Are you a club golfer in search of a premium-quality golf ball that is specifically designed for your game? Look no further than Titleist’s second-generation Tour Speed golf ball. This innovative ball is tailored to meet the needs of club golfers who demand exceptional performance on the course. Let’s dive into what makes the Tour Speed stand out from the competition.
Titleist introduced the Tour Speed golf ball in 2020, inspired by the success of brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, and Srixon in the market. These golf balls have garnered a reputation as some of the best options for regular club golfers. The original Tour Speed offered category-leading speed, impressive distance, and precise control around the greens. What sets it apart is its thermoplastic urethane cover (TPU), distinguishing it from Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x, which feature a urethane cover.
In the 2022 model, Titleist maintained the TPU cover, satisfied with the levels of greenside spin and short game control achieved in the original. However, they upgraded the Tour Speed with a reformulated high-speed core and a high-flex casing layer. The 1.550-inch core is designed to generate maximum distance on full swing shots, ensuring fast speed. The new casing layer helps maintain low long-game spin, providing exceptional performance across the course.
Titleist’s commitment to innovation is evident in the design of the Tour Speed. The ball features a 346 quadrilateral ‘dipyramid’ dimple pattern that promotes a penetrating flight trajectory and increased distance. Additionally, the alignment side-stamps that were present in the previous model remain, aiding you on the tee and greens. By focusing on performance rather than flashy visual technology, Titleist stays true to their brand identity.
The Tour Speed comes in a variety of colors, including a vibrant yellow option. If you order directly from Titleist’s website, you have the opportunity to customize the number on the ball and even add your name. This personal touch adds a unique and individualized element to your golfing experience.
Key Technologies of the Titleist Tour Speed Golf Ball:
- Proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) Cover: Engineered to deliver exceptional greenside spin for precise short game control.
- Reformulated High-Speed Core: Generates fast speed on full swing shots, resulting in maximum distance.
- Reformulated High-Flex Casing Layer: Maintains low long-game spin, providing optimal performance across the course.
- 346 Quadrilateral Dipyramid Dimple Design: Promotes a penetrating flight trajectory and increased distance.
According to Frederick Waddell, Titleist’s director of product management, “The key to the development process was successfully reformulating the core and high-flex casing layer to perform in conjunction with the proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover to our stringent quality controls, so the golf ball performs consistently on every shot.”
In the words of Mike Madson, Titleist’s senior director of research and engineering, “The Titleist Performance Urethane cover material is innovative and best in class. We did maintain the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple pattern based on feedback from the Tour Speed golfer who prefers its penetrating mid-flight trajectory and long distance.”
At Ambassadeur Hotel, we understand that the Tour Speed should not be seen as a cheaper alternative to the Pro V1. If you prefer a softer feeling ball, consider the AVX. While the Pro V1 offers a compression around 90, the Tour Speed is 15-20 points softer. The Tour Speed delivers a lower, more penetrating ball flight, which may not be optimal for every club golfer.
Based on our data, the original Tour Speed was not the fastest or longest ball with a driver or a 7-iron. However, it did excel in the wedge department, providing a nice feel. It is important to note that the Tour Speed generates mid-spin instead of high wedge spin like the Pro V1. The original model fell slightly short in terms of stopping power, with 625rpm less than the Pro V1 and 16% less than our top spinning model, the Wilson Triad. With the new 2022 model, we hope to see improvements in these areas.
While the cover remains the same in the new version, we believe the Tour Speed remains a solid option for the majority of amateur golfers. Additionally, the TPU cover is arguably more durable than the urethane option found in competitor models. It’s time to experience the outstanding performance of the Titleist Tour Speed golf ball for yourself.