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Is the forum becoming obsessed with golf balls? LOL Seems like not a day goes by without a new or resurrected ball post/thread. Cutting balls in half is the thing these days. When are we going to begi

Snell MTB-X .... top notch ball at a great price.  

Nope. They are hard to play that way.

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I find a bunch of premium golf balls at the country club where I work part-time.

But, when I purchase golf balls it's the Kirkland Signature 3-piece. It does everything this mid-handicapper needs it to do and was rated "best value" by MGS. It's plenty good enough for me!

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My :1590477705_SunMountain: C-130 cart bag currently includes;

Driver: :srixon-small: z565 10.5*, Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 S-Flex
Fairways:  :callaway-small: X-Hot 15* & 18*, Project X PXv R-Flex
Irons: :benhogan-small:Apex Plus, 4-PW, Apex S4-Flex
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CG10; 50*, 54*, 58*, Dynamic Gold W-flex 

Putter: Ray Cook Blue Goose or Tour Edge HP #10 Red
Grips: Golf Pride MCC-Plus 4 & Lamkin UTx
Ball: Kirkland Signature 3-Piece 

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Switched to the Snell MTB-X last summer and really like the ball. It plays as well as any of the top name brands and recently picked up 2 dozen for $25.99 each. Now have 3 dozen and should be good for the upcoming season. If anyone would like to try the KSig 3 piece from a few years ago I have a dozen new in the box I need to get rid of. 

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i ended up getting 2 dozen ProV1x balls for christmas. Good deal when they are $40/box.  I am straight off the tee so dont tend to lose a lot of balls. I can tell when i hit a premium ball though; as compared to some cheap stuff. i lose my strokes chipping mostly.

Like the ball test earlier this year; whatever ball you use, just stick with it so some part of your game is consistent.

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  • Driver: :taylormade-small:  M6 9* with 65g Stiff Mitsubishi Tensei Red shaft
  • 3 wood: :taylormade-small:  M4 with 60g Atmos red stiff shaft
  • 4-pw irons: :ping-small:  G710 with stiff KBS shafts (MGS Tester '20)
  • Wedges: 52, 56, 60 :titelist-small: SM5 & SM6
  • Putter: 34" :odyssey-small: 2-ball original with superstroke grip
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Titleist AVX - lowers my launch and spin to exactly where i want them while still being reliable around the greens and

Mizuno ST190 9.5° [Atmos Black TS 6S]
Mizuno ST190 16° [Atmos Black TS 7S]
Titleist 818H2 17° [Tensei Pro White 90HY S]
Titleist 818H2 20°/23° [Project X 6.0] 
Ping Blueprint 5-P [Project X 6.0]
Ping Glide 2.0 52°/58° ES [Project X 6.0]
Ping Kushin
Titleist AVX

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quite liking the srixon Z star (older model), will try the 2019 one soon as my dozen box run out, which might be awhile as I've had 3 rounds with the first one and it still looks better than a new Prov1 after 4 holes!

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Driver     Awaiting NEW Driver (after 10 yrs)  
4 Wood   Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead plus 4+  :callaway-small: Callaway shaft in 'Firm' flex

Hybrid     Titleist 910H 19*    :titelist-small:   Diamana ahina 'flower' shaft in 'S'

Irons         Mizuno MP18SC 4-PW   :mizuno-small:  N.S Pro Modus3 Tour 105 in 'S'

Wedges    Callaway Mack Daddy forged in black 50* and 54*  :callaway-small:   KBS Tour in 'R'

Putter        'YES' Tracy 11 C groove 34.5"

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43 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

quite liking the srixon Z star (older model), will try the 2019 one soon as my dozen box run out, which might be awhile as I've had 3 rounds with the first one and it still looks better than a new Prov1 after 4 holes!

I have been pretty impressed with the durability of the Z Stars, at least when I don't lose them when they are still pristine looking. I have hit many unintended targets that have resulted in little more than a minor scuff.

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Driver: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 9.5* Recoil 460ES cut to 45"
3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-PW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
AW: :mizuno-small:S5 52*
SW: :cleveland-small: 588
LW: :callaway-small: MD3
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Marxman
Bag: :bridgestone-small: Tour B Stand Bag
Ball: :srixon-small: Z-Star
Pushcart: BigMax iQ+

:SuperSpeed: Tester
Starting Driver Speed on PRGR Monitor: 102 mph

Final Driver Speed (end of Level 2): 120 mph

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Bridgestone Tour B XS. It seems to be a good blend of feel and performance for me. The fact that it's a seamless design and made in the USA doesn't hurt either. 😉

Driver: Mizuno ST190 9.5* Fujikura Atmos Blue 5S
Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Pro S300
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura 6m 33"
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
Bag: 2017 Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

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Well after experimenting all Summer and Fall  I was sold on the AVX until our greens got super fast. I like the extra distance off the tee, but I could not control my chips and pitches. One of our pros who knows my game suggested  I try the Pro-V-1X. I hadn't played it in years and thought it was only for 100+ swing speed players. Surprisingly, I found it pretty long and it stops really well on the greens. I plan to stick with it through the Winter and Spring. 

