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 End of summer handicap is a +o5 so hitting a golf ball is not the issue. In this case these balls just don’t perform for me. Others may have different results but my experience has not been positive. To eliminate the natural variance of Golf I’ve played numerous 9 hole afternoon rounds hitting three balls from each location as I moved down the fairway. Two Maxfli and one other brand premium ball. Obviously there have been some good shots with the Maxfli. Overall for me Snell, Bridgestone, and TP5 have statistically out performed the Maxfli balls. I hit more fairways, more greens and less putts per round when compared to the Maxfli balls while using the aforementioned premium balls.
 
Moving forward my plan is to compare the Maxfli balls against other balls in their price range. This maybe a better comparison of their value.
 
 
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Interesting - I actually really like the Tour around the green. I’m fine with both balls on approach shots. The distance difference makes the Tour x a non starter for me. The Tour however is another matter - I’m anxious to play with it a few more times and really focus on a comparison of shots around the green between it and my gamer.


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On 10/24/2019 at 11:31 AM, fixyurdivot said:

A question to the other testers and other spies who have been playing these balls.  Given that a primary marketing feature of the Maxfli Tour balls is that they are "CG Balanced" and marked at the optimum position how is everyone using (or not) this feature? 

Hi, not a tester here. I *do* use the CG alignment line on the tee, and pointing (downtown) at my target. (Fyi I've been doing this for a while, even before playing these new MaxFlis)

I also use the CG alignment line on the putting green; MaxFli suggests it'll help your putts roll truer.

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Hi, not a tester here. I *do* use the CG alignment line on the tee, and pointing (downtown) at my target. (Fyi I've been doing this for a while, even before playing these new MaxFlis)
I also use the CG alignment line on the putting green; MaxFli suggests it'll help your putts roll truer.


I was watching Tiger last night and while he aligns his putts with the alignment markers, when driving he actually turns them perpendicular to his club face. I found this interesting.


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4 hours ago, SteddyGolf said:

 

I was watching Tiger last night and while he aligns his putts with the alignment markers, when driving he actually turns them perpendicular to his club face. I found this interesting.
 

 

Hunh, that is interesting! Just wild speculation here, but maybe that helps him with ball positioning on the tee..?

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On 10/25/2019 at 10:06 AM, fixyurdivot said:

We no doubt have enough random inventory throughout the MGS community at large to test the question.  Let the salt bath tests begin 👍.  

Question: does it have to be epsom salt?
(eg. would regular salt, or maybe kosher salt, work the same?)

I do have a few sleeves of the MaxFli Tour (matte finish) and X (gloss finish).

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2 hours ago, cksurfdude said:

Question: does it have to be epsom salt?
(eg. would regular salt, or maybe kosher salt, work the same?)

I do have a few sleeves of the MaxFli Tour (matte finish) and X (gloss finish).

Any salt will do.  You just need to get a concentration such that the ball will float; ideally leaving roughly a dime size area exposed. I used a felt tip marker to make the dots at the top of the ball.  

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On 10/26/2019 at 7:18 AM, revkev said:

I am seeing a real trend here. Is there any among us who prefers the Tour x ball or is finding that it performs better than the Tour x?

 

 

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Definitely seems like people prefer tour. The X is just very firm, and seems like it doesn’t respond very well. 

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On 10/26/2019 at 2:40 PM, fixyurdivot said:

It sure seems like the Tour is getting a bit more love than the Tour X.  I'm not there yet, but leaning that way.  My early deciphering of our posts is that us slower swing speed players are not getting all the X has to offer.  It will be interesting to see if our fast swingers see better distance with the 4 piece X.

I’m on it. So far, both balls don’t go as far as the snell. I just finished a par three course and lost 5-8 yards, depending on the club. I also found it to spin less. Still seeing a lot of hop and trickle, where I can get the snell to roll back. It really changed the way I attacked pins. I cannot decide if I like that or not!

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So how do these new Maxfli Tour balls roll?  Let's head out to Bridger Creek GC in Bozeman, MT and find out.

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With regards to putting on the course, I really haven't noticed an appreciable difference between the Tour and Tour X.  To focus in on this a bit, I spent some time on the practice green rolling lags, mid, and short length putts. To me, the Tour X sounds a little more "snappy" off the putter face but both rolled well and were right in line with my make/misses using both the Pro V1 and Chromesoft. After getting the feel of my putting stroke I decided to try a head to head test. I played around with the alignment mark to see any difference in having it in-line with the hole and at 45 and 90 degrees.  For this test, I found the flattest 5 foot putt on the green and made 20 putts with each Maxfli and a CS.  (Note) I chose 5 feet as the 4-6 ft. range is where I have commonly miss and lose scoring opportunity (anyone else share this plight?)

The results revealed no significant difference... more like just confirming that I'm roughly 50/50 from this distance and need to work on this part of my game (this was dead flat 😱) .  Having the alignment marks in-line with the cup yielded a slightly better make percentage.  Whether that is more just it aiding my putter alignment as it is the ball rolling truer, I cannot say.  I did try and observe the line as it rolled, but couldn't tell much.  The 45 degree set-up sure looked wonky 🙂.  I also looked for whether the in-line balls that came up short rolled left or right just at end of roll.  On one of them appeared to slightly but on the others the alignment stripe was still at the 12 o'clock position (really close anyway).

