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@fozcycle welcome back brother!  If I remember you and your family have had a heck of a year. Praying for you guys.  Glad to have you back.  I really enjoyed reading about the connection you have with Maxfli and the past with your grandfather. Looking forward to your review 

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Foz - my condolences, re: your cousin... 

And on a positive note looking forward to your review and comparison to the Q Star Tour .. coincidentally I just picked up that ball to test out for myself, and to try to compare it to the MaxFli Tours that I've been using!

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Played 13 holes after church yesterday and slid some tour shots in side by side with my normal gamer.

I’m just longer off the tee with the gamer, 5 yards or so on solid strikes mainly because it launches higher. After that though the balls are comparable - I’m coming to the conclusion that the Tour is an extremely competitive ball that will fit the right swing type perfectly and at a nice price point.




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I played the Tour X in a round Saturday. It was a solid performer. Good distance - that is, normal distances for me. Didn’t notice any surprises distance wise as I did in prior testing. Good greenside control. A bit clicky off the putter. Still like my regular Srixon ZStar better, but wouldn’t hesitate to use the TourX in an important round if I needed to.


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Finally played another 18 yesterday and used the regular Tour ball instead of the X.  All was right in the game and the ball performance was exactly what I expected.  Sort of repeating myself at this point but the regular ball just fits my game and the X isn't working out as well. 

I will say after doing some more side by side comparisons on the green, I actually do prefer the X ball when putting as it feels a little more like a solid rubber thump instead of a more plasticky click.  The difference isn't super drastic but if I could take all the performance I get from the standard Tour ball and add the putting feel of the X then it would be perfect package.  If I didn't have the two to compare side by side though I probably wouldn't even notice enough to be bothered.

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While the Tour performed as a stronger choice for me than the TourX, the bottom line is that they are quite good for what is promised in their materials and come in at a most respectable price point.  

My outlook and  rule: all equipment in golf is personal.  

As well, I do not spend a lot of time with statistics and numbers; rather, I go by my course results and my comfort factor. Some comes from long term experiences with the various toys; some comes from surprise results.

If I were just starting out, I would be very comfortable with both balls, though I had a bigger confidence factor with the Tour.  

As I have been playing Bridgestone for about 3 years now, that brand has a stronger personal comfort factor for my gamer.  Does that make sense?

Bottom line: I would be ok with the Maxfli in my golf life of an old guy with lower swing speeds, but not super slow, improving dispersion off the target, a good putting technique and one who plays very few tournaments.

I did have great fun in testing these spheres out. This opportunity was very good for my golfing and I hope my opinions help others.

I would be very hesitant condemning them to the shag bag.  

They will be handy in my bag. For a limited distribution ball, they do quite well.  I can think of 6 or 7 balls I would feel, based on my play, I would be much more hesitant playing and perhaps 6-7 I prefer much better.

I pronounce them a fine mid point ball and even fine+ considering the price point.

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I was able to get out and play a full course the other day, and decided to use the Tour X. I feel like I have a good handle on where the Tour ball fits, and wanted to do the Tour X justice. 
 

As I’ve experienced before, it is definitely on the firm side. Ball flight was lower than I’m used to, and it cost me a little distance. 
 

Overall, the ball performs really well. It just isn’t the ball for me. Both are durable, hold a line well on putts, are a bit lower on spin but not drastically...they’re an excellent budget ball. I’d feel comfortable saying that at 75% the cost of a Pro V1, they are absolutely at least 75% as good of a ball. Are they on a level footing with Titleist? No. 
 

If you’re looking for a ball that is a little cheaper and allows you to spend more money playing golf, I’d consider this ball. The real conversation comes with how Maxfli compares to Snell. I think the Snell outperforms the Maxfli in everything except durability, and comes in at a lower price point. For these reasons, I’ll continue to game the Snell. If I opened a box of Maxfli at Christmas I wouldn’t be upset about it though. 

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Played 9 today at St Lucie Trail golf club. Course was not crowded, I got out as a single and played the Pro VIx and Maxfli tour head to head - shot 37, 38 but that’s really not significant.

What was is that I launch the Ix higher leading to extra distance driver when there’s a ridge in the fairway or something to carry.

Here’s an example:

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It was a par 5 - I had 240 to the front of a well guarded green from this spot with the Maxfli - no chance - laid back to 85, hit a nice 52 degrees to 20 feet, 2 putt par.

I was 16 closer with the 1x, got a 5 wood just short on the up slope, chipped to 5 feet, birdie.

Also the higher launch let me carry a false front on an uphill par 3 from 165 with 6 iron. I had a nice 20 foot uphill putt with that one. The Tour ball hit into the bank leaving a difficult bump and run up the false front. I made that stroke on the other par 5 where I made birdie with the Tour ball and didn’t with my gamer.

I suspect there are guys out there who would love the Tour ball. It’s pretty stable in the wind, has a nice penetrating ball flight and is very consistent. I did have a couple of drives that were a bit longer than the Pro VIx but these may have been due to where the ball landed or how they were hit.

If I flush each I’m longer with the Ix every time with driver. Very close with irons.

I see no benefit to the CG alignment aid in regards to performance.


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Okay, I tried the Tour X for two rounds, then the Tour for two rounds. Overall, I prefer the Tour, as it gave me more height and kept me in the fairways. The fact that I played 2 rounds and the ball is still very playable, speaks wonders for me.

more to come.......

