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I'm a sucker for golf alignment aids, I mean I've played with a solid line on my golf ball since I was probably 12. That usually means sharpie markers in my bag and usually ink on my fingers for the first few holes. So when I first saw an ad for the new TaylorMade Tour Response with a large thick green/yellow stripe right down the middle, I was pretty intrigued. I have not previously played a TaylorMade ball or one of the several alignment balls Callaway does, something about the thick greenish yellow stripe is appealing to the eye. So about two weeks ago I swung by my local Walmart and picked up a dozen to try them out and possibly pass along what I like and didn't like about playing them. This is the product info from TaylorMade: Easier alignment with a larger center alignment section Better visibility with a unique multi-color stand out design 100% Urethane cover played by Tour Players that is stronger and softer than ionomer Interacts with the club grooves to optimize spin and control, specifically around the greens Upgraded HFM Speedmantle™ and New Tour Flight Dimple Pattern are designed to optimize aerodynamics, lift, and ball speed Low 40 Compression core and soft urethane cover result in a total ball compression of 70 3 Layer Performance I don't want to spend too much time on the specs as those could be found in various locations and to be honest the spin rates and softness of the ball isn't what made me click buy. Its that big thick green stripe down the center of the ball and will it help me make more putts.... First, When I'm trying a new golf ball I take the advice I've always heard and test it from the hole back, meaning the most important features are on the green, around the green, from the fairway, then last off the tee. With that in mind I've played three rounds with the ball currently and have a some initial feedback. The first round I played was in a charity golf tournament for my university's Civil Engineering Scholarship program. I was excited to try the ball putting, especially getting to see a few putts ran at the hole in front of me in the scramble format. I was disappointed when I realized the greens on the back nine had been aeriated and it wouldn't do me much good watching it bounce up and down on its way to the hole. Luckily, it was only the back nine and after we made the turn I got the ball rolling (literally) with a big eagle putt the first 'real' roll I made with it from about 30'. I'll have to say that had us off to a great start with the testing. It was a pretty solid putting day for me, of course its always easier seeing a roll or two in front of you but initially the ball is soft off the putter face, seems to roll true, and gives instant feedback if you miss hit the putt, watching the flashing colors of the ball instead of the nice end over end line you would get when struck pure. For the second round, I played a practice round at my home course in Crossville. I was riding solo so I decided to play a "worst ball" scramble where I hit two shots and played the worst of the two. I did make a couple caveats as I didn't want to spend all day in the tee box or putting green having to hole twice or hit two balls in play every tee shot. Off the tee if one ball was OB or in a hazard I just selected the other ball to play, but if both were in bounds I had to play the worst of the two. On the greens, or around the greens once a shot was holed that was my score, that just prevented me from missing a bunch of 2' putts and also made that second putt/chip really count instead of being less important if I missed the first shot. This also gave me the opportunity to hit a gamer and directly compare to the TM Tour Response. My usual gamers are the Bridgestone TourBX and Titleist ProV1. Here were some observations I made and notes from the round. Putting with the Stripe again seemed to give better feedback and helped with alignment, instead of the single small sharpie line. Putting twice from the same location gave immediate feedback on if the Stripe ball was firmer than what I usually play. I noticed little to no difference in distance control, it felt easy to adjust to the TM Stripe and the alignment aid helped my putts start off straighter. Chipping around the greens felt similar to my gamers. I did have one or two shots where the Stripe ball didn't seem to have as much spin as a TourBX or ProV1 but 90% of the time they would be side by side on chip shots. Approach shots again were similar distance when struck properly. I didn't gain or lose yards swapping to the Stripe ball and when I did land on the green with both they had similar roll out distances. That tells me the spin rates are very similar, hitting two shots from the same lie onto the same putting surface. Off the Tee I noticed little difference in carry and total distance. On two separate holes I hit what I would consider bombs with both my Gamer and the Stripe. One hole the Stripe was 10 yards longer than the gamer and the on the other hole the gamer edged out the Stripe by 5 yards. Making it a push as to if it made any difference. Just a side note... and this is a super minor deal but when I played this round it was rather wet and several shots plugged into the fringe or fairway. The green/yellow stripe was nearly the same color as the grass which made finding those little white areas rather difficult. The third round was again in a charity golf tournament for a local Christian school. My previous round led me to believe that little to no difference with the driver meant I'd mostly use the Stripe ball to putt, chip and hit approach shots with. Again I really like putting with the ball, approach shots into greens seemed to be the correct distance and spin the proper amount when hitting the green. There was one or two half to 3/4 wedge shots that didn't spin exactly how I thought they should and rolled out several feet longer than I anticipated but that does sometimes happen with my gamer balls too, I will certainly keep an eye on it as I work my way through the remainder of the dozen balls. I think I will try next to hit some shots on my Skytrak and see if there is any difference in spin rates from ball to ball. It might be dicey as I do know the Skytrak does sometimes get finicky with balls with a lot of graphics. I guess we'll soon find out.
Hi Everyone, I'm stuck here in Minnesota where it has been unbearably hot or thunderstorming, so I thought I would do a review of two balls relatively new to the market. I have chosen the new Titleist AVX and Vice Pro because I've been looking for a ball with low-spin off of my longer clubs but that also retains spin from the mid-irons down to chips. Also, I'm a sucker for how the dimple-pattern on the AVX looks AND for how sleek Vice's logo is. As you will see, the review consists of a variety of different shots that were tracked using FlightScope Mevo: 1. 10-yard Bump-and-Run (Closed-face 54* SW) 2. 10-yard Chip (60* LW) 3. 50-yard Pitch (60* LW) 4. Full 60* Lob Wedge 5. Full 7-Iron 6. Full 3-Wood (I know that the typical "driver" component is missing, but I haven't included it because I don't usually hit driver and instead use my 3-wood off of the tee. I hope this doesn't ruin the test for anyone!) So, without further ado, here are the head-to-head results for each ball (I hit many shots with each ball and only chose shots that that represented good/typical swings): 10-Yard Bump-and-Run AVX: Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne Vice Pro: 10-Yard Chip Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne AVX: Vice Pro: 50-Yard Pitch Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne AVX: Vice Pro: Full Lob Wedge Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne AVX: Vice Pro: 7-Iron Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne AVX: Vice Pro: 3-Wood Ball Speed Carry Launch Angle Spin Height Time Airborne AVX: Vice Pro: Conclusions: Wow, what a similar ball! I really wasn't expecting so much overlap. There are a few stand-out statistics to me, though: 1. The two balls are basically identical on green-side chips. 2. The AVX launches consistently higher than the Vice Pro (except for the full LW). 3. The distance on full shots is generally comparable. 4. The Vice Pro spins a few-hundred rpm's more with the lob wedge, but a few hundred rpm's less with the 7-iron. 5. The Vice Pro carries farther with a more penetrating trajectory and less spin with the 3-wood.
The fundamental distinction between a genuine golf ball and a training golf ball is where you are playing out your shots with them. Practice golf balls are developed with such includes that you can utilize them in an increasingly restricted space without anticipating that any harms should the articles they hit. It makes it simpler for an amateur golf player to rehearse at home, possibly in the patios or even inside the house. Practice golf balls are additionally frequently intended to emulate the trip of a genuine golf ball. Be that as it may, obviously, how precisely it would reenact a genuine golf ball will differ with the kind of material the training golf ball is made of. Thinking about the material, the training golf ball can be grouped ordinarily in two classifications: Foam and Plastic. Despite the fact that any of these two kinds of preparing golf balls will do fine and dandy for indoor professionals, the plastic and froth practice golf balls now and again change in toughness, cost and the flawlessness of mimicry of their flight. Solidness A basic contrast between various sorts of plastic golf training balls and froth golf training balls is strength. Like a few clients of The Sand Trap, a famous playing golf site noted, plastic balls are frequently experienced to get split or crushed after a few full shots of rehearsing. In spite of the fact that distortion can be an issue in more affordable froth balls, it is realized that some propelled models of golf training balls, similar to the Almost Golf balls, have been noted to have a more drawn out life in surveys from the sites like DeepRough This implies despite the fact that froth practice golf balls may cost somewhat more, they are more tough than the plastic practice golf balls, which should make them a superior and long haul venture. Cost Similarly as with standard golf balls, there is an eminent contrast in the cost of various kinds of preparing golf balls. For instance, at the hour of production, at Dick's Sporting Goods, a pack of 18 plastic practice golf balls will cost $ 6.99, and accordingly each ball will cost you around 39 pennies for every ball. Be that as it may! A pack of 30 froth practice golf balls from a similar producer will cost you $19.99, which means each ball is costing around 67 pennies. Then again, the most progressive models of froth balls, for example, the Almost Golf brand, can cost about $1 per ball, contingent upon the sort and sum bought. Ball Flight Mimicry One of the most noteworthy territories where plastic golf balls and froth golf balls are distinctive is the manner in which it reenacts the vibe of a customary golf ball and its flight. As in the golf blog "On Par" of "The New York Times" calls attention to that low-end froth and plastic golf balls are nearly as near ordinary ball flight, cutting or snaring if the swing brings about a cut or snared shot. In any case, one of the weaknesses of these balls is that they can't make a similar inclination about the effect as an ordinary golf ball, and their flight way can differ altogether from the best possible ball flight way. This is one of the key focal points of utilizing propelled froth practice golf balls with a compacted center, as Almost Golf Balls and numerous different brands as you would discover in the following segment underneath. It is such in light of the fact that they can recreate the vibe better when the clubhead reaches the golf ball.
As you all know, we have 15 MGS'ers out there testing Wilson Staff's 2015 lineup of golf balls. The testers are: Wilson DUO: Joezilla, Woz, BogeyInTheWoods, severtheties, tider Wilson DUO Spin: snuffyword, Fozcycle, TxSTCatman, SlicerB, TacoTollefson67 Wilson FG Tour: Sp0rtsfan86, MotoGolfer250, casey_0507, JudgeSmails, PBH3 Balls Being Tested: Wilson DUO: Redesigned for 2015. 29 compression (lowest on the market, according to Wilson), 2-piece ball for greater distance and soft feel around the green. $19.99/dozen Wilson DUO Spin: New for 2015. A 3-piece ball with a 35 compression, Wilson touts it as the world;s lowest compression multi-layer ball. $26.99/dozen Wilson FG Tour: Also redesigned for 2015, it's a 4-piece, urethane tour ball with a 70 compression. $44.00/dozen MyGolfSpy sent each tester a pre-test questionnaire to get a general idea their thoughts on the Wilson brand, what balls they play now and what they look for in a golf ball. We received some interesting feedback. Experience with Wilson Staff Balls Most of our testers had never played Wilson Staff balls prior to this test. Four testers had tried Wilson balls before, either the original DUO or the 50Elite. One tester went all the way back to the 80's with the Wilson Blue Ridge. Favored Ball Brands When asked what balls they normally play (several testers play several different brands), here's what we found: Titleist (ProV's/NXT/DT Solo) 9 Bridgestone (E5, E6, E7, 330) 6 TaylorMade (Project a, Lethal) 3 Nike (Mojo, PD Long, Speed Soft, Vapor 1) 4 Srixon (Q-Star, other) 2 Callaway (Hex Chrome) 1 TopFlite Gamer 1 MaxFli 1 3UP 1 MG Golf 1 Where Do You Get Info on Balls? We also asked our testers where they get their information on golf balls (multiple responses from several responders): MyGolfSpy/Other websites: 9 Golf magazines, HotList: 5 Other players: 3 Golf retail outlets: 3 Manufacturer's websites: 3 TV ads, GolfChannel: 2 What Do You Look For In a Golf Ball? Tons of answers here, but there were some dominant themes. Nearly everyone greed on two things: consistency and feel. Testers want consistency in distance and control, especially from 125 yards and in. Nearly every tester mentioned predictable action on the green (i.e. spin). Feel is harder to define, but virtually all of the testers place a value on feel, especially when putting. And when it comes to feel, we have to share what may be the quote of the review process so far, from TxSTCatman: â€œI like a ball that has some feel to it. Nothing too hard that reminds me of having dental work under a local, and nothing so soft that I'd rather use it in a cup of hot chocolateâ€ Yup, MGS reviewers have what it takes!!! Several reviewers also mentioned durability is important, valueing a ball that could last a few rounds without unacceptable scarring. Thoughts on the Wilson Staff Brand I'm a marketing geek, so this is where things get interesting. We asked our testers what comes to mind when they think of Wilson Staff: â€œTennis! I never thought of Wilson golf balls, other than as bulk discountâ€ â€œCheap, for hackers.â€ â€œBetter than cheap brands. Decent quality for the priceâ€ Outdated Wal-Mart qualityâ€ â€œOnce a top brand but now obscureâ€ â€œ2nd tier brandâ€ Yikes! Other testers, however, had very different opinions: â€œOlder brand, solid equipment without the glitz and glam of the big OEM'sâ€ â€œA little dated, but certainly on the comebackâ€ "Really like the brand...the golf equipment is on the rebound" â€œGreat history, rebuilding the brand and making great strides in recent yearsâ€ â€œVery underrated, high qualityâ€ â€œUnderrated, making great clubs and really nice golf ballsâ€ â€œImproving quality in all of their equipmentâ€ After this introduction, we'll have the reviewers chime in with their experiences. Please ask any questions of our reviewers that you want. They're ready and eager to share their experiences with you and let you know what they think of the 2015 Wilson Staff ball lineup.