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Final Reviews: Maxfli Tour/Tour X - INTL Welcome

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Equipment Type: Golf Ball
Vendor: Maxfli

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The Maxfli Tour/Tour X are arguably the most underrated premium golf balls on the market.

Our resident ball expert, Tony Covey, asserts , "The bottom line is that Maxfli Tour absolutely belongs in the conversation with the leading direct-to-consumer balls on the market and there’s a strong argument to be made that it’s one of the most consistent balls that doesn’t have a Titleist logo on it. For golfers looking to save a few bucks, the Maxfli Tour is an exceptional offering."

With all of that said, we'd like to get feedback from MyGolfSpy readers. We're looking for 4 dedicated testers to try out the offering from Maxfli and see if Tony is on the mark, or blowing smoke. This test is also open to our INTL members!

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MAXFLI Tour and TOUR X – Official MGS Forum Review by Alf.S (12/2021)

Intro

I’m a 60 year old retiree based out of the central belt in Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh conveniently placed for golf, with St Andrews, East Lothian (Muirfield), South Ayrshire (Troon and Turnberry) and Angus (Carnoustie) all with in a 2-hour drive. My home course is parkland and is The West Lothian Golf Club which sits above the Firth of Forth giving views over Fife, all the way down to the Bass Rock and up to the hills of the Trossachs north of Stirling.

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I’m a mid-swing speed golfer averaging just below 100mph with my driver and hit a high ball flight with my irons, typical bad shot is a high cut or push. Like most golfers I go through the peaks and troughs of my play, at the moment my strongest part is my short game with my weakest being 160 -100 yds in. But when I’m playing bad it is the driving that is the usual cause.

I play on average 3-4 rounds a week; weekly competition, bounce game with friends and I’ll try and get a couple of rounds by myself when the course is quiet. I have been playing social golf since my early teens but for the last 20 years I have played competitively, I’m currently off 6.7 and my scores usually between 2 to 12 over par, with my best round being a level par 64 at my home course on the Winter setup last year.

My go to ball is the Pro V1 which I have used for the last 10 years. The choice was made mainly through trial and error and going back to the 00s, it was pretty much the premium ball to play and it’s stuck with me. In the last couple of years mostly due to the MyGolf Spy Best Ball reviews I have tried out the alternatives, last year it was the Snell MTB-X for half the season and this year it was the Srixon Z Star XV and Bridgestone Tour BX. In the review I was looking for a low spinning ball for mid swing speed golfers and these 2 seemed to fit the bill.

My work background was microelectronics so I have an analytical mind and am a technophile, any tech I can use to help me I will (within a budget). Skycaddie, Nikon Rangefinder, Arccos, Shot Scope and Mevo are in or have been in my bag over the last couple of years.

To avoid any preconceptions, I’m intentionally not reading the earlier Maxfli reviews and going in with an open mind, but I do have some experience of what I like. The ball must feel and sound good off the face, this to me promotes confidence, next is driving distance and dispersion off the tee, finally it is good spin from the irons. I’m not a particularly good ball striker with my irons and in my head, I don’t think a high spinning ball will improve my game.

First Impressions

From a historical view point I’ve heard of MAXFLI but for the last 20 years it is not a brand I would normally play with or regularly come across in stores or with other players using. If I found one on the course, it will be put in the collection box for the Juniors to use so I’m starting with low expectations.

The testers were given a dozen balls each of the MAXFLI TOUR and the TOUR X.

From the market information on the box you can plainly see they are aligning the balls with industry leaders i.e Tour is the lower spinning, lower trajectory ball aligned with Pro V1 and the Tour X higher spinning higher trajectory ball.

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 My plan was to take

·         6 of each and my Gamer to the practise area, with my Flightscope Mevo and hit several clubs to get a feel and comparison of the MAXFLI balls against the gamer.

·         Spend an hour on the green chipping and putting with both balls

·         Do alternate rounds with each ball and confirm the data and observations picked up on the practise area

Unfortunately a couple of things hampered me, I’ve recently agreed to help an old acquaintance out and have been working 2 days a week from home and I tore a calf muscle. When I got out I focused on playing rounds with the ball and targeted to cycle back to the range work at the end.

On a cold autumn day with soft and wet greens I scheduled my first round. I turned up an hour early and took the balls on to the practise putting area. The area allows for you to do some short chips as well as putt. I had six each of the balls plus my gamer and hit different types of chips from 20 yds, with the 3 different balls using my 56° Callaway MD5. I found it hard to find any differentiation between the 3 different types, the TOUR, TOUR X and Pro V1. If pushed the TOUR X sounded a bit flat off the club face but in terms of spin and consistency they were pretty much a muchness. For putting I did the same, hitting putts from 20, 12, 6 and 3 feet looking at pace mainly and found very little difference except again the feel of the TOUR X being a little harsher. Both balls have a triple line for putter alignment but I don’t use the align aid for putting so it didn’t make a lot of difference.

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For the first round I used the TOUR for the weekly competition at the club, straight off I felt comfortable with the feel and sound of the ball off the club. My driving was maybe not as long as with my gamer but driving dispersion was really good and my approaches were consistent. It is hard to gauge on soft greens the spin from approaches but I seemed to get a few that checked and spun back.  My putting was the weak point for the round but I put this down to the time of the season rather than the ball.

