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Titleist Tour 90 ball

David S

Does anybody know anything about a Titleist Tour 90 golf ball? Are they balata covered?  Were they the ProV1 predecessor?

Looking through some old golf balls a few days ago, I found an unused Titleist marked Tour 90. Sometime in the early 1990s, when I was playing more golf, I thought I had the skill to hit a "tour" type ball. I bought a box of 90 compression and a box of 100 compression balls. I found out the hard way that I wasn't ready: what balls I didn't lose to a wicked slice--only made worse by a ball that was meant for expert players who could shape their shots--I destroyed with mis-hits, giving the cover a ltttle "smilie face" cut. I have to say though, they were a pure joy to hit: soft as a baby's bottom.

I would love to hear from Titleist directly on this one. It would be quite interesting.

3 Replies

  1. Jerry R

    I'm not Titleist but that sure sounds like the Tour 90 balata it had red numbers the 100 had black numbers, great ball for players.  Not sure but I think the Titleist Professional replaced it.  Great find though.

  2. Ken W

    Playing high school golf, I was lucky to be at a public course where people were very friendly. The repair guy bought and sold the lake balls and I usually had the first look after the divers brought them in. I knew every balata made. Which ones cut easily, spun the most etc. Anything having to do with playability on the course, I figured out. The Tour 90 and Tour 100 balls came before a ball that came out in late '96 or so called the Titleist Professional. The two balls overlapped for a short period with the Tour Balatas eventually phasing out. The Pro Vs succeeded the Professional. 

  3. David S

    Thanks guys. I kind of thought it was a balata ball, but I wasn't sure. Played nine holes on Sunday afternoon, and I almost considered hitting it, just to see what it would do. I decided against it, and will keep it as a "historical" piece.

    Titleist surely has plenty of old golf balls in their archives, but if they're missing a Tour 90, I would be willing to part with it for a couple boxes of Pro V1x's. :)


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