What's next, Spalding Kro-Flites?"  To be fair, some of these lesser-educated Cro-magnons that I played with never heard of Snell, meaning I have to endure a couple of holes of Sergeant Schultz impersonators yelling, "Macht schnell, Colonel Hogan!"  It was almost universal that they all echoed my first impression of the"CG" alignment aid when I explained to them what Maxfli claimed.  "Gimmick".

Here are the sticks used for the testing:

 

  • Ping 425 Max Driver
  • Wilson D7 3 and 5 Woods
  • Titleist TS2 4-hybrid
  • Titleist T300 irons
  • Ping Glide 52 degree and 58 degree wedges
  • Odyssey Stroke Lab Rossie putter

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That's a CuddleDud of Maddie, the best dog I ever had.  Adopted her from a rescue, and sadly, 3 years later, she died in her sleep.  I'll admit to occasionally talking to her every time I pull out the driver, a la Judge Smalls and his Billy Baroo putter.😆

TESTING

I visited Apex Golf in Fort Wayne, to see what Trackman had to say about each ball with each club.  At the risk of public humiliation, I'm attaching some screen shots of the results for the Maxfli's.  Somehow, the none of the data for the drivers nor any for the Snell didn't ported over to my email, so I just have those averages to report. 

First of all, so that you all can measure the grain of salt with which you take this data, belowis the dispersion plot for the 8 and the wedge; the driver information, of course, was even worse.  This was not a great day at the range.

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Here are the average values for spin and carry distance for the 3 balls.  Sorry that I couldn't figure out how to upload an Excel file:

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Clearly, for my skill level and purposes, the performance of the three balls is effectively the same, with the Snell having a slight advantage in some of the numbers.

GRADING

Looks and Durability: 12/15

This category is a complete no-brainer.  As mentioned above, the packaging is top-notch.  The gloss white finish is also something that immediately caught my eye, and compares favorably with my Snells (no colorful golf balls for me, please). The personalization was a pleasant surprise, and yes, Maxfli *did* spell my last name correctly. Although I lost more balls than I care to admit, I was able to save a representative of each type of ball which survived several holes, including bunkers, full wedges and a foray into the brutal waste areas of the links course I played.  As you can see, durability is definitely not an issue.  These covers withstood it all.  The only small nit to pick for me is the alignment/CG gimmick.  I would prefer that it not be on the ball at all.

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Sound and Feel: 15/15

I really liked the sensory experience of hitting both balls.  Starting with chipping and putting, the feeling was soft, and the sound was a very satisfying "click", identical to those of the MTB-X.  Ditto with full swings, including the driver.  Going into the testing, I expected there to be at least some sensory difference between the 3-piece balls and the 4-piece TourX, but to my uneducated mind, all three were the same.  In a very good way.

On-Course Performance: 40/40

I have to say that I was very impressed with the performance of these balls, but especially with the Tour's performance with wedge shots.  It is not usual for me to hit a shot of <100 yards and have to ball seem to just drop from the sky onto the green and *stop*.  This happened on multiple shots during the two rounds, and each time it was when I was playing the Tour ball.  Pars and even multiple birdies were the direct result of this, and I think that the Maxfli Tour and my 48 degree T300 gap wedge have become fast friends.  I cannot stress enough how, after the second or third time of watching (admittedly, somewhat slack-jawed) my ball descend and stop on the green, my confidence in playing this type of shot soared.  It was my favorite part of both rounds, and saved me from having to enter triple-digit scores.

This is the 10th hole at the Pete Dye-designed Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello, IN.  It's a very short, 260 yard par 4, with a tree that bisects the severely-sloping fairway at 200 yards.  Of course, I clipped that tree with my tee shot, leaving me with a 60 yard shot to a green so elevated that I could barely make out the top of the flagstick from where my Maxfli Tour ended up.  Taking into account the slope, I hit a 52 degree wedge, and although I couldn't see it land, it felt great and looked majestic; my hopes were high as I walked up to the green.  The ball had stopped 6 feet from the hole, and 3 inches *behind* the pitch mark!  I 2-putted for par, but still...

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Miscellaneous: 10/10

My first impression upon opening the package was the excellent presentation that the packaging gave, both the dozen boxes and the sleeves.  Especially compared to my current ball, the Snell MTB-X, these insignificant cardboard boxes just exuded class.  I was further pleasantly surprised to find that the balls had been personalized with my name--very cool.  Although I have to say that I would never get my real name put on a ball that I was going to play, given the embarrassing possible locations where one of my errant shots could end up.  Although I don't share my playing partners' extreme negative bias towards the Maxfli name, it was a name that I somehow associated with being a budget brand.  My experience so far with these balls has proven quite the opposite.

Game Bag or Shag Bag: 15/20

I would have absolutely no problem playing either of these balls under any circumstances, especially the Tour.  They compared favorably to the ball I currently use for important rounds, like the occasional $5 Nassau.  The sight of the Maxfli logo and black dot has quickly become one to instill a great feeling of confidence in me, especially with my wedges.  My only reason for the not-perfect score in this category is my personal feeling that I lose too many balls to be paying even $3 apiece, and plan on doing a deep dive into the MGS ball test data to see if I can find a low-price ball for next year to replace the MTB-X that will be "good enough" for my game, at least until it improves to the point where I can use a single ball for a complete round, or maybe even two!  But both of these Maxfli's would be great choices for any golfer, and the price point is not bad for anyone who is not a loser-of-balls to the extent that I still am on tougher courses.  I've A-B compared the MTB-X with the ProV-1, and the Snell comes out on top for me.  By extension, I think that a serious golfer would do well to try out these Max's; in my opinion, they have everything that the "Ball that Tour Player X Uses", without the snob factor and associated inflated price.

Conclusion

I used my current ball, the Snell MTB-X as a baseline for the review of the new Maxfli Tour and Maxfli Tour X golf balls.  The price point for each are very similar, especially if one shops sales and offers.  On first impression, the packaging of the Maxfli's blew that of my Snells out of the water; not that shiny-wrapped cardboard can lower your score, it does give one a feeling of quality right out of the box.  So to speak.

I took all three balls to the practice green, a Trackman stall, and two very difficult golf courses, and tested them under identical conditions.  In what was a surprise given my preconceived bias against the Maxfli name, they performed nearly identically to the Snells in all aspects.  The Snell performed slightly better in terms of distance according to the Trackman, but I wasn't able to notice this on the course.  What was a truly awe-inspiring display, the Maxfli Tour out-performed the Snell (and every ball I have ever played) when it came to ball flight and stopping ability with full wedges.  I am not used to seeing a 115 yard gap wedge drop from the sky onto the green, and finding that the ball was within a foot or two of the pitch mark.  This is unheard of for me, and happened multiple times when I was playing the Maxfli Tour.

Unless you are one of those who is brand-conscious and a slave to what ball what tour players (being paid to) use, I suggest that you give these balls a go.  Spend the $20/dozen you save on some good craft beer.

Final Score:  92/100

 

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The Review 09/07/2021

Maxfli TourX and Tour Golf Balls – Official MGS Forum Review by Josh Ross

Intro

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Hey everyone. First off, huge thanks to MGS for letting me be part of another testing! Last year I was lucky enough to test the SkyCaddie LX5 GPS Watch and you can find that review here.

I’m a 31 year old, 7 handicap that calls the North GA Mountains home. I used to play to a 5 handicap before a two year hiatus and have been told by two pros that I have the game of a scratch golfer if I could put it all together on the same day. That may sound like a compliment, but for someone as competitive as me it's frustrating to know the talent is there and I can't figure it out. Anyway, I play two or three times a week, usually at a different course each time. My current golf ball that I love is the Snell MTB-X and nothing else I’ve tried has come close to beating it. I play a slight draw and like for my ball to be long off the tee and generate maximum stopping power on iron shots and around the green. I have a swing speed fast enough for X flex shafts but prefer the feel of stiff. With that being said, a ball that is too soft feels way too mushy to me and we all know a soft ball is a slow ball (thanks MGS Ball Lab). At the start of this test, I found that I had a very consistent and repeatable fade that I was considering switching my stock shot to. I was interested in testing a ball with a little less iron spin to help combat the ballooning I was seeing with the MTB-X when I hit that shot. Having the two side by side for testing was great for that and I also enjoyed testing the Maxfli TourX against the MTB-X. 


Here is my WITB for this test.

Driver: :cobra-small: RADSPEED XB PTC 10.5° Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 VII Stiff
3 Wood: :cobra-small: SpeedZone 14.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70 6.0
3 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2017 CLK 19° Fujikura Speeder Evolution HB Stiff
4 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2020 CLK 22° Mitsubishi Tensei Blue Stiff
Irons: :mizuno-small: JPX 921 Forged 5-9, JPX 921 Tour PW Project X LZ 6.0 Blackout Edition
Wedges: Edison Forged 49°, 53°, 57°
Putter:  L.A.B. Directed Force 2.1 34"
 

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First Impressions
First off, the packaging looks premium and to me stands out as a serious offering in the premium ball market. I think that’s important, you definitely want to grab someone’s attention on the shelf with the others but you don’t want to be too flashy.

