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Product Review: New 2013 Nike 20XI and 20XI-X Golf Balls

I received the Nike 20XI and 20XI from Nike to test and review and was nothing but impressed with both golf balls. So impressed I will be giving a sleeve of either of your choice. Please feel free to use the Sign up Form below and a random drawing will happen January 1st to select a winner. Giving you the opportunity to win a sleeve of your choice of the 20XI or the 20XI-X before all your friends on February 1st!

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Bomber Rating 8/10

The new Nike 20XI after playing a handful of rounds with the ball will give any golfer the distance they need off the tee to give you shorter approach shots into every green on the course. This ball feels great especially when hitting a solid drive off the sweet spot. However if you really want to bomb your drives I would suggest looking into the Nike 20XI-X that is similar to the Titleist Pro Vi X. Almost every drive I hit with the new 20XI was over 300 yards. I would give the overall Bomber Rating of the 20XI a 8/10.

Approach Rating 10/10

The 20XI really steps up its game from the approach shot and everything in and around the green. The feeling when hitting the 20XI into any green you know it’s deadly accurate with more than enough spin to checkup and stop on a dime. Going between a Titleist Pro V1 and 20XI I would take the 20XI over it any day. I would give the overall Approach Rating of the 20XI a 10/10.

Spin Rating 10/10

This is where the 20XI really shines when you want to hit down and spin the hell out of this ball. Every time you strike this ball you just have a feeling of confidence that it’s going to be deadly accurate and stop on a dime. If you really want to have fun with this ball its all about getting this gem to backspin all over the green. When I really started hitting down on the 20XI I was able to back it up 30+ feet right off the green. I would give the overall Spin Rating of the 20XI a 10/10.

Feel Rating 10/10

The feeling of the 20XI around the green is like nothing else. Pitches and chips around the green does exactly what you want from even the worst lies. The ball when putting is super soft with excellent distance control. I would give the overall Feel Rating of the 20XI a 10/10.

Overall Summary and Grade 38/40

If you are looking at purchasing a Titleist Pro V1 and have never given the Nike 20XI a chance, I believe you should at least give it a shot. I am really impressed with how Nike has stepped up to the plate with all the other golf companies by producing some of the best products in such a short time.

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Bomber Rating 10/10

I believe the 20XI-X could be one of the longest balls on the market. I have always preferred the Titleist Pro V1 X and this could be getting replaced by the Nike in the bag this season. This ball feels like it explodes off the face and goes for miles. I hit a handful of 330+ yard drives with this ball even a 347 yard ball on rain soaked fairways. The flight of this ball is high and straight with the ultimate bomber qualities you want to out drive everyone in your group. I give the overall Bomber Rating of this ball a 10/10.

Approach Rating 9/10

The approach shots with the 20XI-X isn’t as good as the 20XI but still overall solid ball when trying to hit and keep it close. Ball flight is high and straight that checks up quick on the greens. I give the overall Approach Rating of 9/10.

Spin Rating 9/10

The 20XI-X can put on the breaks and come back quick. It’s not as great as the 20XI for maximum spin but will easily do the job. I was having a lot of fun with this ball just like the 20XI but if you are looking for the best spin ball on the market I say go 20XI instead of the 20XI-X. You will have almost the exact same amount of control with the RZN core and mantle but would give the Spin Rating of the 20XI-X a 9/10.

Feel Rating 10/10

This ball around the green will give you all the response and preciseness you look for around the greens. It feels great off the wedge and putter and long story short I will give this ball a Feel Rating of 10/10.

Overall Summary and Grade 38/40

Out of the 20XI and 20XI-X I prefer the 20XI-X for the maximum distance and comparability to the Titleist Pro V1 X. Both are real winners and I believe whatever you choose that you will have a great experience. So please go check them both out for yourself at the local Nike Golf dealer February 1st when they hit the market.

Official Nike Press Release Below:

Nike Golf Adds More RZN to the New 20XI Golf Ball

-More RZN results in a faster and more responsive golf ball –

BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 3, 2013) – Nike Golf made a bold statement when it first introduced a new innovation in its premium 20XI golf balls called RZN.  The new proprietary RZN technology resulted in a lighter, faster and more responsive core that is engineered to produce longer distance and more controlled shots.

Nike Golf has taken this technology a step further by adding more RZN to its new 20XI ball, available on February 1st. With more RZN material added to the core and mantle of the golf ball, Nike Golf engineers have created an even faster engine for ultimate tour performance.

This larger, softer RZN core improves feel off all shots while maintaining driver distance. The added RZN mantel produces longer shots off irons while providing a softer short game feel. This combination of core size and mantle translates into two times more RZN material than the previous generation 20XI.

“The added RZN mantle provides faster speed off irons and, therefore, more distance,” said Rock Ishii, Nike Golf’s Product Development Director for golf balls.  “Not only did we increase speed with 20XI, but we added softness for improved feel around the greens, creating a balanced tour model golf ball.”

RZN technology accomplishes two critical performance components to maximize benefits from a golf ball: More distance off the tee and a more stable ball flight (especially in crosswinds).

Faster Ball Speed Equals Longer Distance
•    Advancement in proprietary RZN chemistry delivers faster ball speed.
•    Internal tests with Nike Golf tour athletes have shown an average of 2-3 mph increase in ball speed.
•    Every 1 mph increase equates to 2-3 yards carry distance.

Highest Levels of MOI Provides More Consistent, Stable Ball Flight
•    Lighter core and heavier outer layers result in perimeter weighting.
•    High MOI assists in reducing driver spin and maintains spin beyond apex to maintain carry and control.
•    20XI has the highest levels of MOI in a golf ball to date.

The 20XI will be available in two versions, the 20XI and the 20XI X.  While both balls deliver faster speed and high levels of MOI, the 20XI ball is designed to improved feel and enhanced short game control. 20XI X delivers maximum distance, improved feel and reduced spin for greater accuracy off the tee, making it the longest tour model Nike Golf has ever created.

Availability:  February 1, 2013
MSRP:  $58.00
Street Price:  $45.99

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