First Look: Second Generation Inesis Tour 900 Ball
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First Look: Second Generation Inesis Tour 900 Ball

First Look: Second Generation Inesis Tour 900 Ball

It’s a fair bet prior to the MyGolfSpy 2019 Golf Ball Buyer’s Guide and the advent of MyGolfSpy editor, Tony Covey’s, #finditcutit movement, Inesis wasn’t a household brand name. Hell, it probably wasn’t familiar to anyone in your neighborhood or the surrounding area codes either – at least not in the USA.

Like a plausible majority of readers, you scanned the results of the test, and amongst familiar names like Titleist, Bridgestone, Srixon, and TaylorMade, you stumbled over Inesis Tour 900. You may have paused for a second, muttered something, and kept on reading. Moreover, unless you’re familiar with the European sporting goods retail market or glossed over our introductory article, Inesis is likely a brand without many connotations.

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Beyond the ethos and philosophical underpinnings of the company, arguably the more important realization is that Inesis continues to deliver high-performing products at well below average industry prices, and it’s Tour 900 ball is no exception.

The previous version of the Tour 900 ball entered testing as a complete unknown. It earned a seat in the “Very Good” category alongside the TaylorMade TP5/TP5X, Srixon ZStar XV, Bridgestone Tour B XS, and the Snell MTBX, among others.

That ball was produced by LTC (Launch Technologies Co.), but Inesis has since moved production to Scanna for both its 2-piece and multi-layer 3-piece balls.

Why the move? At LTC, Inesis was a smaller fish in a relatively large pond. At Scanna, it’s a much larger fish in a smaller body of water. With one relationship to manage, as opposed to two, Inesis has more bargaining power and a closer relationship with the factory, which theoretically should yield better quality control and a more consistent product.

WHAT’S NEW?

Though the first-generation Tour 900 received generally positive marks, consumer feedback was clear – Golfers wanted a firmer, more durable ball with more spin/control around the greens. It’s the type of request akin to “healthier food that tastes more like French fries.” So, without adding layers or changing to a cast urethane cover, Inesis made several tweaks to the original design to boost compression by five points (85 to 90), which Inesis says also increased wedge spin. A new coating and paint formula gives the new Tour 900 a “whiter” appearance providing a cleaner background for a thinner, more modern logo.

The updated Tour 900 is still a boilerplate 3-piece construction with a rubber (polybutadiene) core, Surlyn mantle, and TPU cover. The design gives some insight into Inesis’ conservative, consumer-centric philosophy, which places performance ahead of profits. Unless you’re Titleist, Bridgestone, or Srixon and have complete control over every step of the ball design-to-delivery process, it’s tough to get a cast urethane, 4-piece construction consistently right.

And while Inesis isn’t making any grand claims or putting itself out there as the foremost (see what I did there?) ball engineering company, Inesis Art Director Guillaume Nguyen states, “Golf ball manufacturing can be hard and simple at the same time. The industrial process itself is well known by every brand and supplier, but knowing exactly how to fine-tune all the characteristics of a ball is an art. Every change alters another one. You change your softness; it alters your spin, COR, etc.”

 

This is precisely why it’s imperative smaller brands, which contract with third-party manufacturers, have the infrastructure and relationships to design and test products thoroughly before coming to market. Inesis belives Scanna is a more than capable production partner, and because it’s part of mega-retailer, Decathlon, Inesis has access to robot and human testing on par with some major OEMs.

That said, whether or not a product offers any meaningful performance innovation is ultimately decided by the consumer. So, would you give the Inesis Tour 900 a try?

PRICING/DETAILS

The Inesis Tour 900 ball is currently available at a retail price of $29.99.

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      Greg P

      3 years ago

      I stock up on my Prov’s. During their 4 for 3 Loyalty sale each spring. Net price is $35/doz US. I find value in that I know what I am getting. Performance and quality. Not worth messing around to save half a dollar a ball.

      Reply

      Evan Twain

      3 years ago

      Have been using the Inesis premium ball for a few years now, ever since the very first iteration, back then called the TD Tour.

      This latest version is simply second to none. It just goes to show that you don’t need PGA Tour endorsements to produce a successful golf ball. And also takes the pressure directlyto the mainstrem brands.

      That expains why TM and Titleist have launched their “budget version” premium balls, namely the Tour Response and Tour Speed, respectively

      The Direct to Consumer business model (aka The New Kids on the Block) has permanently revolutionized the market…….Long live the D-t-C model!!!

      Reply

      Neil

      4 years ago

      Will you test the old Inesis 900 versus the new version using the same protocols for the major 2019 ball test?

