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U.S. Open Championship

June 21, 2016 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball played by Dustin Johnson, who won the 2016 U.S.Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. This was Johnson’s first Major win and 9th straight year to win a tournament. It has been reported by several media outlets that Johnson was playing the 2014 version of the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball which is in the current database of GolfBallSelector.com.

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2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X

April 9, 2016 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X and provides this review in our series of 2016 golf ball reviews.

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The TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf ball are part of TaylorMade’s 2016 lineup and replace the 2014 models.

The Tour Preferred features a 4-piece golf ball construction while the Tour Preferred X features a 5-piece golf ball construction. Both feature a 322 dimple design and urethane cover.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


Here is a breakdown of differences in choosing between the two according to TaylorMade*:

Tour Preferred

Provides players the combination distance and feel they need from tee to green. Off the tee, it gives players exceptional distance with a slightly higher ball flight than that of the Tour Preferred X. The softer feel offers tour level greenside spin along with controlled flight with wedges.

Tour Preferred X

Provides exceptional distance with the driver and long irons by utilizing low spin and a more penetrating ball flight. Controlled flight in short irons and wedges gives the better player the combination of distance they’re looking for off the tee with the control around the green they need.

*Source: taylormadegolf.com

The Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X carry a retail price of $47.99 per dozen.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and ball color 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 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf ball. Overall, the 2016 Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X continue to exhibit mid-range launch and relative spins in excellent performance ranges off all clubs tested (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge).

Relative Comparison of the 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X:

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Summary Comparison between new 2016 and previous models:

  • Off the tee with the driver, the 2016 models spin less than the 2014 models across all speeds –noticeable at the highest ball speeds.
  • On approach shots with sand wedge and 6-iron, the 2016 models spin more than the 2014 models at the lower ball speeds with slightly higher launch angles.
  • Around the green, the 2016 models have a slightly softer feel than the 2014 models.


  • Bench Testing

    Our bench testing indicates that the 2016 Tour Preferred has an overall compression reading of 90 points, which is approximately 10% less than the overall compression reading of the 2014 Tour Preferred. The 2016 Tour Preferred X has an overall compression reading on 104 points which is approximately 6% higher than the 2014 Tour Preferred X golf ball. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X exhibited similar cover hardness to each other and were both slightly softer than the 2014 Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X.

    The increased compression of the 2016 Tour Preferred X will make it feel firmer than the 2016 Tour Preferred in spite of having similar cover hardness. Both 2016 models feel softer that the 2014 models.

    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 Tour Preferred measuring at 1.6125 ounces and 1.6095 ounces in the case of the Tour Preferred X. The 2014 models measured at 1.6130 ounces for the Tour Preferred and the Tour Preferred X at 1.6115 ounces, making the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X among the lightest golf balls we have tested.

    (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

    The Tour Preferred feels slightly softer than the Nike RZN Tour Platinium and comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Tour B330-S especially off the putter and sand wedge”.

    “When comparing the Tour Preferred to the Titleist Pro V1, I seem to get less feel and slightly less control around the greens with my wedge shots.”

    “I found the both the 2016 Taylormade Tour Preferred and Bridgestone Tour B330 rolled off my putter (an Odyssey 2-Ball) about the same – and did not see a noticeable difference, but it did feel harder when compared to the Pro V1.”

    “Comparing the Tour Preferred X with the Titleist Pro V1x I found the Pro V1x to launch slightly lower and carry better into the wind.” The Tour Preferred X spins less than the Pro V1x off the driver and off the 6 iron.”

    “On wedge shots, I did not notice any performance difference between the Tour Preferred X and the Pro V1x.”

    “I noticed very little difference in this year’s Tour Preferred X model versus last year’s model in all facets of my game, however when compared to the Pro V1X on the greens I felt slightly more comfortable with the Pro V1x.”

