Ball Lab: Maxfli Tour Review
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Ball Lab: Maxfli Tour Review

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Ball Lab: Maxfli Tour Review

MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of the golf balls on the market to help you find the best ball for your money. Today we’re evaluating the Maxfli Tour. For more information, visit our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

an image of 2021 Maxfli Tour Golf Balls

About the Maxfli Tour

The Maxfli Tour is the second generation of Maxfli’s three-piece Tour-level offering. For the uninitiated, Maxfli is a house brand for DICK’S Sporting Goods/Golf Galaxy, though the ball is also available through Golfworks. Given the near exclusivity of retail availability and the $35 price point, it’s reasonable to think of Maxfli Tour alongside other premium direct-to-consumer offerings like Snell, Vice and OnCore. Notably, the Maxfli Tour is manufactured by Foremost in Taiwan. It’s the same factory that procures balls for Vice and OnCore. It also manufactures balls for Wilson and TaylorMade. While the dimple pattern is the stock 318-dimple design common to many Foremost-made balls, the rest of the ball is proprietary to Maxfli.

One point of distinction for Maxfli’s Tour series is the inclusion of CG Balancing technology. While Foremost balls are generally well made, Maxfli understands that absolute perfection in ball manufacturing is unattainable so by running every ball through the equivalent of an industrial-strength check-go-pro and putting the side stamp where the ball is perfectly balanced, golfers have the opportunity to hit straighter drives. We haven’t specifically tested the technology though it’s worth mentioning that when we’ve done robot testing on the Maxfli Tour line, it has performed admirably, even without aligning impact with the side stamp.

Maxfli Tour — Compression

a compression chart for the Maxfli Tour golf ball

On our gauges, the Maxfli Tour has an average of 85 compression. That puts it in the firm category. With consideration for only balls that offer Tour-level compression, the Maxfli Tour is on the softer side; 85 compression places it next to the 2020 Bridgestone Tour B XS (86 compression).

Maxfli Tour — Diameter and Weight

Foremost typically does a solid job with diameter so it’s not surprising that none of the balls in our Maxfli Tour golf ball sample failed to meet our standard of roundness. Other than a few TaylorMade balls, which appear to be designed directly to the USGA’s size limit, we’ve never had a Foremost ball fail to conform to the USGA size rule. So it’s also not surprising that 100 percent of the balls in the sample conformed to the USGA’s minimum size requirement.

Foremost has, at times, struggled with weight and we have found several balls over the weight limit in the past. With the Maxfli Tour, I’m happy to report that 100 percent of the balls conformed to the USGA’s weight limit. As you’ll see, we did find some inconsistency in weight but nothing so bad as to break any of the basic rules.

Maxfli Tour — Inspection

I can summarize our visual inspection by stating simply that our sample of the new Maxfli Tour golf balls was among the cleanest we’ve seen. We found no major defects and the number of minor defects could nearly be counted on a single hand. By any reasonable measure, it’s an exceptional result.

Centeredness and Concentricity

Other than a couple of minor inconsistencies in mantle thickness, we found nothing of note and certainly nothing that we believe would impact performance.

a photo of the core of the 2021 Maxfli Tour Golf ball

Core Consistency

Core color was consistent across the entire sample. We did note a couple of small pieces of non-uniform core material but they were also very minor.

Cover

No significant cover defects were noted.

Maxfli Tour — Consistency

In this section, we detail the consistency of the Maxfli Tour. While the above sections largely evaluate conformance to USGA rules, our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample are to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.

Maxfli Tour – One Ball at a Time

The chart below shows the weight, diameter and compression measurements for each of the balls in our Maxfli Tour sample.

a chart showing the consistency of the Maxfli Tour golf ball

Weight Consistency

  • As noted, there is some inconsistency in the weight of the Maxfli Tour. Generally speaking, weight consistency is the one area where Foremost struggles a bit.
  • While Box 1 and Box 3 were similar, balls in Box 2 were consistently lighter.
  • Overall, the weight consistency of the Maxfli Tour falls within the low end of the average range.

Diameter Consistency

  • While diameter consistency wasn’t exceptional, it was far from bad.
  • Overall, the weight consistency of the Maxfli Tour falls solidly in the middle of the Average range.

