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2019 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf fanatics tend to follow Titleist balls with much the same passion as investors follow the stock market. For 2019, Titleist launched a prolonged examination of every single element of the Pro V family. The result: Precise consistency with incremental increases in ball speed and distance. Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x now feature a cast urethane cover that is 17% thinner. Both have a new internal casing layer. The Pro V1 is the beneficiary of a new single core, while the Pro V1x has a new dual core. Each ball has a new dimple configuration (352 dimples for the Pro V1, 328 dimples for the Pro V1x). The Pro V1 is somewhat softer than the Pro V1x, and the AVX is softer still. MSRP $52 | NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2019 57 Honma TW-G6 Is it me or does it seem like keeping up with the latest ball technology requires an advanced degree in aerodynamics? The good folks at Japanese manufacturer Honma say you don't need to be a rocket scientist to understand it. In its promotional copy, Honma has simplified ball construction to — pun intended — its core: "One-piece balls for driving ranges; two-piece balls with more distance and less control/feel; three-piece balls with more flight control; four-piece balls for long drives and soft feel around the green; and five-piece (or six-piece) balls in which all layers work together while each has a specific and distinct purpose." In other words, Honma's 6-piece TW-G6 ball is designed to be the best of all worlds, and this new entry to the marketplace is worthy of your consideration. MSRP $49.99 | TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x Upon turning pro, 21-year-old Jon Rahm made a startling admission: He had only used one ball model. This was music to the ears of TaylorMade representatives, who convinced Rahm to hit balls under the watchful eye of a TrackMan launch monitor. Rahm took advantage of what TaylorMade has been telling the world: Its TP5 golf ball, a 5-piece ball (TP5x is a firmer version), is amazingly stable in the wind. Playing at Torrey Pines in 2017, in just his second tournament with the new ball, Rahm won. For 2019, TaylorMade is introducing a new material intended for one thing — produce more velocity — and thus more distance. MSRP $44.99 | XXIO Premium First, the appearance: The XXIO Premium ball, available only in Royal Gold and Royal Platinum tints features a distinctive white-pearl coating. With either of the two colors, the iridescent coating shimmers in the sun and features unusually high visibility. Details? The Royal Gold ball uses a golden metallic paint for the logo, alignment line and number. The Royal Platinum has a platinum colored logo, alignment line and number. The mid-layer is tungsten enriched, which is intended to bolster higher ball speeds. The highly flexible ionomer core provides durability and soft feel. Each of the 324 dimples has its own unique shape, with very little space in-between. This minimizes gaps and optimizes trajectory for height and distance. MSRP $49.99 | Srixon Q-Star Tour This may be the greatest bargain in golf. The updated Srixon Q-Star Tour ball has a suggested retail price of $30 and — are you ready for this? — it has a urethane cover, which produces more spin than most other cover materials. It is commonly associated with balls that retail in the $45 to $52 range. Here's something else to like about the new Q-Star Tour: This ball is clearly designated for golfers with a driver swing speed of 90 MPH or less. How many golfers are in this category? Just about all recreational golfers. Consider having your swing measured on a launch monitor or other measurement device, and you may discover this ball is engineered for you. MSRP $29.99 |

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