    Summary

    Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider this year’s 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X as they perform consistently across all ball speeds in delivering mid-launch and mid to low spin measures. Distance is a function of ball speed and the other two elements in concert and both models optimize across all ball speeds well.

    Golfers of all ball speeds looking for a mid-launch angle ball flight off the driver, mid iron and wedge should benefit from the ball and those seeking a slightly softer feeling ball without losing spin on full shots will see those performance features consistently in this ball.

    In our opinion, differences between the 2014 and 2016 versions of the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X are not significantly different and might be hard to detect for most golfers. The Tour Preferred appears to perform better for the low to mid ball speed player while the Tour Preferred X better for the higher ball speed player.

    In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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.

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    About GolfBallSelector.com

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    Heralded by Golf Magazine as one of the best innovations in golf, GolfBallSelector.com is the independent resource for information and assistance in selecting the right golf ball for individual players. Through this online golf ball fitting system, golfers set their own game objectives and goals as well as their individual preferences for distance, control and feel attributes in a golf ball to derive individualized rankings of recommended balls, from a database of leading golf balls. Annual Memberships are available for $39.95 and 30-Day Memberships are available for $24.95. Also available is the innovative Sample Test Pack offering 2 golf balls each of your Top-5 golf ball recommendations.

    About GolfBallTest.org

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    GolfBallTest.org conducts continuous testing of leading golf balls sold primarily in the United States, utilizing swing robots and real golfers, and publishes The Real List™ independent golf ball rankings and its scientific findings at GolfBallTest.org.

    About GBT Technologies, LLC

    GBT Technologies, LLC (GBT) owns and operates GolfBallTest.org and GolfBallSelector.com. GBT provides unrivaled product performance ratings – and search and decision support tools – that inform, enable, and empower the consumer. We are the Trusted Source for unbiased and fact-based information and performance ratings of golf balls. Learn more at GBT-Tech.com.

    April 3rd, 2016

    Will the #1 Player in the World play the #1 Ball in Golf?

    September 24, 2015 – As the world’s greatest golfers of 2015 take the stage at the Fedex Cup finale this weekend, their caps and bags will broadcast out the increasing adoption of alternative golf balls played on the PGA Tour. The team at GBT Technologies and GolfBallTest.org have confirmed that of the Top 15 players in the world (as ranked by the World Golf Ranking), six play the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball; four play the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball; one plays a Srixon golf ball, one a Callaway golf ball, one a Nike golf ball and one a Bridgestone golf ball. Titleist, the self-acclaimed #1 ball in golf has the clear lead in this elite group of golfers, but there are also 8 of 15 (53%) who are winning with something other than a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

    Here is the list of the World Golf Top 15 ranked players, along with their FedEx Cup point standing, and the ball they are currently playing:

    World GolfFedEx CupGolferGolf Ball
    11Jason DayTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    211Rory McIlroyNike RZN Black
    32Jordan SpiethTitleist Pro V1x
    45Bubba WatsonTitleist Pro V1x
    53Rickie FowlerTitleist Pro V1x
    64Henrik StensonTitleist Pro V1x
    716Jim FurykCallway SR-3
    812Justin RoseTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    97Dustin JohnsonTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    1053Sergio GarciaTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    116Zach JohnsonTitleist Pro v1x
    12106Adam ScottTitleist Pro V1
    1329Louis OosthuizenTitleist Pro V1x
    1415Hideki MatsuyamaSrixon Z-Star XV
    1521Matt KucharBridgestone Tour B330-S

    And what are some other notable and fan-favorite golfers playing? Well, Tiger Woods most recently has been playing a 2014 Nike RNZ Black golf ball, Phil Michelson a Callaway Chrome Soft Prototype golf ball, Brandt Snedeker a Bridgestone Tour B-330 golf ball, Martin Kaymer a TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball, and Charley Hoffman a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

    September 22nd, 2015

    2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

    April 12, 2015 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x and provides this review in our series of 2015 golf ball reviews.

