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3UP GOLF - 2S14 Ball

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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“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.

 

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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

 

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PEPPY
PREDICTABLE
PERFORMER

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Nice review MBP -- interesting to see how well the new "little guys" do.  Also interesting to figure out why it seems as thought a lot of these companies have all sprouted up at around the same time...

 

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Nice review.  Love you photos.

 

The website says that it compares with the Wilson Duo and the Srixon Soft Feel.  I never liked the feel of the Duo (preferring the Z-Star or ProV1) and my wife doesn't like the Soft Feel (she is sticking with the Z-Star).  However, I am willing to give them a try especially now that its getting cooler.

 

Any word on Innovex?  Didn't they get bought by Rife?  That was a nice ball.

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Nice review.  Love you photos.

 

The website says that it compares with the Wilson Duo and the Srixon Soft Feel.  I never liked the feel of the Duo (preferring the Z-Star or ProV1) and my wife doesn't like the Soft Feel (she is sticking with the Z-Star).  However, I am willing to give them a try especially now that its getting cooler.

 

Any word on Innovex?  Didn't they get bought by Rife?  That was a nice ball.

 

Thanks so much. This ball is closer to a crunch feel than a spongy feel if that helps.

 

The latter I can't help you on.

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Nice review MBP -- interesting to see how well the new "little guys" do.  Also interesting to figure out why it seems as thought a lot of these companies have all sprouted up at around the same time...

 

Thanks

 

Perhaps they're all coming from the same place?

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My concern with balls like these, and the other smaller boutique companies, is pricing.  Sounds like a nice ball, nothing wrong with it, but when I can walk into any golf shop, golf store, or wal-mart/target and pick up the ball they are being compared to for the same price it's hard to justify ordering something online that actually costs a few bucks more.

 

Either way nice write up and I'll keep them on my radar.  Now for the really interesting review...when is the shoe review coming???

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My concern with balls like these, and the other smaller boutique companies, is pricing.  Sounds like a nice ball, nothing wrong with it, but when I can walk into any golf shop, golf store, or wal-mart/target and pick up the ball they are being compared to for the same price it's hard to justify ordering something online that actually costs a few bucks more.

 

Either way nice write up and I'll keep them on my radar.  Now for the really interesting review...when is the shoe review coming???

 

Why did I include shoe pics..... It's all anyone is talking on social lol

 

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Why did I include shoe pics..... It's all anyone is talking on social lol

 

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Myself included :)

 

And because they look awesome and are different so the public needs to know!!

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Myself included :)

 

And because they look awesome and are different so the public needs to know!!

 

I've asked my regular job if I could just write reviews all day long and they said no for some odd reason. So you'll just have to wait a few more days.

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Good review as usual MBP, very surprised by how good they played after hitting the 3 piece ball in California and in Memphis. Sounds like they're improving. Will keep them on the radar to try in the colder weather that's approaching

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Good review as usual MBP, very surprised by how good they played after hitting the 3 piece ball in California and in Memphis. Sounds like they're improving. Will keep them on the radar to try in the colder weather that's approaching

 

This ones worth looking at in the non-tour ball category

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I've played the 3F12 and did not think it was a bad ball. Don't usually play a 2-piece, but may give this a try over winter. Truth be told, though, when you can find Lethals and FG Tour balls for $20 a dozen, it's difficult to justify paying more for a 2-piece.

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I've played the 3F12 and did not think it was a bad ball. Don't usually play a 2-piece, but may give this a try over winter. Truth be told, though, when you can find Lethals and FG Tour balls for $20 a dozen, it's difficult to justify paying more for a 2-piece.

 

Can't argue with that logic.

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The pics are great!  I like how you get the extra large Logo in each pic.  BTW, the oversize Logo reminds me of the Vision Balls from the Boz from Oz.....makes it easier to identify on the fairway.

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Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3-4W(16*) & 5-6W(20*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft 

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Irons: Wilson D7 5-PW w/Recoil 460 Regular graphite shafts 

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The pics are great!  I like how you get the extra large Logo in each pic.  BTW, the oversize Logo reminds me of the Vision Balls from the Boz from Oz.....makes it easier to identify on the fairway.

 

I'm a traditionalist and prefer the written Titleist logo to most, but will say this is a more than likeable logo to stare down at.

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I have been playing the 3Up 2S14 for a week now at my practice course.  I thought I would try them as an over the winter ball.  The temperature here has been mild the last few weeks; highs in the mid 60's, lows in upper 40's.  We got a little rain but not much compared to Seattle and Portland.  Here are my observations so far:

  • Off the driver - about the same, maybe slightly shorter on average compared to the Srixon Z-Star
  • Off irons - about a half club more, I think because of more roll.  Higher launch. 
  • Approaches to green with full wedge - doesn't check up like the Z-Star, about 8-10 feet more
  • Chipping - soft feel, need to get used to the roll, but very playable; the Z-Star checks quicker
  • Putting - again soft feel, I actually like it.
  • Durability - pretty good.  I still have the first ball I started with and while it looks a little worn compared to new balls, it's certainly playable.

My course has fairly small greens and depending on the club used for approaches, I had to land the ball short of the green otherwise the ball went all the way to the back or even off the green.  The greens are firming up since irrigation has stopped for the year, but the occasional rains help a little.  The Z-Star will still land on the green and stop a few feet from it's ball mark.  That will change soon; nothing will stop on the green when the temperature drops into the 30's and 40's.