A very solid round of +2.

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The second round was the TOUR X and this didn’t go so well, the sound off the club face was harsher and I immediately noticed the difference in launch, higher and the dispersion wasn’t as good. It was windy conditions that didn’t help but after losing a ball at the 3rd hole I moved back to the TOUR which although not as good as the week before did seem to stabilise my score.

Through November I stuck with the TOUR with a +5 and other respectable scores within my handicap range. My last 2 rounds were back to the Tour X which I persevered with, I was still finding it launching higher than the Tour and but still managed a couple of respectable rounds.

For the final task I took the balls out on to the range with the Flightscope Mevo. Again, I had 6 of each plus 6 Titleist Pro V1 2019 as the control sample. The balls were prepped with silver stickers so the Mevo can give better numbers on spin.

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I took 3 clubs 8i, 52° Wedge and driver. For the wedge work I found very little difference in the balls which surprised me but with the 8i, there was a difference, the same as I had seen on the course the Tour X launched, flew and spun more that the other 2 balls.

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For the driver I have to say I wasn’t hitting it well on the range, so the averages didn’t really show anything but anecdotally the longer balls on the range were the Pro V1 with 216 yds with the Tour next 209 yds and the Tour X a couple of yards behind

Grading

Since I saw a significant difference between the balls, for the grading I’ve graded them separately.

Looks & Durability (Maxfli Tour 13 out of 15 points, Maxfli Tour X 10 out of 15)

On opening the packaging, the first impression is that the ball boxes are eye catching and is what you would expect from a Premium ball supplier.

The packaging design for both the 12 ball

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are eye catching and distinctive, what you would expected from a quality ball supplier.

The balls are gloss white and use the industry recognised black for TOUR and red for the higher flight, higher spinning TOUR X. The balls have a “triple track” putter alignment aim, well defined on the balls. My personal preference would be for the TOUR X to have a red dot under the MAXFLI which would make it easier to differentiate between the 2 models.

To put into context on durability it helps to know that at my club we are playing on our Winter layout which means the course is down to a par 64 and 4800 yards and for me that is a lot of irons from 130 yards and in i.e. PW - 60° LW. I also tend to use old wedges in the winter which don’t have the sharpest groves.

I played more rounds with the TOUR (2 balls over 6 rounds) and found this to be very durable and showed very little sign of wear or grazes even after 3 rounds. I hit a tree point blank with a 5i circa 120 mph and the ball showed no damage. The picture on the left shows the only damage I could find on one of the TOUR balls after 3 rounds. The TOUR X on the other hand showed several scuffs after only 12 holes. This is shown on the 2 pictures on the right.

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Sound & Feel (Tour 13 out of 15 points, Tour X 11 out of 15)

Both balls urethane covers are firm and resist any ingress. As per my initial First Impression section above I did find the Tour X a flatter harsher sound off the driver. As for irons and putter, to me I heard and felt no discernible difference between the 2 models and the Pro V1. After saying at the beginning sound and feel were important to me in this case neither caused me issue and loss of confidence in hitting the ball through out my bag.

On-Course Performance (Tour 35 out of 40 points, Tour X 30 out of 40 points)

Of the 2 balls I found the on-course performance of the TOUR ball more suited to my game. It’s hard to put down the 2 or 3 good rounds (+2, +6 and +6) I had with the TOUR down to purely the ball but the ball striking and consistency over the piece was as good as my gamer. The TOUR X higher launch and spin didn’t help me, especially in a windy Autumn in Scotland.

Off the tee the distance of both balls was pretty close to my gamer but I did find the TOUR X dispersion worse and more affected by the wind.

With my approaches the higher launch of the Tour X was more pronounced which in the conditions didn’t help my game apart from this both balls compared very well in all other aspects of my game

Miscellaneous (10 out of 10 points)

I do like the aesthetics of the balls and packaging, they both standout with the recent update to both. For me the shipping was excellent, the balls arrived before the US reviewers had received them.

Game Bag or Shag Bag? (Tour 17 out of 20 points, Tour X 13 out of 20 points )

I am always searching for a ball that suits my game and gives me confidence, the MAXFLI TOUR has done this. To become my Gamer it is competing with the incumbent, Pro V1; new kids on the block Bridgestone Tour BX and the Srixon Z Star XV. Ultimately for me it will probably be availability in Europe that means I don’t use it as my Gamer.

For players in the US looking for a lower cost DTC ball that gives like performance to the ProV1 the TOUR is worth a try.

My experience with the TOUR X was not so good, the extra ball height and the durability questionable.

Conclusion

For the last 10-15 years MAXFLI is not a brand I would have ever considered using. It has fallen out of fashion and market awareness in Europe is practically non-existent. I was pleasantly surprised by the whole package and would say that they have succeed in making a DTC ball that is capable of competing in performance with the top brands. The only downside I would highlight is the durability of the Tour X which marked up throughout the review time period.

