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Thanks to the hivemind on the irons forum, I got incredible feedback and advice that helped lead to m,y buying my first set of clubs (I'm a 58-yr-old beginner!) So now that that is done, could used some help choosing the right golf balls . . . 

I've tried a few different ones based on price and readings, and have been mainly playing the Callaway SuperSoft's (compression of 35). In getting ready to break in my new Tommy Armours, I thought to look at other comparable low compression golf balls, as I understand those are the "best" ones for beginners like myself with slow swing speed. I just found the Titleist DT TruSoft's and the Wilson Duo Soft Spin (with a compression of 40) which are both on sale at Dick's and got very favorable reviews. Since you folks have much more experience, thought to solicit your valuable opinions on what I should be playing this season?

Thanks . . . Marty! 

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Whichever balls you buy, take a look at used balls. You can get "mint" condition balls that appear close to brand new and pay a lot less. I play Srixon Z-Star balls which are premium balls, but pay about a buck a piece for used balls.

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Driver:taylormade-small:SIM Max 10.5 - Fujikura Ventus Red 5S Velocore (the real one)
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:callaway-small:Mavrik Max 5 - AW - Nippon Neo 950GH S
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31 minutes ago, MrShowbiz999 said:

Thanks to the hivemind on the irons forum, I got incredible feedback and advice that helped lead to m,y buying my first set of clubs (I'm a 58-yr-old beginner!) So now that that is done, could used some help choosing the right golf balls . . . 

I've tried a few different ones based on price and readings, and have been mainly playing the Callaway SuperSoft's (compression of 35). In getting ready to break in my new Tommy Armours, I thought to look at other comparable low compression golf balls, as I understand those are the "best" ones for beginners like myself with slow swing speed. I just found the Titleist DT TruSoft's and the Wilson Duo Soft Spin (with a compression of 40) which are both on sale at Dick's and got very favorable reviews. Since you folks have much more experience, thought to solicit your valuable opinions on what I should be playing this season?

Thanks . . . Marty! 

My instructor  once told me start at the green and work backwards to select the ball that works best for you. I'm 72 and by definition have a slower swing speed, I've tried virtually every brand and type from soft to higher compression and I settled on  Pro V1x's.  So I wouldn't dogmatically say slower swings speeds should play lower compression.  And as @dlow206 suggested you might want to buy used. I buy 5A mint condition 2019 Pro V1x's at less than half the price of brand new ones. 

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... OK, ok I hate to be that guy buuuuuut don't buy used or recycled balls. There are enough good deals on new balls, especially balls for beginners like Duo Spin so there is no need to take chances with a ball that might have sat in 120* desert heat for a couple weeks or the bottom of a frozen pond for a month. Even if that was the first time they were hit and look new, you have zero idea what kind of environment they have been in. There are always last years balls and a single digit player can't tell the difference between last years and this years Z Star. And that is a premium ball so a Srixon Q Star or MG Golf's Chrome Soft for $21.99 or even Practice balls for under $20 are better than used. MGS posted a deal a week or so back with Maxfli Tour balls for $19.99 a dozen with their code.  I just hate to see a beginner golfer hit a bad shot when they may have put a decent swing on that shot but because of the used ball, it flies erratically. 

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Driver:   Cobra Speedzone Xtreme 9* ... Atmos TS Blue 6s
Fw wood: Cobra Speedzone 14.5* ... Atmos TS Blue 7s
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18*  ... HZRDUS Black 6.0 85 hy
Irons:    4-Gw Titleist T100-S ... Kuro Kage 105 Tini s-flex
              4-pw TaylorMade P760 ... Recoil Prototype 95 r-flex
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3 hours ago, [email protected] said:

My instructor  once told me start at the green and work backwards to select the ball that works best for you. I'm 72 and by definition have a slower swing speed, I've tried virtually every brand and type from soft to higher compression and I settled on  Pro V1x's.  So I wouldn't dogmatically say slower swings speeds should play lower compression.  And as @dlow206 suggested you might want to buy used. I buy 5A mint condition 2019 Pro V1x's at less than half the price of brand new ones. 

