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I had bought 4 dozen Kirkland balls beginning of year after the TXG video on them. (2 sets of 24). Was not hitting my irons as far as used to, but chalked it up to being early in season. Then the testing showed that they were shorter than other balls. Took advantage of Costco’s generous return policy to return 2 dozen and then picked up the Maxfli Tour-X based off the test and sale at Dick’s. Very happy with it. Also very happy with Callaway Diablo that my wife got personalized for Father’s Day. They also performed well. 

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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...?


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No buyer's remorse here. I've played ProV1X, ProV1, TM Penta TP5, TM Project (a), TM Leathal, TM TP5X and now back to ProV1X. I've liked all of those balls... no issues with any of them. I will probably just stay with ProV1X from here on.... they are easy to find on line and on the golf course...lol.

The one ball that I really do miss is the Penta TP5. I really liked that ball.

 

 

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So before the testing came out I used the Callaway Chrome Soft. After reading the data and everything I decided to go out and try the Snell MTB-X and Pro V1X (Never really thought about buying them due to price). I could not try out the Snell MTB-X because they were out of stock. I just placed an order of 2 dozen MTB-X to put it through its paces to see if it the new ball for me. But for now I am liking the Pro-V1X. The reason I like it is the distance off the tee and the durability. I try to use one ball for the entire round and the Pro-V1X usually can withstand a whole round without damages to the outside cover which I like. So next week I will be trying out the Snell MTB-X for two rounds next week and will see how it holds up against the Pro-V1X! 

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No buyers remorse for me. For the last 10 years or so, I consistently played the Taylormade tour ball from TP Red/Black to the TP5/TP5x. I had played Titleist from the time I started golf till I made the switch and last year while in Phoenix and playing TPC Scottsdale, I found an AVX, played it and loved it. I play in windy conditions most of the time so lowering launch and spin seemed like a good thing. The added bonus of them feeling great and the fact that I had no issues around the greens made it an easy decision for me so I played them and scored quite well. I had, at times, a concern it wasn't the best ball for me due to launch conditions with the driver though I really enjoyed it with ever other club in the bag.

 

When the MGS Ball Test came out I thought I would try the 2019 ProV1 and it was fantastic and would have settled there had it not been for the Srixon review. Like Rev, I don't lose many balls, so I don't think too much about the finances of a ball - just performance and preferences. In fact when I received the 2 dozen Srixon to test my wife said, "You'll never buy golf balls again!" I'm thankful for the Srixon review because I have been exposed to a ball I never otherwise would have played and now as Survivor said, "The Search Is Over."

 

 

 

 

 

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I bought Bridgestone B X, Pro V1X, Srixon XV, and played what I had left of my TP5X. I just recently added Pro V1 to the mix since they flight lower than the V1X. I’ve been happy with all of them! To pick one to go with for good is going to be tough to do. Of these I’ve tried, the TP5X are my least favorite. No buyer’s remorse on the rest at all.


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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.

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If you think the Z is firm? The XV must feel like a rock to you?



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I dont know about buyer's remorse but I did play the Snell MT-B after the test and enjoyed it but now play the Titleist Velocity and like it better.

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As a bit of an older and mildly handicapped player dealing with some limitations, when I got back into golfing, I started with the :bridgestone-small: e6.  For me, the results were good and over the year I learned to play the ball well.  We do adapt our game to all the equipment we use. 

I have played a number of soft balls over the past few year, but seem to prefer the e6.

When the e12 was released, I tried it out and made the switch.  Again, for how I play, I am quite happy with the way they play.  My swing is still being redeveloped.  So, I want some aspect of my game to be somewhat steady. 

I do loose some golf balls every now and then. And, as I AM retired, cost is a factor.

 :titelist-small: did give me a few sleeves of Pro V1x to play. Given may rather sub-par club speeds, I did not see me playing them too often at this time.  I forwarded them on to my son who loves them.

