I have to admire the tenacity of some golf entrepreneurs. Even though there are billion dollar companies out there making golf balls, Rob Zimmerman and 3UP Golf decided they’d join the fray. I have a dozen 3UP 3f12 golf balls to try. They’re a three piece ball meant to perform and feel like a balata but also produce modern distance. I’d like that.
As an extra cool bonus, $3 of each dozen sold is earmarked to a golf related charity. Cool. Buy high performance golf balls and support a great cause. And rather than a typical cardboard box, these balls come in a nice bag which would be great for carrying golf tees and other stuff around in.
In hand the balls look sharp and have what looks to be a dimple pattern close to the 330-332 dimple designs. The balls feel very tacky so I can tell they’ll produce a ton of spin around the greens.
I’ll put them in play as soon as I can and start working up my review.
This spring has been fun, including testing out the new Nike 20XI and 20XI-X golf balls. The XI version is the spin/control model while the XI-X is the distance model. Today’s review is specifically the XI-X model. I’ll be posting my XI review soon.
Nike 20XI X Golf Balls – click for larger image
The 20XI X golf ball is a four layer golf ball. Typically, the more layers, the better the ball. Some layers in the 20XI series are made of a different material than the same layers in other golf balls. At the core of Nike’s technology, pun intended, is Nike’s “RZN,” a rubber material which makes up the ball’s core. The mantle layer, (think back to the time you learned about the earth’s layers), is also made of RZN. The large RZN core and mantle maximize distance and improve accuracy.
The cover of the ball is the same material as most high performance balls, urethane. The urethane layer is what gives the player spin and control, especially in the short game as well as a soft feel on the putting green.
From the first time I put these balls into play the distance gain was substantial. I have gained some distance this year through new equipment and a few more pounds of weight gain, and the XI X made it even more massive. Where I was even or perhaps 10 yards ahead of some of my friends opponents, I’m now some 30-50 yards ahead. Hitting a wedge to the green is a little better than hitting a 6-iron.
The urethane Nike uses in the covers must be on steroids or something. The 20XI series is far more durable than any other premium golf ball I’ve tested. I can play 18 holes with an XI or XI X and the cover still looks brand new. Not the case with other urethane cover balls, which show scuffs and scrapes from my wedges.
The original models of the 20XI series felt quite hard. Too hard for my taste. Nike has certainly improved the feel of the new 20XI and XI X golf balls. They are noticeably softer, though still hard feeling in comparison to balls with non-RZN cores. Some players may prefer that hot and hard feel off the driver. Some may not.
Nike’s new RZN technology in the 20XI models is progressing very well. Each year the feel, performance and quality gets better and better.
I receive so many golf widgets, gadgets and accessories that I can’t even make a trip to the bathroom without tripping over 12 or 13 of them. Most are junk and I feel bad for the poor guy who dumped his live savings into R&D and some Chinese manufacturer to release a product nobody will use. Golf gadgets have to do something meaningful, useful or fun, without being an inconvenience or difficult to use.
One sure way to get me to review a product is to slap a University of Utah Utes logo on it. Or better yet, send me a product which lets me put a U logo on my golf gear! Bingo.
Utes logo on my balls by Tin Cup! Click to purchase…
Tin Cup makes these metal stencils which fit over golf balls with all sorts of cool graphics from animals to skulls to logos of your favorite sports teams.
In the photo above my lovely lass is marked up a white spheriod with a Utah Utes logo, in red of course. Love it.
I learned that on a design which uses this much ink, letting the stencil dry for a while is required. Lift the stencil carefully too so as not to smear the ink.
Check out my original Tin Cup review, posted back on September 24, 2009.
Another video from the Bridgestone Golf booth at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show. The folks at Bridgestone are always on the cutting edge of digital media and here we see a demonstration of their new Live Video Chat. In the video Orlando Golf Blogger Dave Lair is doing a live chat on the red phone. No he’s not launching the nuclear weapons, just a Bridgestone e6 golf ball…