I'm also 72 and have a slower swing speed... by definition. LOL.  I have also tried lots of different balls over the past 10 years, and the one conclusion I came to was that soft doesn't work for me.  I was given a sleeve of the Wilson Duo when the first came out (8 years ago maybe?) and it was a distance loser for me.  I will play soft balls in either Callaway or Srixon in the winter when it's cold.  However, higher compression balls get me the best distance.

Tony is correct in how you should select a ball.  A beginner doesn't need the best ball, but you shouldn't play a ball that doesn't perform the best for you.  Pick up a sleeve of several different brands and compare how they feel and perform on first on putts, chips and short irons.  Select a few that you like, then find an empty hole at a course and try them with the driver.

While I like the Pro V1x, personally I think the MG Tour C4 urethane ball is the best deal on the planet right now, especially for beginners.  You can't beat the price for a high quality ball.

https://www.mggolf.com/golf-balls/#C4

 

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Get what's cheap. Seriously. As a beginner, you're going to lose a lot of balls. Accept it, make peace with it, and get what you can at DSG on sale, BOGO deals, etc. I regularly play the Duo Soft and I think it's a great ball. 

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Thanks everyone for your opinions . . . YES, I lose A LOT of balls on the course and I try to buy what's on sale. In the past I've gotten great deals on the Callaway Supersofts and after having read about compression I tried those and they are OK (but everything at this stage for me is just "OK".) These Wilson Duo Soft Spin are on sale for $12.99 at Dick's, so I smell a sale and tend to lead from the wallet; not looking to buy if they are the "wrong" ball for me, whatever that means. Make sense?

Thanks!

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5 hours ago, MrShowbiz999 said:

Thanks everyone for your opinions . . . YES, I lose A LOT of balls on the course and I try to buy what's on sale. In the past I've gotten great deals on the Callaway Supersofts and after having read about compression I tried those and they are OK (but everything at this stage for me is just "OK".) These Wilson Duo Soft Spin are on sale for $12.99 at Dick's, so I smell a sale and tend to lead from the wallet; not looking to buy if they are the "wrong" ball for me, whatever that means. Make sense?

Thanks!

If you lose a ton of balls, you must find a few as well.  Play some of those found balls and you will narrow down what you like.  Buddies and I trade back and forth as well so that is a great way to try out different balls. 


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3W- Callway XR PRO 16 stiff

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I used and continue to still use Wilson 50 elite golf balls. I like the yellow ones and I can make them spin like a top (like one hop and stop on my wedge approach shots). 

Compression is as you could've guessed is 50.

I just bought them at first cause they were super cheap at my local Walmart. Also I like them because they are  extremely durable. I change golf balls and turn the ones I used for gaming all year and turn them into my short game practice golf balls and all of them still looked brand new. No cuts from my wedges or anything on them, and like others have said I've lost so many it's like I'm paying for other people to play my golf balls at my local course lol.


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20 hours ago, chisag said:

... OK, ok I hate to be that guy buuuuuut don't buy used or recycled balls. There are enough good deals on new balls, especially balls for beginners like Duo Spin so there is no need to take chances with a ball that might have sat in 120* desert heat for a couple weeks or the bottom of a frozen pond for a month. Even if that was the first time they were hit and look new, you have zero idea what kind of environment they have been in. There are always last years balls and a single digit player can't tell the difference between last years and this years Z Star. And that is a premium ball so a Srixon Q Star or MG Golf's Chrome Soft for $21.99 or even Practice balls for under $20 are better than used. MGS posted a deal a week or so back with Maxfli Tour balls for $19.99 a dozen with their code.  I just hate to see a beginner golfer hit a bad shot when they may have put a decent swing on that shot but because of the used ball, it flies erratically. 

https://www.mggolf.com/golf-balls-other/

Do you find that a used ball could cause that much negative impact (i.e. turning what would be a good shot into a bad shot)?

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Driver:taylormade-small:SIM Max 10.5 - Fujikura Ventus Red 5S Velocore (the real one)
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:callaway-small:Mavrik Max 5 - AW - Nippon Neo 950GH S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - Nippon Modus 105 Wedge flex
Putter:  :scotty-small: Squareback 1 - Sense Grips S1 - Stability Shaft

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6 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

Do you find that a used ball could cause that much negative impact (i.e. turning what would be a good shot into a bad shot)?