I am happy with the decision I have made, and for now, will live with it.  I do expect from time to time I will experiment. 

 

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I was playing the Chrome Soft till I read the ball review.  Since then I went through a ball fitting and with my slower swing speed I was fitted into the Pro V1X.   I have played about 10 rounds with the new ball and do see a more consistent short game and improved distance from the tee.

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For me it will not make much of a difference. Interesting test, loved reading the results and the comments have made for much entertainment! 🤣

I did play last week with a friend who uses Chromesofts, he loves them. He’s not a reader of MGS so I mentioned to him about the results of the Chromesofts. He didn’t believe it. So I tossed him a Kirkland from a sleeve I had in the bag.

Yep, you guessed it. He blasted that thing a country mile. The jaw dropped and the stuttering began. That was fun to watch as well.

I do agree that I need to move up to urethane but for me, I don’t think the exact ball will matter much. Balls tend not to stay too long in my bag, they flee like dogs running away when the firecrackers start on the 4th of July


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I switched from the Chrome Soft X to the Bridgestone Tour BX, it took a little getting used to the feel of the Bridgestone since the Chrome Soft is such a soft feeling ball while the Tour BX is much harder.  But as we know now, soft=slow.  I have seen an increase in distance as expected.  Another thing that I had to get used to was around the greens.  Chipping I had to land the new ball shorter then the old one due to less spin.  I have played the Tour BX all season and now love it. 

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On 7/26/2019 at 6:40 AM, PlaidJacket said:

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.

I could not agree more.  I have also played and tested balls over the last couple of years.  I finally settled on the chrome soft because I liked the distance-spin performance.  That does not mean that it is the longest ball that I have played, but overall (for me) it is the best performing ball when I take into consideration distance, spin, and feel.  I think that the MSG Ball Test is a good place to start..but I think that taking the time to try several good quality balls over a season will yield better results.

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If you think the Z is firm? The XV must feel like a rock to you?



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Just compared to ProVs

Take Dead Aim

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Just compared to ProVs

Take Dead Aim


Ah, I got it.


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On 7/27/2019 at 1:55 PM, isaacb1994 said:

So before the testing came out I used the Callaway Chrome Soft. After reading the data and everything I decided to go out and try the Snell MTB-X and Pro V1X (Never really thought about buying them due to price). I could not try out the Snell MTB-X because they were out of stock. I just placed an order of 2 dozen MTB-X to put it through its paces to see if it the new ball for me. But for now I am liking the Pro-V1X. The reason I like it is the distance off the tee and the durability. I try to use one ball for the entire round and the Pro-V1X usually can withstand a whole round without damages to the outside cover which I like. So next week I will be trying out the Snell MTB-X for two rounds next week and will see how it holds up against the Pro-V1X! 

What were your results? I tested the MTB-X for the forum and was a chrome soft-x player before that. I loved the MTB-X and was a huge fan. I found it superior or equal to to tour levels from many other companies, which is saying something. I hope it worked for you as well!

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I had always played whatever was on sale at DSG, typically TopFlite, I felt I wasn't good enough for it to matter. As I began to get more serious about my game I started trying out different balls to see if I found a difference. I liked Pro V1x and the pattern on the TP5 pix really suited my eye. I'm a data nut and gear head so when the ball test came out, I was all in.

The results of the test would have led me to play Pro V1x but, loosing balls is a bit of a problem for me and $48/dz hurts. So I picked up 2 dz Snell MTB-X in yellow. I'm never looking back. I'm a total convert to color and the performance and consistency has given me more confidence in my game. I tried using a sharpie to put a pattern on the ball but it just ended up on my clubs!!!

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I guess you could say I've got a bit of buyers remorse, mostly like why did I buy all those dozens of Wilson Duo Softs!?  I have noticed much better green sticking power since I starting trying urethane balls, and with so many affordable urethane options on the market now there is no reason not to play them.  Maybe I'll save the soft, 2-piece ones for the winter.

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