Maxfli Tour and Tour X Golf Ball Review

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The Maxfli Tour and Tour X golf balls make interesting claims about the benefits of “Center of Gravity Balancing.”  Promises higher, longer ball flight with CG alignment.  Solid value for a urethane-covered ball.

Introduction

Golf ball marketing tends to be pretty repetitive.  We hear over and over about balls being softer, longer, or spinning more.  Maxfli’s new Tour and Tour X golf balls bring something entirely new to the party: a claim of higher, longer ball flight when you align their marked center of gravity.  This was a claim I couldn’t wait to test.

Feel

On the green, both the Tour and Tour X feel very similar.  Both are soft with a slight “click” similar to a Pro V1x.  When you get to a longer putt – 20 feet or more – the Tour X does feel a little firmer, but the difference is slight.

In the long game, both Maxfli Tour balls feel comparable to other premium, urethane-covered golf balls.  Well struck iron shots feel soft and crisp.

Long Game

Bold claims demand stringent testing.  Maxfli has some of the boldest yet, stating that with their CG alignment line, you can hit longer, higher, straighter drives, so we subjected the ball to a complete Golf Myths Unplugged test HERE.

You can click the link to get the full story, but the long and short of it is that we found very little difference between drives hit with the line correctly aimed versus incorrectly aimed.  We did see some evidence for the idea that “aligned” shots flew higher, but we did not see strong evidence for improved accuracy or distance.

Leaving the marketing claims aside, the Maxfli Tour and Tour X performed comparably to other tour balls.  Ball speeds were strong and consistent, and spin rates were within the expected ranges for a tour ball.

Short Game

According to Maxfli, the Tour and Tour X have similar short game spin.  My launch monitor testing found this claim to be accurate – I could find no consistent difference between the two.  In comparing them to other premium balls, I found them to be slightly below average in terms of spin.  The Tour and Tour X spun about 10% less than a Pro V1 on a full wedge shot.  That’s plenty of spin to hold a green, but low spin players that want to see the ball zip back may prefer another ball.

Conclusion

While aiming the Center of Gravity Alignment Line at the target was not a panacea, the Maxli Tour and Tour X are still very solid golf balls.  At $35 per dozen – and much less with certain promotions – these urethane-covered balls perform comparably to balls that cost $50 per dozen.

The Maxfli Tour and Tour X are only available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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4 Comments

  1. I was looking for a high performance ball at a good price. Thought I give the Tour X a try. Not as soft as my TP5, but performance was just as good. I already hit a high ball, so I was looking for some added distance. With this ball, I’m starting to keep up with the young bucks off the tee. A well struck approach shot stops pretty quick. Loving the change and the great price.

  2. Bob Pegram

    A good ball won’t have a center of gravity far enough off from center to make any difference. A good test is to dissolve epsom salts in a bowl and float a golf ball in it. Wait until the ball settles and stops spinning. Then place a 1/4 inch square of lead tape on the top of the ball. If it turns with that small change, it is balanced. If it takes more than that small amount of weight to make the ball turn so a different side is up when it stops, the ball has a center of gravity that is off-center. It will not putt consistently. It will tend to turn off line as it slows down near the hole. That is accentuated on fast greens.

  3. Dicks has them on a 2 dozen for $50 sale now. Mygolfspy website rated it as a very good ball, and it goes far for slow swing speeds (my experience is that it does go farther than a Q star tour). Just out of curiousity, how did you find the durability (I found that I could bruise the cover with a full sand wedge, and I am not a fast swinger– but it could be I had a couple of duds)?

    • Matt Saternus

      Alex,

      I didn’t notice the durability being an issue. I haven’t gouged any with one shot.

      Best,

      Matt

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