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#1 GolfSpy Barbajo

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:34 AM

I love when the mail comes - you never know what's going to be in the mailbox....

 

Got this press release  today -- I'll quote as much as is necessary:

 

 

Smash Pro Sports Launches The First Perfectly Balanced Golf Ball

 

A balanced ball leads to longer drivers, less sidespin, true rolling putts and lower scores.

 

SMASH Pro Sports announced the launch of the first perfectly balanced USGA conforming tour golf ball. Zen Tour IV and Zen Bold III's dual balanced patented technology provides more ball and spin control, longer, straight drives and true rolling putts on greens.

 

Using fluid dynamics, Zen golf balls are balanced and aligned to their exact center of gravity, ensuring a perfect balance when aligned to the target. 

 

This technology alight the weight distribution of the ball, creating a perfect balance and helping the Zen ball to hold its putting line no matter where it's struck. Most golf balls contain anomalies and imperfections that make the ball spin towards the heavier side. With Zen Golf, we're confident you'll find your balance and unleash your inner pro.

 

"The golf ball category has become more segmented and customized in the last few years," said Mark Hodson, VP of Business Development. "When we discovered the unique performance enhancements that the Zen ball's bane and alignment deliver, we knew this ball should be on the market. Golfers will gain an edge immediately and feel the difference."

 

For a limited time, visit zengolfball.com to get 40% off the MSRP. this launch special is available while supplies last. All purchases are backed by the company's 100% money back guarantee.

 

 

That's what it says. Honest.

 

Apparently the theory is a ball that's left heavy will tend to veer left, and a ball that's right heavy will tend to veer right.  I'm guessing this is similar to the theory behind those ball-balancing doohickies that were popular a few years ago, and the age old notion of putting balls into an epsom salt bath and marking the ball with a dot and seeing what happens.  Here's an excerpt from Golfweek.com:

 

 

How Can I Water Balance Golf Balls?

By M.L. Rose

On the outside, a golf ball appears to be a perfect sphere, except for the dimpled surface. But there may be imperfections beneath the skin of some golf balls. Among those who’ve warned the public about these structural anomalies is golf coach Dave Pelz. In his book, “Putt Like the Pros,” Pelz (a former NASA scientist) had a putting machine strike unbalanced balls -- balls that were slightly heavier in one spot than another. Pelz states that the worst balanced balls wandered 2½ inches off course during a 10-foot putt. While some manufacturers advertise golf balls as being perfectly balanced, there’s a simple way you may test your golf balls to be sure.

 
 

Place a golf ball in lukewarm water, then add Epsom salts until the ball floats, the Life Tips website directs. Chicago Tribune golf reporter Ed Sherman notes that the test may also include “a few drops of dishwashing detergent.”

Mark the top of the ball with a felt tip pen or marker.

Hold the ball beneath the water and spin it. Note whether the marked spot rises to the top, then repeat the procedure. If different points of the ball rise to the top of the water, the ball is balanced. But if the marked spot floats to the top each time, the ball is unbalanced, according to Sherman, because the ball’s heavier side will always rotate to the bottom.

 
 
So, what do you think? Is this hooey?  I'll give these balls a try and see if my game is transformed....

 


 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB, 9.5*, Project X HZRDUS Yellow, stiff;  :cobra-small:  King LTD, 9.5*, Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie, stiff

 

Mini Driver:   :callaway-small: Big Bertha Mini 1.5, 11*, Kuro Kage 60G, stiff
 

FW Wood:  :ping-small: G Stretch 3, 13*, PING Alta Shaft, stiff;  :cleveland-small:Launcher HB, 15*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 
Hybrids:  :benhogan-small: VKTR 17 & 21*, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype, stiff;  :cleveland-small: Launcher HB, 19*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 

Irons:  :cleveland-small:  CBX 4-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120, stiff;  :srixon-small:Z765 4-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts, stiff

 
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX, 48-54-60*, Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120, stiff;  :cleveland-small: RTX-3, 52-56-60*, DG Wedge flex;  :ping-small: Glide 2.0, 52-56-60* KBS 610 Wedge shafts, stiff
                  

Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :cleveland-small: TFSi 8.0
 
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:37 AM

I love when the mail comes - you never know what's going to be in the mailbox....

