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Poll: Is there a BIG difference between tour golf balls? (54 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your golf ball of preference?

  1. Titleist Pro-V1 or Pro-V1x (17 votes [31.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 31.48%

  2. Taylormade Penta (8 votes [14.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.81%

  3. Nike One Black/Platinum/Tour (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Callaway Tour i or ix (8 votes [14.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.81%

  5. Other (21 votes [38.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

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#1 DJNiich

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 03:57 AM

We all know there's a difference between the Top Rock and the Pro-V1. But there can't be that much of difference between top of the line balls, can there?

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:00 AM

I think there is a difference. ProV1's are much softer than the rest. I think the Callaway's go the furthest. I usually use Bridgestone because I think it's a mesh of the longer balls (Callaway and Taylor Made) and the softer ball (ProV1).




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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:08 AM

If you have never heard of golfballselector.com then you should go and check them out. It is a great site that helps you find a ball that is best suited for your game. I was just trying different golf balls until I started using the site and ever since then I have been playing the Bridgestone B-330 S and my game has improved incredibly.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:12 AM

I think there is a difference. ProV1's are much softer than the rest. I think the Callaway's go the furthest. I usually use Bridgestone because I think it's a mesh of the longer balls (Callaway and Taylor Made) and the softer ball (ProV1).




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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:33 AM

If you have never heard of golfballselector.com then you should go and check them out. It is a great site that helps you find a ball that is best suited for your game. I was just trying different golf balls until I started using the site and ever since then I have been playing the Bridgestone B-330 S and my game has improved incredibly.

I would see people playing Bridgestone but I always thought of them as a tire company. I'm gonna give them a try.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:37 AM

I think there is a difference. ProV1's are much softer than the rest. I think the Callaway's go the furthest. I usually use Bridgestone because I think it's a mesh of the longer balls (Callaway and Taylor Made) and the softer ball (ProV1).


I think Callaway Tour IX is by far the softest ball out there... Golf manufacturers are now turning to change golf balls (Such as the new TM 5 piece Penta ball) because of the new wedge rule. If they can't create as much spin from the wedges, they will create a ball that spins more

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:39 AM

I would see people playing Bridgestone but I always thought of them as a tire company. I'm gonna give them a try.


They are a good tire company, but they are an outstanding ball manufacturer! The B-330, B-3330s, and B-330RX are solid golf balls.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:55 AM

I read a report that Tigers golf ball is a different version then the retail ball. Thinner cover. Not sure on any other company. If you have not played a Bridgestone ball I would tell you to pick a dozen up. You will never look back.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:20 AM

Okay. So I have to be completely honest and say that I'm a closest Pro V1 fan. WOW! To this day, I see why so many people love it. I've been playing the Tour iX and lately the Bridgestone e7+. And while the e7+ is very nice, it's NOT a Pro v1. Off the putter and irons, the Pro v1 is ridiculous. SO soft. SO pure. Whoa. And Ive played the Tour I which is an outstanding ball too nbut I can still see why overwhelmingly people play the Prov1. Damn. It's such a great ball.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:21 AM

I think Callaway Tour IX is by far the softest ball out there... Golf manufacturers are now turning to change golf balls (Such as the new TM 5 piece Penta ball) because of the new wedge rule. If they can't create as much spin from the wedges, they will create a ball that spins more

I think you mean Tour I. The ix is certainly harder than the I.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:24 AM

Okay. So I have to be completely honest and say that I'm a closest Pro V1 fan. WOW! To this day, I see why so many people love it. I've been playing the Tour iX and lately the Bridgestone e7+. And while the e7+ is very nice, it's NOT a Pro v1. Off the putter and irons, the Pro v1 is ridiculous. SO soft. SO pure. Whoa. And Ive played the Tour I which is an outstanding ball too nbut I can still see why overwhelmingly people play the Prov1. Damn. It's such a great ball.


Have you tried the Bridgestone B-330 or the B-330s? I think the compare extremely well to the Pro-V1 and V1X.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:26 AM

Have you tried the Bridgestone B-330 or the B-330s? I think the compare extremely well to the Pro-V1 and V1X.

Yes. On several occasions. I like the 330s but can't stand the 330. But to mr, they aren't Pro v1's nor v1x's. And I'm more of a tour I and tour I'd homer. But I may switch this year. I do have a TP Penta to try out though. Hum n
Current bag: Some Callaway, some Cleveland. Down to 2 OEM's!

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:48 PM

Speaking as someone that has done extensive testing on golf balls (including machine driven), I'd have to say that half of the diference seen in tour products is actually the golfer. When the balls are hit by an unbiased machine, and launched at optimal conditions for each ball carry distance diferences aren't much (±5 yds). I believe that it mostly boils down to if you like the way it performs and feels. It's the ball for you. I've personally hit every tour ball on the market, for my swing certain balls fly too high, others I feel are too hard, but haveing been a scratch player for 20+ years I can get all the tour balls to do what I need. I play Pro V1 because I like the feel and the flight when I hit it. Plain and simple... my second choice would be the Bridgestone Tour B330-S. Bridgestone makes excellent product.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:15 PM

Great post by M/Hacker - at the end of the day it always comes down to it mostly boils down to if you like the way it performs and feels. It's the ball for you.

I'm prone to try out 3/4 new balls every spring, some because of price and buzz, others because of buzz.
Last season I started off with the Callaway ix, great, great ball for me and then alternated between the T/M TP Reds and the Bridgestone E5's -
They all performed well for me and the E's saved me a few bucks.

I will say that I am a fan, of sorts, of the dimple/dimple technology and will probably try out a sleeve of the upper tier TopFlites to see how they perform.

In closing this I want to tell you that several years ago I played alongside an old guy (70's) who played Pinnacles. That s.o.b would wedge them and back them up six feet on the green. At the end of the day you can make about any ball do what you want if you've got the skill to do it.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:47 PM

I've only been playing for a year or two and I never thought the ball I was using made any difference (at least not for my game)...

Last year I got a couple free sleeves of Callaway Tour ix, and I was surprised at how well I hit them. They were 10-15 yards longer off the drive and for the first time I was able to control the ball on the greens. This never happened with the Nike Power Distance I was using before...

Since then I've tried using the older style Nike one Black, and I think I am going to continue using better, 3 layer balls, even though my game is inconsistent... For me a better ball makes a big difference...




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