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I like to tinker with my ball too much. I should just pick one and stick with it. 


That being said, I am super interested in the new Bstone ball. Also hoping for a new Zstar XV. 

Driver: SIM 9 Motore X F1 7X tipped 1 inch

Utility Iron: Cobra King Utility irons 18 degree Aldila rogue 90 X

Irons: Cobra King forged CB 4-PW KBS $ Taper 130 X

Wedges: Cleveland 49,52.58.64

Putter: Kronos Release.

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Like most of you....I've tried about every ball out there...either because I bought some or found them on my course (lots of old rich guys playing premium balls).

Put the Snell Black in play about a year ago and really enjoyed it....great ball for the money.....AND....I hate paying $50 for a box of balls!!!

However, I prefer buying products made in the good ole USofA when I can.........so, back in October of 2019 purchased a box of the Titleist AVX balls (close to Snell price point). Absolutely love it and it's really helped my game. I'm a high ball, high spin player, so this ball really helped bring the ball flight down a bit and I've had no issues stopping it on the greens.

Unless the new Bridgestone outperforms it....I don't see myself switching anytime soon (fyi - I'm one of the selected testers of the Bridgestone prototype balls).

:taylormade-small: SIM Max 9* w/Hzrdous Smoke Small Batch Green 70g stiff

:taylormade-small: SIM 3w Titanium w/Diamana Limited 75g stiff shaft

:taylormade-small: SIM 5w Titanium w/Diamana Limited 75g stiff shaft

:srixon-small: 4-AW (Nippon Modus 120 Stiff)

:callaway-small: Jaws 54* (Steelfiber i95 Stiff)

:callaway-small: Jaws 58* (Steelfiber i95 Stiff)

:taylormade-small: TP Collection Ardmore 2 w/Gravity Grip

:titelist-small: AVX White Ball/:srixon-small: Q star Tour



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For the last couple years I played Srixon and Oncore. A few years ago I played some of my best golf with the Wilson FG Tour. During the holiday season budgetgolf had the newer FG Tour on for $15.96 a dozen so I bought 5 dozen. So far I am really enjoying having these back in my arsenal. But we shall see in warmer weather. 

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In my bag:

Driver: :honma: TR20 460 9.5* Vizard TR20 60X

Wood: :mizuno-small: ST200 TS Dimana D+PLUS Limited Edition 70X

Hybrids: :mizuno-small: CLK 19* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

Irons: :honma: TW 747 Rose Proto 4-PW Modus Tour 120X

Wedges: :honma: TW-W4 52*, 56*, and 60*Modus Tour 125 Wedge 

Putter: :seemore-small: Nashville Z1C 34"

 Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X

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I have a few boxes of multiple brands/ versions. I still have a couple dozen K Sig 3 piece, and a couple boxes of the K Sig 4 piece. Once I run out of those, I'll play the TP5X that I have a few dozen of. Then once those are gone through, I have a dozen ProV1s. 

When I finally make it through all of those, Id like to play one single ball and I'm leaning towards the Bridgestone Tour B RXS. Lately I havent been losing a lot of balls though so even if I lose a ball each round I have enough to last me over a year, maybe two so by then who knows what I will want to play. 

Driver-  :taylormade-small:  2016 M2 12* Tensei Red Stiff

Wood(s)- :ping-small:  G400 5 Wood 17.5*/ 7 Wood 20.5* Alta CB Stiff

Irons-:mizuno-small:   JPX 900 Forged 7-GW NS Pro 950GH JPX MMC Fli-Hi 5-6 NS Pro 950GH

Wedges- :cleveland-small:   588 RTX 2.0  58*   RTX 4 64*

Putter-  :taylormade-small:  Spider Tour Black 

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Going strictly with the Oncore Elxir this year - reasonable distance, good spin and best feeling to me in that category.

You’re going to be pleased. I started using Elixr following the MGS testing.

Head to head against the Pro V1 and X models, for me, the Elixr is longer and has a similar spin characteristic around the greens. At half the price it only made sense.
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  • PING G400 LST 8.5 Evenflow Black 65g 6.5
  • PING G 3W HZRDUS Yellow 75g 6.0
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan Player's Combo 4-P KBS Tour
  • Maltby TSW 52, 58 Nippon Modus Wedge
  • Bettinardi BB8 Wide 2020
  • Oncore Elixr


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On 10/8/2019 at 1:15 PM, Will_Mac said:

My favorite ball is the Mizuno RB Tour but their durability is flat-out awful.

Played the Duo-Professional extensively and was moderately surprised by how much I like them. Liked the Duo-U too but couldn't hold greens with mid-irons. Not an issue at all with the Duo-Pro.

