Jump to content
GolfSpy STUDque

2019 Official Forum Member Review - Snell MTBx Golf Balls

Recommended Posts

XV by far the longest off the tee with Z Star second and MTB-X and ProV1x tied for third but within 5 yards of the Z Star. Z Star longest off the irons from wedges to 7 iron. The other three longer off the longer clubs. Gapping seems best with MTB, proV1x and XV. Putting MTB-X and Z Star clearly best for me. Z Star stops the fastest and the other 3 all seem the same.

 

 

Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy

 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At this past weekends NW Spy Meet-up, @Thin2wingave me a sleeve of the MTB-X balls to try (thanks again Chris!).  During our day 3 Sunday round, we talked a bit about golf balls and, by the end of the round, I learned alot from him about these and a handful of other balls.  If I got things right, the MTB-X are a very close equivalent to the Pro-V1x - which are among my few I like to play.  As a general rule, I really don't pay too much attention to which ball I play; though I do try and use the mid to higher end balls.  I think that mostly stems from the fact that my game/level of play isn't at a point that I would consider it to have any appreciable impact. 

Does anyone know of a really good source that shows a comparative list of various brand/type balls and how they compare in controlled (i.e. robot) tests?  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
At this past weekends NW Spy Meet-up, [mention=77440]Thin2win[/mention]gave me a sleeve of the MTB-X balls to try (thanks again Chris!).  During our day 3 Sunday round, we talked a bit about golf balls and, by the end of the round, I learned alot from him about these and a handful of other balls.  If I got things right, the MTB-X are a very close equivalent to the Pro-V1x - which are among my few I like to play.  As a general rule, I really don't pay too much attention to which ball I play; though I do try and use the mid to higher end balls.  I think that mostly stems from the fact that my game/level of play isn't at a point that I would consider it to have any appreciable impact. 
Does anyone know of a really good source that shows a comparative list of various brand/type balls and how they compare in controlled (i.e. robot) tests?  


I don’t know of a good place to go for the info you are looking for on balls unfortunately. What I do know is I was a lot like you in that I just played whatever ball and leaned towards cheaper 2 piece balls. Since the MTB-X testing started I have played nothing but premium balls and after yesterday’s handicap adjustment my handicap is the lowest it’s ever been after about 7 years of tracking it. The differences in balls seem so small to me but my scoring is just so much more consistent with higher end balls.


Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

At this past weekends NW Spy Meet-up, @Thin2wingave me a sleeve of the MTB-X balls to try (thanks again Chris!).  During our day 3 Sunday round, we talked a bit about golf balls and, by the end of the round, I learned alot from him about these and a handful of other balls.  If I got things right, the MTB-X are a very close equivalent to the Pro-V1x - which are among my few I like to play.  As a general rule, I really don't pay too much attention to which ball I play; though I do try and use the mid to higher end balls.  I think that mostly stems from the fact that my game/level of play isn't at a point that I would consider it to have any appreciable impact. 

Does anyone know of a really good source that shows a comparative list of various brand/type balls and how they compare in controlled (i.e. robot) tests?  

I think the one MGS did is the best around :https://mygolfspy.com/most-wanted-golf-ball/

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

Does anyone know of a really good source that shows a comparative list of various brand/type balls and how they compare in controlled (i.e. robot) tests?   

Is it a stupid question if I ask you if you've read the MGS Golf Ball Test yet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Shankster said:

 

It has been a battle for sure. I added another contender to the mix on vacation. The Srixon Z Star... I said in the Srixon thread that I forgot how good they were around the greens.

 

Not sure if it’s the heavy air, or me not working out for the last month, but I’ve been leaving my approach shots short (last 2 rounds anyways), it was 93° and 88° respectively. I will say that I am getting way more spin with the new Blueprint irons, having a heck of a time to get anything to roll out, with any of the balls. Everything puts the breaks on quick. Even the 2 iron.

 

That said, I am preferring the Z Star on all avenues right now. I might add the regular PV1.

 

But, I have been seeing a little more of what I like from the MTB-X, I’ve been in a slump with the longer clubs for a bit. But here was 2 drives, the closest to us is the BStone. The Snell won by a foot or so. And it’s been holding its own on the greens. Not a fan of the sound off the putter though.

 

Horizontally...

 

IMG_6134.thumb.JPG.72765556f5f0e2da47d50a941b5ee56c.JPG

Unless you've changed altitudes between courses the heat and humidity should improve ball distance (basing this on baseball stats where high temps and dew points increase ball flight). From plenty of heat experience playing here in FL though your body starts to slow down a bit when you're really fighting the temperatures.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got to hit around 350+ shot between Thursday and Sunday last week using strictly the MTB-X and Chrome Soft. Took about 150 - 160 swings with Trackman then played 27 holes over the weekend. Couldn't get the driver working properly in the bay, but out on the course I had a few opportunities for direct comparison of the two balls with good tee shots. Honestly though I did not observe a measurable distance improvement between the two. I was walking the round where I played both side by side and let me tell you doing that in 95 degree heat with 90% humidity will drain you. But when I hit both well I found them to typically be within 2 - 3 yards of each other. I like the Snell a lot with my long irons where I use a lot of 4 iron off the tee, it's got a great solid strike and from the Trackman data it looked like a gained a small amount of distance with the 4 iron going to the Snell. 

