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Poll: How Many Ball Brand/Models Do You Play?


How Many Ball Brands-Model Do You Play?  

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  1. 1. How Many Ball Brands-Model Do You Play?

    • I play new balls, usually one brand-model
    • I play new balls, but I change brand-model often
    • I play found or refurbished balls, almost any brand/model in decent condition

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Sounds like MGS is going to once again recommend picking one ball and playing it for most of us. I don’t have any problem with that, I’ve played one ball brand/model for three years 95% of the time (occasionally I’ll treat myself to a sleeve of Pro V1’s or even play a found one IF it’s pristine).

I know lots of guys who play found balls, anything that looks to be in decent condition. Or they buy refurbished balls any chance they get. The only new balls they play may be Christmas or Fathers Day gifts.

So a poll before the 2020 ball study comes out?



We can’t emphasize this enough. After conducting this test, we’ve become firm believers in the idea that golfers should pick a ball and play it…exclusively.

There’s going to be some manufacturing variance between individual balls of the same model, but it’s nothing compared to the performance differences between models. Golf is hard enough, so it makes sense to eliminate every variable you possibly can. Choose one ball, and play it every round and every shot.


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  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° & 3W
  • Mizuno CLK 3H 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10, S18 60.06
  • Evnroll ER5B ER2
  • Maxfli Tour Snell MTB-Black
  • Ping Pioneer - MGI Zip Navigator AT
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Almost always play, and only buy, Bridgestone Tour B RX balls.  I will play the same ball for three or so rounds as long as the cover does not get trashed.  Will occasionally play a different found urethane ball in perfect condition just for the heck of it.

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I play one model ball.  

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, SW(bent to 52) KBSTour Graphite  70g shafts R +1/2 inch 3 up

Wedges:  :Sub70: JB 56 and JB 60 KBS Tour90 V Steel shafts +1/2 inch soft stepped

Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7S

Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

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I'm pretty new to golf and I've been trying to figure out which ball I like best. So, I've been playing mostly found balls or other people's cast offs.

Now that I've narrowed it down to the two or three that I really want to use for some extended playing time I'm playing through the collected stash before I get down to playing only one specific ball.

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I play similar style balls but don’t limit myself to any particular brand since I mostly play what I find.  Could be prov1, Snell, tp5, zstar, Bridgestone, etc.  

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787


Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG


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After the ball buyers guide I have been really good about only playing new balls and staying with one brand. I have really enjoyed the Bridgestone Tour B XS, but due to no practice I decided to test out the Snell MTB-X, so like @cnosil sticking with the same characteristics. 

:taylormade-small: SIM 2 9* FUJIKURA Ventus Blue w/ Velocore 6-X

:taylormade-small: Sim Max 15* Aldila Rogue Silver 70 X-Stiff

:titelist-small: TS3 18* @ 17.25 Hzrdus Smoke Black 70 6.5

:titelist-small: TSi2 18* @ 20*Hybrid Mitsubishi Tensei AV White Raw 90 X

PXG 0311 P 5-7 FUJIKURA PRO115i TS S (HS)


:mizuno-small: T20 50*, 60 @ 58* Dynamic Gold TI S400

:taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 54.11 Dynamic Gold TI S200 

:EVNROLL: ER5v Short Plumbers Neck 35" 

:titelist-small:   -PRO V1x

:Clicgear:  3.5+ Push Cart

 :918457628_PrecisionPro:NX9 with Slope 


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Been playing Pro V1X, but bought XV to try again since it was 3-for-2, but I don’t like it as much as Pro V1X. I have a dozen Pro V1 and tried those again this past Sunday, but, again, Pro V1X is better for me. Longer off the tee, irons, and wedges, and the spin I need around the green and on approaches.

Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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Lately been playing the maxfli tour x since I stocked up on them for this season.

:cobra-small: Speedzone Driver Tensei AV Blue or  :ping-small: G400 SFT 10. KBS TD 50 Category 3 shaft 

:cobra-small: King Speedzone Black Yellow Fairway 3 wood Tensei AV Blue 65 

:cobra-small: F9 SpeedBack Black Grey Fairway 5 Wood   :Fuji: ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 7 shaft

:titelist-small: T300 4i-GW - Tensei AV Blue AM2 Regular Flex  or :mizuno-small: JPX 900 Hot Metal 5 - GW Project X Lz 4.5 Regular Flex Graphite 

:ping-small:   Glide 2.0 SS Wedges 54 & 58 

:taylormade-small: TP Red White Ardmore Putter - BGT Stability Tour Black shaft 

:918457628_PrecisionPro:Precision Pro NX7 range finder 

:cobra-small: Ultralight Cart Bag 

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I'll either play Srixon Z-stars or Bridgestone Tour B Xs...whichever is on sale when I need new balls. There was one time where neither was on sale, and I went with Snell MTB-Black that time. 

Driver: TS3, 9* (C1 setting, surefit cartridge in fade setting)

3/4 Wood: 917D2, 16.5 degrees (D1 setting, surefit cartridge neutral)

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2, 19 degrees (C3 setting, surefit cartridge neutral)

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 4-Iron (23 degrees); Mizuno MP-18 SC 5-iron(26) and 6-iron(30); Mizuno MP-18 7-iron(34), 8-iron(38), 9-iron(42), and P Wedge(46). Nippon Modus 120x shafts. 1 degree upright.