Compression Consistency

  • For our total compression consistency metric, the Maxfli Tour climbs into the Good range (above average).
  • Looking at the average compression in the sample, the Maxfli Tour rates as Good.
  • Comparing the compression deltas (the difference in compression across the three points measured on each ball), the Maxfli Tour falls on the high end of the Average range.
  • None of the balls in the sample had a compression delta greater than 3.5 compression points.
  • If not for the last sleeve in the third box, compression consistency would rival the best balls we’ve tested to date. It’s still very good.

True Price

True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It's a projection of what you'd have to spend to ensure you get 12 good balls.

The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.

Maxfli Tour  — Summary

To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

a chart depicting the overall score of 85 for the 2021 Maxfli Tour CG Golf ball

The Good

  • Compression consistency is above average.
  • Diameter consistency is solidly average.
  • On inspection, we found no significant defects within our sample.
  • 100 percent of the sample conforms to USGA rules.

The Bad

  • While far from bad, weight consistency could be a little tighter.

Maxfli Tour — Final Grade

The Maxfli Tour CG golf ball gets an overall grade of 85.

The score is above the average for the market as a whole and is, frankly, outstanding considering the $34.99 retail price (and that’s before we consider that the Maxfli Tour is frequently on sale for less). Our visual inspection found the balls to be near perfect which is more than we’d expect from nearly any ball on the market right now.

The bottom line is that Maxfli Tour absolutely belongs in the conversation with the leading direct-to-consumer balls on the market and there’s a strong argument to be made that it’s one of the most consistent balls that doesn’t have a Titleist logo on it. For golfers looking to save a few bucks, the Maxfli Tour is an exceptional offering.

With zero bad balls in the mix, the “True Price” of the Maxfli Tour is $34.99. That’s equal to the retail price which means you’re getting exactly what you pay for.

*If you’re shopping for Maxfli Tour, be sure to buy the box with the gold stripes. There are still some prior gen (gray/silver stripe) boxes available online and possibly in-store.

An overview of the equipment we use can be found here. To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

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      drew

      2 years ago

      more info on what the layers mean and why they are there and what ball to use in specific weather conditions

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      rob franco

      2 years ago

      The Maxfli ball has a nice click of the face and flies extremely straight

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      Jeff Dillon

      2 years ago

      Maxfli is a solid product that our store sells a lot of

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      John A

      2 years ago

      After watching the latest YouTube from MGS “what’s the longest ball in golf, Top 5” which gave the top five golf balls for slow, medium, and fast swing speeds, I went out and bought the Maxfli Tour. The Maxfli Tour was rated #1 for mid speed, and my driver speed is 92-95 mph. I’ve been searching for a gamer ball for the past two years, and just couldn’t find a ball that suits me. I’d been going back and forth between the TM tour response, and the Srixon z-star divide and q-star tour divides. I usually shoot mid-80’s, but played my first round with the Maxfli Tour today. One ball lasted the whole round, although I did notice it took a little damage on the first hole’s sand trap. Still played it, and played it well. Shot a 78. Feels very soft off the driver, like it seriously feels like it’s flattening out like a pancake. But I love the way it springs off the face of the club. Mid irons released on the greens more than I’d like, but still playable. Chips were fantastic, you could really get after it and park it tight within putting distance. Putting for me felt great. I like a soft feeling ball and this one I felt it could strike it and not worry about zooming it 6 feet passed the hole. At $104 for 48 balls, this may be my new gamer.

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      Mark

      2 years ago

      Maxfli Tour costs less than Pro V1. Really?….who cares.

      I spend thousands on a club membership, new drivers, putters, clothing, accessories, training aids. Let’s not forget the cigars, booze, side bets, and clubhouse dining costs..

      $2 or $5 for a golf ball makes zero difference. Play the best ball.

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      Walt S.

      2 years ago

      Acknowledge your post; however, if you read the article, it provides the cost to the performance of this ball and others. Of course, the gold standard is Titleist Pro Vs; not everyone can or should be playing them.

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      John A

      2 years ago

      Cool story bro. Good for you and your wealth. The problem with your comment is that every golfer’s swing is as unique as my finger prints are from yours. Just because a ball is rated “best”, doesn’t mean it’s the best for every player’s swing or swing speed for that matter.

      Joe

      2 years ago

      Congratulations on all your success!

