VICE Pro Soft review by Mike Specht The golf balls arrived on my doorstep a few days after I was notified that I had been chosen to do a review. I promptly opened the box and grabbed a sleeve of balls, I dumped one out into my hand and immediately thought I had received an unfinished product... The finish of the ball was flat matte white and I believed they had missed a step in the finishing process. Heading to the computer I pulled up the Vice website and here is what I found. "Thanks to tiny silicate particles in the clear lacquer, the VICE PRO SOFT is the first matte finished cast urethane golf ball worldwide. The very thin coating and special adhesion to the green offers the player superbly smooth and on-demand feel of the ball and controllable, high degree of backspin thanks to the S2TG technology. UV-resistance has been maximized by the use of BJ13 coating. The matte finished coating provides an anti-glare effect while addressing the ball as well as better visibility in the sky and on the ground." Ok, so the balls are made this way.
Swing Speed 85-90
Step 1 of my testing was to grab a sleeve and head to the golf course. I switched between my game ball Callaway Chrome Soft and the Vice Pro Soft on alternating holes to get a basic feel of the product. Temperature was a little above 50 degrees with winds 10-15.
Step 2 I played two balls per hole to compare distance and playability. Temperature was in the upper 50's with winds 5-10.
Step 3 I spent several hours in the practice area hitting short and long pitches, chipping, sand shots and putting. Temperature was in the Mid 60's, wind 5-10.
Distance: Distance off of the driver was comparable to the Chrome Soft, I could not say that either ball was longer than the other however the slightly lower trajectory of the Pro Soft translated into more roll out. At the cooler temperature I was testing in I don't believe that either ball was compressing like they would have if it was 80 degrees outside.
Consistency: The Pro Soft flight played well off of the driver, irons and putter. I did not have any issues during any of my testing.
Feel: The soft core and Urethane cover give this ball the feel of using the top of the line ball products. I was especially impressed with the feel off of my irons.
Carry vs Roll: The dimple pattern of the Pro Soft seemed to give me a slightly flatter trajectory than the Chrome Soft off of the driver which translated into a few more yards of roll out.
Course Score: 42 of 50
Overall performance of the Pro Soft was comparable to any of the high end golf balls that I have used.
Spin off of my wedges was very good especially from the sand where it stopped shorter than any of the balls I used in my testing.
Compared to my current ball I feel the Pro Soft has exceptional spin off of my wedges.
The slightly lower trajectory gave me a longer roll out off of my driver which equated to a longer total drive distance than my current ball.
Looks and Durability:
â€‹The appearance of the ball is different than any other ball I have ever used, the matte finish took a little getting used to. The â€œKeep in Lineâ€ (KIL) putting line is bold and long for ball alignment when putting.
â€‹During my testing I had no durability issues and believe this product will last as long as any Urethane covered ball on the market.
â€‹The most unique feature of this ball is the matte finish which has tiny silicate particles in the clear finish. I believe this feature is what gives it the extra spin off of my wedges but also causes the ball to be hard to keep clean as it seems to become soiled on every iron and wedge shot.
â€‹Mind you the look is not bad just very different from current products on the market.
Looks Score: 8 of 15
â€‹Sound and Feel:
â€‹The Pro Soft ball sounds good coming off the driver and Irons.
â€‹I felt confident while using the Pro Soft and nothing about the sound or feel of the ball hindered that feeling.
â€‹Sound and Feel Score: 11 of 15
â€‹â€‹Likelihood of Purchase:
â€‹The VICE Pro Soft performed well throughout my testing, a positive towards purchasing.
â€‹The VICE business concept of bringing quality products to the consumer without costing a fortune is also a positive.
â€‹I struggle with the purchase of this product solely on the basis of the dull matte finish. The performance was there but keeping the ball clean was a never ending project.
LOP Score: 14 of 20
I found the performance of the Pro Soft to be very good off of all the clubs in my bag and have no complaints on any aspect of performance. The soft core seemed to be very compatible with my swing speed and the cast urethane cover responded to every good strike that I made. Distance seemed to be a little better than my current ball and I have no complaints of the sound and feel. Overall I enjoyed using the product and being the only one on the course using a ball that no one else had in their bag. The matte finish was the hot topic when I set it on the tee. Thank you Golf Spy for the opportunity to test this product.
Final Score 75 of 100