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2019 Official Forum Member Review - Snell MTBx Golf Balls

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7 hours ago, edingc said:

This ball has 34 holes on it.

No damages for 36 holes...😂😜

 

great Ball, awesome in the wind...

have a second love... The srixon xv is as Long as the mtbx. 

Spins a little bit more with the irons and around the green, mtbx is more stable in the wind... which is a great. 

love both 

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On 8/9/2019 at 8:19 AM, edingc said:

Maybe it's the yellow finish showing more damage, but I will say those who do not like to play balls with any visible blemishes will go through these pretty quickly.

This ball has 34 holes on it. I'm not generally gentle to balls, often hitting a lot of trees, but the last 27 holes this ball played have been pretty clean by my standards. Definitely a good amount of flaking and damage of the yellow cover.

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The damaged areas don't feel like a scuff, however. I'm going to keep playing this one until it's donated to a lake or forest, but others might not.

Distance-wise, I averaged 248 off the tee during my last nine holes. I've noticed more markedly more distance with the MTB-X than the Black in general since switching.

I ended up retiring this ball today after 88 holes played. I shot 18 hole rounds of 82, 80 and 79 with it, so I figured it deserved a spot on my "trophy" shelf at work.

There was definitely more cover damage on the ball than in this picture, but she still flew straight and true for me. I love this ball.

During my work scramble last week, I played MTB Blacks as I have a dozen or so left. They definitely are a different feeling ball compared to the MTB-X. The Blacks are definitely softer off the driver and irons. They feel the same when putting in my opinion.

I personally find the MTB-X to be more responsive on short chips and pitches around the green. I definitely will be sticking with the X as I feel like that is a huge advantage over the Blacks for me.

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I like this ball a lot.  Dean & his crew did a great job with this one.  I've played it a few times & it's a great ball off the tee box.  Especially in the wind.  I really can't find much to complain about it other than it takes a bit of getting used to if you're used to playing a softer, more reactive ball.  The short game was a little different around the greens, but I got used to it really quick. 

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5 minutes ago, golfinnut said:

I like this ball a lot.  Dean & his crew did a great job with this one.  I've played it a few times & it's a great ball off the tee box.  Especially in the wind.  I really can't find much to complain about it other than it takes a bit of getting used to if you're used to playing a softer, more reactive ball.  The short game was a little different around the greens, but I got used to it really quick. 

Ya this was my problem with it. I liked the way it felt off the tee but just could not for the life of me control it around the green.

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1 hour ago, gchester33 said:

@edingc, i'm glad to see that someone has found these to be the right ball for them. Whats your driver swing speed?

100+, trending lower during morning rounds and higher during afternoon/evening rounds. Highest my Swing Caddie has recorded on the range this season was 108, most swings tend to be 100-104, sometimes more, sometimes a bit less. My average driver distance since switching to the MTB-X has been 235 yards, some real awful ones included in there though. A good drive for me is 250+ total, and I managed 280 and 301 during an evening round on a particularly dry day this summer.

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I have really liked the performance overall with the MTB-X but it does feel hard off some of my clubs, especially the driver.  Been finding myself reaching for the OnCore Elixirs in my bag before the Snells (and I pull both before the few Titleists I have left) as the OnCore feels much softer to me and the performance difference is not enough to affect my scoring.  Having grown up in the balata age, I still lean towards softer feeling balls.

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An update, I just ordered 5 dozen MTB Black.  After going back to the Black for the last few weeks, I've decided that I simply don't need the additional spin from the irons that I saw with the MTB-X.  That doesn't mean its not an excellent golf ball, just that my personal preference was for slightly less spin.

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2 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

That doesn't mean its not an excellent golf ball, just that my personal preference was for slightly less spin.

Personal preference is the reason they make different golf balls.  I agree with you.  Both the Black and the X are excellent balls.  I prefer the X for the spin.  Still have a dozen blacks that I'll likely play this winter when the greens are softer (aka wetter from the PNW weather 🙂

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I have really liked the performance overall with the MTB-X but it does feel hard off some of my clubs, especially the driver.  Been finding myself reaching for the OnCore Elixirs in my bag before the Snells (and I pull both before the few Titleists I have left) as the OnCore feels much softer to me and the performance difference is not enough to affect my scoring.  Having grown up in the balata age, I still lean towards softer feeling balls.


That’s so interesting to me - I grew up with Balata as well - I find so called soft balls today about as much like Balata as a McDonalds Burger is to what I make on my grill.

Fake feel, nothing like the real thing.

Balata balls were substantial IMO, you knew you hit them when you hit them - any of the current softies feel like marshmallows to me. And they don’t go as far or spin as well. Other than that they’re okay I guess. :)

I realize some people like them and again there’s a reason why there are lots of different balls out there.


