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  1. SPEED REVIEW 3UP GOLF - 2S14 Ball Written by: Dan Mann Lately, there seems to be a rash of boutique brand golf balls popping up everywhere. Oh no, look out big OEM's, time to shut down your expensive research facilities! There's no way these small companies can compete with the big boys and produce a playable, quality and for that matter likeable ball. Tour balls are one thing, but today we're not talking tour level, we'll be looking at a 2 piece from 3UP Golf; the 2S14. So perhaps, this category is where the little guy can make a stand and go belly to belly with the big boys. I'm not optimistic to say the least… PEPPY Right away you'll notice the “Deep Soft” core which is supposed to allow more energy transfer between the club and the engine of the ball. This translated is “lower compression” and sure enough the 2S14 has no problem getting high real fast. So yes, it's a very spirited ball off the driver & irons and you should see a few extra yards especially at lower swing speeds. Now I'm not gonna be that guy and say “HOLY COW” this thing added 20 yards to my game, but it is a 2 piece with fancy dimples so distance will be gained. Comparing the 2S14 to other balls in its category it will be around on par as far as length is concern. My higher handicap tester, I call her wife and chief scrutinizer of all things sketchy, was actually quite impressed with the 2S14's distance, so this is a definite plus. PREDICTABLE The ball displays noticeably reduced sidespin. I tugged a few balls that I thought would miss the green, but was pleasantly surprised to find on the putting service. There was also a pushed drive that would normally slide over the fence, but stayed in bounds while maintaining decent distance. Short iron approaches into soft greens generally resulted in finding the 2S14 within a foot of its pitch mark and a good 6-8 feet release in firmer situations. I also managed to suck a sand wedge back 3-4 feet. My wife coming into the same holes with mid irons was seeing about 8-12 feet of release. Around the greens there's a skid on the first bounce and the ball will roll out. This is a very predictable trait with the 2S14 making it easy to work with once you know what to plan for. PERFORMER “Feel what you are missing” is 3UP's slogan and it certainly applies to the 2S14. I wasn't a huge fan of the 3F12 on the greens due to what I deemed a “sluggish” feel off the putter. The 2S14 is dubbed “Not too soft. Not too hard. Just right” and has a very nice roll as a result. My slower swing speed tester also felt this translated into a softer feeling golf ball. We spent one afternoon hitting pitch shots, followed by a round with the same balls. The “extra durable” ionomer cover preformed like a champ almost appearing new after a good wipe down. If you haven't figured it out yet, the 2S14 is more than serviceable ball for a mid-high handicap. Think about it; goes high, fairly long, can be spun and is quite durable. To cap it off it's got a really nice alignment marker already painted on the side. THE WRAP PEPPY PREDICTABLE PERFORMER MBP APPROVES My buddies gave me a hard time saying there was no way I was going to like this ball, but there's nothing wrong with it. No, the big companies won't be closing their doors anytime soon, but they should take note of what 3UP's doing because it equals and possibly bests my wife's Srixon Soft Feels. The 3UP 2S14 is a great ball for a mid-high capper in need a new gamer or low cap looking for a good fall/winter ball. The 2S14 ball can be found direct from 3UP GOLF for $23, but let's call it $20 because 3 of those dollars are going to charity. They come in a cool velvet bag complete with ball marker, tees and teecil. http://3upgolf.com/pages/2s14
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