Upon pulling the ball out of the sleeve, you can’t miss the noticeably higher amount of tackiness the cover has. It gave me concerns of durability, especially with my wedges.

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Grading

Looks & Durability (13 out of 15 points)
Both balls have that nice pure glossy white look to them and the logo isn’t too big. The alignment line is the cause of the two point loss here, with it being bigger than I prefer. I don’t use an alignment line so having something this chunky on the ball is a very minor annoyance. In my time playing them, I haven’t noticed any issues with durability. The ball looks just fine after a round of golf.

Sound & Feel (15 out of 15 points)
As I mentioned above, the covers are very tacky on this ball and feel very soft as well. I think the sound and feel are what you would expect when looking at each individual ball. The Tour, being a lower compression ball, feels softer and has a lower sound when hit. The TourX on the other hand, is perfectly firm and feels really solid when hit. I much prefer the feeling of this ball and the louder crack you hear when it is struck.

On-Course Performance (38 out of 40 points) - TourX / (20 out of 40 points) - Tour
With these two balls I noticed more than just the difference in how they are supposed to perform, but also a difference in consistency. 

The Tour X is an amazing ball. I had five birdies and shot my personal best score with it the first time I put it in play! It has great distance, excellent stopping power, feels great on and around the greens, and the performance is very consistent. I knew exactly what to expect out of this ball when hitting different types of shots and it delivered time and time again. The only reason I deducted two points is because it is a little bit shorter than my Snell MTB-X, anywhere from three to six yards shorter on average depending on the club. Other than the small distance gap and the tacky cover, there would be no way to tell these apart in a blind ball test.

The Tour was a different story. I don’t know if the issue is just that I’m not a fan of softer golf balls and they don’t suit me well, or if there is an issue with the Tour. At the end of the day, there is no way I could play this ball. It feels fine for a soft ball, certainly not mushy like some softer golf balls I’ve tested. The distance was surprisingly good, oftentimes being right there with the TourX on most shots and even past it with some of my longer shots. Where I had a lot of issues, and I know a fellow reviewer did too, is that I could not get this ball to spin consistently at all. And when it did spin, it wasn’t enough for my game at all. Being that I work with a wedge company, I consider myself pretty nifty with a wedge in hand and can make the golf ball do what I want most of the time. I put three sleeves of balls down behind my house and tried to hit the same shot over and over but got wildly inconsistent results. Some would check up a little, others would roll out. The same was true for approach shots too. I never knew what to expect when hitting into the green and that’s a problem.

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Miscellaneous (10 out of 10 points)
One thing I liked was the nice little touch of adding our names to the golf balls. It was unexpected and I thought it was a nice gesture. I gave a couple of the Tour balls to a friend after I concluded my testing with them so he could try them out. He has always been a “play whatever I can find” guy because he doesn’t want to spend $50+ on a dozen balls. So far he is loving them and doesn’t feel that he has issues around the greens like myself. I told him not to hit them into someone’s yard though because it’s my name on the ball, haha.

Game Bag or Shag Bag? (17 out of 20 points) - TourX / (0 out of 20 points) - Tour
Listen, the TourX is incredible and I could easily play it with no problems. I will continue to game the Snell MTB-X but I love knowing that there is an alternative that plays almost identical for me. The loss in distance is the only thing that is keeping me from making the switch at this point. The convenience of being able to head to Dick’s for these and the great price point make it very tempting to make the switch permanently. 

As for the Tour, I just can’t play it. I think it is probably a fine ball and will be well suited for the golfer who doesn’t like to finesse their ball with spin around the greens or maybe the golfer who doesn’t need tons of spin. I play my best when my ball is dancing on the greens, not when it hits and rolls out.

Conclusion
The Maxfli TourX is one of the best balls on the market that delivers in all aspects of the golf game. Excellent distance, stopping power, a nice loud crack when middled, solid durability, and a price point that is hard to beat. If a higher compression ball is what you play, the TourX is certainly worth a look.

The Tour is also impressive and my final score isn’t indicative of it being a bad product, it’s just that the ball is a very bad fit for my game. It has surprisingly good distance and the same good price point.

Final Score: (TourX 93/100 -and- Tour 58/100)
 

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Driver: :cobra-small: RADSPEED XB PTC 10.5° Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 VII Stiff
3 Wood: :cobra-small: SpeedZone 14.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70 6.0
3 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2017 CLK 19° Fujikura Speeder Evolution HB Stiff
4 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2020 CLK 22° Mitsubishi Tensei Blue Stiff
Irons: :mizuno-small: JPX 921 Forged 5-9, JPX 921 Tour PW Project X LZ 6.0 Blackout Edition
Wedges: Edison Forged 49°, 53°, 57°
Putter:  L.A.B. Directed Force 2.1 34"
Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

GPS: :skycaddie: LX5 Watch (Thanks MGS!)

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Well hello folks, it is I Nunfa0 (none for none), star of previous classic tests Shot Scope V2 and Cobra Connect Challenge 3 😎

This time around I have been fortunate enough to be chosen to test the Maxfli Tour and TourX golf balls. This was an opportunity I jumped at because I was a big fan of the original Maxfli Revolution golf balls.

Right, I am a 49 year old lefty golfer who plays out of Christchurch New Zealand. I have been playing golf for quite a while, in fact next year will be the 40th that I have been a member of the Templeton Golf Club.

I am a 9 handicapper that drifts between shooting near par to shooting in the 90s. My swing has been described as long and rhythmical, I gave up swinging hard years ago.

 

I generally have a high ball flight but I can hit the stinger when required (sometimes when I don't need it too). My miss is generally to the left with woods (slice) and to the right with irons (hook). I am usually a pretty good putter, good off the tee and my short irons are not bad. My weakness is chipping 😭.

My average drive is sitting at 260 yards and 7 iron 161 yards.

My current bag make up is F9 driver, 3 wood and 3 hybrid, 2016 Forged Tec irons, RTX Zipcore wedges and a rife putter (more details in my signature).

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My current ball is the Titleist ProV1x. I chose this ball for the driver distance, ball flight and stopping power around the greens. I also have to like the feel of the ball off the putter, There is nothing more irritating to me than a hard, clicky feeling when putting.

I am looking for a ball that is low spin off the driver, feels great off the irons and spins around the green.

This test should be a lot of fun and I can't wait to get my hands on these golf balls. I am planning to test the Maxflis around the green, launch them in from a hundred yards to test spin and play some rounds with them to see how they stack up against the Titleists. I might even do the Rick Sheils 10 shots from a bunker to test durability.

So bring on the packages and lets get it on!!

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In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :srixon-small: Z U85 2 Iron
Irons:     :titelist-small: T200 4 Iron AMT White S300
  :titelist-small: T100S - LH - 3-48* - AMT White S300
Wedges: :cleveland-small:     RTX Zipcore - LH - 52° 56° 60° - True Temper Spinner Wedge shafts
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: Barbados Island 2
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1x

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August 2021

Official Maxfli Tour/Tour X Reviewed by Tyler S     
    
    Hello Everyone and thanks to MGS for the opportunity to be a tester! Hopefully I don't mess this up too badly, it's my first time. 

   I grew up playing and took a long hiatus, 16 years. Got back at it at 31 and have been playing 2-4 rounds a week for the last few years. I live and play around the Minneapolis, MN suburbs. No course membership since I prefer to play different courses as much as possible. 

     Was playing around an 11 index until a month ago. Playing through injuries (broken toe and tennis elbow) I'm currently at a 13 index but starting to get back to normal. Driver swing speed on course is around 95-100. Mid iron swing speeds are in the 80s. I tend to hit down on the ball fairly aggressively and leave a divot. I typically play a slight draw and my typical miss is a push right. Ball flight is typically mid flight that holds. Strengths/weakness depends on the day. The “head game” is usually what gets me in trouble. 

      I have been playing the Bridgestone Tour BX most of the year, purchased as a 3 dozen bundle for around 110$. Refuse to pay 50$ a dozen for golf balls whether I'm losing them or not. Like many people, I want a great ball at a FAIR price. For me personally, considerations for golf balls in order are:

     1: Price- refuse to pay top dollar.

     2: Wedge/iron play- needs to stop from 190 in

     3: Driver distance- just can't be a short ball.

     4: Feel- couldn't care less how it “feels”

Pretty excited to test these. Always looking for a good ball that's priced fairly. Maxfli wasn't even on my radar and seems to get a bad wrap.

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First Impressions

        The packaging on both, Tour and Tour X, struck me as more of a “premium” look than I expected. I like that the graphics for “Tour” are front and center, and “Maxfli” is almost hidden. It's almost like Maxfli wants to sell you the ball, before you realize you are buying Maxfli. I like the concept of the graphics being a “greens book” with the double track putting line trail. Although it doesn't really suit my “eye”.

