New Golf Balls on the Market (or Coming Soon) That You'll Want to Try

What's new in the world of golf balls? Keep track of the latest golf balls showing up in golf shops,  or coming soon to store shelves. We track balls targeted at all skill levels and balls in every price segment of the market. Newer golf balls appear at the top: When we hear about it, you hear about it.

Here are the latest and newest golf balls on the market:

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Bridgestone Tour B Series

Bridgestone Tour B Series golf balls
Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone's Tour B330 line of golf balls has been the company's flagship in balls for several years. No more. Bridgestone Golf, beginning in early October 2017, replaces the B330 line with the new Tour B Series balls in four models. (Browse Bridgestone golf balls on Amazon.)

The Tour B X and Tour B XS are the balls for low-handicappers and replace the B330 and B330-S models, respectively. With a softer urethane cover (compared to the B330) and improved aerodynamics, Bridgestone says these balls offer improvements in greenside spin, feel and distance over their predecessors.

The Tour B RX and Tour B RXS golf balls are aimed at mid-to-low handicap golfers who want an optimized trajectory and more distance.

All four models in the Tour B Series begin selling on Oct. 2, with MSRPs of $45/dozen. bridgestonegolf.com

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2017 Srixon Q-Star

2017 Srixon Q-Star golf balls
Srixon

Srixon Golf calls its 2017 model Q-Star golf ball "... the golf ball for players who seek maximum playability from a more durable, 2-piece design.”

What does that mean? The ball includes some of the Srixon tech found on the brand's tour balls, including a lower-compression core, "Spin Skin" coating and a redesigned dimple pattern. (Browse Amazon for Srixon golf balls.)

But it comes in a 2-piece construction with a more durable outer layer. The new Srixon Q-Star balls become available at retail on Aug. 18, 2017, with an MAP of $24.99 per dozen. They come in white or yellow. See srixon.com for more info.

Cut Golf is a California-based company that makes, markets and sells its golf balls direct to consumer. Cutting out the middleman means lower prices.

And the entry level ball from Cut Golf, the 2-piece Cut Red, sells for only $9.95 per dozen. There's also the Cut White, a 3-piece ball, for $14.95/dozen.

Now comes the Cut Blue, a 4-piece, urethane golf ball priced at $19.95 per dozen on the Cut Golf website (cutgolfco.com).

"Golfers are aware that there are now multiple options for quality golf balls at competitive prices," said Cut Golf founder founder Sam Uisprapassorn. "The phenomenon we saw with the Kirkland Signature ball was that golfers realized there are other awesome options out there, and they don't have to pay $50 per dozen anymore."

The Srixon Q-Star Tour golf ball is aimed at golfers with moderate swing speeds but who want a "Tour-caliber" golf ball. What does that mean? A ball that offers the spin performance and greenside control typically only seen in balls aimed at higher-swing speed golfers.

Srixon (browse Srixon golf balls on Amazon) focused on lowering the compression rating, which helps moderate swing speeds still generate good distance performance. Over that is a urethane cover with Srixon's "Spin Skin" coating that provides a softer feel and more spin control.

Many Srixon balls are offered in multiple colors, but the Q-Star Tour comes in white only. It reaches retail outlets in North America on April 14, 2017, with an MAP of $29.99 per dozen. srixon.com

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Sci-Core Practice Balls

Sci-Core practice golf balls
Sci-Core practice balls come in sleeves of six. NuPro Golf Products via Facebook

Want to practice golf but don't have the space to do so? You've probably considered practice balls designed to fly shorter distances and built to avoid doing damage to property. Now there's a new entry in that category called Sci-Core (the company spells it all caps - SCI-CORE).

Sci-Core practice balls are built to max out at 100 yards of flight, yet to both replicate the feel of real golf balls while also being safe enough to use indoors. Inside your living, room even.

The company behind them says they a) won't break windows; or b) leave scuff marks on walls or furniture. They also, the company says, won't damage cars or home siding.

