Ball tested: Maxfli Revolution Low Compression
Tested for golfers with average driving distance of: 125 yards or less (carry + roll) / 126 to 195 yards (carry + roll) / 196 to 245 (carry + roll)
Specs: Construction – Two-piece; Cover – Ionomer; Core – Ultra-low compression; Dimples – 392
Some manufacturers do not reveal or emphasize the compression ratings of new golf balls. Some models are now designed and marketed to fit and appeal to a golfers preferences for price, distance, spin, feel and control.
Price as tested (new): $19.99 per dozen
Ball notes: Maxfli, owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, puts most of its marketing muscle behind the brand’s “U-series” golf balls, a urethane-covered lineup featuring the six-piece U/6. In fact, Maxfli’s Revolution models barely merit mention on the company website.
Here’s what we know about these balls: There are four versions in all, subtitled Low Compression, Spin, Distance and Ladies. They’re inexpensive and often on sale at extreme discounts. They feature so-called “dual radius” dimples that are deeper than average and purported to have exceptional wind-shearing capabilities, plus ionomer covers and two-piece construction.
Otherwise, the Maxfli Revolution series was pretty much a mystery to us. So we decided to try them for ourselves, starting with the Low Compression (LC) version.
On the clubface: Low compression balls are designed to feel soft, and this one does. It sticks to the driver face and melts against short irons, with a sweet “thud” off the putter. So far, so good.
Off the tee: Low compression balls serve a second purpose – to deliver high-launch, low-spin ballistics and longer distance for golfers with slower swing speeds. The Maxfli Revolution LC gave us excellent height and carry, with minimal backspin (or sidespin, for that matter). We didn’t gauge it to be any longer than competitor models, but pretty much every ball out there these days generates excellent driver carry and roll.
From the fairway / rough: Not bad. Not best in class, but not bad. Short-iron spin was adequate while trajectory, again, was nice and high throughout the bag. It may not dance like a “tour” model, but the Revolution LC should provide sufficient stopping power for mid- to high-handicap players.
Around the green: We’d give the ball middle-of-the-pack grades in this category – and with recent technological advances, that’s pretty good. Feel and responsiveness on lob shots are the Revolution LC’s short game strong suits, with spin and versatility both decent.
Bottom line: Is Maxfli’s Revolution LC truly revolutionary? Not by a long shot. But it’s a solid performer and a good value at just 20 bucks a box. If you can find them on sale for half that, you’ll be very happy with the investment.
Value/Recreational/Distance – Designed for mid- to high-handicap golfers with swing speeds below 90 mph; typically feature two-piece construction and firm covers; promote greater distance over high spin rates. Examples: Pinnacle Gold, Slazenger RAW Distance
Premium – Designed for low- to mid-handicap golfers with swing speeds of 90-99 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and medium-soft covers; happy medium between Value/Recreational and Tour categories for distance and spin qualities. Examples: Titleist NXT Tour, Callaway HEX Diablo
Tour/Advanced/Performance – Designed for low-handicap and professional golfers with swing speeds in excess of 100 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and soft covers; promote greater spin rates and enhanced feel over distance. Examples: Titleist ProV1, Bridgestone Tour B330