Titleist Tour Soft Ball Review

Our verdict on the Tour Soft ball from Titleist

2020 Titleist Tour Soft Ball Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

If you want a soft-feeling ball that performs in every area of the game and won’t break the bank, the Tour Soft is unquestionably one of the stand-out choices in a competitive market.

Reasons to buy
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    Slight increase in long-game distance over predecessor will be welcomed by all. The new T-shape sidestamp helps with alignment on the green and off the tee.

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn't offer the short-game spin of Pro V1 and perhaps of competitor product at a similar price point.

Titleist Tour Soft Ball Review

Key technology - The largest ever Titleist core and resulting thinner 4CE grafted cover producing longer distance and increased short game spin versus the prior generation. - An updated spherically-tiled 342 cuboctahedron dimple design provides a more penetrating ball flight. - The new “T” sidestamp provides golfers with easier alignment on the tee or green. It is available in white and high-optic yellow. Read more about the technology here.

GM Verdict

The Tour Soft has always been an excellent all-rounder that offers soft feel at a lower price point.

Our testing of the 2020 version has shown that it is a little bit faster off the tee than its predecessor, possibly because of the larger core and thinner cover, translating into extra carry distance. Admittedly it was by less than a handful of yards, but nevertheless there are gains to be had by switching.

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Strike a shot out of the middle with Tour Soft and you are rewarded with a strong, stable flight with impressive hang time, even in windy conditions.

Despite still not possessing a urethane cover, we felt like it also gave us a little more touch more control around the greens with the wedges too while maintaining that soft feel many golfers enjoy. It doesn’t grab as much as the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, but the gap between them in terms of short game performance looks to have narrowed somewhat.

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We also really like the new sidestamp design, with the T-shape provide an effective visual to line up your putter’s sightline and clubface to help return it square at impact more consistently.

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We found it to be especially effective on those nervy putts from 3-6 feet but also off the tee as well. It’s ideal if you struggle to commit to your start line or struggle with your aim with the driver.

The brighter finish versus the Pro V1 models makes the Tour Soft stand out visually over the ball, helping with strike and confidence.

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x