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The PXG Xtreme golf balls are very strong performers. Tour-level across the short game and long game. Excellent feel.
Over the last few seasons, PXG has been pursuing two goals: offering the highest performance gear in their 0311 line and delivering great value in the 0211 line. With the introduction of their new Xtreme Golf Balls, they’re doing both things at once. PXG claims their balls meet or exceed the performance of the #1 ball in golf, all while costing $15 less per dozen. They also aim to simplify the buying process by offering just one model. Can this ball really be all things to all people? I tested them to find out.
If you’re going to try to compete with the #1 ball in golf, you need to get the feel right. Few high level players are going to game a hard ball, even if it does perform. PXG knows that, and they nailed the feel.
Off the putter, the PXG Xtreme Golf Ball is a dead ringer for the Pro V1x. It’s soft while still feeling responsive. There’s a quiet “tock” off a milled putter face. That same mix of soft and crisp is present with the wedges and irons.
A Few Words on Testing
Before continuing the review, I want to credit PXG for their commitment to publishing data. With almost every release, they’re willing to share cold, hard numbers to show how they’ve improved on previous efforts or how they compare to their competitors. That’s true of the Xtreme Golf Ball, with PXG’s site offering comparisons to the Pro V1 and Pro V1x in wedge, iron, and driver testing.
The data they’ve shared is taken from robot testing and, as I’ll discuss, it differs from what I saw in a couple ways. This does not discredit either test. In fact, it’s to be expected. Some golfers hold out robot testing as the be-all-end-all, but it’s not. When you test with robots, you have to make numerous choices: club, swing speed, angle of attack, etc. The robot can recreate those inputs almost perfectly, but it’s still just giving you data based on those inputs. My testing is no different: I report what a piece of gear does with my swing. My one data point is not any more or less important than the robot’s or anyone else’s. In the rest of this review, I’ll speak to my data and PXG’s, and you can make your own decision about whether or not to give their ball a try.
One of the most exciting pieces of data shared by PXG is the stopping power they found in their golf ball. They report wedge spin that’s slightly higher than both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x. In my testing against both new Pro V1 models [review HERE], I found the PXG spun slightly less in the short game.
Whether you look at my data or PXG’s, it’s most important to recognize that the differences are not huge. All three of these balls are peers. PXG’s data shows they have an edge of about 100 RPM. My testing showed the PXG about 300 RPM behind. There are many possible explanations for this discrepancy, but the practical takeaway is that the PXG Xtreme Golf Ball has plenty of short game stopping power.
In PXG’s iron testing, they found that the Xtreme Golf Ball produced spin rates between the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, carried slightly farther than both, and stopped just as quickly. My testing mirrored these results almost perfectly. The Pro V1x and PXG Xtreme produced almost identical iron spin numbers, both a couple hundred RPM higher than the Pro V1. Carry and total distances were not meaningfully different.
Finally, turning to the driver, I found my biggest discrepancy with PXG’s robot testing. PXG reported driver spin that was over 300 RPM higher than the Pro V1 and ball speed almost 1 MPH faster. In my testing, I saw equal ball speed across the three models, but the PXG was in the lower spin range alongside the Pro V1.
I’ll reiterate, these are not big differences that you’ll be able to see on the course. Unless you’re an extremely high level player, you could play any one of these three balls and not know the difference.
While this review ended up deep into the weeds, the big takeaway is this: PXG has built a golf ball that can rival the Titleist Pro V1. The PXG Xtreme Golf Ball performs well across all aspects of the game, and it feels great. Perhaps most notably, they’re offering this ball for $15 less per dozen than the Pro V1. That’s innovation that everyone can appreciate.