2022 Golf Ball Awards
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2022 Golf Ball Awards

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2022 Golf Ball Awards

Ever wondered what the best golf balls on the market are?

Whether you’re new to MyGolfSpy or a returning reader, it’s no secret we are committed to finding the best-performing equipment for every golfer—including the best golf ball.

Our one-of-a-kind Ball Lab was born from curiosity of quality after our original robotic Golf Ball Test in 2019. Most every golfer focuses on things such as speed, launch, spin and more “observable” characteristics. But what about the quality aspect? Just how well—and how consistently—a ball is made.

“It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” could not hold more true.

After years of speaking with industry experts, embarking on countless ball plant inspections and shelling out an exorbitant amount for testing equipment and boxes of balls, we thought it was time to highlight those which have withstood our rigorous examination.

Scoring is on a 100-point scale. Those balls listed are all available at retail. They have been studied and ranked with a score of 85 or higher in our Quality Comparison Tool. This list, as well as the tool, will be continually updated as we test more of the best golf balls in the future.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

2021 TITLEIST PRO V1 – 97/100

COMPRESSION: Excellent

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Average

The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball gets an overall grade of 97.

The score is the highest we’ve recorded so far with the Excellent rating for compression consistency pushing it past the others.

To an extent, this is what golfers should expect, given the $49.99 price point and Titleist’s emphasis on quality and consistency.

TRY THE PRO V1

2022 TAYLORMADE TOUR RESPONSE – 93/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Good

This is far and away the best Ball Lab result for a TaylorMade golf ball and makes a strong argument that the current Tour Response is best in class among urethane-covered golf balls designed for moderate (i.e., slower) swing speed golfers.

The Tour Response is TaylorMade’s offering in what can either be looked at as the “value urethane” category or urethane-designed for moderate swing speed golfers. It’s a three-piece cast-urethane offering notable for soft feel.

TRY THE TOUR RESPONSE

2021 TITLEIST PRO V1x – 93/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Good

The 2021 Titleist Pro V1X is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Titleist. Our data suggests it’s an extremely consistent ball. While we don’t expect all of them to be perfect, the lack of significant defects in our sample should provide plenty of confidence that, whatever issues you experience on the course, the ball probably isn’t to blame.

TRY THE PRO V1X

2019 TITLEIST PRO V1x LEFT DASH – 93/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Good

Consistency for compression, weight and diameter measurements each qualify as Good.

As we’ve come to expect, Left Dash isn’t perfect. Minor defects, specifically slightly off-center cores, and layer concentricity issues, while not prevalent, are not entirely uncommon. It’s also a reasonable assumption that some golfers will have an issue with the firm feel.

We should also note that, as a small “percentage of the market” ball, the Left Dash isn’t produced in the same quantities as other Titleist offerings. With smaller quantities likely come tighter tolerances.

TRY THE LEFT DASH

2021 MAXFLI TOUR X – 91/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Good

A significant improvement over the previous generation, the 2021 Maxfli Tour X fell within the good range for each of our key metrics. It’s also noteworthy that 100% of the sample conformed to USGA regulations for both weight and diameter. The only blemishes of note were a couple of balls with thin spots on the outer mantle.

At $35 a dozen, it’s likely the best value 4-piece ball on the market right now.

TRY THE TOUR X

2020 WILSON STAFF MODEL – 91/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Good

Relative to the other balls in the Ball Lab database, the weight consistency of the Wilson Staff Model was one of very few that reaches into the Good range. Foremost covers are typically excellent. That was the case here with only a single minor defect being noted across all samples.

Even if you don’t consider yourself Wilson-inclined, the lower launch and higher spin properties of the 2022 Wilson Staff Model may be for you.

TRY THE STAFF MODEL

2022 WILSON TRIAD – 89/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Average

WEIGHT: Good

Limited though it may be, we’ve come to expect good things from Wilson’s premium lineup.