 

... Absolutely. There is simply no way to know what any given used ball has been thru. It really is a crap shoot as you may get 12 used balls that are all OK. Or you may get some that have been in water or extreme heat for an extended period and both of those conditions can cause a ball to fly way off line, or way short or completely erratic. I just think there are too many deals on new balls that make playing used an unnecessary risk. 

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Fw wood: Cobra Speedzone 14.5* ... Atmos TS Blue 7s
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18*  ... HZRDUS Black 6.0 85 hy
Irons:    4-Gw Titleist T100-S ... Kuro Kage 105 Tini s-flex
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Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7D & SM8M 58* ... Recoil 110s
Putter:  Newport 2.5 at 33"
Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x

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Let me go a little different direction here... If you have any trouble with thin shots (either tee to green or around the greens), think about the Callaway Magna.  It's a Supersoft, just a little bigger.  My youngest daughter plays these, and they definitely are a little easier to hit.

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Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Wood (16*) - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
2 Iron - :mizuno-small: FliHi (18*) - Recoil 760 ( S )
4i - GW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
SW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
Ball -  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV
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One not mentioned yet but is a great ball to start with us the project (a) by tm. Was well priced and I often find last year's model at a very discounted price. 

Have to second the magna as well. Not one I would love to use but has some secondary benefits. Think it may even have triple track on it.

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SWING SPEED- 100

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic Sub Zero - Set at 10* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

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I have to agree with Chisag (So I must be "That Second Guy"). I bought a dozen used Pro V1s a couple of years ago and about half played well and the other half just plain sucked! Really not worth the price even for used balls. My suggestion is watch ads for deals which are usually in the late winter when they are getting rid of last years balls. Dicks and Golf Galaxy (owned by Dicks) both have excellent deals. My favorite are the MaxFli StraightFli which I've played for several years when the ground is soft (plugs). They will have a sale of $10 a dozen if you buy 3 dozen or more and for that price these are pretty decent balls and they have the different colors in addition to white. Another ball they sell is the Top Flite 2019 XL Distance (white or yellow) and they will have a Flash sale for $5.99 a 15 pack. Tour balls? No! If you are just starting, they will be good, especially for the price. And best of all, they weren't sitting on the bottom of a pond for a year. 

As always, JMHO!

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You should take a look at Maxfli too.  Ive been playing the Maxfli Straightfli so far this year and have really liked the performance of it.  Its got a nice feel and even for being a cheaper ball, it still gets good spin off the irons and wedges and it feels good off the putter.

You should also consider the DTC route and going with Snell, Vice, Cut, Oncore, Seed, Quantix, etc.  Ive played some of those in the past and theyre fine too.  I simply prefer Maxfli right now because they are pretty much the same thing and I can pick them up at any GG/DSG instead of having to order them online and wait a week.

Im actually really interested in Seed because they are based in Ireland but I question just how Irish they are (just like I questioned how German Vice really is).

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Whats in my Top-Flite Gamer 2019 cart bag?:

Woods: Tommy Armour Atomic 10.5* and Top-Flite Gamer 2020 18*

Hybrid: Top-Flite Gamer 2020 22*

Irons: Pinemeadow ZR 3.0 5-PW

Wedges: Wilson Harmonized Black Chrome 52*, Tommy Armour VCG 56*, Wilson Harmonized 60* and Wilson Harmonized chipper

Putter: Pinemeadow PGX SL

Ball: Maxfli Tour X

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18 hours ago, mysterygolfguy said:

I used and continue to still use Wilson 50 elite golf balls. I like the yellow ones and I can make them spin like a top (like one hop and stop on my wedge approach shots). 

Compression is as you could've guessed is 50.

I just bought them at first cause they were super cheap at my local Walmart. Also I like them because they are  extremely durable. I change golf balls and turn the ones I used for gaming all year and turn them into my short game practice golf balls and all of them still looked brand new. No cuts from my wedges or anything on them, and like others have said I've lost so many it's like I'm paying for other people to play my golf balls at my local course lol.