Final Score

For the Maxfli Tour the score is 88/100 and for the Tour X 74/100

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Maxfli Tour and Tour X - Official MGS Review - 12/12/2021

Intro

First off I wanted to say thank you to MGS and Maxfli for giving me the opportunity to review the new Tour and Tour X golf balls.  This will be my second review for MGS as I was lucky enough to be selected to review the Hogan VKTR+ hybrid last fall.  I was excited to be chosen for this test as I’ve been curious about the Maxfli Tour options ever since the 2019 version was reviewed in the ball lab and even more so once the 2021 version scored as highly as it did back in September. 

As a 20 handicap golfer, my game is definitely a work in progress.  I’m 41 years old and have been golfing since my teens but never really took it seriously until the last couple years. I try to get out for a round once a week and get to the range to practice a couple times a month when my schedule allows.  I have a driver swing speed that ranges between 95-100 mph and I tend to hit my woods & irons with a mid trajectory and not a lot of spin.  I get a lot of run out on my approaches and have a difficult time holding greens when I can get things together enough to hit them. Fortunately, I’m usually able to recover with my short game which is where playing better golf balls that I can spin helps me out.  The last season or so I’ve been playing the Srixon Z-Star XV mainly because I was able to find them for a great price.

The following are the clubs I'm currently playing with and the smart distances according to Arccos:

 

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First Impression

The Maxfli balls arrived right before Halloween and I was able to open them up and get a first hand look at them that weekend.  My first thoughts were that these don't seem like a house brand golf ball.  The packaging is the same quality as any other name brand golf ball, which is a good thing.  Both the Tour and Tour X boxes have a subtle design with some metallic highlights just like Titleist or Srixon, it looks nice without being flashy or trying too hard.  They have a premium look to them unlike some of the DTC brands (Snell) or the cheap discount brands like Pinnacle.  Overall, I don't think they would look out of place on a retail shelf next to TP5, Chromesoft, etc and my guess is the average golfer (probably non-MGS reader) would have no idea that they are Dick's/Golf Galaxy's in-house brand.

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In order to put these golf balls through their paces, I had a few practice putting sessions, some chipping practice, several rounds of on course testing and then hit the balls back to back on a GC2 simulator to determine which was the better fit for me.  
 

Looks & Durability 15 of 15

I find the Maxfli logo on the balls to be simple but good looking.  It definitely has a modern feel to the font which is something I like as I’m not someone who tends to get hung up on tradition.  I also like the alignment aid they print on the ball.  I don’t like making my own line on the ball as I find it slightly distracting and prefer the double lines and arrows printed from the factory.  It’s very similar to what Titleist offers on the “Enhanced Alignment” versions of the Pro V1 & Pro V1x which I have purchased in the past.   I use it on certain putts when I am questioning my line as it forces me to stick with my original read and not second guess myself once standing over the ball.

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From a durability standpoint, I would say both models were at least above average.  I never damaged one without cause during normal play.  I had at least one occasion where the ball hit a cart path and to my surprise came out relatively unscathed. Below is a photo of a ball that had a serious impact with a tree.  The marks are actual cuts which I didn’t realize at the time but didn’t seem to affect the ball flight during the rest of the round.

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Sound & Feel 13 of 15

Sound and feel are two items that MGS has kind of ingrained in my brain to ignore as they really aren’t performance metrics.  Also, being a high handicapper, most of the feedback I get is a direct result of the quality of contact I am making.  Solid shots feel good and when I’m struggling and hitting everything thin and on the toe they feel terrible.  With that qualifier out of the way, I found nothing disagreeable with either ball in this category.  I wouldn’t say either ball is particularly soft and both feel fine on well struck shots and neither is overly clicky.  The Tour is definitely slightly softer than the Tour X which is closer to the Z-Star XV I had been playing.  If I focused intently on this during putting and chips I could feel a small difference in the firmness but nothing that I couldn’t adjust to in a matter of minutes or would stop me from playing either ball.

On-Course Performance 38 of 40

On the course is really the true test of any golf ball and I was pleased with the results of both Maxfli balls.  As I’ve seen recommended in several places I took the approach of working from the green back to the tee with my testing and thus started with some putting at the practice green on my local course and my birdieball mat.  As I mentioned, my typical ball for the last season or so has been the 2019 Srixon Z-Star XV, which I believe is one of the firmest balls out there, and I think it was slightly noticeable with the puter. The Tour X definitely had a similar feel and if I had done the test blind I probably would have had a hard time telling the difference between the two consistently. The Tour was slightly softer but not to the extent that it would ever be a problem or something that I couldn’t adjust to within the first round.

Chips from the rough are something I’m very familiar with as I hit less than 50% of greens while on the course.  In both my practice sessions and my rounds on the course both Maxfli balls performed similarly to my  Z-Star XV gamers and generated enough spin to stop the ball and did so consistently and predictably.  On short chips, the only discernible performance differences seemed to be due to the quality of my ball strike.

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Approach and tee shots also had consistent results for me and somewhat to my surprise, the balls  actually performed how the box said they would.  The Tour ball had a lower trajectory than the Tour X and my Z-Star XV.  This was definitely noticeable on a couple drives I hit into the wind and caught low on the face.  They both ballooned on me, but the Tour X was worse and just kept climbing.  Both balls had good stopping power on approaches and I was able to stick a few close and leave myself with makeable putts on several occasions.


