Normally I like to get more holes under my belt with a golf ball before I review it. But by the first round I’ll almost always have reached my primary conclusions anyway. I’m speeding up the review process on the Nike 20XI-X golf ball because I can, and I want to beat everyone else to the scoop.
The 20XI-X is one of two new balls Nike is releasing soon. The 20XI-X or what I call the “X” version, is the longer, distance ball. The 20XI-S (“S” version) is the spin/control version.
Every time Titleist changes to a new model of Pro V1 and Pro V1x they alter the ball slightly where the text on the ball says “Pro V1” or “Pro V1x.” The text and aiming arrows, or what Titleist fancily calls A.I.M. for “Alignment Integrated Marking” for each model, vary slightly.
Titleist Pro V1x - click for more Titleist images
When you’re fishing balls out of the lake or the bushes, these photos of the Alignment Integrated Marking will tell you if you found one of the cool new Pro V1’s for 2011.
Most golfers like to shag balls out of the woods, the lake, hazards etc. I’ve always wondered what sort of performance loss, if any, those balls have after sitting there for days or weeks or years. Here on my home course we have a lot of water hazards. I’ve fished hundreds of balls from there, and the swampy surroundings. We also have many freeze/thaw days and nights in the spring and fall. I’ve wondered what effect freezing and thawing has or the ball sitting submerged in water for “x” days.
Now I have a tool to test my balls
All joking aside, Hexcaliber is a serious machine. This solid chrome steel unit performs three different tests on golf balls:
Nike and DuPont have teamed up to produce a new golf ball, the 20XI. Rather than going with a rubber core, they’ve developed a new thermoplastic resin core. The technology in this ball allows for it to go farther, yet spin more around the greens. In other words, what everyone wants in a golf ball.
Here’s a short video on the new Nike 20XI golf ball featuring Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey, Suzanne Pettersen, Justin Leonard and Nike designer Rock Ishii.
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