Snell MTB Golf Balls Review

Snell MTB Golf Balls Review

By Paul Liberatore



Time to read 4 min

Snell Golf  has made one of the largest impacts in the  golf ball  industry in recent memory. Dean Snell has pioneered work on some of the most famous golf ball including previous  ProV  models. His knowledge and intuition within golf has given rise to both the Snell MTB X and MTB Black and provided golfers a higher performing golf ball without the premium  price tag . Snell golf balls have been thoughted by almost every test they have been a part of, and this review will reflect roughly the same. For players looking to  save money  but not sacrifice performance, the MTB line from Snell is a no-brainer.

Key Features

MTB Black is a 3-piece design that offers players great distance and a soft feel.

MTB X is a 3-piece design with more distance and a firm feel.

Both offerings have been reengineered for improved aerodynamics, consistent short game spin and optimized ball flights.

For golfers with high swing speeds, the Snell MTB-X golf balls offer an ideal combination of distance, spin control, and durability.

The performance benefits of these balls are truly remarkable. The new smaller core reduces driver spin, allowing for faster speeds and longer drives. Additionally, the thicker, firmer mantle layer enhances approach shots with mid and short irons. 

The low lift and low drag design ensure a controlled ball flight even in windy conditions.

Design and Technology

MTB Black is a 3-piece construction featuring a compression rating of around 75-80. Importantly, this reduction in compression is not coupled with a substantial  distance  loss and still provides players with a feel they love. MTB Black is encapsulated by a urethane cover and provides optimal short game spin.

MTB X is my personal favorite in the Snell lineup and offers players a higher compression rating (85-90) and a slightly firmer feel. Similarly cast in a urethane cover, the MTB X provides quick stopping greenside control and exceptional distances throughout the bag.


  • Tour-level performances of the MTB Black and MTB X make them as good or better than anything else tested.
  • Better, softer feel without the sacrifice of distance or consistency will be pleasing to some golfers.
  • Trial packs allow golfers to find their best golf ball and optimize their setup throughout their bag.


  • Snell golf balls may be difficult to find in local demoing and may require players to purchase the trial pack to test.
  • Lower compression ratings, below 100, may not be ideal for golfers that prefer very firm feeling golf balls.
  • Lack of customization options may limit golfers to choosing stock numbers and logos.

Our Experience

Although my expectations for the Snell golf balls were high, they were still very remarkable. Both the MTB Black and MTB X outperformed and outlasted golf balls that cost almost 100% more than them. I saw no distance diminishes in any club in the  bag  and even saw my middle and long iron flying about a half-club longer with the MTB X. I prefer the slightly firmer feel of the MTB X golf ball as well as I have been playing either the ProV1x or the  TaylorMade  TP5x for the past several seasons. Even compared with those industry leading golf balls, the MTB X was impressive.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Ideal Swing Speed for the Snell MTB-X Golf Balls?

The ideal swing speed for the Snell MTB-X golf balls is around 105 mph. This speed recommendation optimizes the performance of the ball, providing excellent distance, spin, and feel. It’s important to consider golf ball customization and fitting for overall game improvement.

Can You Provide Details About the Material Composition and Construction of the Snell MTB-X Golf Balls?

The material composition and construction of the Snell MTB-X golf balls feature a CAST urethane cover for excellent feel and durability, a smaller core for low driver spin, and a thicker mantle layer for increased approach shot performance. Its dimple design promotes low lift and drag, contributing to controlled ball flight in the wind.

How Does the Short Game Control of the Snell MTB-X Golf Balls Compare to Other Brands?

The short game control of the Snell MTB-X golf balls is exceptional, offering great spin and performance. Compared to other brands, it provides similar spin rates and superior control, making it a top choice for golfers seeking precision and consistency.

What Are the Package Dimensions and Weight of the Snell MTB-X Golf Balls?

The package dimensions of the Snell MTB-X golf balls are 7.5 x 5.4 x 2 inches, and they weigh 0.66 kilograms. Their durability and performance are exceptional, making them a reliable choice for golfers seeking high-quality equipment.

Can You Provide a Brief Summary of the Pros and Cons of Using Snell MTB-X Golf Balls?

Pros of using Snell MTB-X golf balls include high speed and low driver spin. Cons include potential issues with wind performance and miss-hit drives. These balls are great for those with a high handicap seeking improved distance and accuracy.


Echoing the example of many other golf industry professionals, Snell Golf unmistakably provide some of the highest performing golf balls in the industry. Their pricing models allow golfers to play golf balls that perform at tour-inspired levels without premium price tags. 

The trial pack is one of the best options for golfers truly interested in optimizing their equipment for their game. Somehow, the team at Snell has found a way to match lower compression, better feel, and explosive distance in a creative and unique fashion. Golfers will be missing out if they do not add the Snell MTB X and MTB Black to their testing matrix this year.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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