You can add the Triad to that list. At $39.99 a dozen, it loosely qualifies as a value ball and while many value offerings bring with them a quality compromise, with the Triad, you’re getting exactly what you pay for.

The Wilson Triad features three-piece construction and offers a soft cast-urethane cover. While swing speed and target score are often overblown as fitting factors, Wilson suggests the Triad is an excellent choice for golfers looking to break 80.

TRY THE TRIAD

2022 CALLAWAY CHROME SOFT X LS – 89/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Average

WEIGHT: Good

The Chrome Soft X LS is the best ball we’ve tested from Callaway to date. Given that it’s produced at the same factory as the other Chrome Soft offerings, it’s reasonable to believe that Callaway has turned the corner. High scores may be the norm moving forward.

At the time of review, the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X received a Ball Lab score of 89. That’s significantly higher than the average score of 74.

TRY THE CHROME SOFT X LS

2022 TITLEIST AVX – 87/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Good

WEIGHT: Average

Titleist continues to set the standard for quality and the new AVX is no exception. At $50 a dozen, it’s at the top end of the market but for golfers who place a premium on consistency there is value to be had, I suppose.

On the performance side, the AVX is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a bit firmer than the majority of balls designed for moderate swing speed golfers. It also flies a bit lower. While that can be problematic for some, it also makes AVX viable for higher swing speed golfers who generate excessive spin.

TIP: The AVX is primarily designed for moderate swing speed golfers.

TRY THE AVX

2022 SRIXON Z-STAR DIAMOND – 85/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Average

WEIGHT: Average

With absolutely no red flags anywhere in the sample, the Z-Star Diamond is No. 1 for the Srixon brand inside the Ball Lab.

The Srixon Z-Star Diamond ostensibly was designed for Brooks Koepka to be a “best of both worlds” cross between the standard Z-Star and the Z-Star X, offering higher compression than the former and more spin than the latter.

All of that made things a little awkward when he ditched the ball prior to the U.S. Open. The reality is that Srixon designers were working within a narrow window and it’s hard to get things perfect on the first try. A new Z-Star Diamond is in the works so it shouldn’t be too long before we can find out how that ball stacks up against the original.

TRY THE Z-STAR DIAMOND

2021 MAXFLI TOUR – 85/100

COMPRESSION: Good

DIAMETER: Average

WEIGHT: Average

The most underrated best golf ball?

The 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.

Your wallet can thank us later.

TRY THE TOUR

As mentioned, our “Best Golf Balls” ratings will be routinely updated as we continue to test each of the market’s offerings.

Didn’t see your favorite ball? No need to panic. You can check the quality of your gamer with our easy Quality Comparison Tool. Still don’t see your choice? Drop a comment below of the make and model golf ball you’re looking for.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our procedures, protocols, results and more. The more you know, right?

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      george m

      1 year ago

      Just curious if you have any comparison data on Titleist balls produced at their plant in Thailand versus the balls produced at the flagship plant in Massachusetts. I’ve noticed that the bulk of the inventory, very limited as it has been the past few months, at both Dicks and Golf Galaxy of AVX’s are produced in the Thailand plant. I’ve also noted some Pro V 1’s also originating at the Thailand plant. I seem to remember from a few years ago that Srixon had some quality issues relative to balls, Z Star and Z Star XV, produced in their Indonesian plant versus the Japan facility.

      Reply

      george m

      1 year ago

      I’m 68 and playing to a 13.2 index these days… Based on Trackman data I’m 87 mph with driver and 72 with 8 iron. At one time or another I’ve sampled most every premium ball on the market, but have found that my 3 “best” balls for on course performance are Bridgestone BX, Bridgestone B RXS and Vice Pro Plus. Thankfully, MGS and your testing data from 2021 led me to “sample” both the BX and the Pro Plus, balls if you were to believe the manufacturer sales pitch are designed for “high speed” swings. Ironically, I hit these “high swing speed” balls further with both my driver and irons and get more than adequate spin from close in. Thanks to MGS, particularly Tony and Harry for cutting thru the hype and providing data centric information for the consumer.