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      John Steere

      2 years ago

      informative information

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      Ric

      2 years ago

      Excellent quality balls

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      Larry Heesh

      2 years ago

      thank you for all the information, very educational

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      J.B.

      2 years ago

      I decided to try the Maxfli Tour ball this spring when MGS emailed me about the 40% off promo that was being run, (hope they do it again) stocked up with 3 doz and glad I did. As far as this check-go contraption is concerned, I’ve never really given it much credence, the reason being in their commercial when they show the putted ball going off line it’s an animation. Show me a real ball going off line on a real green under controlled conditions and maybe I’ll believe it. What do you people that use the check-go do when your ball is in the fairway and the “balance” mark isn’t in the right spot that you want it? Do you worry about the shot going off line then because of an out of balance ball?

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      Scott

      2 years ago

      I have lots of customers that tell me to try them….that is always a good thing

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      Scott

      2 years ago

      Cant wait to use them

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      Scott

      2 years ago

      have a dozen tour balls…just havent tried them yet

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      Scott

      2 years ago

      have a dozen tour balls look forward to trying them

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      Jim Henry

      2 years ago

      Maxfli quality has greatly improved

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      Chris

      2 years ago

      I have not given these specific balls a chance but after reading i am leading more towards trying these out. Especially the tour x golf balls.

      Reply

      W Chapman

      2 years ago

      Was impressed with the overall attention to detail in improvements in each category..

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      mike

      2 years ago

      learned a lot for this program

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      Barb

      3 years ago

      Very Interesting

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      Ken Van Leuven

      3 years ago

      Great info, I’ve switched to the Maxfli Tour.

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      Ken Van Leuven

      3 years ago

      Started working at Dick’s Sporting Goods in June. Maxfli , being a house brand, available in a neon green color. Very eye-catching, great feeling ball, my new ball. Compares well with more expensive brands.

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      Jim Jordan

      3 years ago

      Very informative.

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      Max

      3 years ago

      i like the double colors and flat color options

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      Gary

      3 years ago

      Glad to see M’Fly is upping their game.

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      Gary Snyder

      3 years ago

      AAA

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      George Phaneuf

      3 years ago

      I’ll have to try them

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      jim gunnells

      3 years ago

      NONE

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      Kylen

      3 years ago

      Looks like these are 2 for 60 right now on GolfWorks and Golf Galaxy

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      Charles Colborn

      3 years ago

      Enjoyed the training.

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      parrish capel

      3 years ago

      looks like a good ball for a large amount of players

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      Al Snively

      3 years ago

      I played the new Tour ball and it was a great ball.

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      Andy

      3 years ago

      Does anyone know how i can get these balls in the UK? Would really like to try them

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      Mitch Zehr

      3 years ago

      played them, plan on playing with them

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      Mitch Zehr

      3 years ago

      played them for the first time, thought them to be better for me than the TP5 i had been playing, will be changing to the Maxfli tour

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      Donald Might

      3 years ago

      I have been playing the Tour ball all summer and love how it responds.

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      MIKE

      3 years ago

      i agree with Kevin

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      mike sousa

      3 years ago

      i never played maxfli

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      PeterL

      3 years ago

      I played the Tour Ball and loved it

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      PeterL

      3 years ago

      I played both the ProV1 and the Maxfli Tour the other day for 9 holes. The balls were very comparableon drives as far as distance goes but I had better spin control on my iron shots with the ProV1. With that being said the PRICE of the MaxFli is a difference maker

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      james muldoon

      3 years ago

      great input

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      Eric

      3 years ago

      I am a Prov1 man and am looking forward to comparing the Maxfli Tour ball

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      John Maliszewski

      3 years ago

      Very comprehensive.

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      chip curcio

      3 years ago

      tried maxfli tour ther very good

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      JRock

      3 years ago

      These are my game ball. I bought a couple of dozen a while back after reading about them on MyGolfSpy and I have not looked back. I started playing the new generation a month ago and I am even more impressed with the ball. I think they have improved the ball. For me the spin on the ball off of my wedges are amazing and the ball stops on a dime. Distance wise I don’t have a trackman but these balls are just as long as any tour ball that I have played. IMO for the price the Maxfli Tour is the best bang for the buck.

