Nike Precision Distance Power Long Golf Ball Review
Teacher’s Comments: A good value at $16. Better players will probably want a ball that stops more quickly on approach shots.
A few years ago, the idea of a high quality – low priced ball was an oxymoron. Low price meant hard and unresponsive.
Not any more. New technolgy and material science have changed the golf ball landscape. Virtually all of the major ball manufacturers now produce lower priced, high quality golf balls.
The Nike Power Distance line is a good example. Available for under $20 a dozen, the Power Long has decent feel and response.
The Power Long is a two piece ball, with what Nike describes as “oversized Super Flex Core.” This is supposed to offer less sidespin (more accuracy) and higher initial velocity off the clubface (more distance).
I put the Power Long into my rotation of golf balls over the last week, alternating it with the Callaway HX Hot and the TaylorMade TP Red—two other balls I really like and play often. It holds up pretty well against both of those.
With the distance on longer shots, the Power Long is for me indistinguishable from the HX Hot and the TP—although I think that the flight is lower than either of those. For some, that may result in less distance.
On approach shots, it rolls a bit after landing—just like the Hot. With the Hot and the Nike Power Long, I choose my clubs with an eye toward hitting the front of the green and having it bounce forward. With the TP Red, I take aim at the flag, knowing that it will stop quickly.
Accuracy? I don’t seem to hit the Power Long as straight as I do the HX Hot. At this stage, I can pretty much predict that I’m going to miss my target left with the Power Distance (I’m right handed, so that’s a hook). The Hot flies straight as an arrow.
With a compression of 80, the Nike Power Long is harder than the TP Red’s 70. I have been unable to find the official compression rating of the HX Hot, but my impression is that the Power Long is harder.
Of course, that surely has to do with the fact that the TP Red and HX Hot are both three piece balls, while the Nike is a two piece. So the comparison is probably unfair.
The cover of the Nike has a curious feel. I’m not sure that it’s better or worse—its just different. The only way for me to describe it is that it’s more “rubbery”.
The composition of the cover may be why I didn’t like the feel off the putter as much as the Hot or the TP. I was consistently leaving the ball short of the hole.
It also may explain why it dosn’t seem to hold up as well as the HX Hot or the TaylorMade. I can play an HX hot and it looks the same the end of a round as it did in the beginning. The TaylorMades get discolored easily, but don’t suffer any real damage. I seem to be able to scruff the Nike pretty quickly.
But at just $16 a box, you can afford to scruff a few balls. The Power Long is a terrific value—thirty dollars cheaper than the TaylorMade and close to ten cheaper than the HX Hot.
Compared to other two piece balls I have played, I like the Nike more than the TopFlite Xls, the Pinnacles, the Laddie and the Noodle. I did not, however, like it as much as the DT SoLo or the RedMax.