      Reply

      John Anderson

      1 year ago

      I’ve been playing the Maxfli Tour 2021’s for a couple of months now, since the MGS YouTube video that ranked them #1 for mid swing speeds. I always thought Maxfli was a garbage “top rock” type of ball. I was surprised at how durable and soft feeling they play. Long off the driver, yet check pretty good with short irons/wedges. AND, at $104 for 4 dozen at Dicks or Golf Galaxy, you can’t beat that!!!!

      Reply

      Adam

      1 year ago

      What are the top 5 balls overall in distance, accuracy, and scoring?

      Reply

      george m

      1 year ago

      Adam, I don’t think that question can be answered in the absolute. Balls are going to perform differently based on swing speed, launch angle and spin characteristics of each individual golfer. If you have access to your swing data with driver and iron, I’d suggest you review MGS ball test data from 2021 and pick out 5 to 10 balls that look like the best fit for your swing characteristics and then give them a real world on course test.

      Reply

      Justin

      1 year ago

      Hey, Can you do a study on how long a ball last? How long is a ball at peak performance?

      Reply

      WBN

      1 year ago

      I was disappointed to see that there were no Bridgestone balls in the results. I’ve been playing them for years and have no real complaints.

      Reply

      David

      1 year ago

      Have you ever tested Honma balls? They are huge over here in Japan and the golf market here is massive.

      Reply

      TheBrad

      1 year ago

      Of course they are! They’re an Asian company lol.

      Reply

      TheBrad

      1 year ago

      Hopefully all those numbskulls that paid $150 per box for the Left Dash are crying themselves to sleep tonight.

      Reply

      The Professor

      1 year ago

      There are no numbskulls who paid $150 for the ProV1x Left Dash, only numbskulls who want to be cool guys in anonymous comment sections by name calling, but can’t themselves remember that it was the ProV1 Left Dot that commanded absurd premiums in the secondary market, not the ProV1x Left Dash

      Reply

      TheBrad

      1 year ago

      Looks like I found a numbskull.

      TheBrad

      1 year ago

      Also, go check EBay, genius.

      Matt

      1 year ago

      Love the article. Any plans to retest a newer Snell MTB-X or Snell Black? The last one tested was from 2019. Thanks!

      Reply

      RT

      1 year ago

      I was glad to see Wilson’s 3 balls did very well in the testing . .I have tried two of the three and ready to test the Triad .. I had been using the Srixon AD333 ball but it’s price has skyrocketed out of site .I going to switch to WILSON …….

      Reply

      Sammy

      1 year ago

      It’s getting hard to read the actual articles on the website due to all of the annoying ads popping up as I try to scroll through the information on my phone. I appreciate what you do and I guess you guys have to make some money, but the user experience has been a little painful lately.

      Reply

      Mike

      1 year ago

      Oh, agree with you 100%. It’s hard to read, much less type in anything with all the damn pop-ups coming up. And no, the pop-ups that are coming up or not because I surf there or they are products that are of interest me (I don’t buy tampons). It was incredible painless just to post his response while dodging and closing all the pop ads.

      Reply

      Chris Nickel

      1 year ago

      Mike and Sammy,

      Sorry for the frustration and we’re experimenting with some different ad locations and formats. Are you on desktop or mobile? Also, which ads are most concerning/distracting. Yes, the ads are necessary on some level, but not at the expense of our user experience. Feel free to email me at [email protected] as well. Thanks.

      Dennis

      1 year ago

      I had the same issues for several days but it seems to have gone away. No more pop ups,

      Lou

      1 year ago

      I bought a dozen of the Taylor Made Tour Response and found it to be one of the shortest golf balls made. I loved the feel, the way it putted, the cover, everything but it was so damned short. I hit Titleist Tour Speeds, Maxfli Tour and Srixon Q Star Tour all 10 yards further. I asked some of my group to hit the Tour Response and everyone agreed, it’s a short ball. This is the problem with the Ball Lab. It’s based on numbers and not results so it doesn’t tell you what the result might be when you play a ball. So, when you play a Tour Response you are playing a great numbers ball that will disappoint you because it is short.

