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Golf Ball Test Results...Pre-Reveal  

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  1. 1. Which brand do you think performs the best in MGS Golf Ball Test to be revealed Monday? (I have no idea what balls are being tested but this is my best bet)

    • Bridgestone (e6, e12, Tour B X, Tour B XS, Tour B RX)
      11
    • Callaway (Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, ERC Soft)
      1
    • Cut (Red, Green, Blue, Black, Brown, Mauve, Burgundy, Candy Apple, Cyan, Golden Rod)
      0
    • Maxfli (Tour, Tour x)
      0
    • Mizuno (RB Tour, RB Tour X)
      0
    • Snell (MTB Red, MTB Black, MTB X)
      11
    • Srixon (Q Star, Z Star, Z Star XV, LGBTQ Star)
      4
    • TaylorMade (TP5, TP5x, Project (a), Project (s))
      8
    • Titleist (Pro V1, Pro V1x, AVX, Tour Soft, Velocity, DT TruSoft)
      15
    • Vice (Drive, Pro, Pro Plus, Pro Soft)
      5
    • Volvik (I don't even know if they're in the test)
      0
    • Wilson (DUO Soft, DUO U, FG Tour)
      0
    • Other
      1

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24 minutes ago, Thin2win said:

I think you might be thinking compression, not compressing. What they found, and I believe are saying is that we all swing fast enough to compress a golf ball, regardless of its compression rating. But those balls with higher compression ratings tend to go further.  That would match you and your buddies findings with the Duo.  

Two different things, similar words 😃

I am talking both. Compression applies to the compressing if the ball. Softer compression balls make it easier to compress the ball on contact. While it’s hard to over compress a ball what I have seen is the lower compression balls perform worse than higher compression balls for higher ss players. And vice versa for slower swing speed players. One of the guys I played with regularly over the last 20+ years before his passing always played Prov1. He had a typical slice ball flight but it was also predicable and he played decent for the flight and lack of distance. When he switched to a star and chrome soft his spin reduced as did the amount of side spin.

  I have also seen the spin reduction benefit a player. A friend who is a high ss guy and a scratch golfer also happens to be a high spin player. The avx ball improved his spin and his launch characteristics. 

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5 with Graphite Design MAD Pro 65g S

Wood: Titleist 917F2 with UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

Wedges: Vokey SM7 46/50/54/60 with DG s200

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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Really amazing stuff here. I played the chrome soft x last year then switched to Bridgestone RX this year but this has opened my eyes and I ordered the Snell to put in play. It's crazy to think that some of my inconsistent distances and direction could potentially be related to the golf ball. I am sure most of it is my swing but very interesting. The information is presented so well and wow the team at My Golf Spy really did an amazing job as always.

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7 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

I am talking both. Compression applies to the compressing if the ball. Softer compression balls make it easier to compress the ball on contact. While it’s hard to over compress a ball what I have seen is the lower compression balls perform worse than higher compression balls for higher ss players. And vice versa for slower swing speed players. One of the guys I played with regularly over the last 20+ years before his passing always played Prov1. He had a typical slice ball flight but it was also predicable and he played decent for the flight and lack of distance. When he switched to a star and chrome soft his spin reduced as did the amount of side spin.

Perhaps the performance variables have more to do with changes in spin rates than golf ball compression ratings.

9 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

I have also seen the spin reduction benefit a player. A friend who is a high ss guy and a scratch golfer also happens to be a high spin player. The avx ball improved his spin and his launch characteristics. 

This would mirror what was stated in the blog about high speed/high spin players.

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Driver: Mizuno ST190 9.5* Fujikura Atmos Blue 5S
Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Pro S300
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura 6m 33"
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
Bag: 2017 Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

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1 minute ago, TR1PTIK said:

Perhaps the performance variables have more to do with changes in spin rates than golf ball compression ratings.

This would mirror what was stated in the blog about high speed/high spin players.

What I have seen and those I play with the several balls perform nearly identical. We have it different balls on the same hole in back to back swings and the balls end up in nearly the same spot. 