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      Jelopster

      3 years ago

      Maxfli, Vice, Wilson all scoring well in Ball Lab. Is it safe to say the #2 ball maker in terms of quality and consistency is now Foremost?

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      Jordan Evans

      3 years ago

      After reading the review I picked up a couple of Boxes of the Maxfli Tour CG golf balls at Dick’s this week. 2 dozen for $60. Normally I play the Bridgestone Tour BRX balls and have for the past few years used them exclusively. I also use a Check Go Pro to mark all of my balls so I was curious to see how the MaxFli Tour CG balls would perform.

      First I ran a dozen of the balls through the Check Go Pro. The MaxFli Tour balls spun very quickly and more smoothly than most of the golf balls I’ve checked in the past but the side stamp did not consistently match up with the Check Go Pro determined equator. So perhaps their system of identifying the Center of Gravity and marking it is not the same as an industrial version of the Check Go pro.

      Next, starting on the putting and chipping greens I found that the MaxFli Tour CG ball felt only slightly firmer then the Tour BRX and spun equally well or better on short chip and pitch shots.

      Played 18 holes with them yesterday and found them to be also slightly firmer off of driver and were equally long if not slightly longer. Off of my irons I found them also to be equally or very slightly longer with good flight, descent angle and green holding spin.

      Overall I was impressed and believe that they are a real contender to become my gamer. The fact that they also cost at least 1/3 less is enticing.

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      Tim

      3 years ago

      I dont understand the rating…..85 out of 100 when the writeup was almost as good as the v1x or left dash……if i brought home a grade of 95 from school but the teacher made excellent comments on my paper, there would be a conference to see why the comments didnt match the grade…..

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      Aart van der Molen

      3 years ago

      Strange…… TaylorMade 2021 TP5X in your test rated 82 points, yet in your table your list this ball as having 75 points…..

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      Tom

      3 years ago

      Any performance differences between the white and yellow versions of the ball? I played the green 2019 Maxfli Tour and loved them.

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      Jonathan

      3 years ago

      Based on the recent golf ball test and the recommendation of this ball as a budget gamer I bought a dozen and played them this week. I really liked them. I felt very confident hitting them off the driver and I enjoyed the feel off the club. I’d buy them again. Plus- Golf Galaxy was out of pretty much every non red 3 piece ball. If there’s going to be a shortage, this seems like a great ball to get you through.

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      WYBob

      3 years ago

      Excellent evaluation of the Maxfli Tour. As a result, I may pick up a dozen to play Winter golf in a few weeks. I played various Maxfli balls in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Maxfli was always an excellent brand in those days and comparable to the Titleist high-end balls (Professional, Balata, etc.). My favorite was the A10 which was a solid core ball with a wound mantle and held its own against the early Pro V1s. Glad to see Maxfli has made a comeback. Dunlap sold the brand to TaylorMade around 2005 and TaylorMade almost ruined the brand. So, it’s good to see it be resurrected under Dick’s SG with a line of solid performing balls. With that said, when can we see a Ball Lab for the 2021 Titleist Pro V1? Y’all selected it as your standard test ball, and yet it has not been evaluated in the Ball Lab(since 2019. It would be nice to see the 2021 version evaluated in the Ball Lab since it’s the benchmark that all the other brand’s balls are measured, and the ball used in your equipment evaluations.

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      Nsidius1

      3 years ago

      I’ve been extoling the benifits of Maxfli for a couple of years. since the previous ball list. Being a golf tech for someone that does not need free advertising. I get asked about or help pick balls for players all the time. Is a Maxfli a Pro V maybe not but its pretty close and at $15 less a box its a steal ( on sale for 2 for $60 even better ) 90 % of player couldn’t tell them apart and everyone complains about what Titleist cost. I tell everyone to try a box, I even pay for a box out of pocket and use them in the fitting bay

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      Jonathan Rowe

      3 years ago

      I appreciate all that MGS does. I wasn’t sure where to put this request, so I’m putting it here: Cut Blue. It’s $20/dozen, and from analyzing your data from 2 years ago it was among the top 7 performers. I’ve been playing with them since that test and have enjoyed them. I’d love to see you test those. Thanks.