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         Both the Tour and TourX feel very tacky and soft on the outside, more so than a new Bridgestone Tour BX. When “compressed” in my hand they feel harder than a Tour BX. Honestly, I'm even more excited than before, because of this. While it could lead to a durability issue, I feel like they may be easier to spin, green side. I like the glossy finish. I'm not a fan of the Logo or the alignment “thing”. I prefer a “clean” ball with minimal print or distractions. The alignment line is massive with 3 parts, similar to “triple track

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First Test

      Maxfli claims that they put the alignment line on the center of gravity of the ball. The thought is that the ball will roll more true, when the alignment line is used. It sounds good, but I have no idea how much is really gained by this. It seems to me that this is a pretty simple concept, and if it really makes that much difference, everyone would be doing this.

    I decided to do the “float test”? To at least attempt to see how accurate this claim was, without fancy equipment. I spun all the balls a BUNCH of times, in salt water, and put a mark on top center everytime the ball stopped. Then tried to connect the dots with a line to determine a ball park CG. I was surprised at how easy this was in most of them. I only did 3 of each ball since I'm not sure if salt water will have adverse effects on performance later. I also did 3 Bridgestone TOUR BX (they don't claim alignment CG that I'm aware of). One of the Maxfli Tour was almost completely perpendicular, fail. One of the Maxfli Tour X was a “bad ball” as best as I could tell from this test (see video). The others were fairly close. The Bridgestone Tour BX CG were not even close to the alignment line, but the CGs seemed slightly more consistent.

 

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     I cut apart the Tour X with the high CG mark, the far right one pictured above. The black mantle layer was significantly thicker on one end than the other. Not sure i would have noticed it outside the float test. 
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Putting Test

    I’m not the most consistent ball striker with a putter, especially outside 15’. After rolling a few hundred putts, I like both models of the Maxfli. Compared to the Bridgestone Tour BX that I usually game, they are almost identical inside 10’. Longer putts, over 25’, are where the slight differences become more noticeable. Compared to the Bridgestone Tour BX, the Maxfli Tour seems slightly softer off the putter, and slightly shorter. The Maxfli Tour X seems slightly “clickier” and slightly harder, and slightly longer on lag putts. Pic below is (2) Tour, (2) Tour X and (2) Tour BX. 
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I tried so hard to get a video to hear the difference in the sounds putting. Almost impossible outside at the course for some reason. The one below is in my garage and the sound quality is not great but it was the best of around 30 attempts. Striking them for like 40’ putts cause difference is almost unnoticeable inside 25.

 

 

The alignment line.

       While I thought I would hate it on initial impressions, as I prefer a “cleaner” looking ball, it didn't bother me at all. I don't typically use the alignment line on a ball because I struggle with that. So I spent a few hours on the practice green learning to “trust the line”. I did play a few rounds using the lines. The rounds that I used the alignment line were better. The previous 4 rounds I averaged 2.0 putts per hole each round. The rounds using the alignment line averaged, 1.7, 1.8, 1.7 putts per hole. The line seems to work.

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Short Game Testing

        I took the Maxfli to a nice practice green. Tested both Maxfli alongside the Tour BX. Did a lot of chipping out of thick rough and off fairway. Tested bump and runs, flops and chops from 5, 10, 20, 35 yards, into up and down slopes. Inside 15 yards, I can't tell the difference between them. Over 30 yards is where I could tell the difference. Again the Maxfli Tour felt the softest, Tour BX, and then Maxfli Tour X the hardest. The Tour had more roll out than the other two, which were about the same. Tour X is slightly easier to stop. All in all, they are all very similar and differences are very slight this close.

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Off The Tee

         I played 8 rounds with the Maxfli on 5 different courses. I usually played the front with one and the back with the other and rotated which one was on which side. Off the tee with the driver they were all, again, very similar. I could play either of the Maxfli in place of Bridgestone Tour BX. I did have a few rounds where I felt that the Maxfli Tour had a bit of a tendency to balloon on me when the Tour X didnt. That very well could have been coincidence and just pour swings. 

          Par 3s. This is an area where the balls became more apparently different to me. Compared to the Bridgestone Tour BX, The Maxfli Tour had a tendency to fly a little higher and come up just short of target. On harder, quicker greens the roll out would typically save the shot. Softer greens, it would add a stroke. The Tour X would play a little longer of target but typically drop and stop. Occasionally a flushed shot would play way too far. The biggest difference for me was ball flighting. It was way easier for me to keep the Tour X low when need be. I could not keep the Tour low on windy days which led to more strokes on par 3s.

         

Approach shots

        Hitting into greens inside 80 yards they were both very similar to the Bridgestone Tour BX. Roll out differences were minimal and more than playable for my 13 index. It was the 120-180 yard shots into the green where differences were more apparent. I had to really strike a good ball to get the Tour to hold the green, which surprised me with the height of some of them. The Tour X was more forgiving on pour strikes and would still get there and hold. Allowing me to play more confidently and aggressive. 
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Durability

         Both versions of the Maxfli held up very well to multiple sand shots. I played a single Tour and Tour X for 17 holes, I know… They were both still in very good shape. 

         I also hit each ball 35 times, a fresh one, full swing wedge off my mat. Surprisingly they both left paint/cover on my wedge face when flushed. The Bridgestone Tour BX did not, but they all looked similar in the end. The only real damage that I observed was on one that I smoked a cart path with, and that wasn't too bad. Both Maxfli are pretty durable.

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Overview

        The “looks” of the ball was a little cluttered for my liking at first, but grew on me. I played 8 rounds with the Maxflis and practiced/tested for about 12 hours. The Maxfli alignment line being on the CG as claimed, is close on most of them. Did it help my putting? It may have. Using the line I did average less putts per hole. The feels and sounds are very similar to the Tour BX. The Tour is softer but not too soft and feels good with all clubs. The Tour X is slightly harder, but I never felt like I was hitting rocks. On lag putts and wedges/irons the Tour X was a little clicky but I only noticed it when hitting side by side and it is nowhere near offensive. Personally, I like a subtle clicky sound. It sounds more responsive to me and less mushy. On and around the green and off the tee, I could play either of Maxfli interchangeably with the Bridgestone Tour BX. On par 3 tees, the Tour BX and Tour X take a slight preference, the Tour was short too often. From 120-180 yards into greens Tour X or Tour BX win for me. They both held the greens better than the Tour. Both Maxfli have great durability. I did not score any better with the Maxfli Tour, the same or slightly worse. I scored the same or better with the Tour X. I was so impressed with the Tour X, I actually bought another box and plan on putting it head to head to possibly replace the Bridgestone Tour BX. Do I think it will replace it in the game bag, maybe. 

        Either Maxfli Tour or Tour X are great options for mid handicap golfers that want good performance but aren't ready to pay premium prices when they are still losing more than 1 a round. In my opinion, for my game, the 3 piece Maxfli Tour holds little value when brands like Snell offer a better 3 piece product at a close enough price. The 4 piece Maxfli Tour X is what shines for me. Aside from possibly a Costco option, this is the only 4 piece ball in this price range that I’m aware of. 

 

Grading

Looks and Durability. Both 13/15

Sound and Feel. Tour 12/15 Tour X 13/15

On Course Performance. Tour 30/40 Tour X 35/40

Misc 7/10

Game Bag or Shag Bag. Tour 10/20 Tour X 18/20

Tour 72/100

Tour X 86/100

 

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Maxfli Tour/Tour X Golf Balls – Official MGS Forum Review by edingc

Introduction - July 10, 2021

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Hello, everyone!

First off, thanks to Maxfli and MyGolfSpy for this review opportunity. My name is Cody, and I am excited to be back for my third official review on the forums. In 2019, I reviewed the Callaway Epic Flash driver. Last year, I was fortunate to be a competitor in the #CobraConnect Challenge.

My golf game has undergone a huge transformation since I joined the MGS forums in 2018. I am lucky to call the West Michigan area home. We are flush with quality golf courses, instructors and practice facilities. I likely was a 25-30 handicap when I joined the forums despite having played for two decades. Today, my unofficial handicap hovers in the upper-single digits.

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The strength of my game tends to be my ball striking from inside 150 yards. As a former baseball player I am able to generate a good amount of club speed and distance. My biggest weakness is my accuracy and consistency from the tee box. In general, I hit a high draw with my irons, with a miss being a block to the right or a hook left. My driver ball flight is less consistent, though my best shots tend to be high, small cuts.

I play 18 holes three-to-four times per week from May-August, weather permitting. My office is also less than five minutes away from an excellent practice facility. I am able to hit range balls, use the putting green and practice my short game every day during my lunch break.

I maintain a dedicated game improvement thread here on the forums that dates back to 2019. I also have a full WITB post.

My golf ball is one piece of equipment that rarely changes. In 2019, I tried out several urethane-covered models early in the season. I ended up loving the yellow Snell MTB-X. I have played that ball almost exclusively since.

In order, the four things I considered when selecting the MTB-X as my gamer (and what I measure any ball against) were:

  1. Driver Carry Distance
  2. Value
  3. Iron and Short Game Spin
  4. Feel

The MTB-X was by far the longest ball off of the driver for me during my testing. It is a great value even with the recent price increase. I can usually expect a medium-high flight off of my irons and a quick one-hop and stop, or even a bit of pull back. While it is a higher compression ball, it seems less firm than something like the Srixon Z-Star XV.