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My final performance test was to take the balls for a head to head against each other on a GC2 simulator.  My intent was to figure out which one (Tour or Tour X) would be best for my game.  Based on my previous rounds, I went into the simulator session leaning towards the X and I think the results backed that up.  I was able to generate more spin with the X on short pitches (despite the slower swing/ball speed) and the X gave me more spin on the 9 and 7 irons despite some thin shots with the 7.  5 iron and Driver spin were also both very similar although the averages reflect the inconsistency with my ball striking.  My big takeaway was that even with the higher spinning X, I can definitely still hit an optimal spin number with my driver if I can put a good swing on the ball.

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Miscellaneous 8 of 10

I did an initial inspection of all 2 dozen balls I was sent and all I found were some small blemishes in the paint.  About half the balls were clean and the rest had 1 or 2 small marks.  The worst one is shown below and was similar to what I found on the 2019 ProV1x balls and 2019 Srixon Z-Star XV that I have been playing.  My guess is these won't affect performance as they were about the same size and texture as the small number stampings I found on all of the balls.  Overall I’m deducting 2 points here because of the blemishes.  Although I don’t think performance would be affected, the rate of blemishes seems to be higher than the Titleist that I would consider to be the benchmark on quality considering all of the MGS Ball Lab results.  Take this with a grain of salt as my sample size was rather limited, having only 2 sleeves of the Titleist balls laying around.

Maxfli Tour
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Pro V1x

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Z-Star XV

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Game Bag or Shag Bag? 20 of 20

If there is one thing I can say I’ve learned from MGS it’s that no one should be playing cheap ionomer balls and that there is a urethane ball available for every budget.  This last point is where the Maxfli Tour range appeals to me.  Given the rate at which I lose golf balls I find the performance vs. cost of the Maxfli Tour range to be pretty unbeatable and plan to game the Tour X going forward.  The performance seemed to at least match what I had been playing and being able to pick up 4 dozen for $105 during the BF sale really sealed the deal for me.

Conclusion

Both Maxfli balls met all of my expectations and I plan to start gaming the Tour X going forward.  My own testing tells me the performance at least matches the premium ball I was playing and the MGS Ball Lab results tell me that the quality is there too.  As a high handicapper that loses a couple of balls a round the value is just unbeatable since I can catch these on sale (they always seem to be on sale) for the same price as the cheapest Surlyn options from Titleist, Callaway, etc.  While my game may not be at a level where I can discern the fine differences between these or a Pro V1 or a TP5, I can appreciate that these balls do have better performance than any other options at a comparable price. 
 

Final Score: 94 out of 100

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Intro

I am based in Wisconsin and play a lot of local soft courses, which is why I love the fall as things start to stiffen up a bit! I am in my late 20s and came back to golf in 2019 after playing for a bit in high school and then sporadically in my college days and early 20s. I really invested into improving after returning to golf as I had plateaued in high school as a mid 20's cap.

This past year I got fitted, took my first true swing lesson, and have almost completely turned over my bag (apparently technology has advanced since my hand-me-down Cleveland Launcher and junior Cobra 3400I/XH irons came out lol.) The biggest help was definitely the swing lesson, completely changed my game and am enjoying golf much more. Now a 14 cap but I now know what my misses are, why they happen and am miles better at course management (still have a long way to go). I will list a few strengths and weaknesses of my game, should be taken with a grain of salt as I am comparing those to a typical 14 cap.

 

Strengths:

Off the tee- SS ~105, typical carry around 240 with a bit of a fade, my miss is a push and over 18 I will average one big mishit.

Distances- I know my clubs now and have gotten much better at club selection based on how far out I am.

Around the green with my 54*- I feel very confident with my Vokey in my hand within 50 yards.

New Dad- Haven't played as much golf as I would have otherwise this year but being a new dad has given me a lot of perspective and I find I am enjoying a lot more in life, including golf.

 

Weaknesses:

Taking my medicine- Working on this as well, usually one or two holes that I make a mess of when I should just punch out.

Holding greens on approach- I find that I am generally a sweeper and have low spin off irons and wedges. I am experimenting with aim point, balls, and swing/angle of attack, to help generate more spin and hold greens.

Lob Shots w/58*- Inevitably NEED this club for 1-2 shots a round but I also take it out on a few other shots that could go either way and leave it way short. Working on this.

Lag Putting- I play a number of local courses that have stimp ratings from 8-11, not playing one course exclusively likely hurts this but I have been working on judging distance and speed.

 

I was also inspired by the MGS ball test this year to try a number of different balls (I knew next to nothing about the differences before this year) and have really enjoyed the process. I took a lot of the MGS data into Excel to help narrow down a shortlist of what may help my game the most. 

 

What I need from a golf ball:

Iron Stopping Power- As mentioned above any help I can get on holding greens goes a long way for me. I have actively been focusing on not leaving approaches short.

Mid/Lower Driver Spin- I know there is a linear relationship between iron and driver spin, its a trade off, but I need a ball that won't punish me too much if when I push one.