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    The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball are part of Titleist’s 2015 lineup and replace the 2013 models. Titleist updates the Pro V1 franchise every two years.

    The Pro V1 features a 3-piece golf ball construction, 352 dimple large core design while the Pro V1x features a 4-piece golf ball construction, 328 dimple dual-core design. Both feature a urethane cover and Titleist’s Alignment Integrated Marking (A.I.M.) sidestamp.

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    Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


    Here is a breakdown of differences in choosing between the two according to Titleist*:

    Pro V1

    Softer feel, slightly more long game spin and a more penetrating trajectory for a shallower angle of descent for more roll than Pro V1x.

    Pro V1x

    Slightly firmer feel and lower long game spin and launches higher with a steeper angle of descent than Pro V1.

    *Source: titleist.com

    The Pro V1 and Pro V1x carry a retail price of $47.99 per dozen.

    The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x 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 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x was subjected to bench testing for compression, cover hardness, weight and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and ball color inspection.

    Notable Observations

    Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the on the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball. Overall, the 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x continue to exhibit mid-range launch and relative spins in excellent performance ranges off all clubs tested (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge).

    Relative Comparison of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x:

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    Comparison of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 to other leading models:

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    Comparison of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1x to other leading models:

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    Summary Comparison between new 2015 and previous 2013 models:

    • Off the tee with the driver, the 2015 models spin less than the 2013 models across all speeds –noticeable at the highest ball speeds.
    • On approach shots with sand wedge and 6-iron, the 2015 models spin more than the 2013 models at the lower ball speeds with slightly higher launch angles
    • Around the green, the 2015 models are similar to the 2013 models in terms of cover hardness.

    Weight Analysis

    We have measured overall ball weight in our analysis. Using the Ohaus model SP-401 scale we have measured ball weights of all 40 ball models in our current data base. The 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x scored in the 90th (highest) percentile of our ball universe. The Pro V1 measuring at 1.6125 ounces and 1.6120 in the case of the Pro V1x. The 2013 models measured at 1.6105 for the Pro V1 and 1.6120 for the Pro V1x.
    (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

    “The Pro V1x feels slightly firmer than the Callaway Chrome Soft and comparable to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X especially off the putter and sand wedge”. “When comparing the Pro V1 to the Nike RZN Black, I seem to get feel more control around the greens with my wedge shots. I found the both the 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x rolled off my putter (a Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5) about the same – and did not see a noticeable difference.”

    A high ball speed player indicated: “Comparing the Callaway Chrome Soft with the Pro V1x I found the Pro V1x to launch slightly lower and carry better into the wind.” The Srixon Z-Star spins less than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x in every way”. “I noticed very little difference in this year’s Pro V1x model versus the 2013 model in all facets of my game.”

    Summary

    Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider this year’s 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x as they perform consistently across all ball speeds in delivering mid-launch and mid to low spin measures. Distance is a function of ball speed and the other two elements in concert and both models optimize across all ball speeds well. Golfers of all ball speeds looking for a mid-launch angle ball flight off the driver, mid iron and wedge should benefit from the ball and those seeking a slightly softer feeling ball without losing spin on full shots will see those performance features consistently in this ball. The differences between the 2013 and 2015 versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x are slight. The Pro V1 again appears to perform better for the low to mid ball speed player while the Pro V1x better for the higher ball speed player. Based upon our testing of the 2013 version of the Pro V1x, we found it to be a better ball for the high ball speed player verse the 2015 Pro V1x model and would represent value given its current pricing.

    In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x 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.

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    About GolfBallSelector.com

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    Heralded by Golf Magazine as one of the best innovations in golf, GolfBallSelector.com is the independent resource for information and assistance in selecting the right golf ball for individual players. Through this online golf ball fitting system, golfers set their own game objectives and goals as well as their individual preferences for distance, control and feel attributes in a golf ball to derive individualized rankings of recommended balls, from a database of 40 leading golf balls. Annual Memberships are available for $39.95 and 30-Day Memberships are available for $24.95. Also available is the innovative Sample Test Pack offering 2 golf balls each of your Top-5 golf ball recommendations.