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      6 Aces

      3 years ago

      I’ve been using the Maxfli Tour since the beginning of 2021 after reading the 2019 ball test. I’ve been pleasantly surprised and mostly satisfied with this ball. My only complaint is that the (yellow) cover is too easily damaged, but I have been using the 2019 version. The newer one may not have this issue. But, with my old guy swing speed (88 mph) these balls fly far! And they’re darn good around the green. Can’t beat the price.

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      David

      3 years ago

      My first hole-in0ne, 197o. My second, 1989 at Kemper Lakes.. Both Maxfli. Hmmmm
      The first one was a Red Dot. Great ball for it’s time.

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      Mike

      3 years ago

      I really wanted to like these golf balls and really looked forward to taking them out on the course. Sadly I just did not see anything significantly close to the performance of my gaming ball the Bridgestone Tour B X.

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      Kevin Hagmeier

      3 years ago

      If you’re gaming the B X then you might want to at least try the Maxfli Tour X instead of just the Tour version. If it works you could end up saving a lot going forward.

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      Jake

      3 years ago

      That’s because you’re comparing apples and oranges. Compare your Bridgestones to the Tour X model. The Bridgestone is a low launch, low spin, harder ball. The Maxfli Tour is mid, mid, softer tour ball.

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      Kevin

      3 years ago

      I have been playing Maxfli golf balls for over 30 years and like the Tours. I find them on sale and stock up. Get about twice as many as the ProV1s

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      Steven M.

      3 years ago

      I’ve been playing the newer Kirkland V.2 ball with great results. Nice spin action around the greens with a nice feel coming off the club face.. At a (12) handicap, I don’t know if I would tell the difference between tour caliber balls and the one I’m currently using. But always willing to try the Maxfi Tour.

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      PaulS

      3 years ago

      I have been playing these since your first ball test. What I don’t understand on the recent test is why these were the longest on the mid swing speed driver, but 7 full yards from the top when checking the driver distance at slow swing speed.? They seem to perform better in the wind in my informal two rounds of “testing” than the old, but way too many variables to really know. I do like the new Optic White, but my local Dick’s charges more for those.

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      David T

      3 years ago

      All good, but spin, launch, actual playing characteristics?

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      Richard R

      3 years ago

      I enjoyed the 2019 model and the 2021 Golf Ball Test just helped reinforce the legitimacy of the 2021 for me.

      As a ‘budget’ urethane ball, it should easily be put in the conversation with DTC balls. The biggest advantage for me is Dick’s distribution and retail reach, making these balls far easier to obtain. I think what “hurts” the appeal of the ball is the ‘Maxfli’ stamp and no marketing. Neither bother me.

      It’s probably partly my strike, but I did hit the longest (tracked) drive of my life at my home course with this ball (295 yds). It notably launched much higher than the Tour Response that I previously hit my longest drive on the same hole just the week before (286 yds).

      The cover feel and durability for me is much better than the Tour Speed balls. The alignment aid is much better than Gen 1, though I’d prefer longer lines (like triple track), but that’s a minor quibble.

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      Dave R

      3 years ago

      Thanks for this comment. I’ve been playing the Tour Response lately and have liked it, but had been curious about a slightly firmer ball. This review and your comment have convinced me to pick up a dozen and try them out this weekend.

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      Darrell Bunnell

      3 years ago

      Any testing done with the Maxfli Tour X golf ball? The differences between it and the Maxfli Tour stated on the box. Appears to be same principles as the Pro V1 and Pro V1X. I get more distance with the Pro V1X vs the Pro V1. Wondering if may be the same with the Maxfli balls. At $60 for two dozen great price to mix and match.

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      Jorge

      3 years ago

      from what I encountered by playing or talking to others on the course, almost every review of equipment should state: “…your results may vary”

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      Daryl Kariniemi

      3 years ago

      This isn’t a subjective review. It’s a set of lab measurements with comments.

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      Frank

      3 years ago

      I’ve been playing the 2019 version with the matte green cover. Love the color and so easy to find on the course.

      I’ve been hoping the 2021 version would come in green but so far no luck. And looks like matte cover is no longer made with this ball either. Bummer.

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      alex

      3 years ago

      I liked the 2019 Tour– like the previous Balltest said, it was pretty good for 90mph swings. Only issue I had with it was the cover would scuff easily (Full sand wedge shots from the fairway; less than ideal iron strikes). I still would use them on a ball eater course (as opposed to a ProV!)– where the lifespan would not matter.