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The Review - Sept. 6, 2021

It’s been fun getting the new Maxfli balls out on the course over the past month. I’ve played several rounds with each ball and played a two-ball solo scramble. I also spent time on the practice green and in the short game area.

Maxfli has put out very strong tour-level offerings in both of these balls!

First Impressions

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  • The packaging of the balls is well done and informative. It is “premium” looking.
  • The urethane cover on both models feels very soft and tacky, especially fresh out of the sleeve.
  • The dimple pattern, although common to balls produced by Foremost, seems large. Larger than balls I've played in the past.

Nothing about the packaging makes the balls stand out, for better or worse, on a rack with other premium offerings. Maxfli did well here.

Looks & Durability - 13/15 Points

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The balls sport a clean design, highlighted by a large “MAXFLI” marking. The only differences between the appearances of the Tour and Tour X are the color of the numbers (black for Tour, red for Tour X) and the name on the alignment marking.

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My only complaint about the looks is that the CG alignment mark is a little chunky. It is almost “Triple Track-like,” in its width. I’d prefer for the lines to be either closer together or removed.

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The durability of both models is impressive. I hit many trees throughout my testing and did not cause any noticeable damage to the covers of the balls. Most grass and dirt marks wiped away with a towel. Some covers picked up permanent marks after particularly violent collisions with trees.

Sound & Feel - 15/15 Points

The Tour and Tour X are two different golf balls with two distinct sounds and feels.

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Being a lower compression ball, the Tour produces a muted thwack sound. The Tour is also softer feeling. On my best swings it almost felt like the ball was melting on the club face. I found this feeling to be very addictive.

The Tour X is a typical high-compression ball. It is firm feeling off of the club face and produces a more piercing crack/click noise when struck.

These differences in feel and sound exist from driver to putter.

Both golf balls are enjoyable to hit and deserve all points in this category.

On Course Performance, Tour X - 40/40 Points
On Course Performance, Tour - 25/40 Points

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The Tour X was a solid performer all around. It gave up no distance, had a high ball flight and adequate spin for one-hop-and-stop shots into the green. I did not experience excessive spin off of the driver or irons. It plays very much like other high-compression balls I have used in the past.

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The Tour excelled in the long game. It seemed to be a little longer than the Tour X off the driver, I suspect from less spin. It has a penetrating flight that is lower than the Tour X as well.

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My biggest issue with the Tour was a general lack of spin on approach shots and around the greens. I struggled to hold greens with full wedge shots, but only on certain swings. The Tour seemed to be very inconsistent. One shot the ball would hop-and-stop and the next would kick off the back of the green. This made it very hard for me to play the Tour. By the end of testing I had no confidence hitting approach shots into greens.

While I do find the stock alignment aid to be chunky, I putted very well with both models. My distance control and accuracy seemed no worse during my testing period. It may have even improved.

Miscellaneous - 7/10 Points

I ran each dozen through my Check-Go-Pro device. The purpose of the C-G-P was to confirm the position of the factory CG/alignment stamp. My results were interesting as I had a handful of balls that seemed to deviate from the factory line. (The post with my full results is here.)

The CG stamp would be a big selling feature for me, as I C-G-P most of my golf balls. Either the Maxfli process or the C-G-P is wrong for some balls. Deducting three points here as I’m not sure what process to trust. 

The balls also showed up personalized with our names. While a nice touch on Maxfli’s behalf, I tend to prefer anonymity when losing golf balls!

Game Bag or Shag Bag, Tour X - 15/20 Points
Game Bag or Shag Bag, Tour - 5/20 Points

The Tour X is a fantastic golf ball. I enjoyed my time playing it, and I think the ball would be good for many high swing speed players. Once Maxfli releases a yellow version for sale, I plan to buy at least two dozen to put into play. At $34.99 per dozen or cheaper on sale, the Tour X is a great value and every bit as good as higher-priced alternatives.

I enjoyed the long game characteristics and feel of the Tour. However, I was not happy with the inconsistency when hitting approaches into the greens. My remaining Tour balls will be heading to the shag bag. Or, I will pass them along to someone who doesn’t mind playing golf balls with my name on them. 🤣 The Tour might be a better fit for someone who plays a bump-and-run style of approach to most greens.

Final Score, Tour X - 90/100 Points
Final Score, Tour - 65/100 Points

Despite being a “house brand,” Maxfli is making some quality golf balls at excellent prices. The Tour X behaved exactly how I’d expect a high-compression, tour-level ball to behave. The durability of Maxfli’s proprietary cover is impressive (especially considering my testing efforts!). While I did not get along well with the Tour model, it could be a great ball for a different type of golfer.

Both models are worthy of inclusion in any listing of quality, urethane-covered golf balls.

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Driver: callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Epic Max LS (9°), 45.75", Dumina AutoFlex SF505X | Unofficial AutoFlex Review
17° Hybrid:
callaway_logo.png.3dd18aa65544000dd0ea3901697a8261.png Callaway Super Hybrid, 41.5", Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 80 TX
18.5° Driving Iron: 
cobra_logo.png.190908c8b4518eec87c087429e4343ee.png Cobra KING Utility (2016 Model), 39.5", Mitsubishi MMT Utility 105 TX
21° Hybrid:
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4 Utility: 
cobra_logo.png.190908c8b4518eec87c087429e4343ee.png Cobra KING Utility (2020 Model), 38.5", UST Mamiya Recoil 110 F5
5-AW:  
Sub70_Logo_WhtBlk.jpg.aee386374adf9afd31a02b989c839f9d.jpg Sub70 699 (5-6)/699 Pro (7-AW) Combo Set, 1° Flat, 37" 7 Iron, Mitsubishi MMT Taper 105 TX | Build Thread
54°, 58°:
cobra_logo.png.190908c8b4518eec87c087429e4343ee.png Cobra KING MIM Black, 1° Flat, 35.5", 35.25", Mitsubishi MMT Wedge 105 TX | #CobraConnect Review
Putter:
image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1, 36", 68°, Black with Custom Sightlines, BGT Stability Tour, L.A.B. Press II 3° | Unofficial Review
Grips: 
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Ball: :Snell:Snell MTB-X Optic Yellow

Tracked By: :Arccos: Arccos | #CobraConnect Review
Bag: :1590477705_SunMountain: Personalized 2020 Sun Mountain Sync
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Good evening,

Thanks to MyGolfSpy and Maxfli for the opportunity to review these Tour and Tour X golf balls. We moved to Pinehurst, NC about 6 months ago, and I've been playing on and off for about 35 years. I lived in Maine my whole life prior to this. What I am looking for is a ball that allows me to hold greens, while being a little tougher on the outside to help me feel like I can hit near as long as I used to. I play about 9 holes on average per week, and hit a bucket of balls at the range once per week as well. 

I have a current index of 6.7.  My clubs are pretty old, but don't feel they are broken. I have been playing the same irons since 1999, and my driver since 2010. As for distances, my driver goes between 250-260, and I'm ok with that. My 7 iron used to be 165-170, but I feel it's closer to 160 now. 

My ball flight is very high. This allows me to hit a harder ball and still hold a green. When I miss, it's a pull to the right with irons, and a pull hook with my driver. I feel it costs me 2-3 strokes per round. Other than my hooking issue, I feel my biggest weakness is my putting. 

My current ball of choice is the Pinnacle Soft. I've never been a fan of the softer balls, and would play one ball for as many holes as I could. I have been playing my current Pinnacle Soft for 27 holes. One of the reasons I like them, is I feel I play well with them. My scores are typically better with thesethan any other ball in the last year. They are also inexpensive, which is right in my wheel house, and why the Maxfli is so appealing. if they play similar or better than the Titleist Tour Soft or the Pinnacle Soft, I'm happy to pay the 2 dozen for $55 price.

 

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Final Review

First Impressions

The first thing that stood out was the very different packaging between the 2 balls. I was mainly drawn to the dark gray and red of the Tour X as opposed to the white/gold of the Tour. Honestly I was kind of turned off to the Tour packaging.

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I wanted to compare these to my inexpensive Pinnacle Soft golf balls or Titleist Tour Speed. I wanted to see if my clubs essentially played the same distances, and didn’t do anything funky. I didn’t want my over slices or over hooks to curve more than what I’m used to. I’m ok playing a little firmer ball, and one that didn’t break the bank. I also like to play a ball that I feel confident in. I don’t look at reviews before I try anything new, and often try new balls as I find them in the woods on the course.

Most of my testing was on the golf course. I spent a couple of hours putting and chipping, but was able to play about 36 holes per ball. I also spent 15 minutes testing in a bunker.

 

Grading

Looks and Durability (14 out of 15)

A couple of things really stand out. The alignment marks are very striking, even though I don’t use them. The numbers and wording are clean. I like the dimple pattern. All of the dimples were uniform, and I prefer this compared to balls that may have dimples of different sizes.

