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Best golf balls for playing into the green 2021-2022

Best golf balls for playing into the green 2021-2022

We Continue our new series of golf ball core rankings with the best golf balls for playing into the green 2021-2022. This is a new core article falling under our golf ball reviews category. When we sat down and examined the data collected during our testing we realised that despite green side spin being a continuous metric and point of discussion none of the existing rankings prioritised it. Since we thought it could be of interest to some we decided to put it out there.

Like all of our 2021-2022 golf ball rankings we have introduced a new methodology and basis for our rankings. Now standard deviations are calculated and analyzed as a means of ranking all of our key metrics. In doing so we have removed any tendencies we may have to incorporate personal biases into the rankings. Now more than ever the numbers do the talking. Standard deviations also provide a clear measure of how the ball is performing in relation to others. We have done a similar exercise with this year’s golf bag reviews and found it extremely useful. 

Since manufacturers now are trying to make balls that perform under specific conditions it is also important to understand how it will perform when those conditions are not met. Most of us are not so precise that we can replicate our swing speeds every time we pick up a club. We have also seen through our analysis that there very often is very small differences in actual performance. This is why standard deviations are so helpful. Do you want to pay for a ball that is in the 99th percentile in cost and the 60th in performance?

So, what are we looking for when talking about the bestgolf balls for playing into the green? It is important that we detail the filters that we incorporated into our data set to come up with the short list of best balls. So here they are:

  • Driver statistics were not in consideration for filtering
  • We filtered out below average spin results on both mid iron and wedges (high spin rates preferable)
  • We filtered out below average decent results on both mid iron and wedges (high decent preferable)

Once filtered our current data of approximately 60 balls was reduced to only 4 options. We then included some of our other metrics in our analysis to come up with our top 3 options. Here they are….


Bridgestone Tour B XS

Bridgestone Golf 2022 Tour B XS Golf Balls White

Bridgestone’s Tour B XS is a premium golf ball that has been getting a lot of love from both amateur and professional golfer’s. With names like Woods and DeChambeau fronting the message it is not hard to imagine the popularity. The B XS shows very solid results in its distance numbers but absolutely excels when we start looking at its performance into the green. If you’re a player who looks to get a little more bite on your approach it is a great option for you. It is marketed for high swing speeds and we did hit our apex in many statistics between 105-110 mph but it really did surprise us that even at slower swing speeds it held its own against many other golf balls. 

Our results and remarks:

  • 85th percentile mid iron and wedge spin
  • 79th percentile decent (mid iron)
  • 50th percentile decent (wedge)
  • 70th percentile total yards (avg all tested swing speeds)
  • 73rd percentile ball speeds (mid irons)
  • Higher than average launch (driver)
  • High spin and decent create maximum stopping power

Manufacturers remarks:

  • The NEW TOUR B with REACTIV iQ is THE SMARTER TOUR BALL
  • Proprietary NEW REACTIV iQ is a SMART cover technology that reacts to the force of impact
  • MORE DISTANCE: REACTIV iQ rebounds quickly on tee shots, delivering explosive velocity and increased distance
  • MORE CONTROL: REACTIV iQ stays on the face longer on approach shots, providing more spin and soft feel around the green
  • Dual Dimple technology provides efficient trajectory and reduced drag through enhanced aerodynamics
  • The TOUR B XS with REACTIV iQ delivers increased ball speed for MAXIMUM DISTANCE off the tee and a SOFT FEEL and INCREASED SPIN for CONTROL on approach shots
  • Bridgestone Golf is the #1 BALL FITTER IN GOLF:  The TOUR B XS is ideal for players with swing speeds OVER 105 MPH who want additional spin
  • TIGER WOODS assisted in the development of the NEW TOUR B XS and he plays it in professional competition
Bridgestone Tour B XS
  • The NEW TOUR B with REACTIV iQ is THE SMARTER TOUR BALL
  • Proprietary NEW REACTIV iQ is a SMART cover technology that reacts to the force of impact
  • MORE DISTANCE: REACTIV iQ rebounds quickly on tee shots, delivering explosive velocity and increased distance
  • MORE CONTROL: REACTIV iQ stays on the face longer on approach shots, providing more spin and soft feel around the green
  • Dual Dimple technology provides efficient trajectory and reduced drag through enhanced aerodynamics
  • The TOUR B XS with REACTIV iQ delivers increased ball speed for MAXIMUM DISTANCE off the tee and a SOFT FEEL and INCREASED SPIN for CONTROL on approach shots