Distance- Fairly obvious but I would need a ball to be within a club of my current gamer regardless of other attributes.

Compression- I actually prefer a firmer ball, if I am hitting something much softer than a Chromesoft, it bothers me and feels like a marshmallow. The only time a ball has been too firm for me was actually the Left Dash.

 

Current Gamer- Of everything I have tried so far, I REALLY like the Srixon Z Star XV. We aren't married yet but certainly dating and have though of being exclusive

 

I look forward to seeing how the Maxflis stack up!

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The Review 12/11/21

[Maxfli Tour/ Tour] – Official MGS Forum Review by [st3ltr0/Jesse Gordon]

 

Intro

A little about my Game, I’ve been playing for 16 years, and played competitively in highschool and at a few local mens associations. I am roughly an 8 handicap and fairly inconsistent on scoring. I hit the ball fairly far, but also this needs to be mentioned that I do play at altitude so I get that fun benefit as well. During the start of the review my gamer was the Vice Pro Plus and I have had zero issues with the ball and selected it based off of the MGS ball study earlier this year. I would like to see just a tad more greenside spin and consistency. With low spin off of the tee. My typical miss is usually a pull draw and this happens when I get a little too muscley in my swing pattern. My weaknesses definitely are my short game, when I track my strokes gained relative to a 5 handicap I get +4 Driving, +2 Irons, -1, short approach, and -3 putting. My ball flight has consistently been pretty high relative to my playing partners, in terms of how that is against the national average I’m not sure and wouldn’t feel comfortable with saying it’s higher than normal, but rather it’s higher than my groups normal.


 

First Impressions

 

The first thing I did when I opened the package was look at the box which I deemed fairly lackluster especially when compared to that of the Vice boxes. That being said I don’t really care about the box as I’d play golf balls if I liked the price and performance even if they were packaged in an old sweaty gym sock. After opening the balls I did like how pure white they were relative to the vice, the balls made the vices look almost gray. The alignment aid was less than Ideal, I’m a big fan of a single line, but at this point it’s really just nitpicking. Feel of the balls was fine, I’m partial to a softer ball, but have been trying to get away from extremely low compression balls for those that would actually benefit my game better. The Pro Plus and the Tour X seemed very similar, and I did actually appreciate the Tour a little bit more than the other two. I put all three balls through the launch monitor gauntlet where I hit each ball over 300 times and probably closer to 1000 shots in total after taking out all of the really poorly struck balls. I recorded 50 shots with each club and hit each ball 150 times (45/60/PW)(7I,4I,D)

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Grading

 

Looks & Durability (10 out of 15 points)

Describe the following:

  • Appearance/graphics/packaging - Boring shiny and wasteful like every golf ball packaging. We could probably cut out a lot of the cardboard manufacturing and again, I don’t think people will buy the balls because the box looks cool.

  • Short term/long term durability - Short term durability was mostly great, but I did end up getting some issues with the Tour X after a very well struck pitching wedge. I took quite a chunk out of the cover. Only that ball that I hit had as much damage as the other ones seemed to hold up better than average. I had no issues with the balls out on the course. I tend to lose one or two per 18 when my ego says I can hit a shot I shouldn’t have the gull to even try. 

  • How does it compare to other balls, beyond being round and white? - Like I said it is whiter than the Vice. I liked that but the alignment aid was a bit worse in my opinion. 

  • Picture time! Look at the scuff on the Tour X and how much whiter the balls looked

 

Test ball 1 VPP good durability

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Test ball 2 VPP good durability

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 Test ball 1 Tour X rough showing for durability

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Test ball 2 Tour X good durability

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Test Ball 1 Maxfli Tour good durability

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Test ball 2 Maxfli Tour good durability

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Sound & Feel (13 out of 15 points)

Describe how the product sounds and feels

  • I thought the Tour X felt okay, but really liked the feel of the Tour, just a tad softer, and it still sounded like the ball was going to fly pretty far.

  • Another attribute to the balls is that the Maxfli’s seemed in a way fairly Tacky as if they held the face just a tad bit longer, that could be entirely mental as I’m not sure it’s humanly possible to perceive that short timeframe, but that’s how it felt.

  • The sound/fell I had no issues with, also no wow factor out of it, just totally happy with it.

  • The difference between clubs was good, on Irons/wedges I felt like I had a lot of control and the feel wasn’t punishing or gross, on the driver it felt nice and fast off of the face. 

 

Real Numerical Performace (35 out of 40 points)

  • Off the Tee – Rather than focus on the course I think the numbers speak for themselves. The Maxfli Tour X was lackluster in this department and really where I’m docking most of the points on this portion of the thread. The Tour X had the fastest swing speed of all of the balls but the shortest overall Carry. Where-as the Tour absolutely demolished my expectations, I assumed it would be shorter off of the tee with the lower compression. The speed was right in the middle and the ball just seemed to fly more so than the other balls did. Quite impressed with this.

  • Approach – In most categories the spin on both Maxfli’s held up more than the Vice Pro and also maintained proper distance big plus here for the Maxfli balls 

  • Ball Flight – The ball flights for all of the balls seemed fairly consistent, all had about the same apex and carry distance for every club but the 4 iron/driver. The Maxfli Tour had the most preferred flight for my liking in comparison to all of the balls.

