Jump to content

MGS Ball Test - Buyers Remorse?


bens197
 Share

Recommended Posts

Ok...now that I have your attention I have two questions.

 

For those of you who used this data to pick a new golf ball, which ball did you switch to and are you convinced you found a better ball?

 

I switched from the Vice Pro Plus / Pro V1 to the OnCore Elixr and I have no doubts that I am playing a better, more durable ball.

  • Like 3
  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

Western, NY

5.7 Index

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was playing Snell before the test and still playing Snell

  • Like 3

Driver: :ping-small: G400 Max 9 degree set to +1, Aldila Extreme Green 55 gram R shaft 

Fairway: :taylormade-small: M4 3W (16.5*) 5W (21*) 7W (24*) -- stock R shafts.

Irons: :callaway-small: Apex CF19 6-9, PW, AW KBSTour Graphite  70g shafts R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52,56, 60 degree wedges

Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7S

Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

My Photography can be seen at Smugmug

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Started testing balls in April before the test came out.  Had a hard time distinguishing between my two favorite balls, Pro V1x and Snell MTB-X so chose the cheaper option.  Was having consistency issues for a couple of weeks but have since determined it is set-up related.  I had drifted a bit back on my heels in my set-up, leading to inconsistent ball striking.  Especially in the short irons and wedges.  

I feel comfortable enough with where I am to order 5 dozen more Snell MTB-X last week.

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I recall the MSG Ball Test. And... I found it interesting. But that's it. I didn't use the Test date for anything. Certainly not selecting a ball to play.

I haven't made any adjustments to the "balls" I play. I play several and might play a different ball from one day to the next. No biggie to me. I basically have one requirement and that is... a Urethane cover. I play between a 3-5 hcp. Not bad for an old guy. Heh! However, my game I feel is good enough where if I play a PV1 or a Snell or an MG Tour C4, or TM or Callaway will suffer or improve in any appreciable way. I've played my best and worst rounds with all of them. It was never the balls fault. If I were a Tour Player and on the sponsor gravy train I'd play their ball exclusively. Who wouldn't. But for us Amatures I believe all that's necessary is to play a good quality ball you like and move on. A guy with a 12-15 hcp isn't going to discover nirvana by switching to a top of the line ball. However, if you think/feel that playing one brand/model makes a difference or gives you an edge by all means go for it. My personal testing says it doesn't.

  • Like 7

My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

                                                                                :edel-golf-1: Willimette w/GolfPride Contour

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've always had a couple balls in rotation - ProV, TP5, and Srixon.  All are fairly close, but I have found the TP5's to generally be a bit longer than others which compares with the test.  I echo some of what @PlaidJacket says about a good urethane ball.  The only ball I've probably found that I dislike are Callaways, but everything else, it's more about the mental approach.

One caveat for me is if I'm playing in significant wind.  I have found that one ball may fly a little bit better than others at times, but really the majority is about the strike at the end of the day.

  • Like 4

Driver:  image.png.3c6db1120d888f669e07d4a8f890b3f1.pngMavrik Sub Zero 9* (Set to 10) Ventus Blue 6X

2 Hybrid: :titelist-small: TSI3 Hybrid Tensei Blue 80 X

4 Iron - Srixon ZX 23* Recoil F5                                                     Testing: :titelist-small: T200 4 Iron Graphite Design Tour AD IZ X Hybrid Shaft

Irons 5-PW: :mizuno-small: MP 18 SC Dynamic Gold AMT X                   Testing: :titelist-small: T100-S 5 - GW KBS Tour 130 X

Gap/Sand Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 49*  SM8 54* 

Lob Wedge:  image.png.3c6db1120d888f669e07d4a8f890b3f1.pngJaws 5 Wedge 58* DG Tour Issue Stiff

Putter:   :scotty-small: Phantom 5.5 34"      Pro Platinum Newport 2 35"      Taylormade Tour Black Spider 34"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had mentioned in the big thread that I normally play softer balls such as the Duo or Q Star Tour. I like the feel (and price) however I played a couple of higher compression urethane balls (ProV1x and B330-RX) and played quite well. So I'm seriously pondering the next couple of dozen balls that I purchase.

  • Like 1

In my  :wilson_staff_small:  carry bag:
:wilson_staff_small:  D7 
:callaway-small:  GBB 3W (lofted to 4W)
:callaway-small: V-Series Heavenwood
:cobra-small: Baffler XL 5i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54*
:ping-small: iWedge 58*
:cleveland-small: #10
Whatever ball I have 3 dozen of that my kids got me as a gift

Twitter: @russtopherb

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The ball test helped influence my switch.  I was trying out the usual suspects from Titleist, Bridgestone, and Snell as well as a few "cheaper" options like the Bridgestone e6/e12.  I wanted to try a Srixon before deciding when an article about the Q-Star Tour 2 appeared.  Based on that article and the ball test I tried the Q-Star as opposed to the Z-Star .  For me, it performed equally well as anything else and became one of my top choices.  I was down to the MTB-Black or the Q-Star Tour 2.  I caught a Buy 3 Get One Free Srixon sale online and went for the Srixon.  Before the ball test, I may not have given Srixon a go because I was just going to play a "top ball" and be done with it.   I find the Q Star to be a very durable ball too.  I definitely feel I am playing a better ball now.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I haven’t switched because I’m a Prov1 or 1x user. The test has me considering testing the Bridgestone balls again since it’s been awhile that I’ve had them in the bag. I wasn’t a fan of rx or rxs after the switch to the tour b design. The b330 s bad x weren’t a good fit for me but I’m curious about the new version.

the test and the findit cutit has me avoiding time with other balls that had my interest 

  • Like 3

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I tried out the Maxfli Tour golf balls based on the report since they looked similar in stats to the Srixon XV I've been playing for years but had a softer compression rating.  So far I've had ZERO complaints about these balls.  They are doing everything I need them to do out on the course and equal anything I've ever tried.  I wish they made them in a gloss yellow but I'm so happy with them I'm not too worried.  I really have never even looked at a Maxfli ball since the Revolution back in the 90's.  Picked them up for $25 a dozen too which was just icing on the delicious cake.