 

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5 with Graphite Design MAD Pro 65g S

Wood: Titleist 917F2 with UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

Wedges: Vokey SM7 46/50/54/60 with DG s200

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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1 minute ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

What I have seen and those I play with the several balls perform nearly identical. We have it different balls on the same hole in back to back swings and the balls end up in nearly the same spot. 

 

So then high speed or low speed, high compression or low compression, all balls perform the same. What was the point of your previous statements??? Are you looking for answers or just trying to disprove some portion of the test that you don't fully agree with? I'm confused at this point...

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Driver: Mizuno ST190 9.5* Fujikura Atmos Blue 5S
Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Pro S300
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura 6m 33"
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
Bag: 2017 Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

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I am between the MTB-X and the Oncore Elixr.  The driver distance average is nearly 15 yards with the MTB-X at 289.35 v. 275.62.  What jumped out to me was the significance of the shot area.  MTB-X 1494 v. 758 on the Elixr...that’s a big gap.

This is a great basis for trying to determine a gamer.  The trial Elixr was a nice tease and I really liked playing that ball.  We’ll see...

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  • PING G400 LST 8.5 Evenflow Black 65g 6.5
  • PING G 3W HZRDUS Yellow 75g 6.0
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Maltby TS1 4-G Nippon Modus3 120S
  • Maltby TSW 52 Nippon Modus Wedge
  • Maltby TSW 58 Nippon Modus Wedge
  • Bettinardi BB8 Wide 2020
  • Oncore Elixr

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Gonna test the new Z-star and MTB-X since they're both cheaper than TP5x, available in yellow, and should perform similarly at my SS (105ish).

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SIM Max 10.5 Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S

3w/5w: :callaway-small: XR16 Fujikura Speeder Evo 565 S

4h: :mizuno-small: CLK 22* Hybrid Tensei CK Pro Blue 80HY S

Irons 5-PW: :mizuno-small: JPX 919 Forged Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 S

Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX 4 50.10 | 54.10 | 60.09 Nippon Modus 115 Wedge

Putter: :EVNROLL: ER5 BGT Stability Tour

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B XS

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3 minutes ago, bens197 said:

I am between the MTB-X and the Oncore Elixr.  The driver distance average is nearly 15 yards with the MTB-X at 289.35 v. 275.62.  What jumped out to me was the significance of the shot area.  MTB-X 1494 v. 758 on the Elixr...that’s a big gap.

This is a great basis for trying to determine a gamer.  The trial Elixr was a nice tease and I really liked playing that ball.  We’ll see...

Is a difference but not really that big of one, 9x9 yard area vice 13x13 yard. 2 yards on the margins should still be finding fairways. 

Both are very good numbers. 

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Driver:   :ping-small: G400Max, 10.5° Fujikura Ventus 6s

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5°

Hybrids:    :callaway-small: Mavrik 23°

Irons:    :ping-small: i500 5, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 105, stiff

              :ping-small: i200 6-PW, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 105, stiff

Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX2 50°

                :callaway-small: Mack Daddy Forged 56°

Putter:   5WoCG8Y.jpgER2 69°lie, 4° loft, 32.75"

 

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8 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

So then high speed or low speed, high compression or low compression, all balls perform the same. What was the point of your previous statements??? Are you looking for answers or just trying to disprove some portion of the test that you don't fully agree with? I'm confused at this point...

Personal experience doesn’t agree with portion(s) of the test. The way a person drives the club is going to affect how a ball performs as us swing speed. 

Lower compression balls in my experience perform better than higher compression balls for slower swing speeds and guys with higher spin rates. Vice versa for higher swing speeds and getting better performance from higher compression balls. 

That goes for both distance and dispersion. 

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5 with Graphite Design MAD Pro 65g S

Wood: Titleist 917F2 with UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

Wedges: Vokey SM7 46/50/54/60 with DG s200

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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Just got to look at the Summary......

Bad news....been playing the QStar Tour and DuoU which were rated Fair.

Good news...just bought 2 dozen Maxfli Tour, rated Very Good and 2 dozen Maxfli Tour X rated Good.

We will see if they were right over the next few months.

Thanks MGS Staff, as always you are amazing.