 

I like the 2S14 better than the Wilson Duo (it felt like mush).  It is definitely softer feeling than the NXT Tour which was my winter ball last year. I wish the made it in the Tour Yellow like the Z-Star or NXT; much easier to see in the cloudy winter skies.  I will play this ball until the dozen runs out and then decide if I want to get more; probably will unless spring comes early!  Hope, Hope.

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I have been playing the 3Up 2S14 for a week now at my practice course.  I thought I would try them as an over the winter ball.  The temperature here has been mild the last few weeks; highs in the mid 60's, lows in upper 40's.  We got a little rain but not much compared to Seattle and Portland.  Here are my observations so far:

  • Off the driver - about the same, maybe slightly shorter on average compared to the Srixon Z-Star
  • Off irons - about a half club more, I think because of more roll.  Higher launch. 
  • Approaches to green with full wedge - doesn't check up like the Z-Star, about 8-10 feet more
  • Chipping - soft feel, need to get used to the roll, but very playable; the Z-Star checks quicker
  • Putting - again soft feel, I actually like it.
  • Durability - pretty good.  I still have the first ball I started with and while it looks a little worn compared to new balls, it's certainly playable.

My course has fairly small greens and depending on the club used for approaches, I had to land the ball short of the green otherwise the ball went all the way to the back or even off the green.  The greens are firming up since irrigation has stopped for the year, but the occasional rains help a little.  The Z-Star will still land on the green and stop a few feet from it's ball mark.  That will change soon; nothing will stop on the green when the temperature drops into the 30's and 40's.

 

I like the 2S14 better than the Wilson Duo (it felt like mush).  It is definitely softer feeling than the NXT Tour which was my winter ball last year. I wish the made it in the Tour Yellow like the Z-Star or NXT; much easier to see in the cloudy winter skies.  I will play this ball until the dozen runs out and then decide if I want to get more; probably will unless spring comes early!  Hope, Hope.

 

This pretty much matches up with everything we've noticed

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First real test today for the 3UP 2S14 in cold weather. At noon it was sunny and warmed up to 30 with about a 5 mph wind. The ground wasn't quite frozen (I could still get a tee in the ground.), and the greens were incredibly slow (haven't mowed for a few days). This is my practice course; executive course with one Par 5 and two Par 3's

 

Based on the review by Mrs, MBP, I also used a Bridgestone Lady Precept in Optic Yellow. I wanted a yellow ball to play in the winter because it is easier to see on the gray days.

 

I played nine holes hitting the 2S14 and the Lady for all shots. They feel very similar off both woods and irons and went about the same distance, as best my inconsistent swing will allow. Chipping and putting we're similar too. I actually shot the same score with both balls; +1, a bogey and eight pars. I landed approach shots short of the green most of the time which worked out. One shot with both balls landed on the green and both stayed; however, on another green I landed both on and both went off the back.

 

For a winter ball I will be happy to play both the 3UP 2S14 and the Bridgestone Lady. They don't feel like rocks and are very playable. However, when it warms up I will go back to either the Srixon Z-Stars or ProV1s for better control around the greens.

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I purchased 3 dozen 3UP 2S14 balls recently and put them to test on the course.....longer, straighter and equally as soft as: Wilson Duo, Hogan Edge, Titleist DT Solo & Maxfli Softfli.   Of all these two-piece balls, the 3UP is definitely the performer.  Off the driver, it booms with little spin, rolling out farther than other two-piece balls. The play is sweet off the irons when well struck.  Flight path is very straight and accurate, landing softly.  Putting is a nice soft feel that allows yo to properly gauge the distance.  Overall, I am very pleased with the 3UP 2S14.

Driver: PXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft 

Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3-4W(16*) & 5-6W(20*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft 

Hybrid: Cobra F8 3 Hybrid(19*) w/Recoil ES regular shaft 

Irons: Wilson D7 5-PW w/Recoil 460 Regular graphite shafts 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore(50*/54*/58*) w/True Temper Spinner Wedge steel shaft  

Putter: 33" Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black).  

Pushcart:  Caddytek 3.0 from Costco

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

 

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I purchased 3 dozen 3UP 2S14 balls recently and put them to test on the course.....longer, straighter and equally as soft as: Wilson Duo, Hogan Edge, Titleist DT Solo & Maxfli Softfli.   Of all these two-piece balls, the 3UP is definitely the performer.  Off the driver, it booms with little spin, rolling out farther than other two-piece balls. The play is sweet off the irons when well struck.  Flight path is very straight and accurate, landing softly.  Putting is a nice soft feel that allows yo to properly gauge the distance.  Overall, I am very pleased with the 3UP 2S14.

 

Foz, I know you just bought 3 dozen and for me, that would probably last a couple of years. But since they aren't making any more, you might want to be on the lookout for a sale on the Bridgestone Precept Lady.  I found them to play very similar, although it was in cold weather.  Maybe the next B-Stone ball fitting, you can pick up a trial sleeve.  I like them for winter play, but don't really know about warm weather play.  My wife uses them because they are available in yellow which is easier to see in the grey winter skies.  However, she uses the yellow Srixons Z-Stars in the summer.

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