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      Jimmy

      1 year ago

      I don’t understand why this has to be repeated every freaking Wednesday:

      If you want to know more about the performance of each ball, go read the article on the 2021 robot testing.

      Reply

      Tim

      1 year ago

      get the left dot in there!!!!…..no shock Titleist rules the roost……

      Reply

      Chuck

      1 year ago

      Maxfli a surprise but E res were predictable.

      When Costco had the original Kirkland on the market at such a low price , I have always been curious if there were other quality balls on the market at a value price. When Titleist sued the Kirkland ball off the market I was pissed and curious. If Kirkland could do it??.
      Can never find test results for , Gamer , Wilson Velocity, P, . Help a hacker out and let me decide if I want to pay $5 for a ball or $2.

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      Steve S

      1 year ago

      Titleist didn’t sue the Kirkland ball off the market. As was widely reported the Kirkland balls were a one time buy from one supplier(used by Taylormade) and Costco eventually sold out of them. The supplier had excess capacity. The next year they didn’t and Costco went elsewhere. The lawsuits also went now where.

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      James Sayers

      1 year ago

      Will you ever test the Honma TWS and TWX balls?

      Reply

      TommyG

      1 year ago

      I was very surprised to see the Maxfli Tour X get such a high rating in the mygolfspy Ball Lab Testing. For 30+ years I thought Maxfli was the crappy cheap ball and never looked at them. Based on mygolfspy test results, I bought 2 dozen at Golf Galaxy for $30 each and I LOVE this ball. Fabulous Value – highly recommend !

      Reply

      Bill

      1 year ago

      Too bad Srixon Z Star 7 wasn’t in this race.

      Reply

      Micool

      1 year ago

      What is the best ball for Putting ? Forget everything else.. If you were in a putting contest which ball would you be using?

      Reply

      Lori

      1 year ago

      The Wilson Triad or Chrome Soft 2022. Both are the best balanced balls on the market.

      Reply

      Will

      1 year ago

      How did the Bridgestone B X and B XS perform?

      Reply

      MarkM

      1 year ago

      I had been playing either Bridgestone BX or TaylorMade TP5X for years but after reading about the Maxfli Tour X here on MGS last year I tried them out last fall. I found that the Maxfli performs just as well as for my game as the Bridgestone or TM ball .
      At $30/doz (if you buy 2 at once at Dick’s) you can’t beat this ball! Thanks MGS

      Reply

      Herb

      1 year ago

      I’ve been a fan of MGS and the Ball Lab for quite awhile, but based on your ball lab results last year I tried both the Maxfli Tour and TourX balls in play this year and settled on the TourX because of it’s superior performance around the greens/short game. Clearly the best value and performance out there! Also covered me from an MGS Fan to an MGS Disciple!

      Reply

      Conner Mc

      1 year ago

      I can’t see any performance loss from DTC balls personally and I’ve tried them all. Premium balls for half the price, yes please! Currently gaming the SD-02 Seedgolf balls and playing my best golf with them.

      Reply

      Clint

      1 year ago

      Have you run the DTC MG- Senior through the lab?

      Reply

      Bw22

      1 year ago

      Non-conforming…

      Reply

      Kenny B

      1 year ago

      The MGS Ball Test focused on urethane balls. The MG Senior is not urethane and it is also USGA non-conforming. If you have a slow under 80mph swing speed and just want a ball fun for play, the MG Senior is not bad, but there are other conforming balls that are just as long and similarly priced.

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      Sean

      1 year ago

      I’ve been using the Maxfli Tour balls in my indoor simulator for about 8 months. They perform on par with the ProV1s and Vice Pro Plus balls I use as well. My major complaint with them is they are not durable. It isn’t the cover getting scuffed/cut up from iron shots (that seems to happen about the same amount with any urethane ball), it’s that they actually crack and break in half. I don’t have any hard figures about how many shots and what kinds of shots it took to break them, but I’ve broken somewhere between 6-12 balls. Keep in mind that using them in a sim is WAY more stress than they’re ever going to see on course (really hard to lose a ball indoors).

