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  1. @RickyBobby_PR touched on this. Start with shorter shots - see how each ball feels off your putter, then increase the distance. As noted above, be sure to include partial wedge shots. Ideally, you'd be able to observe the trajectory and whether the ball checks up or rolls out on those wedge shots. Hard to do that in a practice bay, but you will get numbers on launch angle and spin at PGASS. Do you have a sense of your current launch angle and spin rates? Because I hit down on the ball (too much), my goal with balls is to reduce my launch angle and spin rate. Plus, I like the feel of a softer ball around the green. By the process of deduction based on those factors, the ProV1 is the ball for me. Hope you're able to find one that works best for you. Good luck and enjoy the process!
  2. Too high of a launch angle and spin rate are not good. You'll lose distance, hit more wayward shots, and struggle in the wind. I recently got fitted for clubs, and part of the fitting equation was reducing my launch angle and spin rate. Both are too high. We worked to control those and also discussed appropriate balls for me. I've always played the ProV1x because I liked the higher launch angle (I had no idea my launch angle was too high). The fitter suggested using a ProV1 instead. It's made a big difference by cutting down on the sideways misses, making my distances with irons more consistent, and reducing the times I spin the ball back off the green--even as I used my old irons while waiting for my new ones. I'm pretty happy with the ProV1s, but once I run out of ProV1s, I'm planning to do a ball fitting to see what else is out there from other brands. Like @jlukes said, a ball fitting is important too. Best of luck to you.
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