Previewing the Best New Golf Balls for 2018


With spring around the corner, now is the time to consider your golf equipment for the coming golf season—and that includes golf balls. In the above video, previews what’s new in golf balls from four top manufacturers: Callaway, Titleist, Wilson Staff and Bridgestone.

2018 Golf Ball Offerings By Brand


Callaway has made big changes to the Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X. Graphene is believed to be the strongest material in the world. (It won the Nobel Prize in 2010.) Graphene is in the new Chrome Softs. And it makes them faster. It’s also in the Super Hot, a distance ball at a lower price with some crazy hot colors.


The Pro V1 and Pro V1x are still the flagship of the Titleist line of golf balls. The latest Pro V1 is longer off the driver and still feels great. The Pro V1x flies a little higher while not spinning quite as much. New for 2018 is the Tour Soft, which replaces the NXT line. There’s also the Velocity that is less than $30 per dozen, goes forever and has lots of cool colors.

Wilson Staff

The new Duo Soft is the softest ball on the market. With just a 29 compression for a very soft feel, a shallower dimple pattern and a larger core lead to longer distance. Less spin off the driver helps make Duo Soft very straight, too. It comes in bright colors called Optix.


Bridgestone has an all-new line of tour golf balls. The Tour B line includes the Tour B X, with lower spin, and the Tour B XS, which is softer with more spin. The Tour B RX and Tour B RXS are designed to provide a little more distance for both low- and mid-handicap players, with the Tour B RXS being a little softer for more control around the greens. And, yes, there’s one in Optic Yellow.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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