  • Around the Green – I actually liked the feeling and numbers for the Maxfli’s more than I did with the Vice Pro Plus around the greens. They felt like they were stopping more consistently and predictably. 

  • Putting – My putting maintains poor, and I should really practice more, but they all felt really good off of the putter. I’d ask the other gentleman this question as my confidence in this area is at an all time low. 

  • Driving and approach for me were winners with the Tour. The Tour X spun a little bit too much off of the driver, I also like the feel of the Tour. 

  • Bottom line: I think the Maxfli Tour fits my profile of what I want it to be. I haven’t seen a noticeable drop in strokes (yet) I’m looking forward to playing this ball more so I can see if the increased consistency pays off. 

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Miscellaneous (10 out of 10 points)

The Biggest thing for me out of this test is having a ball that is consistent, up my alley, affordable, and available to buy by driving down the road. No more shipping costs and I get a pretty great ball at a good deal. I’m in on that portion of things. No more having to hoard 5 dozen balls at a time because that’s how you get the best deal. 

Game Bag or Shag Bag? (18 out of 20 points)

Game bag for sure. These balls were phenomenal. If I had a slower swing speed I’d probably eat up the Tour X, with my current swing speed and the distance/spin numbers on the Tour I think it is a phenomenal product and would recommend it to anyone serious enough to get a great ball that is consistent, affordable, positioned well in the market, and easily accessible for purchasing. Big props to Maxfli on this product.

 

Conclusion

The balls performance is great, the packaging is sub par, the ball is bright white and pretty, they are fairly durable. Overall I would say that this is a great purchase for anyone looking to save just a little bit of cash for a really premium product. The Tour seemed to fit better for my game than the Tour X. I’m going to continue to use the Tour as it works well for me. Most of the points I docked were for the Tour X not fitting my profile, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great ball.

Final Score: Tour X (86 out of 100) Tour (92 out of 100)

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Weather making up for the dry summer. Still no golf, weekly comp tomorrow at 11am is in jeopardy! 

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@Alf. S I feel for you.  We've gotten a lot of rain the past two days but tomorrow should be clear for my round.  It will probably be so wet/soft that I'll be able to stop everything so we will see what I can learn about the balls.  

 

I'm hoping the course is slow enough I can play a couple balls and get a good comparison between my typical gamer and the Maxfli balls.

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Managed to get out today, course opened 11 holes, played with the Maxfli Tour for all 11 and was +2. Initial impression

  1. good feel and sound off the driver
  2. mid irons flight and length good and similar to my gamer.
  3. Longer shots seem to lack a distance.
  4. Seemed a bit unresponsive on the putter
  5. Only hit one chip because of  2. above
  6. Durability looks good, 1st hole pushed my drive into the trees, flushed a 5i hoping to hit a gap and ball hit a silver birch square on and was unmarked!

Lots more testing to go but I didn't revert back to my gamer during the round, didn't lose a ball and had 2 birdies.  

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Just finished 50 shots each of my current gamer Vice Pro Plus - 45 Yard shots, full 60 degree, full 7 iron, and full 4 iron, will do driver later. I'm avoiding remembering any of the data if possible to stay as unbiased as possible. I will say one thing I definitely am getting better at hitting my long irons considering I've never had a range session with a long iron with that many shots. 

 

Edit: Likely doing the PW as well

Edit2: Alright all of the initial baseline testing for my current gamer is done. I still haven't received my balls yet but I'm looking forward to it. 

 

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The Maxfli balls arrived late Thursday and I was finally able to open them up and get a first hand look at them Saturday morning.  My first thoughts were that these don't seem like a house brand golf ball.  The packaging is the same quality as any other name brand golf ball, which is a good thing.  Both the Tour and Tour X boxes have a subtle design with some metallic highlights just like Titleist or Srixon, it looks nice without being flashy or trying too hard.  They have a premium look to them unlike some of the DTC brands (Snell) or the cheap discount brands like Pinnacle.  Overall, I don't think they would look out of place on a retail shelf next to TP5, Chromesoft, etc and my guess is the average golfer (probably non-MGS reader) would have no idea that they are Dick's/Golf Galaxy's in-house brand.

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I did an initial inspection of all 2 dozen of the actual balls and all I found were some small blemishes in the paint.  About half the balls were clean and the rest had 1 or 2 small marks.  The worst one is shown below and was similar to what I found on the 2019 ProV1x balls and 2019 Srixon Z-Star XV that I have been playing.  My guess is these won't affect performance as they were about the same size and texture as the small number stampings I found on all of the balls.

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It was a busy weekend so I am going to try and get out for a chipping and putting session after work one night this week and will post another update and discuss a little from my round on Saturday.

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My balls still have not been received. Thanks FEDEX. I think I'll get some tomorrow where I will then do quite a bit of testing and looking into the ball data. Patience is a virtue, and I've been told that you have to be patient to be a golfer, but in todays age of instant gratification it seems that my patience is running out with their delays.... For that I will blame amazon and two day free shipping. I'm curious to see durability I hit about 150 shots with my Test 1 and Test 2 Vice Pro plus balls. Maxfli make me proud please.