They have a condensed polymer foam construction with internal pressure to produce a pop off the clubface. They have a real dimple pattern and weigh roughly half what real golf balls weigh. They float, so you can retrieve them from water; and are built to withstand deforming or cracking through months of use.

Sci-Core practice balls are sold in 6-pack sleeves priced at $14.95 on the company website, swingcoachclub.com.

An elixir is a magic potion, or the substance that alchemists used to supposedly turn other metals into gold. An ELIXR is a new golf ball from OnCore.

In fact, the OnCore ELIXR is the company's first "tour ball," the company's top-line ball for better golfers or any golfers seeking more control and feel. The three layers in the ball are a polybutadiene rubber core, metal-infused ionomer mantle and cast urethane cover. The compression rating is 85.

The ELIXR balls are currently listed at $40 per dozen on the company website.

Srixon's Z-Star Series of golf balls enters its fifth generation with the introduction of the 2017 models. Those two models - the Z-Star and Z-Star XV - are "tour performance" balls, meaning high-end balls that are aimed at skilled golfers.

Compared to previous iterations of the Z-Star ball, Srixon says improvements and design tweaks in the new models focused on improving feel and performance on scoring shots (shorter approaches and greenside shots - spin, in other words).

Both balls have the mid-launch characteristics preferred by better golfers, a penetrating launch that gets more roll-out compared to higher-launching balls.

The main differences between the 2017 model Srixon Z-Star balls?

  • The Z-Star provides distance and feel but with a focus on greenside spin and control.
  • The Z-Star XV provides greenside control and feel with a focus on distance.

 

Both balls become available in North America on Feb. 17, 2017, with MAPs of $39.99 per dozen. srixon.com

The best-known and most popular high-end golf balls of the past 15 years are ready for their biennial updates: The 2017 models of the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls are here.

The new Pro V1 and Pro V1x offer distance improvements over their predecessors, Titleist says. The Pro V1 is a 3-piece ball and the Pro V1x a 4-piece ball, and both have new dimple patterns designed for a more stable trajectory.

As always, Titleist's Tour staff is split between the two balls, some pros preferring the Pro V1, others the Pro V1x. How do you choose between the two balls? Here are some hints:

  • The Pro V1 flies lower with a penetrating (flatter) trajectory and feels softer.
  • The Pro V1x flies higher, has a slightly firmer feel, and spins more on iron shots.


The MAP for a box of 12 golf balls, whether Pro V1 or Pro V1x, is $47.99. titleist.com

The first balls introduced by Bridgestone after the company signed Tiger Woods to an endorsement deal is the Extra Soft. This ball isn't the one Woods will be playing - it's more suited to the rest of us.

The Bridgestone Extra Soft golf ball is targeted at mid- to high-handicappers who want maximum distance but in a ball that minimizes the hard or harsh feel found in some distance/value balls.

The Extra Soft balls come in three colors: white, yellow and pink. The MSRP is $21.99 per dozen. bridgestonegolf.com

(Woods, by the way, is playing Bridgestone's high-end, high-performance B330 golf ball.) 

TaylorMade's 2017 golf ball lineup is highlighted by the TP5 and TP5x balls, the company's new high-performance pellets that will be used by its Tour staff.

The "5" in the name is for 5-layer, three inner layers (including extremely soft cores - a smidge softer in the TP5) and two cover layers (just a smidge thinner in the TP5x). The point of the design is, in TaylorMade's words, the "decoupling of driver and iron speed from iron and wedge spin." In other words, great distance without sacrificing greenside spin and control.

What's the difference between the two models? Mostly feel and launch angle:

  • TP5x is slightly firmer and launches higher;
  • TP5 has a softer feel with a mid-launch.


The MSRP is $44.99 per dozen. The TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x reach retail outlets in the United States on March 1, 2017. taylormadegolf.com

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