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With regards to durability, they really hold up. I think if I didn’t lose a couple I could easily see myself playing multiple rounds with them. Of the two balls, I saw more durability out of the Tour X. I did notice on my 56 degree that some of the outer covering of the Tour was on the face, although this was only noticed one time.  I also hit some trees through my rounds, and didn’t really notice any marks that couldn’t be rubbed off with a little spit.

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Sound & Feel (13 out of 15)

These balls compare very well to how my current Pinnacle and Titleist feel. When hitting it close to pure, the balls felt soft to me. Even my misses didn’t feel uncomfortable. I’ve played some balls in the past and they felt like rocks. They really felt good. When I first touched the balls, and it’s hard to describe, but they felt maybe like hard rubber in my hands. I know it’s not a great description and maybe I can update this with a better description. It made me nervous at first, but once I started hitting them, I didn’t notice any difference from my current balls.

I marked these balls down due to the initial sound I experienced when putting. They didn’t sound like a soft ball when hitting a putt. They almost sounded like a Ting sound to my ears. It gave me a poor initial impression. I will say, that over time, I didn’t notice the sound at all

On-Course Performance (38 out of 40) Tour X, (25 out of 40) Tour

Now I wanted to give 2 ratings on this because these balls performed very different for me, during my rounds, with the exception of the extra 9 holes I played with the Tour. It gave me a new appreciation, and prior to that round, I would have graded them much lower.

I’m a 250-275 driver. Off the tee, these balls performed the same as my rock hard pinnacles. I don’t feel I lost any distance. With regards to approach to the greens, I truly loved the performance of the Tour X. They really held the greens, which if you can see in my pictures, the ball marks are not that deep on the Bermuda grass greens. The Tour was inconsistent. Most holes, they would hit and not stay near the ball mark. The last 9 may or may not have been an anomaly. The balls held well, but the last 9 was at a different course and could have been the reason.

I hit a high ball, and the flight was about as expected. I was concerned that the Tour X would fly higher than the Tour, but they were pretty equal. When chipping, and hitting from bunkers, the balls would perform within my abilities. I was very happy with the greenside spin, and how they rolled off the clubface.

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Putting was where I wanted to see if it would help. I am incredibly inconsistent and am still not comfortable using alignment lines. My issues have more to do with speed control. When I first heart the ting sound, I thought it would affect me. It didn’t. My putting wasn’t affected, and I may have gained a little confidence putting these balls.

Overall, my handicap dropped from 6.0 to 4.8 while playing these balls. Was it because of the ball? Possibly. As I said earlier, I care most about how I play, and (mainly the Tour X) I played well with these golf balls.

 

Miscellaneous (8 out of 10)

I really enjoyed finding my name on the ball, and I’m not sure if this was one of the reasons the balls took so long to get to us. The packaging was very tight, and I liked it, but I really wasn’t a fan of the While and Yellow/Gold of the Tour.

Game Bag or Shag Bag (20 out of 20 Tour X) (10 out of 20 Tour)

Based on performance, durability, cost, looks, feel, and my scores, I would absolutely put the Tour X in my Game Bag. No questions at all. My scores were very good playing this ball compared to the Tour, or even compared to my Pinnacle and Titleist. I could easily see myself making these my 1A or 1B balls. As for the Tour balls, I will only use these if I don’t really have another option. They’re a good ball, but not necessarily my favorite. Comparing the two balls, I feel the Tour X is close to a premium ball, and at a slightly lower price, making it a great value. The Tour is overpriced, in my opinion, based on how I performed with it.

Who would benefit from these? I’m a 4.8 handicap that hits a 260 drive and an 8 iron 155. I lack consistency. Some days I hit 20% of greens, and some days it’s 70%. One thing I can say with confidence is that, when playing the Tour X, I don’t feel the need to blame the ball on off days. When playing the Tour, I can’t say the same thing.

Conclusion

My main focus was to compare these balls to the two balls I primarily play, the Pinnacle Soft and Titleist Tour Speed. I have had good rounds with the Pinnacle Soft, and the price is very low. I’ll be honest, I don’t like to spend money. These balls, while more than the Pinnacle, but less than the Titleist, really caught my attention. The balls themselves are very striking to look at. If you use the alignment lines, they look appealing. With regards to performance, I wanted to make sure I maintained or gained distance, as well as was able to hold greens. The Tour X exceeded my expectations, and the Tour was more disappointing than I expected compared to the Tour X, and even my Pinnacle. Yes, I would prefer my Pinnacle over the Tour. I struggled initially with the sound off the putter, but my initial concerns went away over time. I highly recommend the Tour X, but not the Tour.

Final Score (93 out of 100 Tour X) (70 out of 100 Tour)

 

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I swing left handed and have been the State of Maine Left Hander's champion since 1997, the last year they held the tournament. I'm currently a 6.3 handicap. Trying to get lower, but my gut gets in the way.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: R11 9 degree turned 1 degree lower (Bought since it was on sale at Dick's)

Irons: :titelist-small: 990's S300 Stiff shafts bought when I was in college. (Received a personal use discount, otherwise would've stuck with my Hogan Edge's)

3 Wood: :callaway-small: GBB Epic 15 degree (only club newer than 5 years in the bag)

52/56/60 :taylormade-small: Z Spin wedges (heck of a deal $100 for all 3 at Dick's in 2013)

Putter: :odyssey-small: White Hot XG SRT (bought because I won credit for a long drive in 2010)

 

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August 2021

Maxfli Tour and Tour X Golf Ball Review by Tom the Golf Nut

Intro:  I have been playing for about for thirty two years and currently hold a .6 handicap.

My swing tempo is smooth with an average driver swing speed in the high 90’s.

I play in North East Tennessee at the base of the Smoky Mountains. My home course has a lot of elevation changes. Actually every hole has an elevation change.

My typical ball flight is straight with a middle flight trajectory.

My strengths are driving the ball straight, chipping, pitching and putting.

 

  First Impressions: The packaging is clean and classy.  There are two alignment lines that frame the ball model. They actually work well with my putter’s alignment system.  

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The Tour is a three piece ball and the Tour X is a four piece ball. Both models are urethane and come with the center of gravity balanced. I really didn’t notice much difference off the tee using or not using the alignment system. But if a ball happened to be perfectly balanced it really wouldn’t matter anyway.                                                       

 I went into this testing to see if a brand I would normally dismiss could perform, change my opinion, and find its way into my bag.

First I wanted to check the alignment Maxfli put on the ball claiming the center of gravity balance point. I conducted a salt water test. For the most part the alignment was spot on. On a few, the ball was perfectly balanced so the alignment markings really didn’t matter. I did find two per half dozen that were not perfect to the alignment but it was not off by much.

 The first of my playing test was to hit three of each model into a chipping and pitching practice green to see what the ball would do from 60 yards with a 60 degree lob wedge. Then repeat this step three more times using the same balls. I also wanted to check for durability with the higher spin coming off the lob wedge. My typical results are to land and sit in place.  So my results (as seen below) were good. Both models just sat where they landed.

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I went on to chipping next. I used my 50 degree gap wedge from 40 yards off the practice chipping green. The Tour balls would hit and roll about two feet. The Tour X seemed to have a little more spin and they did a one hop and stop. This test was repeated three times with similar results to what is shown below. The Tour rolled up closer to the pin.

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Next test was to play from varied distances from 90 to 125 yards out. Will the ball still sit or will it roll out. Like I mentioned earlier my shot is “land and sit or one hop and stop”. This time I did the test on the actual green at my course. Still good results. The results between the two models were very similar. Both hit and stopped a foot from the impact.

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Next test was on to the Driver. I went out on to the course and hit six drives. Two Titleist AVX, Two Maxfli Tours, and two Tour X balls. I am very consistent with my driver. All six balls were in the fairway. I did not see any real distance difference between them. The only discernable difference was the sound at impact. The Maxfli’s were a little clicky with the Tour X having the loudest click. But that is probably due to the compression difference and being a four piece ball. I didn’t mind the difference in sound but I thought it would be worth mentioning.  After completing this I just compared the Tour and the Tour X against each other with the driver.

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I am still using the same sleeve of balls for durability testing which we will cover later.

On to the putting green. I was just comparing the Maxfli’s against each other and using the center of gravity alignment feature. The feel comparing to the two models was similar. The sound was different but not by much. The Tour X was a little louder on longer putts, but the two models felt the same off the putter face. Distance on putts was identical. I even mixed the balls up so I just putted what was in front of me. No discernable difference in length.  I set up for 10 and 20 footers. Below is a photo of one of the 20 foot attempts. I did a second round on the putting green at 60 feet and the balls reacted the same but the X was louder on impact.

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I set up to play four balls on a par three requiring a six iron. Two of each. No distance difference between any of them. All four were close to the same distance just left or right of the pin. The Tour balls hit and rolled out about two to three feet. The tour X checked up a tad bit more. So the consistency is still similar between the models based on my swing. The Tour X had a slightly higher trajectory but both model ball went roughly the same distance.