      Reply

      Warren

      4 years ago

      YES

      Reply

      Robert Wilks

      4 years ago

      Recently, a member of my foursome found and played a silver Chromax.

      I was utterly amazed at how easy it was to track in the air. Once on the ground, it still stood out like no other ball that I have ever seen before..

      One of those neon yellow Callaways couldn’t began to compare with it visibility-wise. I’d like to know how a Chromax compares performance-wise

      BTW, most of us out here in RealVille are still playing 2- and 3-piece balls despite MyGoolfSpy’s recent test finding about 4- and 5-piece balls. We’re just not ready to jump on the pricey-ball bandwagon.

      So, MyGolfSpy, next year, how about adding 2- and 3-piece balls to your test plans, Once we see the numbers, we just might be ready to buy-in to your pronouncement that it is time for us to step up to better balls.

      Reply

      Johnny Two Times

      4 years ago

      I agree proof is in the pudding

      Reply

      Steven Seligman

      4 years ago

      Stats: 95 MPH driver 16 handicap working hard to get to 10, started sesion @ 21

      I did the as the original article suggested and play several rounds with several different brands and models of balls. i ended up with the AVX from Titleist which you guys did not test. Found it to go farther by about 10 yards than TourBX & ProV1, choices 2 & 3, but far more important, noticeably straighter for me off the T. Iron shots feel softer for me as well with AVX. Around the green toss up between Bridgestone and AVX, Prov1 was to “clicky” for me..

      Bottom line would be interested in seeing how AVX stacks up in all this.

      Reply

      MIKE

      4 years ago

      Callaway has to be PISSED at the results of your testing, heard any feedback from them?

      Reply

      Trapsized

      4 years ago

      Between woods and irons I found that the Maxfli Tour has given me about 10 – 15 yards between woods and irons over Volvik. Plays really well around the green too. At $25 dz. it’s a great ball for a bogie golfer.

      Reply

      Clayton Carter

      4 years ago

      I would like to try a sleeve before I buy.

      Reply

      Warren

      4 years ago

      Agree

      Reply

      Terry

      4 years ago

      I have to laugh when I read MyGolfSpy. The guys do a real good job at telling the truth and getting the industry to focus on us, the consumer with honesty. Here is why I laugh, the ball test says find a ball, stay with a ball. Find one that fits and stick with it. So I have boxes of Bridgestone and Srixon and Snell and Kirkland golf balls in the garage trying to find “the one”. Then comes an article that says “have you tried this?” So do I buy Inesis Tour 900 and add them to the stack? I can’t keep up and I can’t stop being curious. If there is one thing I like as much as hitting golf balls is finding a reason to buy something related to golf. MGS, you guys are not helping me overcome this addiction.

      Reply

      Richard

      4 years ago

      As I have posted before Decathlon are a great company with deals across the store, no reason why their golf balls do not compare, they have to be competitive if they are going to sell and product is their by word.

      Reply

      JW

      4 years ago

      I have been using the Srixon QStar Tour for a while now and they perform very well, on sale they are not expensive at $24 (€22) a dozen. With the Inesis 900 tour they are still at $34 (€30).
      Maybe there is some distance gain, or more spin with wedges.. Might change my scores with -0.5 or -1?

      Reply

      Racinecarree

      4 years ago

      Hi Guy s, I’ve been playing Tour 900 for several months, since the first test you’ve made on all these good balls. For 45€ the two dozen. And I enjoy them. However, I’ve command to my pro some dozen of ProV1 at a good Price … better choice for my swing speed ?. GOOD JOB of Mygolf Spy ???

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      shortside

      4 years ago

      I was considering giving them a whirl. But given the ease of picking the Maxfli Tours I’ve been sticking with them. Recent online sales at $19.99 a dozen with store pick up gets a thumbs up too.

      Planning on stocking up for next season when the holiday sale comes.

      Reply

      Tom DiSimone

      4 years ago

      I am 71 years old and cannot compress a 90 rated golf ball. I use Callaway Superhot or Supersoft or Bridgestone e12s or the new Srixon Super Soft golf balls or anything else that promises better performance for my lame driver swing. Please let me know when you test all of the “soft” balls.

      Reply

      PG

      4 years ago

      Just looked this up in Australia. $59 per dozen. As usual we get ripped Down Under! I’d try them but can get other well regarded balls at a more competitive price.

      Reply

      MH

      4 years ago

      So how do you tell the second generation from the first (by looking, not hitting)? I really like(d) the first generation.

