Ball Lab: 2022 Titleist Tour Speed
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Ball Lab: 2022 Titleist Tour Speed

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Ball Lab: 2022 Titleist Tour Speed

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 taking a look at the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

About the Titleist Tour Speed

A closeup of the TPU (injection molded urethane) cover of the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed golf ball as featured in MyGolfSpy Ball Lab.

The Tour Speed is unique among Titleist urethane-covered golf balls. While all things Pro V1 and AVX feature cast urethane covers, the Tour Speed is Titleist’s only injection-molded (TPU) urethane ball. It’s also notable that the Tour Speed is made alongside the Velocity and TruFeel at Ball Plant 2, not at Ball Plant 3 where the premium stuff is made.

The original Tour Speed caused a stir among regular readers of Ball Lab. While the performance is intriguing (we found the Tour Speed to be surprisingly long off the tee), its Ball Lab score, while still within the average range, is the lowest of any Titleist ball tested to date.

Have two years of additional experience and a reformulation of the ball yielded a better product?

Let’s find out.

Titleist Tour Speed Construction

The 2022 Titleist Tour Speed is a three-piece golf ball with a 346-dimple cover. While not as soft as a good bit of the competitive set, it offers high-flight, low-ish spin off the tee that you typically find with softer golf balls. With the higher relative compression, it tends to be a bit faster than those competitors.

Compression

A Titleist Tour Speed golf ball inside a compression gauge.

On our gauge, the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed has an average compression of 82. That puts it between the OnCore Vero X1 and Maxfli Tour and just a couple of ticks firmer than the ionomer-covered Velocity.

Across the market as a whole, it qualifies as a “firm feel” golf ball, though it’s on or even past the edge of being too soft for Tour play.

Diameter and Weight

A Titleist Tour Speed golf ball being weighed on an Ohaus electronic balance.

We’ve never had a Titleist ball exceed the USGA’s maximum allowable weight. That remains true with all of our sample conforming.

None of the balls tested fell below the USGA’s minimum size requirement. However, a single ball in the sample failed to meet our standard for roundness. Accordingly, it was flagged as bad.

Inspection

Centeredness and Concentricity

Concentricity across the sample was generally good but one ball was flagged as bad due to a significant variation in mantle thickness.

Core Consistency

Core consistency and color were consistent throughout the sample. We did observe a bit of regrind that was isolated to Box 2 but it’s nothing of any particular concern.

Cover

No notable cover issues were found.

Titleist Tour Speed – Consistency

In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.

Weight Consistency

  • Weight consistency for the Titleist Tour Speed falls within the average range.
  • Box 3 had just a tick more variability than the rest of the sample.
  • In terms of the market as a whole, we would consider the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed to be of average weight.

Diameter Consistency

  • Diameter consistency for the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed falls within the Good range.
  • The size of the balls falls within the Average range relative to the market as a whole.

Compression Consistency

  • Compression consistency falls within the Average range.
  • A single ball in Box 1 (90 compression) is only just within our allowable range for compression deviation.
  • The compression delta across the entire sample was 10.7 points. That’s reasonable but otherwise unremarkable.

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.

Titleist Tour Speed – 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.

The bottom line is the results suggest that Titleist has improved the quality of the Tour Speed. The new model falls in the mid to high end of the Average range.

The Good

  • Diameter consistency is Good (above Average).
  • Average for compression and weight consistency

The Bad

  • Two bad balls in the sample (one for roundness, one for layer concentricity)
  • While improved, quality is still a step below the Pro V1 and AVX franchises.

At the time of review, the 2022 Titleist Tour Speed gets an overall grade of 79. This falls at the mid to high end of the average range.

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Tony is the Editor of MyGolfSpy where his job is to bring fresh and innovative content to the site. In addition to his editorial responsibilities, he was instrumental in developing MyGolfSpy's data-driven testing methodologies and continues to sift through our data to find the insights that can help improve your game. Tony believes that golfers deserve to know what's real and what's not, and that means MyGolfSpy's equipment coverage must extend beyond the so-called facts as dictated by the same companies that created them. Most of all Tony believes in performance over hype and #PowerToThePlayer.

