MyGolfSpy, a well-known, well-respected independent golf news and testing service, received quite a bit of positive feedback from its followers about the performance of a new and inexpensive golf ball on the market. So they went shopping – at Costco.
Costco recently entered the golf ball market with the Kirkland Signature Tour Performance golf ball, available in their stores and online. Kirkland Signature is the name given to products sold through Costco that provide unique value for everyday purchases. Costco says, “The working rule followed by Costco buyers is that all Kirkland Signature products must be equal to or better than the national brands, and must offer a savings to our members.” The Kirkland Signature Tour Performance is a USGA-conforming four-piece urethane-cover ball manufactured for Costco by Nassau Golf Co. Ltd of South Korea.
MyGolfSpy put the Kirkland Signature Tour Performance to the test against the number-one golf ball on the market, the Titleist Pro V1. Testers all had comparable handicaps and swing speeds and used the same sand wedges, 6-irons and drivers for the testing. Each tester hit the same number of shots with each ball and club. Ball data was recorded using Trackman 4 golf radar and testing was conducted under expert, unbiased supervision. The results were pretty remarkable.
The Kirkland Signature Tour Performance tested 9 yards longer off the driver with 300 rpm less spin than the Titleist Pro V1. Both balls produced virtually the same distance and spin with the six-iron and virtually the same distance and spin with the wedge.
Perhaps the biggest difference in these two golf balls is their price. Costco sells the Kirkland Signature Tour Performance at $29.99 for a two-dozen package, or about $15 per dozen. The Titleist Pro V1 retails for about $48 per dozen, and can be found on sale as low as $39. It looks like the Kirkland Signature more than delivers on the promise “to be equal or better than the national brands and offer a savings…”
Now, good luck getting your hands on the Kirkland Signature Tour Professional. Since word got out about the test, Costco can’t keep them in stock in their stores or online. Costco promises more are on the way. So if you value performance and price, the Kirkland Signature Tour Performance golf ball may be well worth the wait.