Unleash Your Inner Pro: A Comprehensive Review of PXG Golf Balls
Golf balls are all the same, or are they? Unsurprisingly, choosing suitable golf balls can enhance your game. It’s all a question of balance and craftsmanship. Read on to learn more. The premium golf ball market is crowded with many brands to choose from; you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all much of a muchness. However, we spent a morning on the round (any excuse for a day out) and put irons on balls, and this is what we found out about PXG golf balls.
The first thing to say is we tested both the standard and new PXG Xtreme premium golf balls and the PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Balls – USMC for markers that included speed, spin, sound, trajectory, durability, control, and aerodynamic characteristics. So, with no further ado, let’s crack on with the review.
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PXG Golf Ball Review
The PXG Xtreme premium golf balls come in the sort of packaging you expect from PXG: a sleek black box with white graphics and writing, matching all the PXG products, from golf bags to headcovers.
According to the manufacturers, the new PXG golf balls deliver bigger than average distance, have snappy green-grabbing control, and the new alignment feature helps you sink more putts. So we tested the balls against the more expensive Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1x, and this is our overall conclusion.
Overall – we found that the PXG Xtreme premium golf balls are great premium balls that offer excellent performance in all aspects of the game. The firm sound takes a while to get used to, but the Xtreme is a worthy opponent to the Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1x.
While our overall verdict was satisfying, we wanted to take it a step further and analyze the new Xtreme premium golf balls, so we asked fellow golfers to come up with pros and cons for the new PXG balls and
Pros – The PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Balls
- The high COR polybutadiene core is well-balanced and offers high-speed performance.
- The tough ionomer mantle layer does increase speed and distance off the tee, as promised.
- We agreed that the soft urethane bright white outer cover maximizes spin and control for your approach shots and around the green.
- We noted that the 338 dimple pattern delivers acceptable aerodynamic characteristics, maximizing distance with a high trajectory.
The balls do what they say on the box; however, there are a few cons that we have to mention.
Cons – The PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Balls
- The balls feel and sound firm off the face; this was off-putting to some.
- The balls could have been more durable over time.
- The balls are very white, which could be considered a good and bad thing simultaneously.
PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Balls – USMC
PXG has introduced an officially licensed United States Marine Corps (USMC) edition of the PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Ball. PXG is a veteran-owned company with a close connection to the USMC and the military community, from product naming convention to the PXG for Heroes program.
PXG released this particular edition ball so golfers can share their pride in their country on the golf course.
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PXG Golf Ball Review – More In-depth Testing
We tested both sets of golf balls on soft greens and were immediately impressed with the grab and spin received from the PXG Xtreme premium balls. We hit a series of lower dips, bumps, and runs and made some lofty shots, and the ball reacted better than we initially expected.
We hit around eight greenside bunker shots, and the ball reacted well, although when we went to dust off the balls for putting, we noticed more wear on the PXG ball than is normally expected. During putting, the Xtreme ball felt firmer than other golf balls of a similar premium quality.
The sound of the balls on the irons was louder, offering more feedback, making the ball feel more ‘clunky’ than other brands of golf balls, and it felt more challenging to control the pace from a distance. However, the alignment aid on the ball was convenient for setting up to target and will save a few seconds on drawing a line on your ball to the first tee.
Using the seven irons, it became noticeable that the spin rate was slightly less impressive than we hoped for, but there wasn’t much difference in terms of trajectory, and the PXG Xtreme premium balls handled less-than-perfect conditions well. The ball stayed low when we tried to fly down, but it was just as easy to send into the air when needed.
We love the entire PXG golf concept, including the PXG Xtreme Premium Golf Balls – USMC. We admire the PXG Veterans program, which offers special rates to anyone who has served in the armed forces. We particularly love the Marine motif that embellishes the USMC golf balls.
The PXG Xtreme ball undoubtedly exceeded all our expectations as a new product that has come to market; while the PXG golf balls are not the only premium golf balls available, they are one of the best golf balls for all levels of golfer thanks to their strong performance in all areas of the game from rookie to pro and everyone in between.
If you’re a fan of the PXG golf clubs (we are), then these balls are a welcome addition, offering style and speed while being easy to identify in a sea of balls. While we are at it, read more about the best golf bags and golf clubs for beginners here.
Happy golfing, folks!
November 14, 2023