      Reply

      Przemek

      4 years ago

      From my observations: putting aiming line is shorter and has a dash before Tour inscription, ball seems to be whiter than the previous generation, dimples’ edges are slightly sharper, you will feel edges (previous gen. dimples’ edges were more rounded)

      Reply

      Brian Pickton

      4 years ago

      No, I won’t try them. Thanks to MGS I tested the top tier balls from the test, and with my low swing speed switched from Callaway Chrome Soft to Bridgestone Tour BX. I have purchased them on sale at around $36 Canadian and have been very pleased with the performance, especially off the tee and fairways.. With putting I find I am getting very consistent distance control (ok, my green reading needs work) . Why would I settle for a ball that can’t match the metrics from the MGS ball test? I got nothing…

      Reply

      Art

      4 years ago

      +1, Brian. Why would we? Less than premium balls, at a price that premium balls can be had?? I just found a short-lived deal on the BX for $28. And it isn’t +/- 20 yards off line like some balls in the MGS test.

      Reply

      ClutchNJ

      4 years ago

      Do they have any other resellers other than Decathlon… I bought the Inesis shoes from them and lets just say it was quite the adventure… Didn’t show up, seems like they only have “chat” based support… Was told they would look into issue eventually came back and said they found the issue… place another order….

      Reply

      ClutchNJ

      4 years ago

      I tried their shoes so why not try their ball

      Reply

      William

      4 years ago

      I really liked the golf ball test report very informative. I received an email from Dick’s, one day sale $19.98 for a dozen MaxFli Tour. I gave them a try and I have been very impressed with them. Great distance and really holds the green when they land. Golf Galaxy just had an online sale $19.98 I bought another dozen. Definitely worth a try at that price.

      Reply

      Franz

      4 years ago

      That’s my ball of choice. I liked the first version but indeed it was a tad on the soft side for me. I’m very happy with the second version, which launches a bit lower, spins a bit more (green-side) and feels a bit more consistent in the club face.
      As for the price, in France there is a permanent “sale” if you buy these ball in a Decathlon shop, and if you buy one 12 piece box, the second one is half price. So they end up at 22.5 per dozen, truly unbeatable since the ball itself compares positively with the ProV1x and TP5x which are waaaay more expensive. And we are talking real new balls produced this very year, not clearance items that may date from 3 or 4 years ago and have spent that time in a warehouse with massive temperature changes…

      Reply

      JOEL K GOODMAN

      4 years ago

      FOR 90+% OF GOFERS ANY BALL WILL DO JUST FINE. THEY CANNOT GET THE MAXIMUM DISTANCE IF THEY STOOD ON THEIR HEADS. ANY BALL THAT IS ROUND WORKS JUST FINE FOR 99% OF THE GOLFERS IN THE WORLD. ALL THE AD HYPE IS JUST B.S. TO SELL A BALL THAT DOES NOT MAKE JOE JERKOFF PLAY BETTER.

      Reply

      ClutchNJ

      4 years ago

      You know he’s right because he said it in ALL CAPS…

      Reply

      paul

      4 years ago

      I like you Joel, you tell it as it is.

      But I have never met Joe Jerkoff. Is he in our 4’some?

      Please advise.

      Chris Nickel

      4 years ago

      Joel – This is a patently false statement and is akin to suggesting any tire, so long as it is round and rubber will work perfectly fine on 99% of cars.

      There is some merit in that advertising can often be over-hyped and fueled by BS – but any player with a properly fit ball has an infinitely better chance to experience consistently better results – Jerkoff family members included.

      Reply

      JC

      4 years ago

      I have to agree with Chris on this., sorry (Mr) Jerkoff. And as for using all caps to get your message across, maybe (Mr) Jerkoff should explore his inner anger management issues (oh except if CAPS Lock was left on by mistake, I mean of course).

      Robert D. Herpst

      4 years ago

      I tend to buy what used to be called X outs but are now practice balls.. Got Chrome Softs 2017 version on MG Golf’s site for $19.99 and these are not X outs. . You can always get Pro Vi x outs. I would really be interested in a test comparing x out ( practice ball) performance vs first quality same brand

      Reply

      Ray M

      4 years ago

      I played the MTB-X this year and it’s been a great golf ball for me. It’s staying in the bag for next year. Good distance and good spin around the green. Love me some Snell Golf!

      Reply

      Joel

      4 years ago

      I feel like I would try this ball but since I have to order online that $29.99 USD price point is closer to $40.00 Canadian plus shipping unless I spend $5000 to get the free shipping. So for that price i could go to my local store and get some Srixon Zstar.