    About GolfBallTest.org

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    GolfBallTest.org conducts continuous testing of leading golf balls sold primarily in the United States, utilizing swing robots and real golfers, and publishes The Real List™ independent golf ball rankings and its scientific findings at GolfBallTest.org.

    About GBT Technologies, LLC

    GBT Technologies, LLC (GBT) owns and operates GolfBallTest.org and GolfBallSelector.com. GBT provides unrivaled product performance ratings – and search and decision support tools – that inform, enable, and empower the consumer. We are the Trusted Source for unbiased and fact-based information and performance ratings of golf balls. Learn more at GBT-Tech.com.

    April 12th, 2015

    Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill

    March 23, 2015 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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    This week’s Tour Winner is the Callaway SR-3 golf ball played by Matt Every, who won the 2015 Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.

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    Next Event: Valero Texas Open, March 26-29, 2015

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    March 25th, 2015

    2014 Compression and Cover Hardness Ratings

    July 9, 2014 – GolfBallTest.org has updated its popular Golf Ball Compression and Cover Hardness Ratings chart adding seventeen (17) new 2014 golf balls to the listing.

    Bridgestone Tour B330
    Bridgestone Tour B330-S
    Bridgestone Tour B330-RX
    Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS
    Callaway HEX Chrome+
    Callaway Speed Regime 1
    Callaway Speed Regime 2
    Callaway Speed Regime 3
    Nike RZN Black
    Nike RZN Platinum
    Nike RZN Red
    Nike RZN White
    Srixon Q-Star Pure White
    TaylorMade Project (a)
    TaylorMade Tour Preferred
    TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    Volvik White Color S-3

    VIEW 2014 GOLF BALL COMPRESSION AND COVER HARDNESS RATINGS CHART

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    GolfBallSelector.com 2014 GBS v11.14 Update

    July 7, 2014 – GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf, has recently added seventeen (17) new golf balls to its ball fitting application. The 2014 Update (GBS v11.14) features the following golf balls – each subjected to our rigorous and systematic test and rating process:


    Bridgestone Tour B330
    Bridgestone Tour B330-S
    Bridgestone Tour B330-RX
    Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS
    Callaway HEX Chrome+
    Callaway Speed Regime 1
    Callaway Speed Regime 2
    Callaway Speed Regime 3
    Nike RZN Black
    Nike RZN Platinum
    Nike RZN Red
    Nike RZN White
    Srixon Q-Star Pure White
    TaylorMade Project (a)
    TaylorMade Tour Preferred
    TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
    Volvik White Color S-3

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    In choosing the right golf ball, we believe that golfers should look for a ball that is right for their unique game – and consider trading off objectives such as driver distance, sand wedge spin and feel on and around the green. Golf balls will perform differently for different types of golfers given the golfer’s swing type and their own unique mix of ball speed launch angle and ability to spin and control the golf ball. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

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    U.S. Open Championship

    Jun 18, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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    This week’s Tour Winner is the TaylorMade Lethal golf ball played by Martin Kaymer, who won the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Kaymer won his second major by 8 shots shooting 65-65-72-69.

    Next Event: Travelers Championship, June 19-22, 2014

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    FedEx St. Jude Classic

    Jun 2, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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    This week’s Tour Winner is the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball played by Ben Crane, who won the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Crane shot 10 under par for the tournament to secure his fifth career PGA Tour title.

    Next Event: U.S. Open Championship, June 12-15, 2014

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    Memorial Tournament

    Jun 2, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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    This week’s Tour Winner is the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball played by Hideki Matsuyama, who won the 2014 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Matsuyama’s par on the first playoff hole clinched his first career PGA Tour title.

    Next Event: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Jun 5-8, 2014

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