Alignment mark in-line

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Alignment mark at 45 degrees

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Alignment mark at 90 degrees

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So I'm not sure what to make of this "CG Balanced" alignment mark.  As I mentioned previously, I don't mark my balls based on float or spin balancing.  I just use the OEM mark that most balls come with.  It seems to me other key variables have as much or more influence on the make or miss as a "true roll" but I could be wrong.  I know REALLY out of balance balls can adversely affect the roll line and tend to drift left or right just before coming to a stop.  But how many of the mid to upper end balls on the market today fall into the REALLY out of balance bucket? I should think (hope) they are balanced well enough that most players (including pros) wouldn't notice a shift in performance.  In any case, if Maxfli is going to market CG Balanced as a principal feature of these balls then they should be REALLY well balanced.  My salt tests show they are.  To the extent that translates into longer, straighter and fewer (strokes) is still up for debate.

I like the feel of both on the greens but would give the nod to the Tour simply based on sound.

My next testing will be driving the balls with the alignment strip in-line and at 90 degrees to see what influence that has on distance and/or dispersion.  A bit more challenging to do than putting - with respect to getting a good sample size.  I won't get to this until we get to Yuma... winter has arrived in Montana. 🥶

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So how do these new Maxfli Tour balls roll?  Let's head out to Bridger Creek GC in Bozeman, MT and find out.
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With regards to putting on the course, I really haven't noticed an appreciable difference between the Tour and Tour X.  To focus in on this a bit, I spent some time on the practice green rolling lags, mid, and short length putts. To me, the Tour X sounds a little more "snappy" off the putter face but both rolled well and were right in line with my make/misses using both the Pro V1 and Chromesoft. After getting the feel of my putting stroke I decided to try a head to head test. I played around with the alignment mark to see any difference in having it in-line with the hole and at 45 and 90 degrees.  For this test, I found the flattest 5 foot putt on the green and made 20 putts with each Maxfli and a CS.  (Note) I chose 5 feet as the 4-6 ft. range is where I have commonly miss and lose scoring opportunity (anyone else share this plight?)
The results revealed no significant difference... more like just confirming that I'm roughly 50/50 from this distance and need to work on this part of my game (this was dead flat ) .  Having the alignment marks in-line with the cup yielded a slightly better make percentage.  Whether that is more just it aiding my putter alignment as it is the ball rolling truer, I cannot say.  I did try and observe the line as it rolled, but couldn't tell much.  The 45 degree set-up sure looked wonky .  I also looked for whether the in-line balls that came up short rolled left or right just at end of roll.  On one of them appeared to slightly but on the others the alignment stripe was still at the 12 o'clock position (really close anyway).
Alignment mark in-line
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Alignment mark at 45 degrees
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Alignment mark at 90 degrees
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So I'm not sure what to make of this "CG Balanced" alignment mark.  As I mentioned previously, I don't mark my balls based on float or spin balancing.  I just use the OEM mark that most balls come with.  It seems to me other key variables have as much or more influence on the make or miss as a "true roll" but I could be wrong.  I know REALLY out of balance balls can adversely affect the roll line and tend to drift left or right just before coming to a stop.  But how many of the mid to upper end balls on the market today fall into the REALLY out of balance bucket? I should think (hope) they are balanced well enough that most players (including pros) wouldn't notice a shift in performance.  In any case, if Maxfli is going to market CG Balanced as a principal feature of these balls then they should be REALLY well balanced.  My salt tests show they are.  To the extent that translates into longer, straighter and fewer (strokes) is still up for debate.
I like the feel of both on the greens but would give the nod to the Tour simply based on sound.
My next testing will be driving the balls with the alignment strip in-line and at 90 degrees to see what influence that has on distance and/or dispersion.  A bit more challenging to do than putting - with respect to getting a good sample size.  I won't get to this until we get to Yuma... winter has arrived in Montana. 🥶
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Nice write-up!


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Bought some Xs @ Dick's. 2 dz for $50. Like em. They play well.

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Bought some Xs @ Dick's. 2 dz for $50. Like em. They play well.

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You probably still have some nice weather down by you eh?! Hope all is well sir.

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11 hours ago, bullldog said:

Bought some Xs @ Dick's. 2 dz for $50. Like em. They play well.

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Join the fun and help with the "truth digest"... float test them babies and let us know how how well they are balanced. 👍

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Join the fun and help with the "truth digest"... float test them babies and let us know how how well they are balanced. 
Or cut em open & look inside. Lol.. Don't need to see how they work in water.

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You probably still have some nice weather down by you eh?! Hope all is well sir.

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Yeah, 36 with possible flurries Wends.

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Yeah, 36 with possible flurries Wends.

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Same here! Snow tomorrow and Wednesday! Winter has come far too early this year. And that's after all the rain we've had... We need to catch a plane somewhere a little more toasty!

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10 minutes ago, bullldog said:

Or cut em open & look inside. Lol.. Don't need to see how they work in water. emoji16.png

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NO... float them then cut them if you must.  We need some random data outside of the balls sent to the testers group. 👍

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These reviews are great!! all you guys are kicking A$$. Great work. Much appreciated with the in depth reviews

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Alright everyone, here is an inside look at both of the Maxfli balls.  Both balls look very centered and have a clean appearance.  The Tour X looks a little like a hard boiled egg.

Tour CG:

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Tour X CG:

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Both:

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