Nike 20XI-X Golf Ball Review

The new 2013 Nike 20XI Golf Balls are here with some radical changes(to me) coming into play. It has a new cover, not an updated one, a whole new one it seems. It turns out Nike does so much R&D on the golf balls that it would blow your mind. Do you know they tested the sound of these balls to match a certain frequency and tone that people feel comfortable with? When Meeting with Director of Golf Balls, Rock Ishii, He gave us the low down on so much, it would never all fit in a review but I will try to give some insight here in there.

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The new 2013 Nike 20XI Golf Balls are here with some radical changes(to me) coming into play. It has a new cover, not an updated one, a whole new one it seems. It turns out Nike does so much R&D on the golf balls that it would blow your mind. Do you know they tested the sound of these balls to match a certain frequency and tone that people feel comfortable with? When Meeting with Director of Golf Balls, Rock Ishii, He gave us the low down on so much, it would never all fit in a review but I will try to give some insight here in there.

Ok, first of all, was not a fan of the 2011 20XI-X balls. Durability was not the best, feel was....well, not great and, other problems in the game of the ball. Did they fix everything? I think it is a better ball and they did do a lot of work to make a massive upgrade. Is it better than last years? in short... yes. The new ball has the same RZN core but they made it even lighter, the core actually floats in water. Other golf ball cores?... no they don't float. The new cover is really not like any other tour/premium ball I have seen. At first it just seems like a low price distance ball cover. Not soft, sorta hard with a different look all together. But after a lot of play, these things are way more durable and still have great all around game.

Distance: It seems this year Nike went all out in the distance area in the X line of the 20XI and RZN. These things just produce tremendous velocity and piercing flight. The 20XI-X is probably my favorite ball to hit on a driver, so much so that when testing any driver I test it's salt with the 20XI-X to see how deep it goes. This is a flyer and it also looses the least velocity in head winds(in my playing experience). In short it goes and it rolls. It may not be the best and easiest ball to shot shape on the driver, but man that sound, feel, flight, and distance off the big stick is just pure bliss.

Control: I was having a hard time making this ball bend on all clubs and for all needs. But it is a distance ball and not a control ball, but for a tour premium ball I'd like it run around corners if needed. When I started over exaggerating my shot shapes I was able to get it move and do what I needed. So it can move, but not that easily.

Spin: Driver spin is as low as you can get. My average driver spin is in the 1800RPM range but, I was getting 900-1000RPM with the 20XI-X on a few launch monitor shots. This is why it's going so deep and rolling out! This is good for the long ball, but what about the greens? Around the greens I would say about average. It can check, it can jump and dance but don't expect anything fancy.

Feel: Thefeel of a well struck drive is amazing. But off the irons and wedges it can be a tad jarring when not fully compressed.

Overall: I like it for windy days or for those just going long and straight days. The drives with the 20XI-X are just amazing, did I mention that?

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