Wedges: Mizuno S-18 50, 54, and 58 degrees. 50 is 1 degree upright, 54 and 58 are standard lie. Nippon Modus 120x, soft stepped in the 54 and 58.

Putter: Evnroll ER1



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My "go to" since the ball study has been the Z Star, but my wife bought me 2 dozen Oncore Elixers for Christmas, so I am giving them a go, too. I like them. They seem to be a little longer on full shots but not quite as much bite around the greens, as far as I can tell. If I happen to lose more than a sleeve in a round, I reach for the found ball pocket, which I typically limit to any tour-quality ball.

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


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I typically play TaylorMade's current tour ball but I also play ProV1 as well. I am a member of a private club and everyone thinks they should be playing ProV1's regardless of their ability. Most are to proud to go look for the errant shots as well.  Whenever I play, I walk off the course with at least 3 or 4 new ones ( OK, once hit. ) And I'm not a ball hunter either. They are just off the edge of the fairway and I pick them up if I notice one. I usually the first one off in the morning so I know I'm not picking up someone's ball that is in play that day. I never had to pay for a dozen but I have plenty. 

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:ping-small: Driver, G400 11* SR Flex

:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 35"

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Whatever I finds I keeps...

Nah I'm starting to narrow down a list to about half a dozen models

Srixon Q & Z
Pro V1
And some of the good Bridgestones

Take Dead Aim

Take Dead Aim

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I'm trying to find the best ball for my game, so I'm buying whatever I see.


When I find something I love, that's the only ball I will play 


Driver: Titleist TSi2 9º w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: Callaway Super Hybrid 17º w/ Tensei Orange

Titleist 816 H1 21º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Irons (5-PW): Srixon 765 w/ KBS Tour C-Taper

Wedges: 48º Vokey SM6, 54º SM8, 60º Tour Issued Hand Ground Vokey

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Masterful Tourtype SSS CT A048277

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In the beginning of the year I will play 2/3 different balls and then settle on 1 ball the rest of the year.

Driver Mavrik Subzero set to 9.5. 
Rougue 4 wood 16.5

Titleist 818 hybrid 21

Callaway Apex pro black dot 4 through P

Callaway Jaws 50/10,, MD 4 56/10, and Titlest SM 6 60/12

SC Futura 5.5

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My top choice is Bridgestone Tour BXS. I love the flat ball flight off the tee, I hit them a mile, and greenside control is exactly what I want. I'm trying out some Z Star XVs right now, but they feel like rocks (especially off the putter) and I don't know that I can deal with the high launch. I'm already a high ball hitter...

All that being said, if I find a premium ball in decent condition, I'll play it (especially if not a competition round). 😎

Driver: :cobra-small: RADspeed 9* with Motore X F1 60S
3-wood: :taylormade-small: SIM 15* with Diamana Limited 75S
5-wood: :cobra-small: RADspeed 18.5* with Motore X F3 60S
2i: :srixon-small: ZX with SteelFiber i95 Stiff
Wet/Soft: 3i-PW
:wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged, KBS Tour-V 110S
Hard/Fast: 4i-7i :srixon-small: ZX7, 8i-PW Z-Forged, Modus3 Tour 120 S

52*, 58* :cleveland-small: RTX ZipCore Modus3 Tour 115
Putter: :cleveland-small: HB Soft Premier 11s

Ball: I'll try anything with a urethane cover
Bag: :ping-small: Hoofer (2018) in black/white/copper

Using :ShotScope: to keep track of my shots

All clubs RH

:wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged 3i-PW, KBS Tour-V 110S - Official Review
:titelist-small: Blind Ball Test (Ball #3 vs Ball #4) - Unofficial Review
 V3 GPS Watch + Tags - Official Review

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I tend to play prov1. However, I like to try out different brands.

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Driver- Cobra Speedzone 9° default_cobra-small.jpg.bf0039c0fa211a003217e70e184035fa.jpg

Woods- Sub70 Pro 5-Wood   08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg  

Utility- Titleist 718 T-MB 4 Utility  default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg

Irons- Sub70 649 MB Tour 5-PW, 699 Pro 2U  08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg

Wedges- Cleveland Zipcore RTX 52°,56°, 60°  default_cleveland-small.jpg.0615c53919b7f92c3524630e353b33bb.jpg

Putter- Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 default_cameron-small.gif.dd99234f0267bb38c40c23053034a445.gif

Ball- Titleist ProV1x default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg  








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Two Christmas’s ago I received 4 dozen chrome soft. They mostly sleep with the fishes now. I switched to the maxfli cg balls after looking at the data in the MGS buyers guide. As unskilled as I am it is probably all in my head but they seem to go longer and straighter. Also. Dicks has them on sale through the 13th with free personalization.

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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Heavy 10.5 closed face setting

Callaway Razor Fit 3 wood

Nickent 3 Hybrid

XR-OS 4i - 9i factory steel stiff 2 up +1

Ben Hogan 44,48,52,56

Nickent PP-01

Maxfli Tour Center of Gravity model

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