I just played my first round with the 20XI-S. Great, great ball. This is going to be my gamer for the year. I've been a ProV1 guy for years and years, dabbling with others, but decided to make the jump to this ball for 2011. After giving it an on course test run today, I'm very happy with what I saw. It was solid off the driver, perfect trajectory with my irons, but best of all it spins around the greens! Made me feel like I was playing with the older U grooves. Very soft and checked up like I hoped it would. Feel off the putter was very nice as well. Give it a try if you haven't already, it lives up to the hype if you ask me.
My buddy's dad won a dozen of these is a tournament. He gave me 2 sleeves to try and and tell him what I thought, I loved the feel off my irons and wedges great spin. The only downside was I had to change balls every two holes because my wedges were ripping the cover.
Before I get into the review on this ball, let me give you a little background. I'm a 6 handicap with a driver swing speed of ~ 105 mph with a pretty quick tempo. I'd probably be considered more of a hitter than a swinger.
For the last year I've been playing the Nike One Tour D almost exclusively so I have a great point of reference for comparing Nike tour level balls. I've also tried the Nike One Tour, but didn't really care for all the spin generated off the driver and irons.
I tested both 20XI models (S & X) over the same weekend, head to head, where I alternated the two every 3 holes.
Now for my review of the 20XI-S:Appearance
Nice white color. Not quite as bright as the new Srixon line, but not quite as "dull" as the TM Penta or Titleist Pro V1. Graphics are subtle and well done.
One thing I did notice right off the bat was the depth of the dimples compared to the Tour D. When I went to draw an alignment line on the 20XI-S it felt that the Sharpie hit small speed bumps along the way. It seems the dimples on this ball are a bit deeper than those on the Tour D.
Packaging is OK. I've read some responses from WRX'ers that the boxes look cheap, like Top Flites or the like. I don't agree with that. I find the packaging a bit more flashy, but let's remember that it's JUST packaging. I'm more concerned with what's inside.Feel - Driver / Irons
Between the S and X versions of this ball, the S felt more like the Tour D. The S definitely has more of a "click" sound at impact, but it doesn't feel hard like the X. With the One Tour series, the Tour was clearly softer than the Tour D. I'd say there is still that gap in feel, but it seems that the 20XI-S is more comparable to the Tour D in feel off long shots.Feel - Short Shots / Putter
Again the S and Tour D feel very similar off short shots and the putter. The S does have more of a click off the putter than the Tour D, and less than the X, but overall it feels and sounds good. Spin around the green was absolutely amazing. I fully expected it would spin more than the Tour D on short shots and it delivered.
I hit a couple of pitches / chips that stopped very quickly from suspect lies. Very nice!Distance
Distance was virtually identical to the Tour D throughout the bag, and possibly a few yards longer. The S was a good 5-10 yards longer than the X, which seems strange considering the X is supposed to be the "distance" ball. I posted in my review of the X that perhaps I don't have the SS to make that ball work for me, so that could be the reason why the S performed better than the X in the distance category.
Compared to the One Tour, the S is quite a bit longer for me.Spin
The S has spin to spare, but there's no overkill in the spin category off the driver like I found with the One Tour. While I did not see the benefit of the resin core in the 20XI-X, I can definitely see it in the S version. Driver spin is minimized while short iron spin is maximized. A+ for achieving that goal.
In my opinion the S and Tour D have comparable amounts of spin on longer shots, but the S has quite a bit more spin on shorter shots and around the green.Flight / Wind Performance
There was no significant wind during my testing. The ball held its line well in what little wind I had over the weekend.
I'm not a big "worker" of the ball, so this is not applicable.Durability
Both the S and X are very durable. No issues here with shredding on full shots. Both are at least as durable as the Tour D.Conclusion
Nike hit the mark with the 20XI-S....I like it! /good.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':good:' /> I know there will come a day soon when the Tour D will disappear, but at least I know I've found a good replacement in the 20XI-S. I could play either ball and be happy.
I also reviewed the Nike 20XI-X here: http://www.golfwrx.c...24-nike-20xi-x/
Thanks for looking!
is there a market/demand for these balls?
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