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      MacInFL

      9 months ago

      I have been playing Tour Speed almost exclusively for a year. In general, I like how it performs. Drives seem at least as long, if not longer, than other balls that I play. It seems to fit my game. Even though I am a low swing speed senior, I particularly like the feel of the ball. It is not quite tour ball compression but firm enough to provide good feedback. Have never been enamored with low compression but do not enjoy playing high compression tour balls (Pro V1x, TP5x, etc.) so the Tour Speed is a good compromise.

      My one complaint, the ball does not seem to be sufficiently durable at this price point and seems to scuff / cut easily. With my lower swing speed, I obviously don’t stress the ball but have balls with abrasions even after what I consider to be clean crisp shots. I usually can get at least one round out of the ball but you will definitely see wear, especially if you are having a day “at the beach”.

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      Buck

      1 year ago

      12 Handicap from Australia, Mid Swing Speed. Play with Pro V’s. Won a box of Tour Speed on a pin shot last year. I had never played them before and my cohorts blasted them as “Bricks”. So they went to the bottom of stack. After reading your ball lab article on their testing I took them out for a run myself. SURPRISE SURPRISE I find the LONGER than the Pro V, They check and hold well when hit into the green from 100 out and have both good spin/check and run when chipping.. I like their feel, off all clubs including the putter. I won thus months Medal with them last weekend!
      They are less expensive than the Pro V range and that is a Bonus! They are now at the top of the stack!

      Reply

      Darren Fishel

      1 year ago

      Please make a page with all the ball lab results in a chart please.

      Reply

      Tony

      1 year ago

      Please consider reviewing Snell MTB Black in 2023

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      Justin

      2 years ago

      I played with the Tour Speed this weekend, it is a very good ball. Extremely long off the tee and a nice feel with the iron. The cover does look different and looks like a Velocity’s cover.

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      Stevegp

      2 years ago

      Tony, thanks again for doing another ball lab test and sharing your results. I appreciate your efforts.
      I like the fact that your ball lab tests are about the quality of manufacture and that golf ball performance is a separate and completely different type of test. They focus on different aspects of a golf ball–and they should–and I think your two-pronged approach to evaluating golf balls is the proper and best way to do it.
      A loose analogy would be like saying that a certain automobile performs superbly on the track or road, but that that is only when it is not repeatedly in the service bay for repair. I WANT to know about the quality of the manufacture.
      Lastly, I would like to see you do a ball lab test on the Bridgestone Tour B X.

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      Bill M

      2 years ago

      Same, Tour BX. I like it’s performance, but given the other Bridgestone scores, lack confidence in it’s consistency. Good analogy with the cars. My BMW was awesome, but only when it worked. An unreliable car is not a good one, despite its performance.

      Titleist is proving a reputation as a top performer with outstanding reliability.

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      Handy

      2 years ago

      I am not impressed with the results. Each variation has a effect on the ball either going straight, distance, along with other things. Just having one ball in a box with the core off center or outer layer being thinner could cause it to hit way off. This could get you thinking you are off and start trying different ways to hit and get yourself screwed up. The ratings of average is to high from this test. I also think you need to narrow down the band for what is average

      Reply

      Scott Moultine

      2 years ago

      How do you know what year a ball is manufactured.?

      Reply

      Mike

      2 years ago

      The side stamp,. Each generation the side stamp is changed slightly, this helps the player identify the generation but it’s also important for USGA conformance verification.

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      Dr Tee

      2 years ago

      “The Proof is in the pudding”–I think these tests and scores are of limited value. Personalized ball fitting out of doors and on the course is the only way to optimize performance for one’s swing, equipment, and swing speed. Then, it is up to the player to decide what price point they are comfortable with. I for one played the prototype of the Tour Speed (EXP-01) then the ’21 and now ’22 versions with great success. Comparable balls for me are the Srixon Z Star (Divide) and Maxfli Tour CG, all at similar price points. For similar or indistinguishable performance (in my hands), I am simply not going to spend $50+ for a ball !

