Titleist NXT Tour – Bench Test

December 23, 2007 – Titleist introduced a new version of the NXT Tour back in July and we have recently begun our bench testing of the latest golf balls. In this head-to-head analysis, we look at the old and new versions of the Titleist NXT Tour. Inside we find that both models are of a similar three-piece design construction. The NXT Tour ’07 is shown on the right.

Titleist NXT Tour Comparison

The compression and cover hardness comparison of the Titleist NXT Tour ’07 is 93 and 82 respectively while the compression and cover hardness of the Titleist NXT Tour ’06 is 84 and 80 respectively. Our MPItesting showed that the NXT Tour ’07 has similar cover hardness with a slightly higher compression than the NXT Tour ’06.

The cover dimple pattern has changed with the new model incorporating Titleist’s Staggered Wave parting line that effectively increases the dimple surface coverage on the golf ball. The side stamp markings now are similar to the ProV1 and ProV1x models with Titleist’s A.I.M. (Alignment Integrated Marking) sidestamp. The NXT Tour ’07 again is shown on the right.

Titleist NXT Tour Comparison

Our performance testing continues next month with robotic and human testing. Plans are for these results to be incoporated into our new online ball fitting service at www.GolfBallSelector.com near the end of first quarter 2008.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Golfer  |  December 23rd, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Strange results! If I had to take a guess, it had been reversed compared to the results in your test. And I should never have guessed the compression be as high as 93 on the new NXT Tour. Strange is the word.

  • 2. GolfBallTest.org  |  December 23rd, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. Differences in compression results can be attributed to a number of factors including test environment, proceudre and equipment. All of the golf balls that we test are done in the same controlled environment using the same equipment and subjected to the same systematic procedure to ensure consistent results. There is more than one test device that can be used to test compression. We utilize two different test devices to collect compression data. All golf balls within the GolfBallSelector.com database are tested using this approach to ensure that the comparisons between the golf balls are relative. The differences noted with the two versions of the Titleist NXT Tour are relatively small.

    Gary Mayes
    GolfBallTest.org

  • 3. Dan  |  December 24th, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    What about making the dimples more angular like diamonds. It seems the newer cars are looking more angular and are getting away from the rounded curves.





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