It's for: All skill levels with swing speeds
105 mph or lower
Ball-fitting options: Twenty-five
"ball fitting" teams conduct "Bridgestone
Ball Fitting Challenge" events around
the country. Find locations near you at
What else is new: The B330-RXS ball
delivers more greenside spin than the original
B330-RX, due to the 12 percent softer cover.
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It's for: Better players
Technology: Callaway's softest ball generates more spin on short shots than previous models. The four-piece ball has a low-compression "dual" core consisting of a soft inner core (to decrease driver spin) and firmer outer core (to increase wedge spin). Improved dimple aerodynamics reduce in-flight drag for longer distance.
Ball-fitting options: The online ball-selector tool at
callawaygolf.com recommends an
orb based on your responses (player
preferences) to three simple questions.
What else is new: The four-piece Tour i(z) targets a broader audience, feels firmer and focuses more on length than the Tour i(s).
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It's for: 0 to 20 handicappers with
slower swing speeds (80+ mph)
Technology: An updated rubber core
(softer compression) increases ball speed
off the big clubs versus One Vapor. The
polymer mantle layer (same as in One Tour
and One Tour D) boosts velocity, too. A new
dimple design creates higher flight, while the
ionomer cover produces more short-game
spin than "distance-type" ionomer covers.
Ball-fitting options: Nike's IFS
(Intelligent Fitting System) software
and launch monitor capture ball speed
and driver spin. Proprietary "zone fitting"
method pinpoints proper ball for you. Get
fit at Nike demo days or select retailers.
What else is new: The Nike Crush ball
(two-piece construction), for those who
seek straighter flight and longer distance.
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It's for: Highly-skilled players with
swing speeds of 105+ mph
Technology: Same construction
(urethane cover, mantle layer and core
that graduates from soft center to firmer
perimeter) and performance as the current
Z-Star X. Yellow paint job has a hint of
green in it. According to Srixon, the yellow
ball is easier to see in flight than white,
while green has a calming influence.
Ball-fitting options: Snazzy
"ball selector" tool at srixon.com,
plus in-store fitting chart.
What else is new: The Z-Star Tour
Yellow ball has a slightly softer
cover for softer overall feel.
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It's for: All skill levels who want added
distance with short-game control
Technology: A "faster" dual core and
improved aerodynamics (new dimple
pattern) should trigger incremental
distance gains. Soft Fusablend cover is
more durable than in the previous NXT
Tour. Its "alignment integrated marking"
(A.I.M.) sidestamp can be used to line
up the ball prior to stroking your putt.
Ball-fitting options: "First tee"
experience at 1,000 courses (includes
two-ball sample packs). "Tech vans"
stage 500 fitting events using TrackMan
launch monitors. At retail, interactive touchscreen
displays and selection booklets.
What else is new: The NXT ball
promises longer distance (and
straighter flight) than the NXT Extreme.
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