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PXG Xtreme golf ball review

PXG Xtreme golf ball review

What’s new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Tom Irwin brings you the low down on the new PXG Xtreme golf ball

 

The PXG Xtreme golf ball is a brand new addition to the PXG line-up. So how does it perform? Find out in our 2023 PXG Xtreme golf ball review.

PXG Xtreme golf ball review: NCG Summary

PXG Xtreme golf ball review
4.5 star review
NCG SUMMARY

The PXG golf ball is a great all-rounder and worthy of its place in the ‘premium’ market. There is quite a hard sound and feel that comes as part of the package and make take some getting used to for certain players.

As with other PXG products it has quite striking looks. It is very bright white, like extremely bright, and the branding is typically stark.

The dimple pattern appears quite pronounced but this becomes something the eye gets used to quite quickly

PROS

  • Very white!
  • Comparable distance with other premium balls
  • Comparable spin rates and consistency with other premium balls on mid iron and pitching tests

CONS

  • Felt like it scuffed quite easily
  • Not as soft around the greens as some

First Impressions

PXG branding treads a fine line and this golf ball packaging is no different. Even down to the model name Xtreme, it is very sure of itself. The black, white and red box is bold and leaves you in doubt that PXG are taking their foray into the premium golf ball market seriously. I would I say I am relatively opened minded about choice of golf ball, having played a Titleist Pro V1 for a number of years, so I was very interested to see how this newcomer would perform.

pxg xtreme golf ball

NCG Review

This is a 3 piece ball with a urethane cover so there is a lot of similarity with other premium balls in terms of construction. Despite this, the ball definitely has a different aesthetic, acoustic and feel. It is super white, like really bright and this takes some getting used to, but should definitely be easy to spot. It is certainly different to the duller balls I am used to. So is the sound.

I started with chip shots; you can hear the ball of the face, and it feels somewhat hard. Despite this, it was comfortable to chip with, and I was not getting anything jumpy either with a bump and run or a more lofted pitch. I actually really liked it to putt with, I sometimes find a softer feel too ‘gluey’ so I liked that the cover here was coming off the putter face properly each time.

wedge data

I think I have a problem with spin. Each fitting I go to we work on options that are aimed at increasing spin. So whilst these numbers are on the low side they are certainly not abnormal for me. I was pleased to see some numbers in the high 5000s and a very good level of consistency. With the additional club head speed (more than a chip) the hardness I felt from the cover was much less obvious. I enjoyed pitching with the PXG.

iron data

On test day, we moved from pitching to 7 irons. I felt I was swinging well and quickly for me. The PXG Xtreme ball produced numbers that were close to ideal with spin numbers consistently in the mid-6000s. Even allowing for variable swing speeds and strikes, this was leading to some really consistent carry numbers, with only 8 yards between my longest and shortest carries.

driver data

As I have written elsewhere, I struggled with driver on golf ball test day. A lot of shots were going left. Despite this I was once again please with spin numbers in the high 2000s and I was pleased with the carry distances given my low launch angle on the day. The PXG does seem to help a low-spinning player.

In summary, the PXG golf ball is a great all-rounder and worthy of its place in the ‘premium’ market.

PXG Xtreme golf ball review: The Details

Available: Now

Colours: White

RRP: £44.99 per dozen

How do we test golf balls?

At National Club Golfer, we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.

We headed to Woodhall Spa Golf Club to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. We tested each golf ball on the putting surface and around the greens before collecting data on 50-yard pitch shots, with a 7-iron and with a driver.

What to consider when buying a new golf ball?

Feel

Golf ball feel is a personal preference. Different balls on the market will feel softer or firmer depending on their compression and structure. It is crucial to test balls when putting, chipping and hitting long game shots to check you like the performance across all areas.

Distance

How far you want to hit the golf ball is a crucial consideration when picking a brand and model. Getting the right compression relative to your swing speed and strike will help you get the maximum distance out of a golf ball. You also need to consider if getting maximum distance is important to you or if you would rather give up some yardage to gain in other areas.

Spin

Generally, lower handicappers are looking for a ball that spins more so they can get more control around the greens. In this case, getting a ball with a urethane cover is really important as it will give you the most spin and control.

Price

Not everyone wants to spend £50 a dozen on golf balls. When picking the right golf ball for you, you should consider how much you want to spend relative to what performance you want.

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Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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