Over the past two years, I’ve played 2 balls far more than any other; The Titlelist Pro V1x and the Nike ONE Vapor Speeds.
With the recent release of the Nike 20XI’s, I knew I had to try these. Along with the 20XI release, there was a significant price drop in the Nike ONE Tour balls, so I picked up a dozen of those, too.
I decided to play 1 round, playing 6 holes with the three Nike Golf Balls; 20XI-X, ONE Tour D and ONE Vapor Speed. I headed to The Links at Penn Hills to go birdie hunting.
I alternated balls for each hole, as (like most), I play better as the round goes on.
I arrived about 30 minutes early so I could spend a bit of time with each ball hitting some chips and putts. Especially since this was my first time with the 20XI’s. I was used to the feel of the Vapor Speeds, so this was really just for the ONE Tour D’s and 20XI’s. All the balls felt great chipping and putting, but it was hard to get a good feel as I was just warming up myself.
OFF THE TEE – DISTANCE, ROLL and BALL FLIGHT
I crush my Vapor Speeds, as I should, but where the Tour D’s and 20XI-X are distance Tour balls, I figured the distance would be pretty similar between the two of them. I prefer the higher ball flight of the Vapor Speeds, but the lower ball flight of the 20XI and ONE Tour D were nice, too. However, I felt like the 20XI-X kept true to it’s trajectory and seemed to be the most pure. I found the ONE Tour D had the most roll off of the tee.
Winner for Roll? ONE Tour D
Winner for Distance? ONE Vapor Speed
Winner for Ball Flight? 20XI-X
APPROACH – DISTANCE, SPIN and BALL FLIGHT
The only complaint I have with the Vapor Speed is that it lacks the spin of of a premium tour ball, that’s why I would alternate the Pro V1x. However, the 20XI-X felt extremley soft and stuck on my approach shots from 150 yards and closer. It was silly. The ONE Tour D was decent, but seemed to have a lower ball flight with my irons, so I give this to the 20XI-X hands down. I like the Ball Flight of the Vapor Speeds, it just doesn’t have the spin. In terms of distance, I felt like the ONE Tour D was about 5 yard longer than each of the other balls, but I prefr
Winner for Spin? 20XI-X
Winner for Distance? ONE Tour D
Winner for Ball Flight? 20XI-X and ONE Vapor Speed
ON AND AROUND THE GREEN – FEEL
I know my Vapor Speed inside and out. I know how to hit it on flop shots, punch shots and any distance putt on the green. With that said, I’ll try and be as unbiased as possible. I can say that the ONE Tour D felt much like the Pro V1x in that it was soft off of the putter face and seems to lack the roll that the Vapor Speeds have. When it came to the 20XI-X’s, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected something close the the ONE Tour D, but it seems to jump off of the face a little more, but not too much. I think it had just the feel that I want..quick, but not too quick off of the face with a great roll and pace.
Around the green, The 20XI-X checked amazingly. The contact and feel felt much like the Vapor Speeds, but with much more sping.
Overall, I really liked the 20XI-X, however can I justify the price? I’m sure I could, but with the ONE Tour D’s on sale as the same price at the Vapor Speeds…it’s hard to say if it’s worth the price jump. The best ball of the three is the 20XI-X, but for the value of Vapor Speeds, and now if you can find the ONE Tour’s on sale, you honestly can’t go wrong with any ball. I’ll play out the rest of my Vapor Speeds and Tour D’s and them I’ll probably pick up some 20XI’s.
Agree/Disagree? Let me know what you think below!