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Here is a little bit of the data I've been collecting as a preview of what I've been working on. More to come at a later date with all of the different balls and their correlating data. 50 decent shots collected roughly throwing out about 8 shots that are fat, thin, or overall poorly hit. Excited to put it all together for comparison. Never in my life did I think I would enjoy putting together a spreadsheet in my off-time.... As you can tell a few definitely got away from me, but I did overall have a pretty consistent session drawing the ball. 

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Update: I finished my data testing of the first ball the Maxfli Tour X and I have a couple of initial insights without looking into the data. The ball has a good feel off of my all of the different clubs that I hit. In a way with wedges and irons it tends to feel tacky if that makes sense. The ball is SUPER white, it makes the Vice Pro Plus look Gray. The boxes are what they are, honestly I don't care too much about the boxes of the balls because I have yet to have a revolutionary unboxing experience from a golf ball. That being said if we are to nit pick I do think that vice has catchier boxes, but again if the balls came in an old gym sock and were built for my game I'd probably use those. Durability, I found some interesting things while testing, I'll put up some pictures of that at a later date. The line for putting is good on both, but I tend to like the single black line on the vice just a tad bit more as I've always appreciated single lines rather than double bars, that also feels a bit nit picky though. Overall I'm impressed with the everything so far. I plan on doing some more testing tomorrow this time with the Tour model. 

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9 hours ago, Firebird said:

Congratulations. One thing I would like to know is how well the cover stands up over 18 holes.

I've played with the same Maxfli Tour ball for 2 rounds so far and the cover is unblemished even after I hit a birch tree full on with my 5i (circa 110mph ball speed). Good so far.

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Good start to the reviews, all. Going to be interested to see how your opinions stack up to my group from earlier in the year!

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1 hour ago, edingc said:

Good start to the reviews, all. Going to be interested to see how your opinions stack up to my group from earlier in the year!

I'm trying not to cheat so trying to keep away from the earlier reviews, although curiosity is killing me.

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21 hours ago, Firebird said:

Congratulations. One thing I would like to know is how well the cover stands up over 18 holes.

I can tell you that after hitting over 150 shots with the Tour X one was 45 yard shots, full 60, and PW it had a few gnarly chunks out of it. Where as the same ball with again over 150 shots 7/4/driver seemed perfectly fine. 

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4 hours ago, ST3LTR0 said:

I can tell you that after hitting over 150 shots with the Tour X one was 45 yard shots, full 60, and PW it had a few gnarly chunks out of it. Where as the same ball with again over 150 shots 7/4/driver seemed perfectly fine. 

Sounds like my experience with the Chrome Soft X LS. Fine until you need to hit a spinny wedge, and then you're taking literally chunks out of the cover 😕

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6 hours ago, ST3LTR0 said:

I can tell you that after hitting over 150 shots with the Tour X one was 45 yard shots, full 60, and PW it had a few gnarly chunks out of it. Where as the same ball with again over 150 shots 7/4/driver seemed perfectly fine. 

Yes, that is what I have found with some of the lower cost urethane balls. They are great until I hit a full blown wedge with lots of spin. When I do it looks like someone has attacked the ball with a file. I had the same result when I hit them out of a bunker. An example is the Costco Performance Plus, it looked pretty bad after 18 holes.

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Please forgive my garbage formatting as I am no wizard and definitely used some paint/sheets action to get this data to come together in a mostly presentable fashion. Here is some of the data I have been working on. I am indeed no robot, but I have found some interesting data points and have a good feel on what ball I prefer out of the bunch that's for sure. I'll put up the 4 Iron data because I feel that it was my most inconsistent of the bunch in terms of swing efficiency. My swing the day I did the Vice Pro plus felt really crispy and nice and it produced some of the best data, but I can't hold it too much against the other balls considering my swing was a bit worse. That being said below is the data. 

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Still struggling to do this review justice with my torn calf muscle slowly healing but managed 18 holes yesterday. Played 1st 10.5 holes with the Tour and again I can't really fault it and was pretty confident using the ball all the way round. Lost it on the 11th when trying to do a Seve type shot and cut a half swing 5i round a tree, needless to say it hit the tree and looped 100yds to the left and into the deep under growth, gone for a triple bogey 7. Used the Tour X for the next 3 holes and immediately felt it was flying so much higher than the Tour. In the past using either the Pro V1 or  Pro V1x I would struggle to notice any big difference in the flight but for the Maxfli it is definitely noticeable.

I was regularly checking the ball for scuffs after what   ST3LTR0 had posted  and still didn't notice any major blemishes on the Tour before I lost it. The course at the moment is setup for the Winter with the yardage down to 4800 yds which means I was playing a lot of shots from 130 yds and in, which is a PW, AW, 52 or 56. Recalling back I probably hit 6 full shots with my wedges and 3 half on the 1st 10 holes and the Tour wasn't marked. I'm using an old set of Titleist SM3 wedges thru the Winter which maybe don't have the sharpest groves and I'm probably 10 mph slower but haven't notice anything yet.

Just another data point for the last 3 holes I slipped back to a 2019 ProV1 and at the 17th zipped a wedge in from 60yds ball scuffed on 1 side.

