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  1. If you get the gravity grip, get the gray one. The white and red gets dirty in a hurry, especially if you have sweaty hands.
  2. Hard to have those shots into the green when the tee shot goes wayward. The Z Star was a little offline but it had one of the smallest shot areas and offline standard deviations off the driver and 7 iron...meaning it's consistent. The XV on the other hand... was not nearly as consistent, especially off the driver and that's what leads you back to my first sentence...
  3. Yes, once you change your club weight and ball characteristics, it should automatically recalculate the total...lowest being the best golf ball. Keep in mind, if there's a few points (I looked at any ball within 15% of the lowest point total) that separate a three or five golf balls, then you'll really be splitting hairs and it comes down to personal preference. For my personal preferences, the Pro V1x is my top golf ball with a total score of 38.21 and the next ball is The Bridgestone Tour B XS at 44.15. I'll try both along with the 4th place golf ball, the TP5 and make a determination from there. And yes, every time I run the data, I tweak my preferences but this time I did it blindly and this is what I got...Pro V1x by a good margin.
  4. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_dJtEC5vWMuZ2QzMy0tdER0Q3BDemdaRzhFRS1rNTQzOC13/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=msexcel Here's the link to view the spreadsheet. If you want to edit with your personal preference, then you'll need to download a copy. Let me know if you have any questions.
  5. Ah geez, that spreadsheet got messed up in a hurry. I'll try to find another way to share it without everyone messing with it. Anyone have any suggestions or can you just download the spreadsheet off google docs? So here's the basis of the ratings system... The backup tables, 'Dr', '7 iron' and 'Wedge', are really just for viewing. You don't need to mess with those tables. They just reflect the ranking for each ball characteristic from the MGS test. I gave the ranking for each category and then your input on the 'Final' tab is what adjusts the weight of each category. If you rank Driver-Ball speed as a 4, it gives more weight to that ranking. Sure, you could rank everything as a 4 if you want. The only editing needed is on the main page. You can just view the back up tables to see where each ball was ranked in a particular category. This isn't a perfect rating system, but this works for me. I think I'm just going to play the following: Off the tee: Pro V1x Approach shots: Srixon Z Star Wedge shots: Volvik S4 to tucked pins, Bridgestone Tour B XS to everything else. I'm sure my playing partners won't mind the switching out of golf balls on each shot!
  6. I see what you're saying. If you access the Google docs spreadsheet, hide the column with the ball names, update your golf ball characteristics based on the 0-4 level of importance (0 being the last important, 4 being the most), apply your club weighting importance between the driver, 7 iron, and wedge (must equal 100%), and then resort the total column. Unhide the column with the golf ball name to reveal which is the top pick. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mY7707rVVaGCxLUSlYsiLOKXsO3FX7ka8LWkSUDHCXE/edit?usp=sharing Just adjust your club weighting to equal 100% and then rate the ball characteristics for each club (0-4, 0 being least important, 4 being most important) and it will recalculate the rating. Sort by the total column to get new ranking.
  8. If anyone wants a copy of my live spreadsheet for the 115mph swing speed, here's a screen shot of what it looks like. You just input your own weighting between the driver, 7 iron and wedge and then select your priorities in golf ball characteristics: Once you update your desires in a golf ball, it automatically pulls the new rating and you can sort by the total column to get your new top choice. Just DM me your email address and I'll send you a copy. Here's an example of the backup data which goes off pure ranking. There are a few categories where there's not much difference between the best and worst, and you can just adjust your ball characteristics accordingly, like on wedge ball speed where there was maybe a 1.5 mph difference between the fastest and slowest.
  9. Here's why I won't touch the MTB-x... Lets say you have 10 shots off the driver at 115mph and they average out to 9 yards offline (9 yds left of the target line), like the MTB-X. Nine yards isn't that bad...until you factor in the standard deviation. The standard deviation for the 10 shots is 21.5 yards...that means that 68% (let's call it 70% so 7 out of 10 shots) were spread out between 43 yards from that 9 yards left of the target line. That means 7 balls were scattered somewhere between 21.5 yards left of the offline average and others were scattered 21.5 yards to the right of the offline average. Let me say that again...43 yards between 7 shots. That's massive. And those other 3 shots that fell outside of the standard deviation? Even further out. I have a feeling the MTB-X were the balls that Tony was dropping F bombs when they saw them stray so far offline on a perfect swing, hit dead square on the club face. I don't see the infatuation with those golf balls other than raw, yet inconsistent, distance...and a savings of $10/dozen that will likely be offset by losing those golf balls OB or in the water.
  10. If you look at the results table, you will find on the far right the average compression...but then click on the std dev table and look at the compression std dev...it's eye opening. For example, the Vice Pro Plus has an avg compression of 103 but std dev of 6.18. That means that within the test, there was a fairly wide range of compression rates for the same ball i.e. manufacturing and quality control deficiencies. Meanwhile, the Srixon Z Star showed an average compression of 101 and every ball in the test had a rating very close to the average.
  11. I played today and felt the need to tweak my ranking weight system. I need more emphasis on the 7 iron and wedge performance more so that the driver performance. Don't get me wrong, I still need a consistently straight ball off the tee but I need consistency on carry, offline and spin on the irons and wedges... And a ball that can hold up in the wind. For that, I'm going to test the TP5 (current gamer is 2017/2018 TP5X but the 2019 version showed to be wild off the tee in the test), the Pro V1x, the Z Star and the Vice Pro Soft. The Z Star actually won out in my revamped rankings by a mere 0.53 points over the Pro V1x. I've never played a better wind ball that the previous TP5X but hopefully one of the four will bode well in the Texas gulf coast breeze. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. I'm not going to be able to get $200 approved by the banker/wife, especially with the second baby on the way, so I'm giving this DIY a shot. I'll keep y'all posted but I'm excited about having a project this weekend that doesn't involve mitre saws, heavy sanding, paint or shovels. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. My brother-in-law installed a synthetic turf green about 4 years ago and it put it too close to trees and his turf is need of replacement. It gets worn out, washed out from the rain, sap from the trees, etc. Unless you cover it/protect it from the elements, then you'll need to replace the turf more often than you think, especially if you live in a harsh climate with cold winters or really hot/wet summers.
  14. Here's the beauty of this test... There is no one winner. I think this is the first time MGS has given us test results and really challenged us to sift through everything and make our own determination. I've been racking my brain for three days now trying to find ways to label the best ball for me and frankly there's about 6 that would perform well for my game. What works for me doesn't work for you and Vice versa. That's the amazing thing about this comprehensive test. I'm playing golf today at lunch time and the whole time I'll be thinking if that double cross duck hook drive OB was my swing or the golf ball itself. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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