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MGS Golf Ball Test

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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Looks like this is going to be the most anticipated blog ever! 

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On 4/8/2019 at 12:23 PM, Kor.A.Door said:

I am curious to see what the differences are between the major OEM’s “tour type” higher dollar cost ball. My guess is there will be some differences, but overall the differences will be minor, but who knows, there may be some significant surprises in store for some folks who are brand loyal. 

The fire and brimstone from the brand loyalty crew will be insane. Can you imagine if the "holy grail", the Pro V1 ends up being the shortest or least consistent? Titleist truthers will be leaping up from every corner of the internet tweeting at MGS. I would find it funny, I just don't want the staff to have to deal with it.

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On 4/7/2019 at 3:11 PM, palvord said:

One thing that I would like to know, and this is probably damn near impossible, is the deviation between one dozen of balls to another from the same manufacturer.

For instance would one dozen of Callaway Chromesoft balls perform better than another dozen Callaway Chromesoft due to tolerances in manufacturing.

I can imagine a core being placed off center in the ball by a few millimeters would cause the ball flight to be offline by more than a few yards.


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21 hours ago, gaussman1 said:

Or even one ball from another in the same dozen? I'm wondering if that's going to be the ultimate takeway, that there are good ones and bad ones in each box

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You guys might be in for a treat:

https://twitter.com/GolfSpyT/status/1115672564586745861

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2 hours ago, newballcoach said:

The fire and brimstone from the brand loyalty crew will be insane. Can you imagine if the "holy grail", the Pro V1 ends up being the shortest or least consistent? Titleist truthers will be leaping up from every corner of the internet tweeting at MGS. I would find it funny, I just don't want the staff to have to deal with it.

Yes, that would be awesome, but having tried most of the top brand golf balls I find that there are subtle differences between each, and the choice comes down to personal preference. So I sort of expect the testing to show the same. It could  be really interesting if the Pro V, TP5, and Chrome softs were middle of the pack in this test. The staff here would need new names if that were the case. This is going to be very interesting in many ways. 

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Maybe that's why the report hasn't come out yet - they're building a moat around HQ.


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1 hour ago, tony@CIC said:

Maybe that's why the report hasn't come out yet - they're building a moat around HQ.


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Saw on Twitter that Tony said about 1 to 2 weeks before release.

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So that gives us more time to speculate. I would imagine things like wedge spin are pretty similar. I'm interested to see the data about which balls are less consistent and shorter. I think there are a bunch of us waiting to make spring purchases based on this test!

As far as consistency and tight tolerances go, I would imagine Titleist, Srixon and Bridgestone are up there. Wouldn't surprise me if Callaway and Taylormade were more all over the map. 

No clue how the little guy golf balls will do. I feel like Snell will hold up a bit, as they are kind of the best regarded direct buy ball. Other ones like cut, oncore, vice, etc. who knows. 

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One thing to remember is that ball manufacturers share factories, so it would be cool to see if the balls that have issues come from the same factories.


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On 4/8/2019 at 2:47 PM, txgolfjunkie said:

I wish they'd hurry up and post the results so I can try out a couple different balls and then stock up the garage with the best one!

I've got the debit card burning up in my hand...someone take my money already! 

I couldn't agree more.  My course has a few demo days coming up this month and they always hand out balls so it would be interesting to see where they stack up.  I have a feeling that Snell may be on top, although I have never tried a Snell ball in my life.  I want to hit a few to see how they feel and spin before I go buy a box or six.  

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I would think the softer core balls would compress inconsistently at a 115mph swingspeed.

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The new MaxFli Tour balls are supposed to have a line on them showing where the balance point is.  Presumably, this ensures that the ball will rotate without wobble if struck in line with the balance point.  I wonder if Tony could determine if this is really a "thing" or just hype?

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Patiently waiting for this to come out. I have been playing a Staff Duo Spin for years but think a “premium” or urethane ball is in my near future. Losing shots due to lack of control from 150 yards and in. Need more spin, especially closer to the green, without losing distance.


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Very curious about this one too.. The teaser 10 days ago has made this a hard wait. I'm still working through the 12 dozen KSigs I got last year, I might be writing through them for a couple years to come. So I can't say this will spark immediate action on my purchasing.... But... 

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6 hours ago, Thin2win said:

Very curious about this one too.. The teaser 10 days ago has made this a hard wait. I'm still working through the 12 dozen KSigs I got last year, I might be writing through them for a couple years to come. So I can't say this will spark immediate action on my purchasing.... But... 

I'm all stocked up too. I would only change if my ball is on the low end and I thought it would make a big difference.

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Loaded my bag with the last of the sleeves of Snell MTB (a couple years old), Oncore Elixr, and TM TP5X (last year’s model), so curious to see how they play vs each other. Gonna be pretty wet if I can even get out to play Mon/Tue.


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I'm still waiting...😧....it's been 10 days now. 

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I couldn't wait any longer to restock. Vice had a deal for a free dozen on top of the 5 I usually order. They'll be here Wednesday. Hopefully they fair well enough in the testing to not be a major concern...

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any more teasers or is it article time!?  I cannot wait to see what the results of this testing were.

I typically play the Pro V1x, but this time of year I'll try out some of the better balls I've found over the year.

If it's in good shape, feels new, and doesn't look like its sat outside for the whole winter I'll give it a swing.

I currently have: a Snell, a Vice, a Callaway, a Titleist AVX, a Taylormade TP5, and maybe one or two more tour balls to swing.  The Taylormade and Snell felt nice putting the other day.

 

 

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1 hour ago, TR1PTIK said:

I couldn't wait any longer to restock. Vice had a deal for a free dozen on top of the 5 I usually order. They'll be here Wednesday. Hopefully they fair well enough in the testing to not be a major concern...

The Vice Pro and Pro Plus are on my short-list of "premium" balls to test.  Still patiently waiting on the MGS report to come out before ordering anything though.

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44 minutes ago, sixcat said:

The Vice Pro and Pro Plus are on my short-list of "premium" balls to test.  Still patiently waiting on the MGS report to come out before ordering anything though.

I've played both before and love them (the Pro a bit more than the Plus). The Snell MTB Black I currently play is a good ball, but it's just not my preferred feel. I ordered 3 dozen in white and 3 dozen in the neon red - interested in trying a hi-viz option as I often have trouble tracking the ball through the air. I got an email this morning that FedEx will be delivering today! 🙂 

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