      Can anyone in the audience speak to durability of the 2021?

      Thanks

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      Finch

      3 years ago

      Based on MGS’s 2021 Ball review and their video blog, I was intrigued by the results of the MaxFli Tour GC and bought two dozen in yellow to try. The 2021 version scuffed easily as well. But I was impressed by the performance. As MGS also said, “scuff marks affect the performance…” so I had to replace balls more often than Pro V1s on average. For example, I played a golf tournament on Wednesday and didn’t have to replace my Pro V1 at all…. Other than easily scuffing, the 2021 MaxFli Tour CG ball is a good overall performance ball and long off the tee! Aligning the ball on the tee shot using the CG line is a differentiator and a game-changer.

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      PaulS

      3 years ago

      Not a lot of experience, but I have played two rounds with the new Optic White. The only scuff on one is from a cart path. However, I don’t recall much scuffing on the 2019 ones from strikes but I don’t swing very hard either. I do like this color as the old white got dull pretty fast.

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      Brian

      3 years ago

      PLEASE bring back the Maxfli Elite 90. Best golf ball ever!

      Mike

      3 years ago

      These balls are great.I give found pro v1 and chrome softs away to guys I play with and them I usually crush them using my max fli. . They fly great respond around the green

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      Evan

      3 years ago

      Great write up! Had purchased 2- $60 last week and get here today, perfect timing. Very excited as they are on my shortlist as my new gamer.

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      Eric M Hudson

      3 years ago

      I’ve been gaming the new Tour X since they were released. Absolutely love them. Very comparable to the ProV1x that I had been using, at $15 less a dozen (2 for $60 at Dicks/Golf Galaxy)..

      I do really hope they bring back the other color/finishes that the 2019 version had. I really miss the matte green.

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      Finch

      3 years ago

      After your 2021 ball review, I bought two dozen of the MaxFli Tour CG yellow. The cover scuffs too easily and I returned one dozen because of that. But the performance benefits was spot on with your review. Although Dick’s states that you Cana buy two dozen for $60 when on sale, you can always just buy a dozen for $30 if you’ d like.

      Keep up with the great work Tony and crew!!

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      GreginRVA

      3 years ago

      Like snapjack said. This time of year it’s yellow or lime or they disappear. The vice lime is pretty easy to track and locate.

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      Painter33

      3 years ago

      Good review and research! In the ‘80s I played whatever I found until I “discovered” the Titleist Balata that started me on the Titleist train. My memory of Maxfli balls is that they fluttered like knuckleballs (different than the rock-like Top Flite) On tee shots they’d fly high then take a big diagonal drop. What I liked was their logo – minimal and attractive.

      Reading about their structural consistency, I might give this ball a try!

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      Brian

      3 years ago

      Can you explain how you arrive at the 85/100 when you didn’t find a single bad ball in the sample? You find some minor irregularities in weight and you are docking 15 points.

      Other labs have uncovered larger defects, but are rated very similar. For example, the 2019 ProV1 had 3% bad balls, but was 84/100.

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      Frank

      3 years ago

      Tony explained this in a prior ball test article.

      Very long story short…. The scoring scale is complicated and not very straightforward. A black box, if you will.

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      Tony Covey

      3 years ago

      The score is 2 sets of metrics aggregated into a total score.

      Bad Ball % is a single ball metric. What % of the balls were bad. There are 7 or so things that can cause any single ball to be flagged as bad. While bad balls aren’t ideal, one…maybe even two over a sample isn’t that big of a deal – and that’s reflected in the score.

      The other 40% of the score comes from metrics that are based on consistency across the entire sample. I think people lose track of what a statistical average is. By definition, most things will fall within the average range, that’s how things work. So, it’s not so much we “dinged” the Maxfli…it got what I suppose you could say is the average amount of points for two metrics (it was perfectly average for diameter and weight), while compression consistency was more than one standard deviation better than the database average, so it got extra points for being above average.

      Big picture – the average score in the database is 71, so a score of 85 is really good.

      The thing to keep in mind is that it’s entirely possible to have an extremely consistent sample with a few bad balls. TaylorMade, for example, flirts with the size limit, so while consistency is still average, we’ve had multiple balls in a sample flagged as bad for being small. Likewise, you can have really consistent diameter measurements and still have several balls that don’t meet our roundness standard.