      Anyone else seen this from Maxfli? I’ve used Vice Pro Plus, ProV1, and ProV1 left dash (driver only), and I haven’t broken a single one, and some of those balls have seen probably 2-3X what any of the Maxfli’s saw. The ProV1 left dash has probably seen several hundred driver shots (my swing speed is 110-115ish) .

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      MarkM

      1 year ago

      I’ve only used the Tour X on the course and have actually found the cover durability is as good or better than other balls I’ve played.
      I had that issue with Callaway balls when I was using indoor simulators a lot a couple of years ago

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      Morty

      1 year ago

      I switched to the Tour-X and have had zero issues with the Maxfli golf balls. I can usually get 3 to 5 rounds out of a single golf ball, provided I do not hit a cart path.. My swing speed is 100 – 105. I would be interested to know if anyone else has that type of issue?

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      Tyler Durden

      1 year ago

      It’s the net that damages the balls.

      Reply

      Jimmy

      1 year ago

      I have a similar driver swing speed and also practice with a net in the back yard. I don’t think I’ve cracked a Maxfli yet, but I remember cracking a few Snells back when I played them regularly. I never thought much of it since they were really taking a beating.

      I have seen what I’d call micro-cracks in the Maxflis on the course though. I kinda stopped buying them after I noticed that. I’d rather spend a little more on ProVs and not have to worry about them holding up over the course of a round.

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      Thomas A

      1 year ago

      I’ve cracked Titleist and Callaway balls during my winter simulator league. Balls are getting twice the impact within milliseconds.

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      Rich

      1 year ago

      I still play the Gen 1 Maxfli Tour and find the cover easy to scuff (no cracks). This is most noticeable on the green and yellow colorways. I love the ball’s overall performance, but really question its cover durability. I stocked up on them back when DSG was phasing them out (ie. fire sale) to make room for the Gen 2 models so I’ve got plenty to go through before I make a decision on sticking with the Maxfli Tour or looking at another brand.

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      Chris

      1 year ago

      I’ve been playing the 2021 MAXFLI TOUR all year and haven’t cracked one yet but I’m not hitting them into a net over and over. I probably average loosing about 1 ball a round so don’t usually play more than 18-24 holes with a ball if I’m lucky.. I do play the yellow ones and they scuff a little easier than the white ones but it’s just the finish. I love these balls. I’ll play a Pro V1 if I find them or get them as a gift and also like the Vice Pro (in green) but choose the Maxfli since they less than the Vice when buying two dozen and the greenside spin is just right for me.

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      bob

      1 year ago

      Still not sure how a ball with an Excellent/Good/Average rating can be the best ball overall. Others that are Good in all three categories are several points below despite being ‘Good’ when the overall winner was ‘Average’ in the weight category. That ‘Excellent’ ranking for ‘Compression’ must be very powerful.

      Still very cool to see Maxfli and Wilson outperforming all other balls and rivaling what Titleist can put out there. Maxfli all day!!!

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      Jon Silverberg

      1 year ago

      I agree with you, Bob. It is puzzling that weight consistency apparently counts for less than compression consistency. Why should that be?

      Reply

      Jay

      1 year ago

      Maxfli & Wilson don’t rival Titleist puts out there all day every day. You should look at the differences between cast urethane and injection molded urethane, big difference in quality, but you won’t believe that because price is all that really matters to you.
      When 70% + are playing Maxfli & Wilson on tour each week, then come talk to me, until then, enjoy your low priced fantasy balls

      Reply

      Kevin Seroski

      1 year ago

      I was interested in seeing the results of the Callaway Chrome Soft ball for 2022. Has the ball been tested yet? Thanks,

      Reply

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