Currently testing out the Z-Star and Tour B X and love them both. Moderately surprising to me because I didn't at all get along with their family members being the XV and Tour B XS.

B X is longer (5yds on average, I'd say), higher and just a bit straighter off the tee than the Z-Star for me. But the Z-Star is better wrt the wind and spins more around the greens. Z-Star is also way more durable. No real damage to the B X but it scuffs very easily and looks war torn through just half the round. Z-Star appears as new unless it hits something hard, other than a golf club.

Z-Star also feels very soft off chips and the putter. B X isn't harsh but it is noticeably firmer.

Over 4 rounds now in varying conditions, I seem to play just as well (or as poorly) with either ball. I'll continue playing both for a while because I enjoy them both along with their slight differences. But if forced to pick one, I am leaning toward the Z-Star.

I play the Bridgestone Tour BX but have been thinking a lot about trying the Z-Star.  I plan on picking up a pack at the course this spring.  I have enjoyed the BX this past summer and I am excited about trying the new one when it comes out.  I found it to be durable, long and straight.  I have never been much on spinning my wedges, I have always played wedges to roll out a bit.  You are correct though, the Bridgestone looks beat up after a round, not usually cut or scuffed but just worn.

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: :callaway-small:  Apex w/Kuro Kage stiff

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Del Mar 34"

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I've been using a combination of Pro V1X (both white and yellow - liking the yellow!), Srixon z-star XV and Taylormade TP5. 

Out of all of them, I prefer the yellow Pro V1X - interesting but likeable feel, very easy to spot in the air (but not always easy to spot when surrounded by leaves!), and it great spin and roll around the greens.

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Driver (main): Cobra F9 Speedback (9.0) with Fujikura Atmos 7X (Avalanche White) 

Driver (back-up): Titliest 915 D3 (9.5) with Fujikura Speeder Shaft 757 (Tour Stiff)

3 Wood: Callaway Epic Sub-Zero (15 degrees) in Rogue Max 75g stiff shaft

Hybrid: Callaway Apex 20 degree with Kurokage 80g Stiff Shaft

Irons: PING i200 4-PW in XP 95 shafts with S300 flex (+ 3 iron)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 - 50

              Callaway MD4 - 56 & 60 degrees

Putter: Taylormade TP Collection Soto

Golf Ball: Titliest Pro V1X, Srixon Z-Star ZV & Taylormade TP5X

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Last year, played the Snell MTB Black and Duo Professional.  They're an interesting contrast in performance.  The Snell flies higher, especially off the tee; I needed to use more loft with the Wilson to get corresponding distance.  The Wilson is a bit better in wind.  

And, there's the feel.  I still occasionally trot out wound balls (Maxfli HT or Elite), and the feel has become addicting.  The Duo Pro scratches that itch.  Picked up another three dozen Duo Pros over the winter.  Looks like I might be going with them in 2020.

 On a lark, I bought a couple dozen 3 piece Kirkland balls, when I saw them in store.  With the persimmon/blade old school play on the docket for 2020, I thought it might be interesting to try some of the highest spin balls (so it's said) on the current market.  In spite of the firmer feel, which contrasts with the above.

And, I will probably work my way through my wound ball stash this season.  I've not played them much in the last couple years, though I'd intended to, especially after finding those Elites..  Retro golf!  Looking forward to it.  🙂

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Cobra Fly-Z+, Xcaliber Tour 7.5 TS, 44"; Cobra King LTD, HZRDUS Black 75, 6.5, 44.25"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Matrix 8m3 X, 42"; TM Stage 2 Tour, SK Fiber Tour Trac 100 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, DGS300; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, Precision 6.5; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram 1980 Tour Grinds, Dynamic S; 2-PW MacGregor Muirfield, Dynamic S; 1-PW Wilson Staff 78 Tour Blades, Dynamic S; 2-PW Ram TG-898, Nippon Super Peening Blue X
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, DGS300; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; Golden Ram TW276, DGS; Golden Ram TW282, DGS; Ram Troon Grind 56*, DGS
LW:  Maltby Design 60*, 1.05 sole, DGS; Maltby Design 60* 1.05 sole, NV105
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34", round no taper grip
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, or Kirkland Signature 3 pc, or TM TP5

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Had a good stretch with the Srixon Z-Star I picked up on a 2 for 1 sale early last season at Golf Town. Decided to try the Z-Star XV after the MGS ball test which I found very similar, maybe a bit longer. Got a few used Bridgestone Tour B X at the end of the year which seemed longer than the XV due to lower spin as they also seemed to roll out more on greens. More testing is needed on my home course to confirm. Just to make matters more complicated, I shot my best ever round in Florida this winter with a Tour B RX and some older generation RX-330 mixed in. 

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:ping-small: G700 4i, G410 5-UW, Glide 2.0 54, 60*

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