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Driver: Cobra King F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Cobra King F8 GW(50*) SW(54*) LW(58*) Putter: 33" Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 mallet putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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It’s no wonder I can’t give up the V1x...

It wasn’t a figment of my imagination. It really is excellent.

Best golf ball guide I’ve seen to date. Who cares about the server issues. Worth the wait, and read.

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Not sure if I'm reading all the charts right but am I correct saying that based on the information provided that the Vice Pro is the "straightest"?

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Ping G Crossover 18*
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Looks like I’ll continue with Z Stars, longish, excellent dispersion and in Australia, about $20/12 cheaper than Pro V1.
Great test by MGS, so much value for us everyday golfers.


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:ping-small:  G400 SFT with Aldila Xtorsion Copper Stiff
:cobra-small: F8 3 & 5 Woods with Project X Evenflow Blue 6.0

:mizuno-small: MP18 MMC FliHi 4 Iron - Project X LZ 5.5
:mizuno-small:  MP18 MMC - Project X LZ 5.5
:mizuno-small: S18 Wedges 50,54,58
MLA Tour Mallet 33"
:srixon-small:  Z Star
:ping-small: Pioneer bag
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23 minutes ago, SmoothG said:

Not sure if I'm reading all the charts right but am I correct saying that based on the information provided that the Vice Pro is the "straightest"?

That's how I read it.

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3 hours ago, jjfcpa said:

I find this kind of strange.  I have 3 favorite balls... in no particular order.

Snell MTB Black

Vice Pro

Bridgestone Tour B RX

And all 3 balls fell into the Good category in their Performance Chart.  Should I be looking for a ball better than "good"?

Nope, i dont  think you will, unless you swing at 115 mph. Then you may consider it. 

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Is a difference but not really that big of one, 9x9 yard area vice 13x13 yard. 2 yards on the margins should still be finding fairways. 
Both are very good numbers. 


That makes good sense thanks


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  • PING G400 LST 8.5 Evenflow Black 65g 6.5
  • PING G 3W HZRDUS Yellow 75g 6.0
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Maltby TS1 4-G Nippon Modus3 120S
  • Maltby TSW 52 Nippon Modus Wedge
  • Maltby TSW 58 Nippon Modus Wedge
  • Bettinardi BB8 Wide 2020
  • Oncore Elixr

Rochester, NY

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58 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Personal experience doesn’t agree with portion(s) of the test. The way a person drives the club is going to affect how a ball performs as us swing speed. 

Lower compression balls in my experience perform better than higher compression balls for slower swing speeds and guys with higher spin rates. Vice versa for higher swing speeds and getting better performance from higher compression balls. 

That goes for both distance and dispersion. 

Gotcha 😉

 

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Driver: Mizuno ST190 9.5* Fujikura Atmos Blue 5S
Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Pro S300
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura 6m 33"
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
Bag: 2017 Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

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This was a really great read through with the data summarized nicely! Interesting to see Callaway not higher up in the ranks; just an observation no real data to back-it-up. 

If only I could follow the use one type of ball rule, currently floating between V1X (got a great deal) and the Bridgestone Tour BX

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Well freaking done MGS! Based on the findings I'm pretty comfortable with the MTB Black for now, but I may consider going with the TP5(X) next. 

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Ping G410 LST 10.5º | Fujikura Ventus Black 6S 
TaylorMade SIM 3W 15º | Fujikura Ventus Black 7S
TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue 3 19º | Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 90S
Srixon Z785 4-PW | Modus 3 Tour 125S
Titleist SM8 50.08 F, 54.12 D, 58.12 D | Modus 3 Wedge 125
Evnroll ER5 | BGT Stability Tour
Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Great...I was pretty well sold on stocking up on Snell MTB-X...now I should really test Bridgestone Tour BX.  ProV1 as a solid catch all if I get frustrated.

It figures that the longest is also the most offline - can't have everything I guess!

Not so concerned about a driver being 4 yards offline when most of the competition may be about 2 yards off....more concerning that a 7 iron is a similar offline distance to driver...that's getting a bit more significant for me.

Nice stats!

 

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