Friday, January 13, 2012

Product Review: Nike 20XI-X

Longer. Straighter. Ask any golfer what they’d like out of their golf ball and you’re most likely going to get one of the two answers.

Those who split the fairways dream of another 10 yards. Big bombers would love to find the short grass more often. And everyone wants to hit more greens.

The golf gods may have teamed with the engineers at Nike Golf to deliver both distance and control with the new 20XI-X golf ball.

The slogan “Revolutionary to its Core” gets to the heart of the matter. The new RZN-Core boasts a proprietary resin chemistry that delivers performance unlike any other ball. That’s marketing lingo, but what are the facts?

The 20XI-X features:
* Faster initial velocity for maximum distance;
* Highest levels of MOI (moment of inertia) for longer, more controlled shots; and
* Steeper spin slope for lower driver spin and higher wedge spin.

American Golfer had to examine these bullet points because they sounded too good to be true. Could a ball be engineered to jump off the driver, finding extra yardage off the tee (and not sacrificing accuracy), while then - seemingly - transitioning to a “feel” ball, making it easier to hit the green? In a word ... yes.

Considering this website is read by people and not robots, American Golfer used a 9-handicapper to test the Nike 20XI-X alongside two comparable (in both price and prestige) golf balls. Here are the results:

Twenty drivers hit with Nike’s 20XI-X travelled an average of 271 yards. Rival 1 and Rival 2 averaged 268 and 265, respectively. Wedges were then tested from 115 yards, allowing a maximum of two shots removed because of mis-hits. The 20XI-X averaged 12 feet, 4 inches from the pin. Rival 1 and Rival 2 averaged 14-6 and 14-1, respectively.

If you’d like longer drives in the fairway and shorter birdie putts, American Golfer recommends the Nike 20XI-X.

There’s a new option for golfers looking for more spin, as well. The 20XI-S boasts higher levels of “tour spin and control” without sacrificing distance.

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