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Equipment Type: Golf Ball
Vendor: Maxfli

TESTERS WANTED (4) - INTL WELCOME

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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!

Please Welcome Our Testers!
@ST3LTR0
@Londo
@Alf. S
@ChitownM2

Alf. S

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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 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 sounds 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.

Onwards to the review

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Driver Callaway Epic 10.5' Fujikura Stiff

3W Callaway Epic 15' Fujikura Stiff

3-AW Srixon Z565 Nippon Stiff

52', 56' Cleveland RTX 585 Wedges

Putter Taylormade Rosa Daytona

Bags 2017 Callaway Org14 Cart bag or 2018 Srixon Z start Carry bag 

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Maxfli Tour and Tour X - Official MGS Review 

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 and I’ll be looking to see how the Maxfli options compare.

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

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Londo

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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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ST3LTR0

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Intro:

Hey everyone, my name is Jesse I'm 28 years old and golfing out of Colorado. I've been playing for 16 years starting when I was twelve. I haven't played competitively since 2010 when I was a member of my local courses men's association in Wyoming. I joined the Navy in 2013 to travel the world and got stationed in the Denver Metro area so I didn't go very far. Considering my job is doing data analysis I'm looking forward to diving into the review with metrics. I also purposely did not look at the previous reviews as I want to go into this with an unbiased data driven view. in 2010 I was a 4 handicap and in 2011 I was probably closer to scratch but tried to avoid competitive golf as it was killing my motivation in the game from high school tournaments. 

 

My swing speed probably averages 110 to 115 even though my skytrak won't read the speed accurately. In Denver my average Carry distance is around 290 with it being lower some days and higher others. Carry Distances Below:

Driver-290

4FW- 265

3H- 240

4I-225

5I-210

6I-195

7I-180

8I- 170

9I-158

PW- 145

GW-130

SW-115

LW-100

My weakness is definitely my short game as I don't practice as much as I should. My iron striking and long game has always been the best part of my game and I'm known for my three putt pars. Things I'm going to be interested in for this test are going to be consistency and durability. I like my Vice Pro Plus but I'm hoping that with a more consistent manufacturing process I can get some comparable and hopefully better numbers for my game. 

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  • PXG 5 wood turned 4 wood hzrd black
  • PXG 3 Hybrid hzrd black
  • Taylormade 2019 P790's KBS Tour S 4-5
  • PXG 0211 ST 6-GW
  • Vokey 54/58° sm8 
  • Mizuno Mcraft 3

 

 

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Congratulations to the testers! I look forward to your thoughts. I purchased 2 boxes of 2019 Maxfli Tour X from DSG yesterday to try. I'll be testing those in parallel with y'all 😁

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Very excited to be part of this test! As some of you know, I have been on a quest to find a new gamer for a few months now. The Maxfli line is one of the last ones that I haven't truly experimented with yet that are a good fit on paper- can't wait and thank you to Maxfli and MGS!

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Congrats to all the testers. I look forward to following your reviews! Should be fun to see how these stack up to your current gamer.

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Congrats testers! I enjoyed putting these balls through the first round of testing and loved the Tour X!

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Congrats! It's a really good ball IMO. Can't wait to see your thoughts.

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Congrats! I've been playing with the Tour X for the last month, and will switch to the Tour as temps continue to drop, so I'm interested to hear what the testers think!

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Looking forward to testing these new Maxfli balls.  They seem like a great option compared to some of the other tour level / urethane cover balls that are substantially more expensive.  

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Congrats testers!! Always a great opportunity to test golf balls. Love the creativity some folks come up with to complete there testing.

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I have been playing Maxfli for a long time find that it is hard to beat the only other ball I would consider is Titleist left dash 

The tour version is the best ball. Better distance than the X. The Maxfli is a sit and stop ball and does not have overspin issues like pro v snd pro v x. The Maxfli is a better price. You can get in white or yellow. The new 2021 version is a little better than the 2019 model. Only had one person out of hundreds not like the ball.

I could go on and on it is just a great ball.

Better get stocked up cause looking at a possible ball shortage.

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   Congratulations Testers!!!   

@ST3LTR0
@Londo
@Alf. S
@ChitownM2

Looking forward to seeing how these tests and reviews go!  IT's always interesting to learn about other's experiences for what happens of their club face 🏌️‍♂️

(Not that any ball is really going to help my game...)

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Congrats testers.  Based on the Lab Report, I went out and got a couple dozen of these, with the added bonus that Dick's had them on sale.  Getting along with them pretty well, and will be interested in your feedback.

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Congrats testers. I like the CG Tour X and can't wait to see these results. I also like the packaging.