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I think older golfers or golfers with slower swing speeds, are compelled to hit softer golf golf balls. At 62, I know my swing speed isn't what it was 20 or 30 years ago. So, all the major ball companies came up  with their versions of the softer ball for slower swings. I bought it. I played the Titleist NXT Soft for years, and really liked them. Then, they rep[aced them with the Tour Soft. I don't like them as much. I was playing in a tournament with a guy who was in his early 70's. I told him my dilemma. Asked what did he play. He told me Pro V1s. I said don't you think your swing speed is a little too slow for them. He said that is pure unadulterated BS. After being a tester for the Snell MTB's, I found I did hit them longer. I found some extra spare change in the ashtray and bought a dozen of Pro Vi's. Been playing them for about 3 weeks and I must say I am hitting them longer than the NXT's or the Tour Softs. I still have 3 of the Snell's left from our tests, and they are comparable in distance to the Pro V's. What do you guys think? Do you think the swing speed is a little over rated for the use of Pro V's and/or other premium balls from Bridgestone, Taylormade and others??????????? I'm starting to think so.

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1 hour ago, KevinE said:

. What do you guys think? Do you think the swing speed is a little over rated for the use of Pro V's and/or other premium balls from Bridgestone, Taylormade and others??????????? I'm starting to think so.

I think the tests on MGS have shown that softer balls are slower off the clubface, at all swing speeds.  Distance isn't only ball speed, but its pretty important.  But a big part of golf is confidence and feel, its hard to completely discount "soft feel". 

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1 hour ago, KevinE said:

I think older golfers or golfers with slower swing speeds, are compelled to hit softer golf golf balls. At 62, I know my swing speed isn't what it was 20 or 30 years ago. So, all the major ball companies came up  with their versions of the softer ball for slower swings. I bought it. I played the Titleist NXT Soft for years, and really liked them. Then, they rep[aced them with the Tour Soft. I don't like them as much. I was playing in a tournament with a guy who was in his early 70's. I told him my dilemma. Asked what did he play. He told me Pro V1s. I said don't you think your swing speed is a little too slow for them. He said that is pure unadulterated BS. After being a tester for the Snell MTB's, I found I did hit them longer. I found some extra spare change in the ashtray and bought a dozen of Pro Vi's. Been playing them for about 3 weeks and I must say I am hitting them longer than the NXT's or the Tour Softs. I still have 3 of the Snell's left from our tests, and they are comparable in distance to the Pro V's. What do you guys think? Do you think the swing speed is a little over rated for the use of Pro V's and/or other premium balls from Bridgestone, Taylormade and others??????????? I'm starting to think so.

Basic physics, in my mind. More energy absorbed by a softer ball, means less energy is going to ball speed. I'm sure it's not quite that simple, but it's a start. As @DaveP043 points out, however, some people are totally willing to trade some ball speed for increased feel. 

I have not played a ProV1 in quite some time so I can't comment on those directly. But, I can say, I prefer the MTB-X to the MTB Black. Even if the MTB-X does feel more firm off of the club.

 

 

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1 hour ago, DaveP043 said:

I think the tests on MGS have shown that softer balls are slower off the clubface, at all swing speeds.  Distance isn't only ball speed, but its pretty important.  But a big part of golf is confidence and feel, its hard to completely discount "soft feel". 

I agree on the "soft" feel. I am not discounting the "soft" feel. In fact as I have said I loved the NXT  soft. Loved its  feel, sound and the ball itself. Just have not found that love with its replacement. My question was and is, do your think that a person with a slower swing speed can still find success with a ball comparable to the Pro V.

 

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41 minutes ago, KevinE said:

My question was and is, do your think that a person with a slower swing speed can still find success with a ball comparable to the Pro V.

In my opinion, yes.  I'm 63, and can't compete with the swing speed of younger players, but my driver occasionally touches 100 mph, so I'm probably not in the "slower swing speed" category.  I'm playing the MTB Black, comparable to the ProV1, and I think  I do OK at a 5 handicap.  

I have to admit, I've never tried balls that are much different, so I don't really know whether a "different" ball would help.  My best guess is that once you get used to a different ball, your play will be about the same.  You might see a stroke or two change, but I don't believe a ball change can turn a 15 handicap into a 10.  With the focus we all give on equipment at MGS, that might be an unpopular opinion (or maybe uncommon is a better word).  We might find a few examples to prove me wrong (like Bubba's Volvik experiment), but I just don't think a ball change would make a huge difference for most of us.

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Great reviews. Based off the balls that everyone played prior and that actually enjoyed the Snell, I’ll have to give it a try.


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Everyone needs to try this ball. Not only a fantastic value, the performance is superior to the Pro V1/X. I've seen a bit a durability issue on some occasions but it's been my go to since it's release. Again, in comparison with the Titleist product, I've seen better distance from the driver, tighter dispersion on irons and near the same spin on the lob wedge. Give 'em a try boys.

 

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