I just started using these and love em! Excellent off my irons as my swing speed is below 90. About 12 bucks a dozen ,super durable, and come in 3 or 4 different colors...they also get great reviews!

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5 hours ago, Apolloshowl said:

One not mentioned yet but is a great ball to start with us the project (a) by tm. Was well priced and I often find last year's model at a very discounted price. 

Have to second the magna as well. Not one I would love to use but has some secondary benefits. Think it may even have triple track on it.

Do not sleep on the Project (a)/Tour Response.  If I hadn't fallen in love with the MTB-X, I'd likely be playing the Project (a)/Tour Response.  We should start seeing pretty good deals on places clearing out old Project (a)'s, right?

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What's in the bag:
Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Wood (16*) - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
2 Iron - :mizuno-small: FliHi (18*) - Recoil 760 ( S )
4i - GW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
SW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
Ball -  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV
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... Here is a silly good deal, not only for beginners but for a wide range of players. Good deal on regular Srixon Q-Stars but these are the Srixon Q-Star Tour loose balls for $13.99. Personally I love a loose ball deal as I think packaging is an environmental problem that is easily addressed by loose balls without sleeves and box packaging. I loved buying Taylor Made Lethal loose balls in a 50 or 100 ball box and wish every OEM would offer that option. 


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Driver:   Cobra Speedzone Xtreme 9* ... Atmos TS Blue 6s
Fw wood: Cobra Speedzone 14.5* ... Atmos TS Blue 7s
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18*  ... HZRDUS Black 6.0 85 hy
Irons:    4-Gw Titleist T100-S ... Kuro Kage 105 Tini s-flex
              4-pw TaylorMade P760 ... Recoil Prototype 95 r-flex
Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7D & SM8M 58* ... Recoil 110s
Putter:  Newport 2.5 at 33"
Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x

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Do what I do, look in the woods when you are searching for your partner's golf ball, and play the 3 or 4 balls you find everytime you end up in there.  I swear I leave the course after a round with 3 or 4 more balls then when I arrived at it.  I'm starting to fill up an entire bucket at home with balls I found on the course, for future play.  And honestly, these are not Top Flites I am putting in the bucket, but once hit ProV1s that found the trees off of the first tee or 2nd hole.  I'm honestly starting to wonder why I ever bought golf balls in the first place when my course has so many ones laying in the woods yet to be retrieved.

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On 3/12/2020 at 4:38 PM, MrShowbiz999 said:

Thanks to the hivemind on the irons forum, I got incredible feedback and advice that helped lead to m,y buying my first set of clubs (I'm a 58-yr-old beginner!) So now that that is done, could used some help choosing the right golf balls . . . 

I've tried a few different ones based on price and readings, and have been mainly playing the Callaway SuperSoft's (compression of 35). In getting ready to break in my new Tommy Armours, I thought to look at other comparable low compression golf balls, as I understand those are the "best" ones for beginners like myself with slow swing speed. I just found the Titleist DT TruSoft's and the Wilson Duo Soft Spin (with a compression of 40) which are both on sale at Dick's and got very favorable reviews. Since you folks have much more experience, thought to solicit your valuable opinions on what I should be playing this season?

Thanks . . . Marty! 

I played a dozen of the DT Trusofts in their brief existence and I have to say that they were pretty crappy.  There was no holding the green with them.  

I'm still a bit of a beginner myself, but I dont have a similar swing speed as you, so I'm just going to plug in the standard answer of whatever you feel comfortable with both the performance of and the price point when they fly off into the woods or water.

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Driver: Cobra Speedzone 10.5 Mitsubishi AV Blue S flex

Wood: Cobra Bio Cell 3-4 Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue (low launch original version) S flex

Hybrids: Taylormade GAPR 3 KBS graphite shaft

              Strata 4 and 5 hybrids R flex

Irons: Strata 6-PW R flex

Wedges: Texan Classics 52, 56, 60 R flex

Putter: Odyssey Red Ball mallet

Ball: Srixon Q Star Tour

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