Ball Lab: 2022 Titleist Tour Soft Review


MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of golf balls. Today, we’re reviewing the 2022 Titleist Tour Soft. To learn more about our test process, click here.

About the Titleist Tour Soft

a box of 2022 Titleist Tour Soft golf balls

The Titleist Tour Soft fits in what’s generally referred to as the “premium ionomer” category. With prices typically between $30-$35, it’s a category that exists by and large for preference-driven golfers. Most often, we’re talking about golfers who want soft feel and don’t want to spend a premium price but still want a name-brand product.

Titleist Tour Soft Construction

The Titleist Tour Soft is two-piece ionomer-covered ball with 346 dimples.

The Tour Soft is manufactured at Titleist’s Ball Plant 2 (urethane balls are produced in Ball Plant 3).

Compression

the 2022 Titleist Tour Soft golf ball being measured in the MyGolfSpy Ball Lab compression gauge

On our gauge, the Titleist Tour Soft has an average compression of 67. That’s all of one point softer than the prior generation, which suggests compression targets didn’t change from one generation to the next. The Tour Soft qualifies as medium firmness across the market as a whole. What’s likely most relevant is that it’s a bit softer than most “soft” urethane offerings but considerably firmer than the softest ionomer offerings.

Diameter and Weight

A Titleist tour soft golf ball being weighed

Somewhat surprisingly given Titleist’s track record of quality, three of the balls in our sample did not meet our standard for roundness. Those balls were flagged as Bad.

As ionomer balls tend to run a bit larger than urethane models, as expected, all of the sample conformed to the USGA’s size rules.

Titleist generally doesn’t aggressively push the USGA rules so it’s also not a surprise that all of the sample was safely under the USGA weight limit.

Inspection

Centeredness and Concentricity

We found no notable layer concentricity issues with any of the balls in our sample.

Core Consistency

The core of a 2022 Titleist Tour Soft golf ball

Core color was generally consistent across the entire sample with no unexpected bits in the mixture.

Cover

As is typical with most of the balls we test, we found no notable cover defects across our Titleist Tour Soft sample.

Titleist Tour Soft – Consistency

In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Titleist Tour Soft. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.

a consistency chart for the 2022 TItleist Tour Soft golf ball

Weight Consistency

  • At the time of testing, weight consistency for the Tour Soft fell within the Average range.
  • Box 2 was ever so slightly heavier on average but was otherwise variation was unremarkable.

Diameter Consistency

  • Despite three balls that weren’t round (one per box), diameter consistency for the 2022 Titleist Tour Soft falls within the high end of the Average range.

Compression Consistency

  • Compression consistency falls within the Average range.
  • Box 1 was a bit softer on average than Boxes 2 and 3

True Price

True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It’s a projection of what you’d have to spend to ensure you get 12 good balls.

The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.

Summary

To learn more about our test process, how we define “Bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

While we don’t love finding bad balls, identifying three in the sample falls within the “average” range. While that’s a bit below our expectations for Titleist, it is still solidly average relative to the market as a whole.

The Good

  • Average to slightly above average across our consistency metrics
  • No layer defects

The Bad

  • Three less-than-round balls are not what we expect from Titleist.

At the time of review, the 2022 Titleist Tour Soft receives a Ball Lab score of 74. That’s one point better than the database average (73) at the time of testing.

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