2016 Costco Kirkland Signature

October 27, 2016 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Costco Kirkland Signature golf ball and provides this review in our series of 2016 golf ball reviews.

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The Kirkland Signature golf ball is Costco Wholesale’s initial entry into the golf ball market.

The Kirkland Signature features a 4-piece golf ball construction with a 360 dimple design and urethane cover.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


Here is a breakdown of the Kirkland Signature golf ball according to Costco Wholesale*:

The Kirkland Signature is a four-piece, tour quality ball encased in a urethane cover, providing a very soft feel, so you won’t have to trade distance for “feel” anymore. The quality construction provides a controlled iron spin, consistent ball flight, excellent green-side control and lasting durability. The Kirkland Signature’s speed boosting outer core is engineered to maximize the impact energy transfer for all high and low swing players.

*Source: costco.com

The Kirkland Signature carry a retail price of $29.99 per 2 dozen pack.

The Kirkland Signature will be included in the next release of GolfBallSelector.com.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Testing Approach

In testing and evaluation conducted by GolfBallTest.org, the Kirkland Signature were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and durability inspection.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Notable Observations

Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the on the Kirkland Signature golf ball. Overall, the 2016 Kirkland Signature exhibit mid-range launch and relative spins in excellent performance ranges off all clubs tested (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge).

Relative Distance Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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—> GBT Certified™ Golf Ball Ratings

We found that the Kirkland Signature lines up very well (in terms of driver distance) with the benchmark class of “Tour” caliber balls selected at the higher and medium ball speeds (i.e. the Kirkland Signature is a Top 3 finisher) and especially comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330, Titleist Pro V1; and also to the Callaway Chrome Soft.

We also conducted head-to-head testing with a very high speed, super consistent (pro caliber player) – where the data suggests to us that the Kirkland Signature is at par with the performance of the very best golf balls played in the market by better players; and is also clearly comparable to the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x for the average/medium speed driver; and in the same performance pack for tour balls as tested for average/lower speed drivers.

Relative Spin Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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—> GBT Certified™ Golf Ball Ratings

We found that the Kirkland Signature exhibited some of the highest spin rates (greater than 10,000 rpm) off the wedge – which is a key performance attribute good, better and best players seek. The spin rates off the 6-iron are consistent with very good “Tour” caliber ball performance and the lower spin rates off the driver are also very good in improving flight conditions to maximize distance.

Bench Testing

Our bench testing indicates that the 2016 Kirkland Signature has an overall compression reading of 96.8 points, which is near identical to the overall compression reading of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Kirkland Signature exhibited similar cover hardness to the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

Bench Test Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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—> MORE 2016 COMPRESSION AND COVER HARDNESS RATINGS

Weight Analysis

We measured overall ball weight in our analysis. Using the Ohaus model SP-401 scale we measured ball weights of all golf ball models in our current data base. The Kirkland Signature was measured and found to have consistent weights with very low variation, and all within the USGA specified maximum of 1.62 ounces. The average weight of the sample set weighed was 1.6154 ounces.

(Note: 1.62 oz is the maximum allowable weight permitted by the USGA/R&A. Proximity to 1.62 without exceeding is considered a positive attribute)

Player Comments

“… ball plays well – other than the brand name, was like my Titleist Pro V1” – 4 Handicap Golfer

“Did not find anything bad about the ball while putting it – sound off the putter was fine” – Professional Golfer

“Ball checked up on wedge shots like my TaylorMade Tour Preferred X. Great soft feel and consistent roll off the putter… very Pro V1 like”. – 5 Handicap Golfer

“Distance off driver and irons comparable to current Titleist Pro V1x” – 7 Handicap Golfer

Summary

Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should strongly consider the 2016 Kirkland Signature golf ball as they perform consistently across all ball speeds in delivering distance and spin performance comparable to other leading golf balls. Distance is a function of ball speed and the other two elements in concert and both models optimize across all ball speeds well. Add to this the value element in getting 2 dozen golf balls for $29.99 and this golf ball should appeal to golfers of all types looking for a softer performance-focused golf ball.

In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Kirkland Signature should consider its “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

—> 2015 Titelst Pro V1 & Pro V1x Review
—> 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred & Tour Preferred X Review

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