Got this press release today -- I'll quote as much as is necessary:


Smash Pro Sports Launches The First Perfectly Balanced Golf Ball


A balanced ball leads to longer drivers, less sidespin, true rolling putts and lower scores.


SMASH Pro Sports announced the launch of the first perfectly balanced USGA conforming tour golf ball. Zen Tour IV and Zen Bold III's dual balanced patented technology provides more ball and spin control, longer, straight drives and true rolling putts on greens.

Using fluid dynamics, Zen golf balls are balanced and aligned to their exact center of gravity, ensuring a perfect balance when aligned to the target.

This technology alight the weight distribution of the ball, creating a perfect balance and helping the Zen ball to hold its putting line no matter where it's struck. Most golf balls contain anomalies and imperfections that make the ball spin towards the heavier side. With Zen Golf, we're confident you'll find your balance and unleash your inner pro.

"The golf ball category has become more segmented and customized in the last few years," said Mark Hodson, VP of Business Development. "When we discovered the unique performance enhancements that the Zen ball's bane and alignment deliver, we knew this ball should be on the market. Golfers will gain an edge immediately and feel the difference."

For a limited time, visit zengolfball.com to get 40% off the MSRP. this launch special is available while supplies last. All purchases are backed by the company's 100% money back guarantee.


That's what it says. Honest.

Apparently the theory is a ball that's left heavy will tend to veer left, and a ball that's right heavy will tend to veer right. I'm guessing this is similar to the theory behind those ball-balancing doohickies that were popular a few years ago, and the age old notion of putting balls into an epsom salt bath and marking the ball with a dot and seeing what happens. Here's an excerpt from Golfweek.com:



How Can I Water Balance Golf Balls?

By M.L. Rose




On the outside, a golf ball appears to be a perfect sphere, except for the dimpled surface. But there may be imperfections beneath the skin of some golf balls. Among those who’ve warned the public about these structural anomalies is golf coach Dave Pelz. In his book, “Putt Like the Pros,” Pelz (a former NASA scientist) had a putting machine strike unbalanced balls -- balls that were slightly heavier in one spot than another. Pelz states that the worst balanced balls wandered 2½ inches off course during a 10-foot putt. While some manufacturers advertise golf balls as being perfectly balanced, there’s a simple way you may test your golf balls to be sure.








Place a golf ball in lukewarm water, then add Epsom salts until the ball floats, the Life Tips website directs. Chicago Tribune golf reporter Ed Sherman notes that the test may also include “a few drops of dishwashing detergent.”


Mark the top of the ball with a felt tip pen or marker.


Hold the ball beneath the water and spin it. Note whether the marked spot rises to the top, then repeat the procedure. If different points of the ball rise to the top of the water, the ball is balanced. But if the marked spot floats to the top each time, the ball is unbalanced, according to Sherman, because the ball’s heavier side will always rotate to the bottom.





So, what do you think? Is this hooey? I'll give these balls a try and see if my game is transformed....
Can't hurt to try em! I've never thought about golf balls being balanced or not so it would be interesting to see if they produce any different results.

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#3 GolfSpy Barbajo

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:39 AM

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB, 9.5*, Project X HZRDUS Yellow, stiff;  :cobra-small:  King LTD, 9.5*, Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie, stiff

 

Mini Driver:   :callaway-small: Big Bertha Mini 1.5, 11*, Kuro Kage 60G, stiff
 

FW Wood:  :ping-small: G Stretch 3, 13*, PING Alta Shaft, stiff;  :cleveland-small:Launcher HB, 15*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 
Hybrids:  :benhogan-small: VKTR 17 & 21*, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype, stiff;  :cleveland-small: Launcher HB, 19*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 

Irons:  :cleveland-small:  CBX 4-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120, stiff;  :srixon-small:Z765 4-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts, stiff

 
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX, 48-54-60*, Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120, stiff;  :cleveland-small: RTX-3, 52-56-60*, DG Wedge flex;  :ping-small: Glide 2.0, 52-56-60* KBS 610 Wedge shafts, stiff
                  

Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :cleveland-small: TFSi 8.0
 
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:43 AM

Can't hurt to try em! I've never thought about golf balls being balanced or not so it would be interesting to see if they produce any different results.