  • Like 3

My bag is a revolving door!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I like what you’re saying@plaidjacket and it’s likely you aren’t a quirky player. At least it doesn’t seem that way.

I liked the Vice and the Pro V1 but always figured if I could squeeze a little out of each I’d be happy.

I wasn’t pleased with the short game spin off the Vice and I don’t want to pay $48 for a dozen of golf balls.

Thanks to you guys who have chimes in, it’s interesting to read how it impacted each of your games.


Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

  • Like 1
  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

Western, NY

5.7 Index

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As a part of the MTB-X testing for the forum, our results should be coming up this weekend/ next week. I think all of us have had some interesting results, so if you are interested in those balls, definitely check it out.

I will be very heavily discussing the "feel" of these balls and what that means for me.

  • Like 4

WITB

 

Driver- PING G400 LST w/ Project X Evenflow Black

Fwy- TM Aeroburner 16.5HL

Irons- Callaway Steelhead XR (3-PW)

Wedges- Callaway MD3 (50,54,58)

Putter- Cleveland TFI Satin Cero

Ball-  Snell MTB-X

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I started playing the Z-Star as a result of the test and the BOGO sale. I don't regret it for a second. Very durable and performe very well for me. 

  • Like 2

Driver:  :callaway-small:Epic Speed 9* (set -1) Mitsubishi MMT 70X
3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-AW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
SW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 54*
LW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 58*
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Marxman
Bag: BigMax Dri Active Lite
Ball: :taylormade-small: TP5x Pix
Pushcart: BigMax iQ+

2021 Test - Callaway Epic Speed

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was playing the MTB Black and switched to the MTB-X. The X is staying because I like the feel of it and I'm certain that I'm getting a little bit more distance out of it.

  • Like 4

In the bag:
Driver: :titelist-small: TSi2 Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 6.0
Fairway: :Sub70: 939X 15° Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
Hybrid: :Sub70: 939X 3 Hybrid Project X Even Flow Riptide 6.0
Irons: :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged 4-GW Project X Catalyst 80 6.0
Wedge: :cleveland-small: Smartsole S
Putter :Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade
Bag: 
:Ogio: Alpha Convoy 514
Balls::Snell: MTB-X or Black

Cart: :CaddyTek: CaddyLite ONE Ver. 8


God Bless America🇺🇸, God save the Queen🇬🇧, God defend New Zealand🇳🇿 and thank Christ for Australia🇦🇺!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’m probably an odd ball, but...

I am using the data in a different way. I spin everything too much. I gave that AVX a go last year I believe when my game was off. Going to give it another try, still get a urethane cover with a lower ball flight and less spin all around.

Very near future there will be a V1 vs V1x vs AVX vs Z Star vs Tour B X/XS battle.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I switched to the Z star and have no regerts. Though on colder days, I would switch back to the Q star tour. To me, the Z is by far the firmest ball of all the tour quality balls.

Take Dead Aim

  • Like 3

Take Dead Aim

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’m probably an odd ball, but...

I am using the data in a different way. I spin everything too much. I gave that AVX a go last year I believe when my game was off. Going to give it another try, still get a urethane cover with a lower ball flight and less spin all around.

Very near future there will be a V1 vs V1x vs AVX vs Z Star vs Tour B X/XS battle.


I wonder how the MTB-X would perform for you.
  • Like 1
  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

Western, NY

5.7 Index

Link to comment
Share on other sites



Didn’t. Just finished up my stage 2 on it.

Ballooned my iron shots with them.


D’oh...I forgot you were testing 🤦🏼‍♂️
  • Like 1
  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

Western, NY

5.7 Index

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

D’oh...I forgot you were testing 🤦🏼‍♂️

 

Hard to keep track. Lots of good stuff going on around here!

 

They aren’t in the won’t ever use again category, but not in the must have either. For me anyways.

 

I over analyze a lot. Like why does the 8 on the 8 iron look like a different font than the rest...?

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I order 4 dozen Pro VIx's at the start of every season.  I love PlaidJacket but do disagree with him on this matter.  I agree that you could and should play a Urethane ball but there are subtle differences between each of them - it's best practice to pick one and stick with it for the entire season IMO.  There's a big difference between having a 5 footer or a 7 footer for par and changing balls round to round can easily account for that difference.  Why introduce a variable that doesn't need to be there?

By virtue of the MGS test we also know that there are some ball OEM's whose quality control is better than others.  So yes if you take a spec Taylor Made, Srixon, Titleist, etc. you are going to see very little difference in performance but we know that Taylor Made will have more inconsistencies from ball to ball.  So again, why introduce a variable?

I may be unique though - I don't loose many balls - I still have 2 dozen of the 4 that I got at the start of the year in my closet and there are over a dozen balls in my bag including two fresh sleeves.  I rarely crack into the last dozen prior to receiving next year's balls.  Cost is not as big an issue for me as for some, I just don't lose many golf balls.  The advantage of not hitting it very far. 🙂

  • Like 6

Taylor Made Sim2  10.5 (Opened 1 click) Ventus Blue 5  R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 6-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

Link to comment
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.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...