However, I don't like the Snell around the green at all. I just cannot get a feel for it. Maybe it's having played so much with CS and having a good feel for it's flight but I can't get this thing to play nicely around the green. With full wedges I'm finding it spin similarly to the CS and provide similar stopping power, but with my around the green shots I can't seem to reign in distances and touch shots. Could be a lack of practice with them on my part but that has bee pretty frustrating thus far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, newballcoach said:

Is it a stupid question if I ask you if you've read the MGS Golf Ball Test yet?

One of the best sites I've found on anything golf is golfinfoguide.com. It will show every golf ball known to man, or woman.  Nice site. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Anyone else realizing ball testing is kind of hard to do? It is so hard to tell if it’s me, the ball or what. But some trends have emerged.


Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
I notice differences in ball flights with X balls (V1x, TP5x, MTB-X) vs their non-x counterparts. I don't naturally hit the ball very high, so I like the little bit of extra height I get from them. The other area I notice a difference is the amount of spin I can get around the greens. I was gaming the TP5x for a good part of last year and the beginning of 2019, but went back to the V1x because it spins more when chipping and I find it easier to control. I was hoping the MTB-X would be a TP5x with some more greenside spin, but it was basically the same ball for me.

Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I notice differences in ball flights with X balls (V1x, TP5x, MTB-X) vs their non-x counterparts. I don't naturally hit the ball very high, so I like the little bit of extra height I get from them. The other area I notice a difference is the amount of spin I can get around the greens. I was gaming the TP5x for a good part of last year and the beginning of 2019, but went back to the V1x because it spins more when chipping and I find it easier to control. I was hoping the MTB-X would be a TP5x with some more greenside spin, but it was basically the same ball for me.

Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app

I will be writing about this, but I have really noticed a ball flight difference here. Much more penetrating from the MTB-X (and other X balls). As a high spin player, this is helpful.

Sent from my Pixel 2 using MyGolfSpy mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Put the MTB-X up against the Z Star today at the short game area and putting green. Distinctively firmer than the Z Star.

There’s a new leader in the clubhouse. Something about feeling like you’re hitting a marshmallow and watching it sizzle on the green. Nice and toasty...

This seems like a perfect time to talk about durability. This ball has 45 holes on it, and a few practice sessions worth of wedges.

Overall it’s pretty beat up, a few spots where I can catch my fingernail on the cover. They don’t like landing in sand. Gets the nice little sand blasted spot.


IMG_6179.JPG

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Shankster said:

This seems like a perfect time to talk about durability. This ball has 45 holes on it, and a few practice sessions worth of wedges.

Overall it’s pretty beat up, a few spots where I can catch my fingernail on the cover. They don’t like landing in sand. Gets the nice little sand blasted spot.

45 holes???  I wish I could get one to last 18!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
45 holes???  I wish I could get one to last 18!


** Should have rephrased that. Hit at least once on 45 holes. **

Wanted to do a durability test without losing at least one.

I normally don’t tear golf balls up with my shots. Doesn’t make any sense to me, I’m a steep swing guy so I bash the heck out of them. So unless the cover falls off, or it ends up in the swamp I play it till it’s yellow and crusty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Shankster said:

 


** Should have rephrased that. Hit at least once on 45 holes. **

Wanted to do a durability test without losing at least one.

I normally don’t tear golf balls up with my shots. Doesn’t make any sense to me, I’m a steep swing guy so I bash the heck out of them. So unless the cover falls off, or it ends up in the swamp I play it till it’s yellow and crusty.

 

Interesting. I've found the MTB Black to be extremely durable, both in yellow and white. I'm planning on gaming the MTB-X for the first time this weekend and will have to see if they show the same wear as what you're seeing.

I had 40-ish full holes on one of the Blacks and besides my Sharpie marks wearing off, the ball was essentially new.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
36 minutes ago, edingc said:

Interesting. I've found the MTB Black to be extremely durable, both in yellow and white. I'm planning on gaming the MTB-X for the first time this weekend and will have to see if they show the same wear as what you're seeing.

I had 40-ish full holes on one of the Blacks and besides my Sharpie marks wearing off, the ball was essentially new.

They don't do well off of cart paths, I'll say that much. I don't really have sharp grooves on my wedges as they're pretty old now, so I never really cut one off of a wedge. In all, the yellow holds up pretty well. Yellow V1x seems to have more resistance to chipping though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Testing tree strike durability.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, yungkory said:

They don't do well off of cart paths, 

Very few will 😉 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
At that speed, you better be thankful it didn't ricochet back at you. You might have gotten a small bruise. Maybe.

 

Sent from my SM-G955U using MyGolfSpy mobile app

[/url]

 

A whole new meaning to “Tattoo’d it”...

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very applicable test, @Shankster. I'm placing the over/under on trees hit during my Sunday round at five. Durability will definitely be tested.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Announcements

×
×
  • Create New...