The Longest Golf Ball Available for 2012
Nike Golf introduced its new 20XI premium golf ball in April of last year, featuring golf ball technology the company claims has never before seen in the golf industry – the result of four years of collaborative research and development between Nike Golf’s engineers and a team of material experts at DuPont. The result of that engineering? The Longest Golf Ball Available to You in 2012.
The Best Ball in Golf
The biggest technology change with the 2012 version of the 20XI comes from replacing the conventional rubber core with a new resin material. Resin is a highly neutralized polymer that’s faster and lighter material engineered to produce longer distance and more control.
The weight of the special core has been reduced by using this polymer, which allows for additional weight to the specially designed cover of the ball.
This added exterior weight will cause less rotation or spin at it’s peek spin rate but allow for a more prolonged spin. The additional “length of spin” will allow for more carry.
[quote type="center"] This concept of “perimeter weighting” a golf ball will allow for more spin on shorter shots and less spin off the driver. Spin off the driver is what causes the ball to balloon and lose distance.[/quote]
Ball Speed Adds Distance
Nike also says, through internal testing with its tour players, an average of 2-3 mph increase in ball speed has been seen with the new ball. This could theoretically translate up to an added nine yards of carry distance.
With each MPH of speed you add an extra 3 +/- yards.
Nike will launch two versions of the new golf ball in 2012 – the 20XI-X (tour-level distance) and 20XI-S (tour-level spin). The 20XI-X is optimized to reduce excess driver spin to maximize distance. The 20XI-S incorporates a softer cover for enhanced greenside spin and control.
With these technology advances, the new 20xi balls promise to be the longest golf ball in 2011. Nike claims that the overall feel of the golf ball has been improved by using an extra soft and slightly heavier cover.
Update: I’ve been using the Nike 20Xi-X since April 30th. There is absolutely no doubt that it is the absolute best ball in golf right now. I had switched to ProV1-x for about 6 months from Nike One.
- If you want to add distance and spin to your irons, this is the ball
- You will add an immediate 10-15 yards to your driver
- This is the last ball I will ever use
Check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Get down to your local golf store and grab some NOW!!!
Both 20XI balls will be available April 29th at your favorite golf store with a suggested retail price of $46.00. Golf Galaxy – All Golf, All the Time
What would you pay for the longest ball in golf?