funkyjudge Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 (edited) I received two dozen PXG XTREME Urethane-covered 3-piece golf balls about ten days ago, and today I played my first outdoor round with them (actually played 27 holes). Here is my take on the balls: APPEARANCE: The balls are extremely bright white and very easy to spot, even in the woods (at least they were for me). FEEL: Despite being relatively low in compression (PXG says 80 compression*), they feel VERY hard off every club from driver to putter. This is the biggest negative by far for me. SPIN: It was quite wet on the course today, as we have had significant rainfall three of the last five days, and it was misty all night last night, plus it was quite foggy when I teed-off this morning. Thus, it was a bit difficult to gauge backspin as well as stopping power, since many if not most shots either plugged in their pitch marks on the fairways and greens. However, by the second nine, the sun began peeking out from behind the clouds and by my third nine, a steady 10-15 MPH wind dried out the fairways and greens to a reasonable extent. On my 17th hole, a 161-yard par 3, I hit my tee shot to about two feet short of the green, only to see it spin back about 9 feet. This is rare for me, particularly with a 6-iron. On the next hole, I had a 136-yard approach and hit my 8-iron. Again, the ball spun (a bit sideways and back toward the hole), leaving me a 3 foot tap-in for birdie. On my third nine, I saw more of this type of spin action on partial wedge shots with my PW, GW and 54* SW including a few drop-and-stop results. Decent spin for sure! DISTANCE: This was the #1 benefit for me; every shot but one went farther than shots that I hit using the same club with an OnCore 2022 ELIXR (a very similar ball from the same factory and with the same 338 dimple pattern as well as the same 3-piece Urethane cover construction). I was hitting two balls on every hole because I was playing as a single behind two foursomes and nobody was pushing me (I never saw the guy who was playing behind me until I was on the 18th green, and he had just hit his tee shot on this par-4 hole — come to find out, he was also playing two balls on each hole). There was only one hole out of 12 where I hit driver off the tee where the OnCore ball was farther down the fairway than the PXG (by 30 yards, no less!), and I thought that I had absolutely nuked both tee shots with my driver on that hole — they were long on this 547-yard par-5, leaving me in go-no go range with the OnCore (I hit my second shot to the front fringe), but not with the PXG ball (I hit a 4-hybrid and left myself a full GW approach which I hit over the green … UGH! With my irons, I hit EVERY SINGLE SHOT with the PXG ball between 3 and 6 yards farther using the same club as I hit with the OnCore ball. I had one TM TP5X and one Titleist ProV1x in my bag (the ProV1x is the ball that Ian and Matt at TXG in Canada insist is most similar in feel and performance to the PXG ball, even though the ProV1x is rated at 20+ compression points firmer than the PXG), so in my third nine I hit the TM and Titleist balls side-by side against the PXG ball. Again, I got a few extra yards with the PXG when hitting my irons and hybrids, up to 10-12 yards more with my fairway woods on similar hits, and about 15 yards more with the driver with the PXG ball, except on one shot where I hit the ProV1x about two yards past the PXG ball. TRAJECTORY: The guys at TXG Golf say that the PXG ball creates a trajectory similar to that of the ProV1x….WELL, NOT FOR ME! I am a notorious high-ball hitter, but the PXG ball flew significantly lower on most all shots for me than any other ball that I hit today (not so low as to prevent me from stopping my ball on greens, but remember, it was pretty wet my first 13-15 holes). I still hit the ball high with my mid-short irons and wedges, but my driver and fairways, as well as my 4-hybrid, had a flatter trajectory with the PXG. CONCLUSION: Although I hated the feel of the PXG XTREME ball, I will give it a few more rounds of use to see if I can get used to that firmer feel (even firmer than a ProV1x). I don’t think that I am ready to use the PXG ball in competitive rounds, because I play most of those competitions on courses with very firm and fast greens! *EDIT (3/5/23): I went on the PXG website this morning and all reference to compression has been removed. I tend to believe the reports stating that this golf ball has a compression in the high 90s to low 100s. Edited March 5 by funkyjudge sirchunksalot, cnosil, GregGarner and 1 other 4 Quote Driver: Tour Edge Exotics E722, Ventus TR Blue 6R, tipped 1/2" 4-Wood: Titleist TS2, 16.5*, Miyazaki Kuala Mizu Tour Issue 7S, 42.75" playing length 5/7-Wood: Titleist TSi3, 18* set to 19.5* loft; Mitsubishi Diamana Blueboard 7S, 41.5" playing length Hybrids: Sub 70 949X 24* 5-hybrid (and matching 18*, when I don't play the TSi3 FW wood) - both with HZRDUS Black 85 6.0 shafts Irons: Cobra King Forged Tec X 6-PW, KBS TGI Tour 75 (custom firm flex) shafts Wedges: Edison Forged 49*, 54* and 59* with KBS TGI 90/100 shafts Putter: Evnroll ER2, 34”with Gravity Grip Ball: PXG XTREME or OnCore Vero X1 Spoiler Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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