Titleist Tour Soft and Tour Speed Golf Balls

Titleist recently introduced their third generation Tour Soft golf ball and their reformulated Tour Speed golf ball. Both balls were redesigned in response to golfer feedback.

With a new aerodynamic design for longer distance off the tee, the Titleist Tour Soft golf ball also features a large, fast core for a responsive soft feel.


“The Tour Soft golfer prioritizes feel and seeks the softest possible, but they are also looking for all around performance,” said Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “The new Tour Soft has been reengineered for improved performance from tee through green.”

At 1.600”, the Tour Soft retains one of the largest core sizes in the Titleist golf ball portfolio and the same soft compression as the current generation. Such a large core requires an extremely thin cover, and Titleist developed the thin 4CE grafted cover which helps generate reliable greenside spin for short game playability.

The Tour Soft golf ball features a new aerodynamic design – the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design – that delivers optimized ball flight for longer distance.

The reformulated Titleist Tour Speed golf ball produces consistently fast speed, penetrating flight, and exceptional short game control golfers have come to trust and expect from this model. All of this was accomplished while adhering to the rigorous quality and consistency standards of Titleist.

The reformulated core delivers high speed, and a proprietary high flex casing layer, uniquely designed for this golf ball to maintain low long game spin. The reformulated Tour Speed golf ball maintains its proprietary Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) cover – specifically formulated by Titleist Golf Ball R&D chemists – and 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple design, a combination engineered to generate a penetrating, consistent flight, and optimized greenside spin for short game control.


“Just like any of our golf ball products, we are always looking for a dimple pattern that is specific to each model and works best for that design,” said Mike Madson, Senior Director, Research and Engineering. “In the new Tour Soft, we saw an opportunity to improve upon the aerodynamics and improve upon the longer distance players were seeking.”

“Our team developed many designs and went down a myriad of paths from a research standpoint, but it wasn’t until the Tour Speed golf ball when we tested and determined the quadrilateral dipyramid dimple pattern made for a really efficient way to process an injection molded cover. We never planned to put the same pattern on the Tour Soft, and we looked at a multitude of other dimple counts and patterns within the same family that might work better. But when it came to optimized ball flight and total performance, the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid pattern was clearly the best.”

While it may have the same aerodynamic package as reformulated Tour Speed, in comparison, the Tour Soft will fly slightly lower due to the unique construction, primarily the large soft core as compared to the multi-layer Tour Speed.

“The Titleist Performance Urethane cover material is innovative and best in class,” said Mike Madson, Senior Director, Research and Engineering. “We did maintain the 346 quadrilateral dipyramid dimple pattern based on feedback from the Tour Speed golfer who prefers its penetrating mid-flight trajectory and long distance.”



  • Large and fast 1.600” CORE delivers long distance and responsive soft feel.
  • Thin 4CE grafted COVER formulation provides reliable short game control.
  • New 346 quadrilateral dipyramid DIMPLE DESIGN delivers optimized ball flight for longer distance.


  • REFORMULATED, high speed, high compression 1.550” CORE generates fast speed on full swing shots to deliver maximum distance.
  • REFORMULATED, PROPRIETARY high flex CASING layer helps maintain low, long game spin.
  • PROPRIETARY Titleist Performance Urethane (TPU) COVER is engineered to deliver exceptional greenside spin for short game control.
  • 346 quadrilateral dipyramid DIMPLE DESIGN provides a penetrating flight trajectory for long distance.


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report, which launched in 2010.

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