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After the Costco incident, I've learned to never judge anything until I've tried it. No one would have guessed the K-Sign would be what it became until some schmuck somewhere decided to try them. My mind remains warily open...


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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB, 9.5*, Project X HZRDUS Yellow, stiff;  :cobra-small:  King LTD, 9.5*, Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie, stiff

 

Mini Driver:   :callaway-small: Big Bertha Mini 1.5, 11*, Kuro Kage 60G, stiff
 

FW Wood:  :ping-small: G Stretch 3, 13*, PING Alta Shaft, stiff;  :cleveland-small:Launcher HB, 15*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 
Hybrids:  :benhogan-small: VKTR 17 & 21*, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype, stiff;  :cleveland-small: Launcher HB, 19*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 

Irons:  :cleveland-small:  CBX 4-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120, stiff;  :srixon-small:Z765 4-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts, stiff

 
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX, 48-54-60*, Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120, stiff;  :cleveland-small: RTX-3, 52-56-60*, DG Wedge flex;  :ping-small: Glide 2.0, 52-56-60* KBS 610 Wedge shafts, stiff
                  

Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :cleveland-small: TFSi 8.0
 
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:46 AM

Uh oh, can you trust a ball with a negative numbering system????

Looks interesting


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What's in my  :cleveland-small: bag:

Driver 1: :cobra-small:  Fly-Z+ 10° Aldila Tour Blue 75X 

Driver 2:  :cleveland-small: Launcher 10.5° Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 6.5

Fairway  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB 15° Project X HZRDUS Yellow 65 6.5
Hybrid:  :cobra-small: King F7 16.5° KBS Tour PROTO Hybrid 95 S+

Hybrid:    :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB 19° KBS Tour PROTO Hybrid 95 S+

Irons:   :cleveland-small:  CBX 4i - PW, TT DG S300 HS 1x
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX 50.11, 55.11, 60.10  TT DG S300 HS 1x

Putter:  IMG_3071.JPG Honey Badger 34"  &   :cleveland-small: TFI 2135 Elevado 38" CB

Ball:  :srixon-small: Q-Star 

 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:30 PM

Uh oh, can you trust a ball with a negative numbering system????

Looks interesting


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That number I think is what you can take off your handicap since it's perfectly built to fly straight and putt straight every time 👍😁

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#7 silver & black

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 01:48 PM

Are they still balanced after a few drives or bladed iron shots? Sounds interesting.... and even plausible, but I don't know as I trust them to stay balanced after a few shots.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 02:00 PM

... It was easy to take a chance on the KSig at $15 a dozen but $79 a dozen for Zen Tour IV? I think I'll stick with my 2017 Z Stars and their suspect center of gravity.  B)


Driver:   Cobra F8/F8+ ... Even Flow Blue 65s

Fw wood: Cobra F8 15* ... Even Flow Blue 75s

Hybrid: TaylorMade RBZ Tour 21.5* Altus 85hys 

Utility:  Exotics CBX Iron Wood 17* ... HZRDUS Black 85 Hys

Irons:  4-pw TaylorMade P790 Recoil Prototype 95's

Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7 D Grind 58* ... Recoil 110s

Putter:  Bobby Grace 6330 at 33.25"

Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x
 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 02:39 PM

... It was easy to take a chance on the KSig at $15 a dozen but $79 a dozen for Zen Tour IV? I think I'll stick with my 2017 Z Stars and their suspect center of gravity.  B)

 

Where did you find the price? I couldn't find it on the website...but then again it was late, I was tired...