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      I have sold thousands of “like new” condition Pro V’s & other premium balls (yes, they really are “like new”) condition for $17.99 a dozen plus shipping. No clue why anyone would pay $50 a dozen just to have them come in a box.

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      Dana Heberlein

      2 years ago

      What Titlelist Golf Ball works best for my game.

      Reply

      Terry

      2 years ago

      Probably none of them

      Reply

      Steve S

      2 years ago

      Seems like the manufacturers are missing the boat on specs. If you make a ball that sits at the upper limit for weight and the lower limit of diameter you’d have a ball that was the longest..all other design elements being equal.. I think one of the Taylormade balls from a few years ago was in this category.

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      Lou

      2 years ago

      The Tour Speed is an excellent ball based on performance. I tried the Taylor Made Tour Response and found it to be softer and MUCH shorter. In fact, I felt I lost so much distance with the Tour Response that I gave them all away. The Tour Speed is great for me. Putts well, too. A ball can pass every one of Tony’s tests with flying colors, as the Tour Response did, but if it is lacking in performance it doesn’t pass muster. Titleist makes very good products. I’m sticking with them. Snell’s balls have not been updated in several years so they are no longer a factor to me.

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      Samuel Rainey

      2 years ago

      I play only Left Dash

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      austin aiu

      2 years ago

      I would love to see Titleist bring out a ball that had the same overall performance as their old Tour Prestige ball. Just a bit more durable, cover wise. The Tour Prestige was, in my opinion one of their best balls ever.

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      bob

      2 years ago

      Does it seem a bit odd that the overall best score of 97 is achieved with an ‘Average’ for a ranking in the ‘Weight’ category? Sure, the ball has an ‘Excellent’ rating for compression but that ‘Excellent’ is so much better as to offset the ‘Average’? The five balls below #1 are ‘Good’ across the board but at least 4-6 points lower on their scores.

      Seems like too much weight is being given to the ‘Excellent’ and the ‘Average’ (that no other close competitor has in its ratings) is undervalued.

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      Dennis

      2 years ago

      Just curious, is the difference in quality due to the process of making an injection molded urethane ball vs the Titleist Premium Balls.? A 79 is rather low for their standards.

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      Jerry

      2 years ago

      Just curious. How many balls constitute the “sample”? Saying that two balls did not conform takes on a different context if we are talking only a box of 12 or several dozen balls.

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      bob

      2 years ago

      They use 36 balls, 3 boxes for each test. The graphs break down the qualities of each ball represented by a shape (circle, triangle, square) to show which box they came from.

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      bob

      2 years ago

      3 boxes, 36 balls. The square, circle, diamond shapes on the chart shows how each box performed on the compression, diameter, etc.

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      D.A.

      2 years ago

      Senior with a 9 handicap I play this Ball and like it very much. Not a lot of difference from the Tour Soft in my opinion . I will say this about Titleist yellow balls. The color is brighter than the competition. Tks for the update.

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      Brian Bradshaw

      2 years ago

      I’m always trying different balls but always go back to the 2021 srixon xv or zstar. seem to score better and like the feel. Everyone tells me to use pro v1, but I lose distance and never score well. Swing speed around 100,+.

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      Francis

      2 years ago

      I have been playing this ball on and off this summer, and trying to play out the rest of the Tour Speed balls I bought.

      Not a huge fan of this ball for my game. Quite spinny off the tee, so a lot of shots go offline with my driver. I’m comparing this ball to the TaylorMade Tour Response, a similar ball which I’ve also been playing this summer. The TM ball appears much straighter off the tee. Anecdotal evidence, of course.

      On the plus side, the Tour Speed is longer. Both off the tee and with irons. So there’s that.

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      Dave Bishop

      2 years ago

      I would lie to see a he’ad to head comparison between Snell and Oncore hog end balls.

      Reply

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