I have played a few rounds with both balls either playing both on the same hole or alternating holes. I have played my course for 15 years so I know what club to hit and the typical distance of my second shots. These balls played very similar to the AVX that I started playing.   

 Durability, So far these still look brand new after cleaning the dirt and grass marks off. No scuff marks or feathering from lob wedge shots. After several bunker rounds the balls still looked good. I haven’t hit any trees or cart paths so I can’t speak to that part on durability. Playability out of the bunker was very good. The balls checked up nicely. This photo was from a short sided bunker shot side hill downhill combination. Balls landed by the pin and tricked to their location on the photo. Typically with anything other than a urethane ball they would be off the green. The slopes are bigger than what they appear. I was actually quite pleased with these.

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Could I find anything wrong with these balls? Not really… I would say these are quality golf balls with close to the performance of a high end ball. If you squirm at paying close to $50.00 for a dozen premium balls then I would recommend you give these a try at $35.00. The performance factor between an average or better than average player using this ball or the ProV1 would not be able to tell the difference and it definitely won’t hurt your wallet much. I’m picky and only play a few different models when it counts but in a casual round I’ll try a sleeve of something that found its way into my possession (As long as it’s a decent ball). I easily could put either model on my “to play list” But if I had to choose I would play the Tour. This ball felt better for me and I am a feel player.

Grading:

Looks and Durability, 13 out of 15

The word MAXFLI on the golf ball was a little too blocky looking for me. But that’s just me being picky.  Durability was actually a little better than a typical urethane ball. During the weeks of testing with the same sleeve from each model there was no damage or visual imperfections.

 

Sound and Feel, Tour 13 out of 15, Tour X 12 out of 15

The Tour X has a louder click sound. The Tour sounds better to me. The same with the feel. The Tour felt a little softer and more like what I prefer to play. The “X” felt firmer. I really noticed the difference with the wedges.

On Course Performance Tour 37 out of 40, Tour X 38 out of 40

This ball performed well under all playing conditions. Chipping and putting gave me similar performance to the AVX and each other. I did not have to make any adjustments to my game to play the tour ball. I did have to attack the pin more with the Tour X on the short game. It seemed to check up quicker (But not by much).

Miscellaneous, 8 out of 10

The packaging was classy. The center of gravity marking was clean and functional as an alignment aid. This worked good off the tee and on the greens for putting. 

Game Bag or Shag Bag, 18 out of 20

This product does contribute to your game and it should go in the Game Bag. The price is great considering the performance the ball gives you. I think this ball would be great for anyone with a mid-handicap down to a single digit handicap.

 

Conclusion,

This ball performed better than I thought it would. For a mid-priced ball claiming to be a “Tour” ball I think they nailed it pretty well. It did perform similar to the AVX I have been playing. Both model balls played well on the short and long game. If you like a slightly softer feeling ball then the Tour is the ball for you. (I will qualify this statement by saying it is not a very soft ball)  If you already play an “X” ball from another manufacturer then the Tour “X“ will feel, sound, and play similar.  

Final Score 89 out of 100. (Slightly different scoring on an individual basis but the totals were the same)

 

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:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

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:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (5 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 35"

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Thank you for choosing me for this test! I'm excited to get my hands on these and see what they can do!

My dad taught me the game when I was a young kid and the bug has stuck with me ever since and now I get the joy pass the love of this great game to my two young boys.

I currently carry a 6 handicap and work on my game as much as I can. I am a high launcher of the golf ball and like a golf ball that will hold greens and have less spin on my driver and long irons.

The strengths of my game are my driving and putting. I need to work on my wedge play as so far that has been my biggest weakness. 

I look for a ball that will give me good distance off the tee with workability around the greens.

With this testing I want to see if a lower priced golf ball can stand up to the big boys. 

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Driver- Cobra Speedzone 9° default_cobra-small.jpg.bf0039c0fa211a003217e70e184035fa.jpg

Woods- Sub70 Pro 5-Wood   08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg  

Utility- Titleist 718 T-MB 4 Utility  default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg

Irons- Sub70 649 MB Tour 5-PW, 699 Pro 2U  08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg

Wedges- Cleveland Zipcore RTX 52°,56°, 60°  default_cleveland-small.jpg.0615c53919b7f92c3524630e353b33bb.jpg

Putter- Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 default_cameron-small.gif.dd99234f0267bb38c40c23053034a445.gif

Ball- Titleist ProV1x default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I completed more testing today. I probably shouldn't have but I did. I had to take a tree down yesterday. Cut it down, cut it up and hauled everything into the woods. Pretty sore, but the golf course was calling.

One of my strengths is hitting the middle of the fairway with the driver. Typically I hit 13 of 14 today only 8. But scrambled well with the Maxfli's. For me the balls play almost identical. The X feels firm for me and the ball does have a louder click on impact. Both models have been clearly winding up the same distance in the fairway off the tee. 

I did some sand testing and it wasn't all that intentional. So when I wound up in a bunker I played both balls from the same location.  Both balls held up fine for durability and consistency in stopping.

I chose a real tough one for the photo. In this shot the ball was played from the bunker in the background. You had to hit short sided over a lip and the pin was tight to that side. The green sloped sharply toward the pin and broke left as the green sloped from the back toward the front of the green. Both balls impressed me with checking up the way they did. Typicially you would wind up off the green. Both balls landed right by the pin then trickled to the positions in the photo.

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Yes, made par with both.

Next was more chipping. I can say for sure I prefer the Tour. Not due to performance but sound. Performance still remains consistent between both balls. Here is another hole I came up short on. Probably had about a 10 yard chip.

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Easy tap ins for par.

I was left with 85 yards into a very uphill par 5 with a bunker that I had to clear. As you can see each model ball, hit and checked up the same distance. 

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The pin was to the right of the balls. Not in a place you want to attack. Easy two putts for both balls.

I did spend more time after the round on the putting green. I worked on long putts. Probably in the neighborhood of 60 feet. Both balls performance was the same but the X had a louder click and slightly firmer feel.

As I mentioned in my intro, I prefer the feel of a softer ball. So with the performance the same for me between the Tour and the Tour X. I am going with the Tour as my prefered ball of the two.

Overall I still managed to pull off a one under round of 70 but it was a battle to get there and I believe it is time for a nap now.

 

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I just got caught up on this thread and want to say each one of you have done a good job running the MaxFli's to the test. It's nice to see a more budget friendly ball hold up against the big boys. I might have to give these a try as my TaylorMade TP5's didn't fare as well in this year's ball test. 

@Tom the Golf Nut, that was a great round after all the tree cutting, I wouldn't be able to move for days. 8/14 fairways is still highly impressive after that. 

Keep up the good work!

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1 hour ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I completed more testing today. I probably shouldn't have but I did. I had to take a tree down yesterday. Cut it down, cut it up and hauled everything into the woods. Pretty sore, but the golf course was calling.

One of my strengths is hitting the middle of the fairway with the driver. Typically I hit 13 of 14 today only 8. But scrambled well with the Maxfli's. For me the balls play almost identical. The X feels firm for me and the ball does have a louder click on impact. Both models have been clearly winding up the same distance in the fairway off the tee. 

I did some sand testing and it wasn't all that intentional. So when I wound up in a bunker I played both balls from the same location.  Both balls held up fine for durability and consistency in stopping.

I chose a real tough one for the photo. In this shot the ball was played from the bunker in the background. You had to hit short sided over a lip and the pin was tight to that side. The green sloped sharply toward the pin and broke left as the green sloped from the back toward the front of the green. Both balls impressed me with checking up the way they did. Typicially you would wind up off the green. Both balls landed right by the pin then trickled to the positions in the photo.

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Yes, made par with both.

Next was more chipping. I can say for sure I prefer the Tour. Not due to performance but sound. Performance still remains consistent between both balls. Here is another hole I came up short on. Probably had about a 10 yard chip.

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Easy tap ins for par.

I was left with 85 yards into a very uphill par 5 with a bunker that I had to clear. As you can see each model ball, hit and checked up the same distance. 

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The pin was to the right of the balls. Not in a place you want to attack. Easy two putts for both balls.

I did spend more time after the round on the putting green. I worked on long putts. Probably in the neighborhood of 60 feet. Both balls performance was the same but the X had a louder click and slightly firmer feel.

As I mentioned in my intro, I prefer the feel of a softer ball. So with the performance the same for me between the Tour and the Tour X. I am going with the Tour as my prefered ball of the two.

Overall I still managed to pull off a one under round of 70 but it was a battle to get there and I believe it is time for a nap now.

 

I love what y’all are doing! Keep up the good work! 