 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB, 9.5*, Project X HZRDUS Yellow, stiff;  :cobra-small:  King LTD, 9.5*, Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie, stiff

 

Mini Driver:   :callaway-small: Big Bertha Mini 1.5, 11*, Kuro Kage 60G, stiff
 

FW Wood:  :ping-small: G Stretch 3, 13*, PING Alta Shaft, stiff;  :cleveland-small:Launcher HB, 15*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 
Hybrids:  :benhogan-small: VKTR 17 & 21*, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype, stiff;  :cleveland-small: Launcher HB, 19*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 

Irons:  :cleveland-small:  CBX 4-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120, stiff;  :srixon-small:Z765 4-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts, stiff

 
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX, 48-54-60*, Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120, stiff;  :cleveland-small: RTX-3, 52-56-60*, DG Wedge flex;  :ping-small: Glide 2.0, 52-56-60* KBS 610 Wedge shafts, stiff
                  

Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :cleveland-small: TFSi 8.0
 
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

... You just have to go to the Store on the website:

https://smashprospor...en-golf-tour-iv


Driver:   Cobra F8/F8+ ... Even Flow Blue 65s

Fw wood: Cobra F8 15* ... Even Flow Blue 75s

Hybrid: TaylorMade RBZ Tour 21.5* Altus 85hys 

Utility:  Exotics CBX Iron Wood 17* ... HZRDUS Black 85 Hys

Irons:  4-pw TaylorMade P790 Recoil Prototype 95's

Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7 D Grind 58* ... Recoil 110s

Putter:  Bobby Grace 6330 at 33.25"

Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x
 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

... You just have to go to the Store on the website:

https://smashprospor...en-golf-tour-iv

 

Well duh!  My bad -- thanks!!!


 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :cleveland-small:  Launcher HB, 9.5*, Project X HZRDUS Yellow, stiff;  :cobra-small:  King LTD, 9.5*, Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie, stiff

 

Mini Driver:   :callaway-small: Big Bertha Mini 1.5, 11*, Kuro Kage 60G, stiff
 

FW Wood:  :ping-small: G Stretch 3, 13*, PING Alta Shaft, stiff;  :cleveland-small:Launcher HB, 15*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 
Hybrids:  :benhogan-small: VKTR 17 & 21*, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype, stiff;  :cleveland-small: Launcher HB, 19*, Miyazaki C Kua, stiff

 

Irons:  :cleveland-small:  CBX 4-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 120, stiff;  :srixon-small:Z765 4-PW, KBS C-Taper shafts, stiff

 
Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX, 48-54-60*, Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120, stiff;  :cleveland-small: RTX-3, 52-56-60*, DG Wedge flex;  :ping-small: Glide 2.0, 52-56-60* KBS 610 Wedge shafts, stiff
                  

Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :cleveland-small: TFSi 8.0
 
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

$79 wow!!!! No wonder they are offering 40% off your first order when you sign up.

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Driver:  :taylormade-small: 2017 M2 - Matrix White Tie MFS X5 50 

FW Wood:  :titelist-small:  910F - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 75

Hybrids:  :nike-small: Vapor Flex 23* - Diamana S+80HY    

                 :nike-small: Vapor Flex 19*- Fubuki Z60X5CT 

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z565, 4-PW - AeroTech i110                                                 

Wedges:  :taylormade-small: R-Series EF Spin, 56* - KBS 

Putter:   :scotty-cameron-1: Newport M2 - 33”

Ball:  :srixon-small: Q Star Tour & Snell Black

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:57 PM

Hope the negative number makes you shoot under par


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Driver:  :taylormade-small: 2017 M2 - Matrix White Tie MFS X5 50 

FW Wood:  :titelist-small:  910F - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Kai'li 75

Hybrids:  :nike-small: Vapor Flex 23* - Diamana S+80HY    

                 :nike-small: Vapor Flex 19*- Fubuki Z60X5CT 

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z565, 4-PW - AeroTech i110                                                 

Wedges:  :taylormade-small: R-Series EF Spin, 56* - KBS 

Putter:   :scotty-cameron-1: Newport M2 - 33”

Ball:  :srixon-small: Q Star Tour & Snell Black

Bag: 2015 Ogio Chamber Cart Bag

 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:14 PM

At $79.00 it could be the most perfect ball ever made, and I would never buy them. Golf balls are already ridiculously expensive.... these are in another stratosphere. No thanks.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 06:16 PM

$79? For 12?


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