      Conversely, you can have wildly inconsistent samples with every ball still qualifying as good. You may end up what amounts to 8 different balls in a box of 12, but still, by the letter, good.

      To get to the top of the table, you need to have very few (no more than two) bad balls, and above-average consistency for multiple metrics. That’s a rare combination.

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      Evan

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the explanation Tony, appreciate the work and insight!

      Brian

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the explanation Tony!

      JayHinkle

      3 years ago

      Based on what I saw from the ball test, (thank you and amazing work, btw), I bought a box of these. I absolutely love them. I went back yesterday and purchased two more dozen. Since I put these in the bag I haven’t shot higher than 78 and lowered my handicap from 4.9 to 4..4. Is it me hitting end of season form, or is it the ball? I don’t know. But, they’re just as long as anything I’ve used, spin very well on shorter shots, and I swear they are straighter than any ball I’ve ever played. I may go back and get some more based on stories of the looming ball shortage.

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      Jay Hinkle

      3 years ago

      I would also like to add that these are highly durable. Played an entire round with one ball, hitting every kind of shit including a couple of bunker shots, and came away with only a very small abrasion.

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      Al DeGenova

      3 years ago

      I bought 2 dozen to compare with other balls. They responded very well. I test some new balls every year and these were well worth the money.

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      Ray

      3 years ago

      With the yellow leaves, brown grass and cold weather I like the Maxfli Softfli hi vis green.. With a compression of 35 it really helps with that “rock” feel of winter golfing here in the Northwest

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      Alfred

      3 years ago

      I have really enjoyed the 2019 version and will definitely give the 2021 version a try (likely next season). I put the 2019 version right up there with not only the premium DTC contingent (Vice Pro, Snell MTB-X/ Black, OnCore Elixir), but will buy this ball every time vs. a ProV1 – at least for me, it is longer and gives me the same performance around the greens. Glad to see the 2021 version tested so well!

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      snapjack

      3 years ago

      I just wish it came in yellow. This time of year I have to play yellow .

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      Ray

      3 years ago

      With the yellow leaves, brown grass and cold weather I like the Maxfli Softfli hi vis green.. With a compression of 35 it really helps with that “rock” feel of winter golfing here in the Northwest

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      Steve S

      3 years ago

      They do come in yellow. Both at Dicks and Golf galaxy.

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      Jay Hinkle

      3 years ago

      They do come in yellow! I saw some boxes of them yesterday at Dick’s

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      Rob

      3 years ago

      It does come in yellow. Did you check the Golf Galaxy website?

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      Brad

      3 years ago

      They do come in yellow as well- saw them yesterday at Golf Galaxy..

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      Greg Johnson

      3 years ago

      The 2019 model is still available in yellow and currently priced at 2 dozen for $55. My next order will be personalized 2021 models in yellow when they become available.

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      Kevin

      3 years ago

      The 2019 models are now 2 dozen for $45. Just stocked up.

      terry

      3 years ago

      The yellow is now in the stores, hoping to pick some up soon

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      V

      3 years ago

      Gee, I wish they came in yellow…

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      G daddy

      3 years ago

      Looks like these are 2 for 60 right now on GolfWorks and Golf Galaxy.

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      Alfred

      3 years ago

      I bought 2 dozen of the 2019 and found them to be excellent – definitely as good as, if not better than, Vice, Snell, OnCore. I prefer an 80’s compression ball and it performs every bit as well as a ProV1. For the money, I would buy them every time.

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      BladesRbetter65

      3 years ago

      I totally agree with Alfred. Been playing with them for 2 months now.. My iron shots have been crisper than ever, and when a buddy of mine hit one with one of my Cleveland wedges, he understood why I like them so much. Its my go to ball. Pro V is still the King, but that Volvik ball is just as exceptional, but saving $15.00 a box works for me and lessens the sting of the occasional lost one.

      Kevin

      3 years ago

      Also agree, I’ve been playing Snell MTB Black in Yellow but they have had supply issues. Based on the review of the 2019 MaxFli Tour I tried them as a backup and really liked them. In Yellow the cover seems more durable than the Snells and they play and feel very similar. They may become my first choice, only time will tell.

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