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Played another round today. I find that inside 120 or so they both hold well. Only issues ive had holding greens are 140/180. The tour doesnt check as well for me unless i really hit a great ball, the x checks better on slight miss strikes at those yards i FEEL. The tour seems to launch higher which helps hold unless your trying to hit knock downs outta the wind, then i cant hold as well. But not bad. I could easily play either ball but im still leaning towards the extra distance im seeing on the X.

side note. Played 6 rounds in the last 7 days. Its been pretty windy the last week and i keep playing hazard heavy courses. Lost a few tuesday. Got a case of the “dont loose this ball”’s this weekend. Grabbed some more on my way home. Gotta make sure i dont run out before i finish this test 🤣🤣🤣

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It’s interesting that some testers get higher flight off the Tour and some off the X. Would love to see someone do a Trackman or Quad session and compare height and spin rates

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41 minutes ago, Rchang said:

It’s interesting that some testers get higher flight off the Tour and some off the X. Would love to see someone do a Trackman or Quad session and compare height and spin rates

I didn't feel it was worth doing that test as that data is in the 2021 ball test report. I do have a Flight Scope Mevo, but the robot data would be more consistent than we could do.

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17 minutes ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I didn't feel it was worth doing that test as that data is in the 2021 ball test report. I do have a Flight Scope Mevo, but the robot data would be more consistent than we could do.

Agreed. 

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1 hour ago, Rchang said:

It’s interesting that some testers get higher flight off the Tour and some off the X. Would love to see someone do a Trackman or Quad session and compare height and spin rates

Its quite possible that its just random inconsistencies in my swing at the times im playing the tour. I played in a constant 14mph wind the other day. I felt like i had a harder time hitting knock downs with the tour than the tour x. And the wind didnt seem to effect the tour x as much when i did kite it. So it may not necessarily be that it flights higher as i just couldnt keep it down when i wanted.
       I also know that today (mild wind) i played the tour on the front and hit a lot of front fringes with very steep descent angles. Didnt happen with the tour x, even into the wind. 
       For the record, im nit picking a bunch. They both perform well for me and pretty similar. Gonna keep playing these things for a while. May switch to Maxfli 🤯

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Played 18 yesterday. Plan was to play 9 with the Tour, and 9 with the Tour X. After blowing the Tour in the water on a hole, I reached in my bag and grabbed what I thought was another Tour, but turned out to be a Tour X. I seemed to play better once it was in my hands. Finished 3 over, and was 1 over through 16, but finished bogey bogey. Either way, the ball felt good. This Tour X has seen 22 holes at this point, and honestly the spin is great for what I'm looking for. 

 

First image is the spin on a 240 yard 3 Wood. It held quite nicely. Image 2 is the spin on a slight mishit from 195 with a 4 iron. it was into a slight slope, but still went a little backwards. 

I mentioned in a prior post about the sound off the putter. I didn't notice that much this time. Likely because I'm used to the balls. Tomorrow I will be playing 18 at a course with much faster greens. It'll be interesting to see how I do. It is the Country Club of North Carolina, so I expect the greens to hold well since this course is nicer than what I usually play.

 

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I was able to get out for a nine-hole scramble yesterday morning to compare the two models head-to-head. I cut together a full vlog with some comments about my course, my swing and, of course, the Maxfli Tour and Tour X.

I ended up shooting -3 playing two balls - one each of the Tour and Tour X. I continue to be impressed with both of the Maxfli offerings. Not too much new to report. The Tour is definitely the softer feeling and sounding of the pair, and yesterday it appeared to also be the longer of the two. Unlike earlier during testing, I did not have an issue stopping the Tour on approach shots. I'm not sure if I was swinging better or if the soggy greens were more receptive. 

All in all, both balls are very similar. I could probably game either. They have comparable distance both from the tee and with approaches.

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Got out for another 18 and started with the Tour. Unfortunately, I ended up losing an entire sleeve, donating one to the woods, one to the rough and one to the irrigation pond.

I cannot for the life of me get the Tour to react consistently coming into greens. On Sunday when I made the scramble video, I had no problems getting the Tour to stop on the greens. Today, it randomly would stop or not stop. On a three-quarter 58 swing it kicked forward nearly 30 feet slightly uphill after landing on the green on No. 2. On No. 12, I hit a full gap wedge that landed on the backside of a ridge and the Tour stopped within feet of its mark. Weird!

After losing the sleeve of Tours, I switched to the Tour X and immediately felt more comfortable. No matter the swing the Tour X hops-and-stops. The Tour seems to require nearly perfect contact for me to get it to stop like that.

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Yesterday, I played CCNC, where the US Junior Amateur was just played, so the conditions were amazing. I played mostly the Tour, and surprisingly a wedge into the green rolled a lot further than I expected. The greens roll faster than I'm used to, but I didn't expect what I was seeing. Their range balls are Pro V1's and they were spinning on the practice green. I know these balls aren't necessarily in the same league as the ProV1, but I was still surprised at the lack of sticking, especially compared to what I have been seeing with the Tour X.

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@edingc great job on the vlog.

After seeing the photo above with the balls in the fairway short of the green I cringed. That fairway is in rough shape. Sorry that you have to play on stuff like that. 

I go out of my way to thank our course superintendent after I see photos like that.

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Well the monsoon stopped for one day and it was beautiful outside, but the course was closed due to it being partially flooded on some holes. I was on my way to the course today to try again when the torrential downpour started yet again.

In the meantime, I have been doing some putting and chipping at my house in the back yard where I have a decent little area set up on the 6th green that I can practice on. Like @edingc, I have found the Tour very inconsistent when it comes to spin. The Tour X on the other hand reacts exactly like I'm used to seeing out of the MTB-X. It's not an overly spinny ball for me, but it provides ample bite on shots that need it. I can tell that X is firmer when putting and chipping but I prefer a ball that is a little firmer due to my swing speed. I'll do my best to get some good on course photos and video if I can ever get this weather to cooperate.

I can't remember the last time we had this much rain. I'm itching to get out and play again after playing the best I ever have the other day. More thunderstorms tomorrow and then potentially a couple dry days but today said it was partly sunny and then we got hit hard. The good news is I'm leaving town again next weekend so hopefully I'll be leaving the rain behind and can get some more testing in.

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Couple more rounds under my belt with the Tour X. I've really enjoyed my time playing this model and can say with certainty I'd have no issues gaming it full time.

Unfortunately, the two I had left in my bag for this morning's round both were lost to the course. I finished my round with a ProV1x. Honestly, the performance of the two balls is so similar I don't think I can tell a difference!

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1 hour ago, edingc said:

Couple more rounds under my belt with the Tour X. I've really enjoyed my time playing this model and can say with certainty I'd have no issues gaming it full time.

Unfortunately, the two I had left in my bag for this morning's round both were lost to the course. I finished my round with a ProV1x. Honestly, the performance of the two balls is so similar I don't think I can tell a difference!

Sounds like I might have to check these out, and at the very least get my brother to start playing one of them over the random box he picks up or the 18-pack specials. I think he’ll enjoy something like this that will give him some greenside performance (an area he recently realized he needed to focus on) and not break the bank either since he still looses a lot. 

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I got to play both balls again today I played a full hole with one of the models and alternated ball model's per hole on the front 9. On the back 9, I played a two ball scramble. There was no clear winner between the two models. Both were long and stuck the greens well.  Here is a shot into a par 5 from 100 out, all uphill. Both checked up well and made for easy birdie putts.

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I wound up with a solid round of 66. No bogies and 5 birdies, and two sand saves for par. Both on par 3's. Not looking at what ball I was hitting you could easily tell by the sound and feel. The TourX  was firmer and louder. I did get used to the X finally. 

I played a softer ball most of the season. Left overs from my Top Flight Gamer testing. I threw one down today and played all three off the tee. Although it still played well and almost kept up off the tee, it felt like a marshmallow compared to the Maxfli's. It was 88 degrees and pretty humid when I got done this morning.

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3 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I got to play both balls again today I played a full hole with one of the models and alternated ball model's per hole on the front 9. On the back 9, I played a two ball scramble. There was no clear winner between the two models. Both were long and stuck the greens well.  Here is a shot into a par 5 from 100 out, all uphill. Both checked up well and made for easy birdie putts.

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I wound up with a solid round of 66. No bogies and 5 birdies, and two sand saves for par. Both on par 3's. Not looking at what ball I was hitting you could easily tell by the sound and feel. The TourX  was firmer and louder. I did get used to the X finally. 

I played a softer ball most of the season. Left overs from my Top Flight Gamer testing. I threw one down today and played all three off the tee. Although it still played well and almost kept up off the tee, it felt like a marshmallow compared to the Maxfli's. It was 88 degrees and pretty humid when I got done this morning.

Great round @Tom the Golf Nut! You're having a great year on the course and I'm glad to see it continue. 

To all the testers, you guys have done a great job reviewing the MaxFli's and I might have to give them a look. After the ball test, the TP5's I've been using didn't fare too well. 

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Finally got to play 9 holes today! Started out with the Tour and it didn't take long to realize the ball isn't for me. It's a very solid ball but the lower greenside spin and the softness isn't a great combo for me.

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After three holes, I decided to play both the Tour and the Tour X together. The Tour is surprisingly long for a softer ball, it was right there with the Tour X off the tee. The Tour has more rollout on both full irons/wedges and partial shots around the green. There are times where the Tour will have adequate spin and times where it doesnt. In the picture above I landed both fairly close to each other on a full PW from 142 out. The difference was the Tour X came back a bit and the Tour rolled forward to that point (the ball closer to me is the X). I'm accustomed to playing a ball with more spin and the Tour X checks that box.