 

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Tour X after two rounds.....the ball at the top of the pic is the one gamed for 36 holes......on the reverse side, only a slight imperfection.....very durable!

 

#CobraCONNECT using the new F8’s from Cobra

 

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Can anyone that is doing testing compare the Maxfli Tour to TM Project A?

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4 hours ago, SmoothG said:

Can anyone that is doing testing compare the Maxfli Tour to TM Project A?

I haven’t played the project A, but I do have a box of them. I’ll give it a go next time out!

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Can anyone that is doing testing compare the Maxfli Tour to TM Project A?


I’ve played the Project A in the past. From my perspective these are vastly different Golf Balls. The Project A is very similar in distance but that is were the similarities end. The Project A performed better on the greens as well as approach shots into the greens.


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9 hours ago, SteddyGolf said:

 


I’ve played the Project A in the past. From my perspective these are vastly different Golf Balls. The Project A is very similar in distance but that is were the similarities end. The Project A performed better on the greens as well as approach shots into the greens.


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I had completely the opposite experience with the Project A in terms of distance.  The very first generation of the project A was the only version I actually liked.  The 2nd and 3rd generation kept getting softer and softer in compression and I lost major distance off the tee.  The Maxfli Tour has a decent compression rating (100+) and seems quite quick off the face of the driver.  

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I was playing a Tour this past Monday and was 2 under stepping up to no. 9 tee.  I pushed the drive right OB and that was the last of that ball.  I'll never know whether the Maxfli Tour had anything to do with that (my personal best) nine holes or not but I'll for damn sure remember what ball I was playing 🙂

After almost two handfuls of rounds, I have come to the conclusion that the Tour X is simply too hard for my tastes but I do like the Tour.  To be real honest, I am not noticing a significant difference in performance between the Maxfli Tour and the other balls I most frequently play (Pro V1, Chromesoft, and TM TP5).  As noted previously, the ones I received are very well balanced - so if that is an important attribute to you, and mine are representative of their production quality, a balanced ball you will get.

For me, the Tour X performed better in distance (slightly) and felt softer on short chips around the green.  I did not feel/see much difference in iron shots or putting.  My tests driving and putting the ball with the CG Balance mark in-line with the target and at 90 degrees resulted in no significant difference. Perhaps our tester with the "man cave" launch system could run this test as well - much easier than doing this on the course. Perhaps the shot tracker might show some difference?  I wish I had such a system as I'd do it for sure.

In summary, I think the Tour and Tour X are good ball for their price point and definitely worth your consideration; particularly when Dicks has them on sale.  Based on my results and the trending feedback amongst the test group, I would suggest starting with the Tour model.  I think Maxfli has a competitive player here in the "tour ball" category.  👏

Thank you again MaxFli (Dicks Sporting Goods) and MGS for selecting me to be part of this review!

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I had the chance to escape to some warmer weather this past week and play 3 different courses. 90% of the time when I play it is on my "home" course where I know every shot I need to hit. This was a rude awakening as I had not played a different course since spring. I only packed a handful of balls so the first day I played the Tour, second day was Tour X, and the last day was a mix. Being that these courses were in TX the grass was different than up here in IL. The more I am able to play with both the Tour and Tour X the more consistent they feel to me. As I said in my first post, I look for a ball that inspires confidence. I would say there are fitting that nicely. I have not found a ball in the box that has given me anything but a consistent performance. I notice the higher ball flight that they claim, however in my “lab” testing the result seem different. More to come on the test results soon. 

The Hills

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Flintrock Falls

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Yapon

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Over the 3 days one ball did get donated to someone’s backyard. I thought of retrieving it but then noticed someone filming me from the house so thought better of it. 

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On 11/21/2019 at 7:46 AM, SmoothG said:

Can anyone that is doing testing compare the Maxfli Tour to TM Project A?

Played nine with both balls yesterday. The project A is noticeably softer. I’m not a huge fan. Even on missed hits it is so soft that I don’t get the same responsiveness from the ball. Everything feels close to pure. I’d recommend the Maxfli. 

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I'm curious - a number of us have found that the Tour x is much shorter off the driver than the Tour and our gamer while others have found it to be about the same.  Interestingly it reports around the same as my gamer on my SC but it is never the same when I get to the ball.  In fact in nearly two months I've yet to have a drive with the Tour X travel as far as my gamer, ever, including when I haven't flushed my gamer and have nutted the Tour X.   I've had the Tour out past my gamer a few times though its clear and to be expected that my gamer is a bit longer as my gamer matches my swing profile better.  I could easily see the Maxfli Tour being a great fit for a faster and higher launch, high spin type than my swing produces.

 

My question is what swing type is working with the Maxfli Tour x.  It's double digits shorter than either the Tour or my gamer for me - sometimes close to 20 yards on full shots from my gamer.  I'd either have to quit the sport  altogether or move up a set of tees to game it (and at my age I'm running out of tee sets to move up.)  Could those who get the same distance, WITH DRIVER, please let us know what your swing type is?  Swing Speed, aggressive or smooth transition, high spin, low spin, negative/positive AoA.  I think this would help people who are considering these balls with their decision making.

Thanks 

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I’m around 100mph swing speed, medium transition, slight positive angle I think. Both Tour and TourX are about the same distance for me, both 5-10 yards shorter than my preferred Srixon ZStar off the driver. The Tour is a bit shorter and MUCH higher than the TourX and ZStar with my irons.


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