I really want to get out on the range with the launch monitor to see if what I believe I'm seeing on course matches the numbers, If the leg and weather holds then maybe this week.  

BTW finished +2 with a 66 net 60. If I taken my punishment and wedged out at the 11th a par round was on the cards. When I'm playing well I think I can play impossible shots, over 45 years of playing golf and still do stupid things!!

 

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My apologies for not posting in a while, been crazy busy with work & life the last few weeks.  I did have a chance to get out for 2 rounds and a chipping/putting session during that time.  First up, I’ll discuss my impressions on the green.  My typical ball for the last season or so has been the 2019 Srixon Z-Star XV, which I believe is one of the firmest balls out there, and I think it was slightly noticeable with the puter. The Tour X definitely had a similar feel and if I had done the test blind I probably would have had a hard time telling the difference between the two consistently. The Tour was slightly softer but not to the extent that it would ever be a problem or something that I couldn’t adjust to within the first round. 

 

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After putting, I started working on some chips from  the rough to simulate a forced carry over a bunker and then a tight pin placement.  I set up about a 25 yard carry with another 8 yards to the flag.

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Both Maxfli balls and my Z-Stars performed similarly with plenty of spin to stop the ball.  After a couple dozen chips with each ball, the only discernible performance differences seemed to be due to the quality of my ball strike. Any of these balls would be perfectly acceptable for me out on the course.

 

I've got what might be the last round of golf scheduled for tomorrow so I'll try to post again on Sunday with my impressions from my first 2 rounds plus tomorrow's...
 

 

 

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Final review is posted.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions you would like answered!

Life got a little crazy since my last post in November but I'm hoping to get another round in (weather permitting) before Christmas here in Chicago and will update the comments accordingly with any new info.  My impressions from my previous rounds can be found in the review itself.

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For anyone considering playing the Maxfli balls, MGS sent out a coupon code for 40% off that brings the price to $21 / dozen with free shipping at $99.  That's a pretty crazy price for the Tour/ Tour X.  

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I’ve been following all of your golf ball rea search.

i have been trying many of the better testing balls.

I am finding your info to be spot on, so I trust the Spy to be on point with

 this info too. I would love to find a performing ball at a lower price point.

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Heck yeah! Super excited to follow this testing. I really enjoy reading golf ball reviews here and know the testers will do a great job with this. Good luck to the applicants!

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I would love to compare these to the Pro V’s. The premium golf ball market prices are getting a little bit spendy.

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I found one of those at a golf course, and I did what I always do when I find a ball... take it to the range.
After I warm up with my irons, I hit a few more range balls with the driver, and after that, I hit all the balls I found during the week.

When I hit the Maxfli, and saw it sailing, I thought I had hit by mistake one of my Chrome Soft balls... very nice penetrating trajectory, medium-high flight, and looooots of distance!

I would love to test the ball and see how it reacts to iron shots and around the green.

 

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Have jumped around a bit these season with trying out various balls, so am getting pretty switched on to what works for me and what doesn't.

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Already a MaxFli Tour user/fan - definitely a really good golf ball. Not sure about the X, though .. but then that's why there's all this testing!

Good luck to all and to the eventual chosen testers.

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Still remember the XS tour balls, gamed those for many years 😎 I'm due for a ball fitting this winter, would love to see how these stack up against my Z star XVs, TP5X, TP5, and V1'S. 

Let my super numbers/logic oriented engineer brain have a go at this 😁 and I have access to GC hawk for testing.

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I bought some of the previous models at Dick's in a 2 for $25 deal a while back and they were really pretty good. Tried both the CG and the CG x and liked the feel and spin of both. I would love to try the new versions.

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In the process of evaluating my ball situation. Trying a Top 5 and from the MGS ball test, the Maxfli’s are high on the list. Would love to give these an opportunity to be my new gamer

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The Maxfli A10’s were the best ball on the market at the time. I never understood why they went away. Loved that ball!

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The Maxfli A10 was the ball I used when I took up golf, strangely enough there seem to be few places here near me in Ireland that stock Maxfli balls at all.

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Best ball period. Only other ball that plays the same is Titleist left dash but like other Titleist it overspins but not as bad.

Maxfli great price 

stop snd sit spin

distance

consistent

white or yellow

Have done all the testing and played Maxfli for years can’t beat it. Converting people every day 

 

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Bought the last version on sale at Dick’s Sporting and liked them. Maybe not quite as far as Titleist ProV1x.

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Pick me, pick me! Ever since the ball testing I've wanted to try these. Reading the data and going off of Tony's recommendation, I think these might be a good option for my swing speed. For the price point they seem like a real steal. It's unfortunate that no one seems to have a sleeve of these to purchase. Dick's only sells them by the box so I hesitate to buy a dozen balls if I don't have to. This test would give me the opportunity to try them out without forking out the cash. Who has two thumbs and wants to test these golf balls? This guy! (Points to self with two thumbs). 

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Definitely would be interested to see how the new Tour ball stacks up against the Z Star XV I've been playing.  The ball lab scores are definitely better for the Tour but I'd be curious to see if it translates to the course...

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