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I'm looking forward to this review. I've recently had the passing of my wife so this will be a well welcomed distraction during my grieving process. If you want to follow me during the review I will tell you a bit about my game. I play out of Denver so expect ball flights/ distances that could be a bit longer than the average golfer. I recently set up my skytrak unit at my house and while it is definitely a great unit I've noticed it can struggle with some of my high swing speeds and miss read it by about 5-12 mph it could be the way I have it set up but one of the things I plan on doing is comparing the balls to my current gamer the Vice Pro Plus. My swing speed on trackman last year which was definitely slower than I am now was about 107 for a regular driver and 115 for a nutted drive. I'm looking forward to taking about 50 good swings with each ball per club and identifying the data to see which ball is more consistent. I'm actually hoping these balls fit my game better than the Vice Pro Plus considering I can get them locally, they are known to have exceptional manufacturing standards, and additionally they will only be a small difference in price. I'm hoping the ball is consistent, long, and responsive around the greens. Considering we are coming up on fall golf, I can assume I may not be able to get out much to real courses and they will have very firm ground conditions, but I will be able to also play sim courses and I can play a ghost of myself on the courses. If anyone has any suggestions of what courses they want to see me play on the sim let me know. I also look forward to playing a few fall rounds where I live in the Denver Metro area. Most likely playing Murphy Creek, and Kennedy Golf Course considering the price/performance of the courses. Looking forward to interacting with all of you and feel very excited to do this test. 

 

-Jesse

 

Edit: I forgot to mention my handicap, it's roughly an 8 but I used to be nearly a scratch golfer. I've been playing since I was 12 so 16 years now. The largest issues I have with my game are consistency considering I don't play 3-5 times a week like I did when I was in high school/college. My 8 handicap is mostly a guess but I do post my scores to thegrint whenever I remember. That being said I do have some moments of scratch golf that come out, and I also have some moments of looking like a hack, but that's the game we all love (hate). 

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Look what FedEx just dropped off?

Last week I played 6 consecutive days Monday to Saturday but this week it looks like it will be Thursday before I can try these out.

 

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Dick's Sporting Goods website does not allow access outside the US. Can anybody get hold of any brochures or snap shots of the Maxfli Tour and Tour X marketing claims?

 

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New balls in the bag with tee time booked but turned around and came home, even I won't play in this type of rainfall. 

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On 10/25/2021 at 8:46 AM, Alf. S said:

Dick's Sporting Goods website does not allow access outside the US. Can anybody get hold of any brochures or snap shots of the Maxfli Tour and Tour X marketing claims?

 

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They don't do a ton of (or any) marketing that I can find other than what it says on the back of the boxes for the two balls.  I poked around a couple of Golf Digest magazines I had lying around and didn't see anything and the domain for Maxfli just re-directs to the sale page on Dick's Sporting goods website.  My guess is they are targeting people who are already in one of their stores to buy balls and then counting on the $15-20/dozen savings vs buying ProV1s or similar.

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I received a surprise package from FedEx today and have a round scheduled for Saturday afternoon so I should have some updates over the weekend for those that are following this review!

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Played the previous version and really liked it, but I have a hard time committing to buying new balls and then just playing those. Having a course that eats balls of even the lowest handicappers doesn't help, but it's more mental than anything. Maybe these Maxflis can be the one?

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Would love the opportunity to compare these to other premium balls. For whatever reason I’ve never really considered maxfli offerings in the past .. this could change that.

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I have tried many different brands and types of balls within the brand.  Would love to try the new Maxfli. 

 

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So cool that this popped up in my email today. I was just researching this ball! I bought some a few years ago and love them when you guys had the deal on. Unfortunately can’t buy them in Canada so have to wait till I’m in the US. Would love to test them though

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Always looking for high performing ball at a better price. Would love to try the new Maxfli.

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I used to play Maxfli balls as a kid but have gotten away from them as I grew up and started buying more premium balls. I would be really interested in giving their Ned premium option a go!

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Still trying to find that perfect combination of performance and value.  This could be a great opportunity to test these out against a couple of other Tour models I bought for the purpose of upgrading my game.

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A great opportunity...   I currently am playing Titleist Pro V1X, V1X left dash and V1 left dot...  would be interesting to see how this ball stacks up...  thank you   

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I have heard many good things about the maxfli  golf balls and would love the opportunity to test them for you.

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Played maxfli a while ago and liked it very much ! would love to test them again

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I would like to compare these to the Pro V1 that I play now and pay less for my balls if they are that good.  Not sure how to become one of the official testers as you will get thousands responding to this.

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I have considered purchasing these on more than one occasion, but end up spending more on a Titleist or TaylorMade. I would love to compare and see what these balls are all about. 

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Only time I hit Maxfli was to hit it into the lake. Let's see if this time it's worth a try..

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Looking forward to trying these Maxflis  Like many others, I remember playing them when I was younger.  Currently playing the Vice Pro Plus and it's a great ball.  Would  love to compare to the new Maxfli.  

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One of my regular weekend partners plays with these golf balls. He is a high handicapper. I played three holes with this golf ball but not enough to give you any thoughts which could be helpful. I do recall the ball performing well on the greens. But I would be willing to give it a full 18-hole test if you need it.

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I would love to give these a shot.  I enjoy comparing products and would love to see how these stand up to other premium ball offerings.

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I play Maxfli Tour now. Bought a boatload last year and haven't lost enough to try the new model.

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I would love to try these.  I enjoy comparing products and would love to see how these compare to the balls i regularly use.

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