Titleist Tour Soft Golf Ball Review

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The Titleist Tour Soft golf ball is a solid option if you’re not set on a urethane-covered ball.  Soft, low compression feel and excellent distance.

Introduction

When you think of Titleist, “Twitter war” is not the first thing that comes to mind, but that’s just what the company got thanks to their new Tour Soft ad campaign.  By calling out Callaway’s Chrome Soft, TaylorMade’s TP5, and Bridgestone’s Tour B RXS, Titleist brought down a wave of criticism about comparing apples to oranges.

Leaving all that aside, we grabbed a box of the new Tour Soft to see for ourselves if the performance lives up to the hype.

Feel

Off the putter, the Titleist Tour Soft lives up to its name.  I found it to be softer than the ProV1.  Where the ProV1 produces a mid-pitch “tock” at impact, the Tour Soft’s sound is lower pitch, hence the softer feel.  All that said, the difference is slight and might not be noticeable during a round.

In comparing it to the other balls that Titleist calls out, I would rate the Tour Soft as similar to the TP5 but firmer than the Chrome Soft or the Tour B RXS.

Long Game

Launch monitor testing and on-course play showed that the Tour Soft stands up well in comparison to premium golf balls.  One of our staffers normally plays a Chrome Soft and felt that the Tour Soft was equally long on the course, though he added that his comparison came during a stretch of very good ball striking.

Driver spin was extremely consistent with the Titleist Tour Soft.  While not the lowest spinning ball off the tee, only the very worst strikes produced spin outside of a 200 RPM range.

With the irons, the story was similar.  The Tour Soft produced average spin numbers but was very consistent.

Short Game

The short game is where non-urethane covered balls tend to fail in comparison to tour balls, and that was largely true for the Tour Soft.

On full swing wedge shots, the Tour Soft was fairly close to the ProV1 and other urethane-covered balls.  As I backed down to shots of 60 yards and less, the gap grew dramatically.  Urethane covered balls like the ProV1 spun about 20% more on those half-wedge swings.

If maximizing short game spin is a priority, you should stick with a urethane-covered golf ball.  That said, the Tour Soft is very good in the short game compared to other non-urethane balls.

Conclusion

The Titleist Tour Soft is a good, soft-feeling golf ball, but it isn’t a category-buster.  If you want top-end performance in your short game, you still need urethane.  However, for the vast majority of golfers for whom durability and value are more important, the Tour Soft is a solid choice.

Buy Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls HERE

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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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8 Comments

  1. Did anyone else read most of this review with Jim Nantz’s voice in their head or was that just me?

  2. Jim Nance, now that is funny. Old Sugar Puss hisself. Anyway with all the science involved in make clubs and balls I am sure that what is being done in weight and hardness of the Ball it will all be better. The tour and tour quality players still go for the, what they call heavy and strong stuff and the hard Ball, but that is changing with the new generations. You see for example more and More Graphite Irons as the kids that grew up with it continue to use what they are used to. So, lighter clubs and softer Balls will only get better and better,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  3. It’s a 2-piece ball, like a range ball, and twice the price of the average 2-piece.

  4. I get a lot out of Mr. Saternus’ reviews – he is an accomplished golfer who can actually produce the swings necessary to test ball performance, making his review worthwhile. And it confirms what is known about the difference between urethane and non-urethane balls and about modern golf balls in general. That is, they are all long and straight off the tee, and really differentiate only on scoring shots of what, 150 and in, maybe a little less. But to say that the Tour Soft is nothing more than a range ball is stupid. Titleist opened the door to comparison of its new 2-piece ball to urethane covered balls and the results generally show what would be expected for many golfers. I would bet however that the Tour Soft would fare very well against plastic covered 3-piece balls or any non-urethane ball especially in overall feel and playability. It would be interesting to compare it with Callaway Supersoft, Superhot, Diablo Tour, Srixon Q-Star etc. and if some Bridgestone e5’s are laying around (2-piece urethane) those too. But in general, just as Dean Snell and Frank Simonutti (Wilson) have said, everything is long and straight nowadays and will be 5 yards between one another on robot tests with long shots. Those experts say that balls differentiate only on high spin scoring shots and it is an open debate whether most golfers are really benefitted by high spin around the greens. So buy a ball that fits your budget and the feel /spin you prefer. Anyway this was a nice succinct review of a solid new offering by Titleist.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy the reviews.
      Sadly, I feel like your take on golf balls is not hot enough for today’s internet environment. ;)

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Mike Englebert

    Have been playing tour soft for a few weeks now. All I can say is WOW! I am an unabashed Duffer my skill level is closer to Dorff than Arnie and I can honestly say that these balls are extraordinarily forgiving. All of a sudden I am deadly with my gap wedge weather 40 or 120 out, my 60 degree suddenly flops like Phil and I have mysteriously learned how to putt. I haven’t really messed with my swing ( I am nowhere near pure) and my handicap has dropped a few in a few weeks.
    Just for S and Gs I tried going through a few other balls in my bag along with my tour soft today and found a clear difference ( Q Star, Chrome, TaylorMade distance). It wasn’t the golfer it was definitely the ball. It may just be a case of matching a ball with my club head speed or by some miracle or extensive prayers from my church my golf game has improved that much but, it seems to correlate too tight to the ball change. Heck even my drives got an extra 15-20 on it and they ain’t slicing like they used to. Just my personal experience not an endorsement for anybody else’s game but, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try a sleeve or two. Playing Taylor RocketBladez and RBZ driver my driver swing speed on the simulator is popping up in the 90s I guess it’s okay for an old fat guy.

  6. I played these one round and the ball definitely flies far and straight and feels great ! I was skeptical of a 2 piece non urethane ball The check up around the green was not great but everything else is outstanding Price is ok but not great since you can Get Srixon Z stars on sale $30 usually.

  7. Spider Dubiel

    I have also been playing these for a couple of weeks. I am loving this ball. They do go far off the driver and have a very nice feel to them. I have been playing the true soft but these Tour soft have a nicer feel to them. My control is enhanced. I use hybrids to arc the balls up in the air and I am not real concerned with spin of the wedges either. This enhanced control, touch and feel call it what you will is a different world with this ball. I have also played the Chrome soft and I like this Titleist Tour Soft much better. They got this one right.

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