The Nike 20XI-X golf ball is a big improvement on the previous One Black and when we asked Charl Schwartzl which item of Nike equipment had given him the biggest benefit he said this ball.
On the course you can see why as in the wind it was very stable thanks to the new construction with the lighter resin core and 'heavier' outer layers working well together. The X version of the Nike 20XI golf ball is a little firmer on the greens than the S version but it is not clicky in any way.
The sound and feel is lighter which takes some getting used to but the performance is very good on the short stuff. We found the X version spins a little less and is the better of the two in the wind as it does not go as high and also spins a little less on chips which is a good thing as they are easier to run out.
Nike say that the flight of the ball has 100 rpm less spin after the Apex of the flight and therefore that gives more distance and certainly the distance was as good as other premium golf balls.
Speaking of premium, that is where the price will be to take on the Pro V1 and the 20XI X golf ball is certainly in that category.
The durability was not bad, although there were a few scuffs from some aggressive wedge grooves but no worse than any other similar ball.
Overall the 20XI X Nike golf ball is ideal for high swing speed, low to mid handicappers and is well worth a try, especially if you play in windy conditions a lot.
Overall Rating - 5 stars: