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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.