On the last two holes, I switched out the Tour for a Snell MTB-X and decided to compare the two. I had a short par 3 and an average par 4 to finish the round. Honestly, there isn't a whole lot to say. I made the comment earlier in the test that if the balls were blank I would have a hard time telling the Tour X and the MTB-X apart (aside from the really tacky cover on the Maxfli), and that proved to be true today. The Snell was maybe three to four yards longer but the ball flight, feel, and spin were identical. I would imagine the Snell just produces a little more ball speed but I would have absolutely no problem playing the Tour X and I'm a huge Snell fan.

 

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52 minutes ago, sirchunksalot said:

Great round @Tom the Golf Nut! You're having a great year on the course and I'm glad to see it continue. 

Thanks Jason. I really don't know whats going on this season. I've been playing unconscious. I'm not even putting pressure on myself. It's just happening. Obviously I couldn't enter todays score because I did a two ball scramble on the back. I did shoot a 34 on the front that was legit. As of last week I officially made it down to a .6 handicap index 😀.  But I still believe the testing I've done for MGS has given me more drive and focus. 

Funny thing happened today. Tomorrow is a Pro Am at my club so there were lots of guys out practicing for tomorrow. I'm usually the first one off in the morning but today there were 2 groups out in front of me. So I cut over to hole 4 and started from there. Then when done played 1, 2, and 3. I wound up behind a foursome that was on the 1st green. Waited for them to finish and stuck one. Then the same on #2 my nemesis hole. 5 wood over the corner and a 9 iron into the green. I had confidence in the Maxfli's to try it. It worked! Then put one on the green about 10 feet for my last hole, a par three. The group waited for me by the green and asked if I was one of the Pros for tomorrow and if I wanted to play through. I was freaking embarrassed. Just told them I started on 4 and that was my last hole. But I thanked them for the offer to play through.

I'm waiting for the wheels to fall off my game. But I'm ok if it waits a little longer. 🤪

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22 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Thanks Jason. I really don't know whats going on this season. I've been playing unconscious. I'm not even putting pressure on myself. It's just happening. Obviously I couldn't enter todays score because I did a two ball scramble on the back. I did shoot a 34 on the front that was legit. As of last week I officially made it down to a .6 handicap index 😀.  But I still believe the testing I've done for MGS has given me more drive and focus. 

Funny thing happened today. Tomorrow is a Pro Am at my club so there were lots of guys out practicing for tomorrow. I'm usually the first one off in the morning but today there were 2 groups out in front of me. So I cut over to hole 4 and started from there. Then when done played 1, 2, and 3. I wound up behind a foursome that was on the 1st green. Waited for them to finish and stuck one. Then the same on #2 my nemesis hole. 5 wood over the corner and a 9 iron into the green. I had confidence in the Maxfli's to try it. It worked! Then put one on the green about 10 feet for my last hole, a par three. The group waited for me by the green and asked if I was one of the Pros for tomorrow and if I wanted to play through. I was freaking embarrassed. Just told them I started on 4 and that was my last hole. But I thanked them for the offer to play through.

I'm waiting for the wheels to fall off my game. But I'm ok if it waits a little longer. 🤪

You should have offered to sign some autographs for them. I'm glad to hear they asked if you wanted to play through. I'm really enjoying hearing about your good rounds and even playing that scramble on the back, the 32 is impressive.

Also, I want to say to @edingc that I'm loving the course blogs you're doing, they're really top notch. Plus, your swing is looking so good. Keep it up!

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Work surprised us and let us out at 2 so I just played a quick 90 minute 9 hole that felt like 3 hours. My goal was to focus on the Tour. It was my main ball today. I occasionally dropped the Tour X to see how it matched. I played well and was impressed by the spin of the Tour. I honestly didn’t like it initially compared to the Tour X but I’m feeling more at ease with it. 
 

on the first photo I teed off both balls and while the Tour went further, it was hit better.9CABB640-7576-4ACC-98C7-9CB85F3969BB.jpeg.1456c52fc232a95dcff4fc44184d9d3e.jpeg

Picture two is the approach on hole 3 from about 150 that had some backspin (The closer ball was a chip)B53F726F-A33B-4B3D-B01F-5D5E764D897A.jpeg.4efa9b97e4492c20d51d14d2bbed7b6b.jpeg

picture 3 is actually the approach on hole 156FC41AC-1BDE-4C2D-8535-2760CD1D78C0.jpeg.222f84f5d34a42d39cc42d2cd74c50a8.jpeg

Picture 4 is the approach on hole 5 both from about 75 yards  the closer ball is the TourEA71F644-993C-4BBB-8F6E-E059AA7EDD9B.jpeg.d7707c2182eaa5450683960e50045974.jpeg

the last picture is from 200 into number 8 with a 4 iron. I was happy with the spin08F711A1-E513-4309-A12A-DA7221557BB7.jpeg.16f16709251f9ad440ae8de27db9f1de.jpeg

 

i was happy with my score. Greens actually rolled even with the obvious holes or damage. 

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Final round testing the Tour X this morning. Official review of both balls will be going up tomorrow morning!

The Tour X continues to be very consistent for me. Very good performance heading into greens, which is something I can't say about the Tour.

After a few weeks of very baked out fairways, we've had some rain. Today I noticed the Tour X definitely didn't produce as much roll out on tee shots as I had been seeing. I hit a few drives I thought were crushed and was disappointed in the total distance.

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Absolutely loved playing the XS TOUR 90 balls in the early/mid aughts. Maybe my favorite balls ever actually—or maybe I was just a younger, better golfer… in any case that ball fit me before I knew about ball fitting. Will definitely be trying these out to see how different/updated they are.

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This would be really cool to try. When I started, I was playing the Noodle balls, "Long and Straight". It would be cool to see how they compare with my memories of those, and how they feel versus the PV1 I usually play now.

16.5 hdcp, play at least 1x per week.

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I liked the last iteration of these balls.  I'd love to see what they did differently & compare the two.  I still have balls left over from last year.  🙂 

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Back in the day I played the Maxfli Revolution. I never paid much attention to the golf ball except what it cost or what was best according to the latest TV adds.  As technology with golf equipment progressed it was inevitable that the golf ball would become a large part of the technology conversation.  Thanks to My Golf Spy for Ball Lab and educating people about what an important part of your equipment the golf ball is.  I always refer to Golf Spy's Ball Lab when I consider trying a new ball.

I've played the matte finish Maxfli Tour CG, so now I'd like to try the standard cover to see if there's any difference in performance. They'll probably stay white longer, unless they're yellow :-).  Thank you My Golf Spy for the opportunity.

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I would love to compare them to the Callaway Chrome Soft X that I'm playing now.

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I have always liked Maxfli. I would enjoy test these golf balls.

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Played MaxFli balls in 2014/2015.  Liked the price and durability.  Would like to find a new ball that fits my game and doesn't cost over $40 a dozen.

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Was told at my recent fitting that my stats say I should be playing with an x version of any ball. As a high handicapper I would love to try and see if Maxfli X would be good for my game

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I am very interested in playing this new updated Maxfli Tour golf ball after reading the reviews for the 2019 version!

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Happy to test.  The Golfspy golf ball feedback has been helpful for me. Standing by!!

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Currently playing the Titleist AVX. A bit pricey so looking for something a little more in the $35-$40 range with good distance, spin enough around the green to slow down those intermediate pitch and run shots and feels good coming off the face.

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I haven't played a Maxfli ball since high school in the 70's. I'm starting up again after a covid layoffs 6 months and a new ball to try would be pretty cool. Pick me!

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I would love to test the Maxfli balls.  Used to uses them in the 70's and 80's but have not seen them in the high end market since.  They did make some of the best balls in the marketplace back then.  I play to a 7.6 index.

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I've played Maxfli Tour before, and really liked them. Play Bridgestone RXS, and Srixon Z-Star. Handicap 14.7

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Used them a year ago and liked them. Would love to try them again and offer my reviews.

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Choose a Guy From South Dakota our season is short than most of your testers!!!!

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I'd love to give them a try. I'm 64, play about 3 times per week and play to a 7.1 hdcp.

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I started playing the Maxfli Tour after the Mygolfspy test.  I really like this ball and the way it feels around the green and off drives.  Distance and spin are comparable to prov1 at least at my swing speed of about 88mph and they do not balloon up into the wind like I was getting with the Kirkland and the Bridgestone ball(can't remember which one) I used.  It is the straightest ball I have played. I am really puzzled why I seldom see others using them. Still have a dozen left from Christmas, so before I buy again, I would like to see what the newer ones are about.

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WOW!! Been a loyal Bridgestone guy for 20+ years, but my go-to ball of the 80's and 90's was a Maxfli Revolution!! Wonder how good these new ones are!?

 

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I only just settled on the Snell MTB-X for my gamer this season, but why not?

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