X-Out Golf Balls

Many golfers will find a ball on the links or at the store with the brand’s name covered in three “x’s”.

These are X-out golf balls that are unable to be sold with their true name nor at retail price.

This article will explain what goes into making the ball an X-Out and the differences between normal balls and X-outs.

What are X-out golf balls?

X-out golf balls are balls that were created with small mistake in the manufacturing process. They contain a tiny cosmetic imperfection that is usually difficult for the common eye to see.

Golf companies cannot sell the ball as normal so they stamp the ball as an X-out at an extremely discounted price.

Unfortunately for golfers wanting to use an X-out ball in a tournament, they are illegal. X-out balls are not on the USGA and R&A’s list of conforming golf balls, therefore they cannot be used in a competition.

📢 Need To Know: Since X-out balls are not submitted by their companies to the R&A or USGA, they will probably never be legalized.

For practice rounds or golfing with friends, X-out balls can be used.

Benefits of X-out balls

X-out golf balls can be beneficial due to their prices. Instead of purchasing balls at MSRP prices for practice rounds, golfers can purchase x-out balls for much cheaper.

Due to the ball having a tiny cosmetic issue, you probably won’t notice a difference while playing.

One example of a benefit to playing an X-out is playing a Titleist Pro V1 or another top-end golf ball for an entire practice round vs. their brand’s X-out.

By the time you reach a certain hole both balls will have slight wear on them or a “cosmetic imperfection.”

💡 Golfible Tip: If you are a golfer who tends to lose the ball a lot, using them during practice sessions is a good idea.

Are Titleist X-outs good balls?

Titleist is one of the leading golf ball makers in the industry. The company sells Pro V1 X-outs as well as other surlyn golf balls such as their NXT Tour line.

Buying high quality Titleist X-out balls are a great way to maintain a great quality ball in your game with a reasonable price.

📋 Keep in mind: If you want to play a Titleist ball during a tournament, using an x-out for practice rounds will have practically an identical performance.

What are Titleist Pro V1 X-outs?

Pro V1 X-outs are x-out versions of the brand’s highest quality ball: the Pro V1.

Titleist Pro V1’s are some of the most expensive balls on the market thanks to their high spin and long-distance features.

Titleist sells Pro V1 X-outs as X-outs rather than a standard ball due to a tiny “cosmetic blemish” which can include ink imperfections, paint malfunctions, or a stamping registration error.

Pro V1 X-out balls have no performance malfunctions or construction issues when built. This ensures the golfer can rely on the ball’s peak performance and not be disappointed by a build issue.

📋 Keep in mind: Some companies x-out the brand name on the ball but Titleist makes sure to keep the brand name visible and put a small x-out label on the side.


Similar to refurbished golf balls, X-outs are a great way to save money and keep performance high on the course. These balls cannot be used for tournaments but are great balls for practice rounds thanks to their minor cosmetic defects.

Don’t be afraid to share your experiences with X-out golf balls in the comments section.


Do X-out golf balls have the same performance as regular golf balls?

Yes, X-out golf balls have the same performance as regular golf balls. The reason the ball is called an X-out is mostly because of a tiny aesthetic manufacturing error. In any event, recreational golfers will see no difference in the ball’s performance compared to a ‘regular’ golf ball.

What are the Best X Out Golf Balls?

Callaway and Titleist produces the best X-out golf balls. There are almost no recognizable physical defects on these ball and they don’t affect the performance in any way. According to a survey, 99.5% of players can’t even tell the difference between a new ball and Titleist X-Out ball.

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Lawrence Smelser has been part of the Golfible writing staff since 2019 and is a freelance golf journalist. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour including the U.S. Masters with Augusta.com. He holds a journalism Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Learn more about our team at Golfible on our About Us page.

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