Maxfli Tour CG

Maxfli Tour Golf Balls

When you get a ball that performs as well as Maxfli’s Tour CG and saves you better than 30% less than the premium balls on the market it is worth taking notice. The Tour balances respectable distance numbers with top end green side spin, decent and feel. We actually finally made our final decision on the Tour vs Tour X based on the softer feel that will be preferable to many golfers when wedges come out of their bag. Its cast urethane cover provides a little more resilience than many of the other options out there and its center-of-gravity (CG) alignment and marking are if nothing else theoretically interesting. 

Our results and remarks:

  • 85th percentile mid iron and wedge spin
  • 90th percentile decent (mid iron)
  • 70th percentile total yards (avg all tested swing speeds)
  • 73rd percentile ball speeds (mid irons)
  • Consistently above average ball speeds across all swing speeds (driver)
  • High spin and decent create maximum stopping power
  • On the lower side of decent with wedge most likely due to lower launch angles.

Manufacturers remarks:

  • 3-piece urethane construction
  • Reformulated 1.52” core designed for faster ball speeds
  • High modulus Ionomer casing layer increases COR for longer distance
  • Softer cast Urethane cover for added greenside spin and feel
  • Center of gravity balanced for better performance
  • Enhanced alignment aid
Maxfli Tour CG
  • Aligning the ball’s moment of inertia in the correct direction reduces side spin for optimized ball flight
  • Large, soft core construction delivers exceptionally soft feel and response on shots from tee to green
  • Interior ionomer mantle layer reduces spin rates and encourages higher ball speeds for longer carry
  • Premium cast urethane cover formulation maximizes greenside performance without sacrificing feel
  • Aerodynamic 318 dimple pattern creates high surface coverage for consistent, stable flight


OnCore Elixr

OnCore Golf ELIXR Tour Ball (2020) - High Performance Golf Balls - White (One Dozen | 12 Premium Golf Balls) Unmatched Control, Distance, Feel & Performance

OnCore’s ELIXR is another example of just how far the performance of non-traditional golf ball manufacturers have come. The GAP in performance has been drastically reduced over the last years but the difference in prices still remain. There really is a solid argument for casual golfers to drop the thought that they need to spend more to realize better scores.

The ELIXR is a soft feel mid-compression ball. We found in our testing that its optimal results were achieved with swing speeds of around the 85mph mark. There was a significant relative drop off for high swing speeds. But if you are not a big swinger then don’t let that scare you off since it performed top notch for those it was designed for. It hit well above average results in ball speed, peak height and great decent and spin numbers with the mid iron to wedge game.

Our results and remarks:

  • Results based on 85 mph driver speed with relative iron and wedge speeds
  • 70th percentile spin (mid iron)
  • 84th percentile spin (wedge)
  • 84th percentile peak height (mid iron)
  • 84th percentile decent (mid iron)
  • Better than average distance numbers
  • 40% saving potential vs premium priced brands
  • Not for high swing speeds
  • Optimal into green play

Manufacturers remarks:

Driver
  • Low spin and low launch makes the ELIXR great off the Driver.
Feel
  • Responsive feel, softer off the driver but not too soft, and great grip around the greens.
In the wind
  • One of the best balls in the wind, it is less affected, thanks to high MOI design.
Iron
  • Mid-launch point with great spin into the green.
Distance
  • Long off the tee with penetrating ball flight.
Putting
  • Soft pure feel off the putter.
Accuracy
  • Stable in crosswinds and on miss-hits due to perimeter weighted design and high MOI.
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OnCore ELIXR
  • AWARD-WINNING: ELIXR won gold in the Golf Digest 2019 Hot List awards
  • PLAYER PROFILE: Built for the demands of tour players and delivers peak performance for all golfers
  • DRIVERSPIN: Low driver spin and optimal launch angle yield extreme distance and control off the tee
  • IRON SPIN: The desired mid to high spin rates allow for drop and stop performance with the scoring clubs
  • CONTROL: Unparalleled performance in windy conditions and very tight shot dispersion with all clubs
  • COLOR: White - One Dozen