      Reply

      Emery

      4 years ago

      2017 TM TP5 7 TP5X are inexpensive as “close-out” balls and no reason to spend $30+.

      Reply

      Przemek

      4 years ago

      My ball of choice thanks to a great feel of the putter and spin. Not too high launch, which I prefer plus the price allowing to play it on a daily basis, not only amateur tournaments. Until your article I wasn’t even aware of a new generation introduction (even though I saw some small cosmetics changes and whiter cover), too modest of Inesis from the marketing persoective

      Reply

      Alex

      4 years ago

      I tried the 1st gen Tour 900 after seeing the MGS test results. Was particularly curious based on smaller dispersion area. My on-course results were decent; however, I was disappointed that every ball out of the box had a cover defect at injection points. Hopefully, by moving to a smaller facility, the QC standards will go up.

      Reply

      TenBuck

      4 years ago

      At $30 a dozen, there are plenty of balls that I can get that are just as good maybe even better because they are proven. Bottom line IT’S A BALL, it’s not going to give me a better swing or something more magical than another ball. Plus I don’t want to go looking for something on the net when I can find what I’m looking for with just a few clicks.

      Reply

      Jerry

      4 years ago

      After reading you golf ball tests, I tried Srixon QStar Tour and have been very satisfied. At $26/doz they’re very affordable. Love the ProV 1’s, but hate the price.

      Reply

      Randy

      4 years ago

      I have been testing the Q Star Tour the last few rounds. The results have been great for this “moderate swing” 58 year old player. Plenty of distance and green-side control.

      Reply

      Paul

      4 years ago

      What about the MG Tour C 4 ball that sells for $19.99 per dozen? This is the best ball on the market, bar none. Bring your price down to $19.99, and then I would try your product. At $29.99 per dozen, you are not even in the market place. Get real.

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      4 years ago

      http://mygolfspy.com/most-wanted-golf-ball/

      That ball was rated a “Good” performer. We found significant spin inconsistencies with this ball during testing.

      Reply

      Steve

      4 years ago

      I’ve used the MG C4 Tour ball for several years and believe it gives you the same performance of the higher end balls. This ball needs to be in the “very good” rating.

      Reply

      Graham kofoed

      4 years ago

      Yes l would give them a try….

      Reply

      DW

      4 years ago

      You can get Bridgestone Tour B X on Amazon for $29.00 right now. It’s a great ball which was rated excellent by MyGolfSpy. I’m stocking up.

      Reply

      FBNG

      4 years ago

      Might try, however after reading test results; I tried Maxfli Tour and now generally play (all competive rounds) Maxfli Tour X, priced at $25 a dozen if buy two and free personalization and shipping from Golf Galaxy or Dicks. Continue to test others. Played Taylor Made Tour Preferred and Project A, Kirkland 3 piece, and prior generations Bridgestone E6. Have a test pack of Snell MTB’s. that I will try. Never satisfied with putting with ProV1’s or any Callaway..

      Reply

      Berniez40

      4 years ago

      I am interested, but remain somewhat skeptical after the great Kirkland Signature Series Debacle, I just want to find a ball that is locally available with consistent performance at a decent price. Except for having to mail order them, the Inesis meets most of those requirenmments. Should, however, Decathlon put the current series on clearance blow out., the price factor could then easily outweigh the local sourcing factor.

      Reply

      Chris Nickel

      4 years ago

      DC – As you suggest, you can always find deals on balls, particularly at the beginning/end of the sales cycle. If you can get a ball which is typically $40+/doz on a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” deal, then you’re closer to the $30/doz of Inesis, Snell, etc.

      That said, the Tour 900 and Srixon ZStar XV were both rated as “Very Good” so, in point of fact, there isn’t any significant difference in performance between the two balls. Also as a point of clarification, we tested the 1st generation Tour 900, not the 2nd generation ball. Thanks for the read!

      Reply

      DC

      4 years ago

      Personally, at $29.99 I wouldn’t purchase these. Especially after reading the MGS ball test, I’ve decided to switch to Srixon.

      You can consistently find buy 3 get 1 deals which bring the ZStar (XV) to $30/dz (on golf balls.com you can even get them personalized for free) with that being the case I don’t think it makes sense to spend the same for a gamble that the QC isn’t there and the performance wasn’t rated as well, by you guys.

      I was interested at first by the Inesis due to the “value” title. Maybe if they could bulk buy and price it around MTBX it might be able to win some hands over in the USA

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      Funkaholic

      4 years ago

      I have been buying last gen ZStar XV for $27.99.

      Reply

      Jim

      4 years ago

      In my country the Inesis Tour is by far the best deal.
      Retail for $26 compared to $55 for Pro V1s and Tour Bs, $50 for Z Stars and $40 for MTBs.

      Absolute steal with almost no difference in performance. I am excited for the updated version.

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